Brisas del Caribe Hotel
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Brisas Del Caribe - Great staff, poor buffet food
If food is important to you .... Apparently the quality of food at Brisas Del Caribe has deteriorated in recent years. My sister was there 5 years ago for her honeymoon, and enjoyed fresh lobster and seafood at the buffet, and has pictures of cold dishes on beds of ice. Our family recently returned from a trip, and found the food at the buffet, and La Caleta (one of the a la carte) restaurants to be terrible. Cold food was NOT on beds of ice, or refrigerated in any way - and food items such as devilled eggs, mayonnaise based salads, and "cold" meats and cheeses were on platters and unrefrigerated for the course of the meal serving in a quite hot room ! Scary ! Perhaps some of these items would have been acceptable had they been properly (and safely) handled. As it was, we avoided much of the foods. Other offerings in the hot dishes were rather "mysterious" and many unidentifiable (or mislabelled - e.g. the quite good breaded calamari labelled "sculptured carrots" ??) La Fantasia or Le Patio (same menu) a la carte restaurants were VERY good - however, only one reservation was accepted to each during the course of a one week stay. The quality of this food made it even more puzzling - why could the same standard not be found throughout the hotel ?
We found the staff at this hotel, particularly the Children's entertainment staff - to be over the top in service. They were truly excellent in every way ! Activities were plentiful and thoroughly enjoyed. The children (11 and 12) enjoyed the pizza, hot dogs, and fries and the snack bar - and were delighted with the ice cream bars !
Of course, the beach was beautiful ! We had no problems obtaining and using the various equipment, whihc included pedal boats, kayaks, windsurfers, small sailboats, catamarans (1/2 hour trips accompanied by staff), and a water trampoline. Other activities such as parasialing were available at extra cost, but priced fairly reasonably ($30 for parasailing)
All in all, it was a wonderful trip. Unfortunately, unless we hear that the food has improved - we won't be back (soley for that reason because we found everything else very enjoyable)
Brisas Del Caribe
Went to Brisas Del Caribe in April 2002 and enjoyed my first trip to Cuba.
I have been reading some of reviews and I want to say that I never saw any cockroaches when I was there and the food isn't as bad as everyone says it is. Okay so Cubans aren't great cooks but I give them credit for trying. I think breakfast was the weirdest meal because they would serve stuff like cold cuts and cheese, mashed potatoes, chopped hotdogs, and -get this- fish sticks (one morning) for breakfast. From what I know the food doesn't get better at any of the other resorts either. But hey if you get that desperate you can buy a can of pringle in the gift shop for $3.10 US!
This hotel has a very nice garden with a water lily pond and is great for photo ops.
The beach is breathtaking, white sand and clear water!
Loved my trip there.
Never again !
My husband and I stayed in this hotel in late March/early April 2002.
I can honestly say that the food here was the worst that I have ever had on any caribbean holiday.
The food in the buffet restaurant was, quite frankly, inedible. My husband and I were quite ill throughout the holiday and came home thinner than we went (quite amazing really, on an 'all inclusive' holiday).
We will not be visiting this hotel, or in fact Cuba again.
If you're not big on eating - stay here
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Brisas Del Caribe in April 2002. If you are contemplating a trip here, please reconsider. The food was absolutely disgusting. Most of the time in the buffet we could barely decipher what was available (if you have any food allergies, difinitely avoid this hotel) we found meals to be a constant struggle on a daily basis. The a al carte restaurants are of the same caliber - and making a reservations was always such a hassle (we approached the PR desk early Sunday, and the first available date was for the upcoming Thursday). We also had an "incident" in our hotel room our last night with a cockroach that was the size of a small dog. All of this really is a complete shame, because the beach is absolutely breathtaking & the people are so very precious. Our experience was such that we will not be traveling to Cuba again at this hotel, or any other.
I just recently returned from my vacation in cuba. I stayed at Brisas del caribe and i had a great time. The entertainment was amazing and it always gives you something to do. The animaters are great at what they do. There are dance lessons, aqua fitness, water vollyball and much more. The beach was beautiful and we had great weather all week. However the food is not the greatest and if you are a picky eater i do not sugest that you go to this hotel. The disco is not very hapening which is why it is best to go out to clubs where you can take a taxi or have a bus take you there. My only regret on this vacation was that i only stayed for one week instead of two. I would definitly go back to brisas del caribe but for two weeks because one is not enough!
Me and my husband have just finished our stay at the above hotel-we are from London,England.Our impression of the hotel,rooms clean and spacious,facilities not up to standard that we have experienced on other Caribbean holidays and food very very bad indeed and we are by no means fussy eaters in fact we have actually lost weight on this holiday which is a first!!It was overcrowded to the point that there were not enough staff to meet needs of the guest, attitude problem and no customer service skills with some,lack of watersport facilities ie few boats and canoes on the beach to serve everyone,the best restaurant was Fantasia-execellent although you could only get a reservation once or twice a week which was not enough.We made a formal complaint to the General Manager because of an incident one evening in the Beach Grill which seemed to be if you weren't waving dollar bills in the waiting staffs' faces they just wanted to ignore you!!!!!!
The food-ok if you like grease,fat and unappitising it was worst than terrible.The buffet was knicknamed Butlins Buffet(for those of you from the UK visiting this site you will know what I mean!!)which filled us with dread.......
Iam not a whingeing person by nature in fact quite the opposite but you should check out all of the facts before visiting.How anyone can say that they enjoyed the food here must be out of their minds!!!!
Beach and sea were absolutely fantastic.
My wife an I took a trip in November to Cuba and we stayed here. We loved it but next time we will go outside of hurricane season as we came there just after a bad storm. One night club/restuaraunt was shut down for renovations and the water was too rough for snorkeling but other than that, I would deffinitely go back
The hotel grounds are pretty nice, lots of palm trees and pools. The food however was pretty bad and I'm not even a picky eater! Everything in the buffet was just terribly bland and overall gross! There was always this strong, oil smell that just turned your stomache. I suggest making reservations at the other 2 restaurants the entire time you're there (they weren't great either but better than that buffet!)
I am a 14 year old girl and me and my family went to Brisas Del Caribe for Christmas. It was EXCELLENT! The rooms were lovely (ask to be in the 'new block' they are the nicest) with loads of space! The food is nice - a grill bar, two a la cartes and a buffet! The buffet is sooooo nice and there is a wonderful selection. We went for new years eve and it was really wonderful! The staff are friendly and there are loads of things to do....
Spanish lessons, dancing lessons, watersports evening shows THE LOT!
My husband and I decided to renew our vows for our 10th wedding anniversary and we decided upon this wonderful jewel to do it at. The staff was friendly and very accomodating to us. The lady that arrange for our wedding was very helpful and very professional. After the ceremony every single staff member we encounter was ready to congratulate us and all of them were always pleasant and friendly. In general the hotel is very well run. It accomodates couples and families alike. The food was different every day and the food at their two restaurants a la carte were to die for. My husband and I spend some nights in our balcony drinking "Mojitos" and smoking cuban cigars under the moonlight. We would go back in a minute if possible. We also enjoyed our day tour of Havana. The history and architecture is at every corner. We had a good time and made wonderful memories for years to come.
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... ve spent 3 days having a fabulous time, our 3rd floor room has a side view of the Ocean, just spoilt by the dozens of palm trees that surround this corner of Cuban paradise. Its a 2 minute walk to the powder soft sandy beach. Oh God its a hard life, but we're coping pretty well! We meander to the huge breakfast buffet around 9 every morning, enjoy freshly squeezed juices, pastries of every type, eggs done however you ...