Islazul Oasis Hotel
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... in late 1843). Due to the high number of both slaves and, importantly, free Afro-Cubans in Matanzas, the retention of African traditions is especially strong there.
What can I say about Matanzas? It's a lovely city. We spent most of our time around Plaza de la Vigia ...
June 15, Sunday: Today was our travel day to Matanzas on the bus going north-east, a little over 50 miles. Jose picked us up in front of Manfred and Shiela's casa particular to take us to the bus station. The casa particular where we stayed is owned by Geldys y Michel. Geldys is a bailarina professional, and travels to Europe to dance. Her next ...
... a centro commercial (Shopping Centre) where they don’t round the currency to the nearest CUC (US equivalent currency). See my Habana entry for more info on currency.
Mi Terracito – great little place for breakfast. The only place in Varadero that didn’t overcharge. Tell Victor i sent you and he’ll look after you! 1st ave between 28 29 streets.
... time diving after getting my PADI OW license and my first dive outside of Sweden. Well it was much easier to dive here than back home. It's less weight, warm, wetsuit instead of dry and clear sight. A boat took me and 8 other to the open sea where we dived for a wreck in 30m depth. The second dive was in 12m depth and started with some corals and finished by a wreck. I am very pleased with the diving that cost ...
... beautiful views of the marina. It has at least two a la carte restaurants which we enjoyed. Both have great decor and also very tasty food. My experience in general at a la carte restaurants is that you get excited expecting it to be a notch above regular buffet dining but I personally am always disappointed. Not this time. Both restaurants were very good. The decor in the Latin resto was excellent; it was ...
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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