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Historical Traveler Reviews Brisas Sierra Mar Guama
Worst hotel ever!!!
This was by far the worst hotel I ever stayed at. The beach has very dark sand full of bugs and pieces of trees. The rooms very old with a molding smell. They have 2 twin beds and the shower doesn't work. It could be quite a hike to the main lobby from your room because it is build on the side of a hill. The food was terrible we ordered coffee and when we went to poor the milk it came out in chunks!!!! Very disgusting!!! We had to buy peanuts in the gift shop to eat or else we would have starved!!! The hotel is in the middle of nowhere with nothing around. The airport is 1 1/2 away. The service was terrible we had to wait 15 minutes for a coke and there was only person ahead of us. I would definately not recommed this hotel to anyone. I wouldn't even rate it a 2 star.
Hello! I visited Sierra Mar for two weeks, December-January 2003. I went with my mother, father and brother for a nice, relaxing family vacation. I had an excellent times with a few surpirses. I have been to Cuba five times, so I know the difference between the good, the bad and the downright ugly hotels. And I should say, Sierra Mar was absolutely great! The weather was fabulous, it only rained once, for an hour or so. The hotel room was spacious, but it was crying out for some taste. The only time we were really in our rooms was at night or for a nap, so that suited us fine. The pool was a bit on the tiny side, which was unfortunate because I prefer pools or the ocean. The swim-up bar was neat, but it took a long time for the waiter to serve us. The drinking cups were patheticly small. By the time it took to get a drink, its really wasn't worth it. The beach did have some unexpected seaweed, but the reefs were magnificent. There was many Canadians and Germans at the resort, which was nice. The hot tub was alright. There was a beautiful flower tree that hung over it and lizards crawling around. The hot tub wasn't very hot, more like luke-warm, but it didn't bother me. There was an excellent game room with darts, a pool table, chess, checkers and other children's games. The food was adequate, nothing too exciting. Lunches were always the same, pasta, assorted veggies, meat, etc. The staff were extremely nice and made friends with people quickly. The nightly entertainment was all in English, so the other language speakers couldn't understand the show. I've been to this resort three times, so I probably wouldn't go back there again. I'd try somewhere new. All and all, this resort was a great value! Call your travel agent and try it!
We stayed here for 2 weeks in March/April 2003.Service was terrific, friendly and prompt.Food was quite good. Enough variety and fresh.Fantastic 4 km long beach. Lots of room to spread out on the beach and go for long walks. Only problem is that after it rains, sand fleas blossom. The little pests sure sting. I was told that taking B12 for 2 weeks prior to going fends them off.Scenery is breath-taking, mountains and ocean. A remote location, very little human habitation nearby.Swimming in the ocean was fine, not a jellyfish or sea urchin in sight. The pier has been rebuilt, so we dove off it. A popular resort with the scuba crowd. Tell Carlos we said hi! Reefs are just offshore so snorkelling is popular also.4 bars, one open 24 hours. Ya baby.The weather was superb, hot hot hot.I recommend this resort if you need escape from stimuli. It's a quiet, laid back, middle of nowhere place. No casino, no loudspeaker on the beach.It's called Brisas Sierra Mar now, owned by Cuban government.We talked to people who have been coming back year after year. One guy has come for 10 years in a row. The staff recognize the returnees.Last words - incredible sunsets, viewed from the beach, the terrace or on the sunset cruise.
Brisas Sierra Mar
Beautiful view but the hotel needs some work. My Travel Agent rated this 3.5-4 Stars but do not believe this. The Beach is small and you can't go swimming beacause it's full of seaweed. Public washrooms -restaurants, bar, pool etc... - no toilet seats, no taps, no soap, no water. Rooms are small furnuture is old, only 1 bar of soap to share between the shower and sink, no kleenex, no little shampoo etc as in a 3-4 star hotel. Toilet paper holder missing. In the hotel lobby the age of the furniture really shows and no ceiling fans. People are friendly and the food is ok but it needs a little more variety. A definite 2.5 star resort. I travel extensively so I know what a 4 star is.
What can I say, we had an amazing time at Brisas Sierra Mar. Stayed there Feb 21-28/03. Aside from the delay in checking in and a bit of a fiasco at the airport beforehand (hint: if you don't see your luggage on the turnbelt, chances are there's a guy at the end pulling them off), the trip was amazing. The staff were so warm and inviting. Alvis the maid was a sweetheart and Lisete the PR director is very nice and helpful. Meals were average; not particularly for the picky eater, but then again I am considered one and it was fine. The a la cartes were definitely better than the buffet and the Ecological Restaurant which is only open at lunch at a cost of $5.00US is well worth it - try the fish kebabs - out of this world. Take advantage of the overnight stay at the mountain lodge which is included in the pkg - it was one of the most fascinating experiences of my life. Not only are you in a tropical rainforest-setting amongst many species of birds and a soothing waterfall, but you go on a 2 hour hike in the morning which takes you up the mountain and into the local village to see how the locals live - very memorable. This was my first trip to Cuba and definitely not my last. This resort was fabulous - pretty secluded yet safe and large enough with lots to do - bicycles, kayaks, pedal boats, mopeds$, horse-back riding$, mini-golf, tennis, basketball etc.
My husband and I were there Jan 2003. Very clean resort,the chambermaids performing swan lake with the bed linens and towels and shower curtain( you have to see this to believe it!)It was our first time to ever go to an all inclusive -so we may not be the best experts on these things. The water is filtered so no worries there. ROOM:They didnt supply any mini shampoos just soap, so that was a bummer that we had to go and buy some-kinda wierd for a resort eh?. The animation staff is lively and fun, aerobic classes, spanish class with Lesbia(I kid you not), volleyball, the cabaret shows are more risque(in costumes) than to pay $50 USD to go see the big Tropicana show.You can go walking outside and visit some of the hamlets nearby- friendly people they wont bother you.
We spent 2 weeks at Sierra Mar for Christmass and New Year. Loved the scenery and surroundings. You could rent mopeds and explore the country side. The staff was very friendly and extremely efficient! Especially at the Lobby bar, there was one bartender there she would scare some of the bartenders in TO. The food was good, and very well laid out. Although I would love it if they would get some more spices, etc...
On April 3 my husband and I will be travelling to Toronto, to stay overnight to catch the plane to Santiago de Cuba - for the FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW.
I loved it!!
Oh my god... I don't where to start. I loved it!! Me and my family went there about 1-2 years ago in March. It was beautiful. The people there were so nice and giving. The day that we were leaving my sister and I cried and cried. We did not want to come back to Canada. I garauntee that when I have enough money saved I will deffinatley be going back there.
This hotel/club is fascinating and very very comfortable.The management are constantly on their toes-reviewing and revamping service on all levels.The food is varied,fresh and ample(they have a full working famr on site)-the live music is brought to you from Santiago(home of great live musical acts)to the hotel 3 times a day-beach service,excursions,tour help is grand and the rooms are very very good.Including the beds and the fabulous way the maids can shape blankets into swans!!!!
One feels that the staff are an extended family and we were very very sad to have to say goodbye.It is also obvious they are doing something so right as many people in the 2 weeks we were there were returning to Sierra Mar.