Islazul Mar del Sur Aparthotel
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... out and no elevator. The hotel is divided into 5 sections, each with their own set of dark and scary stairs. At each floor in each section there are two sets of two guest rooms and each set shares a common area and a balcony overlooking the sea. Our room is on the 5th floor of course, and is quite basic and plain, but most things work, except our door knob. We noticed straight off that it was in need of repair and then on the second day we were here ...
... to see their printing press and were shown an old Xerox copier; apparently, it wasn't clear, the pages are hand-lettered the old-fashioned way and then reproduced by machine.
Across the street, housed in an elegant French-style building, an old pharmacy dating from 1882, La Farmacia Francesa Triollett, is now the Pharmacy Museum. It was fascinating to see the old receipt books, compounding equipment, pill molds, label drawers, a distiller, powders, ...
The Melia Cohiba serves mimosas for breakfast. The enormous breakfast buffet has soup and nuts and everything in between--eggs, meats, fish, beans, vegetables and thirty different kinds of breads including the delicious churro, a slightly sweet pastry shaped like a folded ribbon.
We begin our last day in Havana with a visit to the leafy campus of the University of Havana, where a recent graduate tells us about the University: ...
... graceful at some points when they were throwing me in the air !
... Then spent the day on the beach with John and Linda. Went on to dinner with them and then on to a music bar, but the show was not really Cuban, just put on for the tourists - but of course John was on stage strutting his stuff!!
12th March 2012 - Went on the 'hop-on, hop-off' bus along the peninsula. Really for the tourist with loads of very swish all-inclusive resorts - where the 'inmates' stay ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Islazul Mar del Sur Aparthotel Varadero
i payed 988$ all inclusive for this wonderful week at la plaza de Mar del sur. large place, very safe (there is guards at every entries.) very confortable personnal and friendly. Of course its not a 5 stars hotel, but in my opinion you dont need royal treatment when you go to cuba, you want to taste the country....there was not alot of variety in the food but it was acceptable, plus there a really cheap snack bar....2,50 pesos for a good omelette....very near the beach and the main street (next block) good animation every night,like jazz shows, professional dancers, music quizzes. very very nice staff (Jovier). Dj plays american music. Salsa classes every day at 4pm... massage service....
Worth it !
I paid 670$ CAD. for the trip , taxes included , let me tell you that it was worth every penny . That's the kind of hotel you go to when you don't have the budget for a 4-5 star but the food was alright , the animation was good and the place was clean . There's 5 minute walk to the beach but the resort has their own bar right on the playa so it compensates . Other than that I have to say that the other tourists over there are very friendly , of course you won't run into snobbish people in a 2 star resort , that's what I liked about this place . Definitely a good place to party and drink up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WARNING - DO NOT GO THERE!!
If you want your vacation to be a enjoyable one, do not waste your time at this hotel. if you do not care about terrible food, bad drinks, lousy entertainment, cockroaches in the rooms and being a kilometre from the strip, then this is the place for you - if you do care, then for the love of pete - stay clear of this hotel!! I stayed there one night and left the very next morning. The only -and I stress only - saving grace is the friendly and helpful staff (Paco and Conchita), otherwise this is a craptrap.
P.S. The mystery meat at the buffet was a particularly nice touch.
Very friendly people
Just came back from 1 month stay at Mar Del Sur in Veradero Beach, basic hotel but with warmth and mostly efficient staff. food was basic but good. met lots of friendly people am a senior and went solo with no problems about my safety, yes would do it again.
Time of my life !
Loved every thing about my stay here the staff was the best, can went to go back and I will.
First let me say that if I wanted a 5 star hotel I would have paid the extra grand.
I love this hotel. It is cheap but the location is great, the rooms are clean, and the staff is fantastic. The only downfall is the food.
NEVER going back there.
You definitely get what you pay for- a cheap, dirty, "almost all inclusive" 1 1/2 star resort, that isn't on the beach, nor has little soaps and shampoos in the bathrooms, and has terrible food. The staff were nice, and the pool was alright. The "all inclusive" bar, served neither Mohitos, nor Pina Coladas, and was only open till 10 pm.
Definitely an experience.
You know the saying, "you pay for what you get", well, that's exactly how this place is... The hotel is very basic. The room we had had two twin beds and we even had a view of the ocean! The only thing was that the room was backing onto the highway so it was a little loud at night when you're trying to sleep. The bathroom was a good size - bring your own hairdryer. The water (from the shower) was nice and warm. No problems with bugs. The food was well, not bad. Very basic - chicken one day, pork the next, there's always fish. But we later realized Cuban food is very basic. The pool was cold. So I only went in once.
It was great, loved every minute of it!!!