Islazul Hotel Dos Mares
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TravelPod Member ReviewsIslazul Hotel Dos Mares Varadero
We liked this hotel not only because of its loaction. It serves breakfast and is very clean for a good price. You have airconditioning and a parking in front of the house. 53rd street is as well a very calm beach which was not very crowdy during our stay.
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We arrived in Varadero, about an hour down the coast from Matanzas on Thursday afternoon. We were met by the Casa señorita and could walk to the casa. Varadero is a hugely popular tourist spot. We learned that in the 90s, after Russia pulled financial support from Cuba they began to allow tourism-but wanted to keep in certain areas-like Varadero and locals were banned from interacting with tourists. This has obviously relaxed, but there is a noticeable ...
... one of the only places in town-an ice cream parlour. It was one of the most bizarre scenarios so far. It was huge and packed-with a queue out the door, rain teaming outside. We ordered our cake and ice cream, not quite sure what we were getting. We could see plates and plates of ice cream arriving to every table, everyone literally gorging on it. We started watching the table next door, with about 5 ...
... so. As I am fully aware that this blog has mad scientist across the world gripped, I will say it in advance, you’re welcome. While all kids of the modern world should avoid Cuba; I’ve seen no laptops (other than my own), nobody has a mobile phone and the internet is near on impossible to access; which frankly makes me writing this blog right now pretty pointless, I’m off back to the pool!
I’m now continuing this on the plane back to Canada, I ...
... think had we booked somewhere like that, how it would be getting out of the taxi and wandering up to the vampires in reception. Beyond the initial ‘all-inclusives’ there’s some serious international investment that’s created small empires and cities from their resorts. And it’s an odd demographic here. Mostly groups I’d say, of retirement age and either Russian, French or Canadian. We’ve felt a little out of place the whole ...
... many Cubans. It's not Cuba but better regarded as a generic Carribean beach. In truth this hotel and beach could be supplanted onto any carribean island and you would be non the wiser where you were apart from some idylic place. There is nothing identifiably Cuban here, but I guess that is not a concern for many who come here; that included us, and we got what we wanted in bucket loads.
One last thing. This is a bit of a posh hotel. Posh and rucksacks ...