Islazul Oasis Hotel
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... off then!
Two days in Matanzas is probably enough to see what’s there is to see unless you are here to learn Spanish or the Rumba so we’ve decided to cut our 4 nights back to 2 and will head back to Havana tomorrow – there’s still a lot we haven’t seen. I think we’re going back to the same casa as before (emphasis on think)*. After some failed attempts at calling them yesterday (Cuban telephone congestion) and then being ...
Today we decided to head out to Matanzas, a coastal city two hours east of Habana, to see a baseball game and check out the beaches (Matanzas is 30 min west of Varadero, a famous beach resort in Cuba). There were tourist buses going to Matanzas but we decided it was faster and cheaper to ask a taxi driver on the street to take us there. Luckily we found a really nice guy who took us to the baseball stadium and the beach ...
... the ride was only about five minutes, and now that we lost our Brazilian counterparts, we too were ready to get off the bus for good. It truly had been an eye-opening experience that I will take with me in my personal and professional life. Even the inevitable bus ride to the airport has been an experience in which I find myself reflecting on often. However, I hope that one day I will have the privilege of returning to ...
... their CD signed by them and watch an intimate live performance . Once in a lifetime, never, ever forget experience!!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Islazul Oasis Hotel Varadero
I can not recommend this place. The food was terrible. There was very little water pressure in the bathroom and only warm water in the last 3 days of our week vacation. As the travel agent said "I don't recommend below a 3 star in Cuba. I have stayed in 3 other hotels in Varadero - never below a 4 Star and now I know why. Budget means you don't get good value.
My review is very simple.... IT WAS JUST GREAT.... Ok, it was my first trip ever so I can't compare it to anything else but I went to Horizontes oasis hotel and I had fun like I never had before... I went there by myself and made so many friends. At first, I was very depressed, I was probably expecting more from the place but after a good night sleep, WOW !! The "animacion" staff was just great, very friendly(animacion, no control!!!!). Like tylerzmum said in his review bom xi bom xi bom bom bom will stay in my head for EVER!!! It's a small but clean hotel, with good service. My air conditionning broke the second day and I had no problem moving to another room. The food was not bad. Anyway, for more info, just write me and i'll be happy to answer your questions... The only thing I can say is that I had the time of my life !!! I don't need a 5 stars hotel to feel good or have fun, I would go back to the same hotel, I really had fun.... feel free to write...
first i have to say that i had zero expectations about this place, it was 499 all inclusive. I have to say i was impressed. The food was quite good. don't be surpised if you get similar things for lunch and dinner. I'ts cuba, they don't throw things out just because it didn't get eaten. the staff was very friendly. If you tip the bartender before he pours your drink you get WAY more rum. The beach was nice, very large and private. It would take another great deal to go back but i am very glad i went.
You can't go wrong
I stayed at Oasis for 2 weeks. The place is 10 times nicer than any Cuban's homes. I asked for an ocean view room and i got it. But i lost my hotel towel along with my wallet and they made me pay US 10 bucks for the little towel. I'm pretty upset. It's very budget place to be and hotel staff are generally nice. Food is okay nothing special. The entertainment teams are great there... It's a small hotel so it's easy to meet friends. I would not stay there again, it's one dollar US to go to downtown but there's not much to see downtown. But the beach in downtown area is a lot nicer. The private beach in Oasis is neat and more waves there, but the sea is not as blue/green like the main strips.
This was my first trip anywhere, and although when we first arrived I thought to myself "Why did we pick this place?!", after the first day, my feelings changed. The staff is amazing, so nice, and so much fun.
Myself and three friends went down to Cuba for our reading week. The trip including tax cost us $715. The hotel rooms were normal size nothing special about them, they were cleaned daily and we had no real problems. The shower did not work quite right but that was no big deal.
Clean and okay for budget
If you're looking for a cheap but clean place to stay that hotel is perfect. Limited choices of alcohols at the bar and foods at the buffet. Food is average (on Cuba standards I mean). But Varadero restaurants will serve you a good meal for 2$ if you look around.
As always, Cubans are always on the lookout to suck you a buck or two and that place makes no exception. Be aware.
Just returned from Cuba Jan. 17, 2004 spent a week at the Oasis. Our room was a nice view of the ocean and had two large twin beds which was okay but a double would have been nice. My husband found the beds uncomfotable. The bathroom was adequate. The chambermaid did an excellent job. We were there for one week and found the food dull and repetative. The pizzerria is by reservation only and not that special.
The first time I went to Cuba was for New Year's Y2K (January 2000) for New Year's Eve. At the time, we paid $1300 for 1 week-very expensive for this type of hotel but it was high season.
At the time that we visited "Oasis" it was called the "Horizontes Oasis" it was my Fiance and My first Trip to Cuba (First of Six Trips) this Hotel got the ball rolling for us and got us hooked on Cuba, we have never travelled to any other Caribbean Destinations (in our opinion why change destinations when you have had nothing but good times and memories in Cuba) the Cuban People are just wonderful the weather is fantastic and you feel totally safe wherever you may rome. When we first went to Horizontes Oasis we left home with no expectations and the Oasis thoroughly impressed us, for a 2 star it was clean, the staff and animation team were friendly and put you right at ease, when we were there they had a problem with the pool but we didn't care as we can sit by the pool at home, we came to sit by the Ocean, the beach wasn't as nice as Varadero but it was warm and relaxing, they also had a Canadian Chef who was there for the Summer training their Chef to cook the foods that we are used to in Canada. In our opinion Hotel Oasis is a great budget minded Hotel which is a fairly short distance to the Varadero Strip. V & T