Islazul Oasis Hotel
Travel Blogs from Varadero
Before I get to Havana, I want to show you how different publicity is in Cuba. There are no outdoor billboards advertising Coca Cola or Havana Club rum along the highways. In their place are signs advertising the glories of the revolution. It is as if the only signs you see on U.S. highways are praise for Barack Obama.
You will smile at some of the examples of the advertising arts that I have discovered along the way with my ...
... We only have Cubano’.
The beach itself is a top 3 contender. Powdery white sand and that typical palette of bright blues leading out to rich deep blue on the horizon; it’s ridiculously punctuated by the contrast of the white sails of a yacht or two and the rich blue of the sky. Thankfully there’s a generous array of thatch umbrellas out to escape the harsh Caribbean sun, you simply pay for chairs if you wish to use them. The Portuguese ...
... outside was minimum 30 degrees of Celsius and inside a bit less. But the water was freezing to be honest.
After a cool swim, we had to come back to hotel. The jeep driver was inviting us to his house and meet his family, but we refused ti him, because we felt a little bit tired and wanted to rest after this tour. So he took us to hotel safely and left us, we got to our room and prepared for tomorrow trip to Havana.
I realized that sun is going down at seven o' clock and rising at seven in the morning. And everyday is the same. But strangely the morning starts very quickly, like half past 6 in the morning is so dark, and at seven sun is already shining.
We woke up at 5 am in the morning, due to time changing. And it was dark outside, so we had to wait, for the sun goes up. The breakfast starts at 7.30, so we been one of the first eaters. ...
The bus stopped and dropped off almost all visitors, only couple of them left, including us. Even our hotel was one of the last in Varadero town, but it wasn't least. It is called "Sirenis La Salina" and counted 4 stars hotel. Probably it is less than four stars, but do not forget, that we are in Cuba. We liked the plan of hotel, many small two floored houses, and couple big pools, the main house with reception and waiting lounge, big buffet ...
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.
Less guests = more attention
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.
The fact that it's a smaller hotel is a benefit, because the staff can actually take the time to get to know each person individually. The entertainment was great (animacion, no problem!), the other guests were great, and we had the time of our lives. I think if we'd have stayed in one of the fancier hotels, we would've just faded into the background as just another guest, but at Oasis, it was almost like a family. The food on the other hand could use some work (with the exception of the pizzeria), but all in all it was an amazing experience. We made so many friends, and I'll never forget any of them! Bon chi bon chi bon bon bon! (I'll have that song in my head for months!)
We got what we paid for.
Myself and three friends went down to Cuba for our reading week. The trip including tax cost us $715. The hotel rooms were normal size nothing special about them, they were cleaned daily and we had no real problems. The shower did not work quite right but that was no big deal.
The hotel staff were great and the entertainers did a great job of keeping us entertained both during the day as well as the night when they set up trip to local clubs. The pool is small but the bar is right beside it. The beach was great there were tons of chairs and the beach bar was not far away. There is a strong undertow there but they are very good at keeping or pulling people out of the water when needed.
The one thing that i did not know before going was that this is the only hotel on the strip. There is a canal between it and all the other hotels so you have to walk 45 minutes or take a cab to get to the other beach. The beach was clean and the water warm so there was no real need to go to another beach. The food i can say was not very good and it was the same thing day in and day out. For a better meal make a reservation at the pizzaria the restaurant at the hotel, it is free but you must reserve the night before or tip the people to let you in. Food was very good in there and if you timed it right you could go from there to the buffet. Overall i can say that the four of us had a great time and if i went back would stay there again. You really do get what you pay for.
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Clean and okay for budget
If you're looking for a cheap but clean place to stay that hotel is perfect. Limited choices of alcohols at the bar and foods at the buffet. Food is average (on Cuba standards I mean). But Varadero restaurants will serve you a good meal for 2$ 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.
Get what you pay for
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.
We did not eat seafood so can not tell you how that was but the meat was always chicken and sometimes beef or pork. The beach was nice but you have to go get your drinks and there are only pieces of bread with a piece of meat as a snack. The people were great. There is a shuttle bus into town for a $1.00 there and back but it has restricted hours - but they are okay. All in all for what we paid which was cheap we had a nice time and it was fun.
Oasis-3 years ago
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.
It was an OK hotel, small, 2 bars-one by the pool and one in the lobby.
The pool bar had basic domestic drinks. If you wanted anything fancy, you'd have to purchase it in the lobby. The food was OK but not much selection compared to the 4 star hotels in Cuba.
The hotel is not located in town but you can get there either by bus (cost 1USD) or rent mopeds for a few hours which are pretty cheap.
For New Year's there were extra nice shows, with party favors, lobster and champagne dinner. That was nice!
Beach was beautiful. We went to Havana and checked out the 2 clubs, La Rumba and some other place with the hotel staff. That was good.
The weather was good but def. not hot.....my friends were in Miami at the time and they had much hotter weather.
I learned 2 things from this trip: 1. If you want to travel during new year's eve, be prepared to spend atleast $1500 for a nice place for 1 week 2. don't choose a hotel with less than 400 rooms. We went with a group so it was OK but I prefer more livelier action.
Overall, it wasen't that bad esp. if you're a no frills budget traveller.
Always A Special Place In Our Hearts For "Oasis"
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