Brisas del Caribe Hotel
Travel Blogs from Varadero
... to see their printing press and were shown an old Xerox copier; apparently, it wasn't clear, the pages are hand-lettered the old-fashioned way and then reproduced by machine.
Across the street, housed in an elegant French-style building, an old pharmacy dating from 1882, La Pharmacia Francesa Triollett, is now the Pharmacy Museum. It was fascinating to see the old receipt books, compounding equipment, pill molds, label drawers, a distiller, powders, ...
Yesterday, we drove from Trinidad to Santa Clara, the town which Che Guevara lead the takeover of during the revolution. We visited his mausoleum and monument. It was incredibly large and awesome in my opinion because it included his letter to Fidel which explained why he was leaving Cuba - to help other Latin American countries lead revolutions. Che was a cool guy and is revered all over Cuba.
There are also many posters of 5 men's faces that say "Volverán" ...
Coming to Matanzas was a bit of a travelling risk. Not for any crime related reason but it just isn't on the tourist route. That said, our casa is full. Everyone we’ve met along the way kept saying "Matanzas, but why?". Well why was because it didn’t sound all that bad in the LP and we didn’t have enough time to make it to Trinidad by bus and we certainly didn’t want to get into the resort territory of Veradero (Cuba’s answer to Cancun).
... us because we could just pop round to each other when we need the after sun! The pool was right by our houses and the private beach was literally a minute walk behind us – it was definitely a place to relax and unwind after the miles of walking we did in Havana!
High lights of the trip:
- Finding a salsa bar where Cubans went to dance! We had been asking all holiday ...
... service. Stopped at the highest bridge in Cuba on the way for a very strong Pinacolada and some live music, then lunch in Varadero before booking into our hotel. Very basic but OK. Met with Linda, John and Maria in the evening as they had arrived earlier, for a drink - not the best of places to see the real Cuba!!
11th March 2012 - Met with the Cubatravel rep (we had booked the hotel with them) - ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews Brisas del Caribe Hotel Varadero
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 ?
Went to Brisas Del Caribe in April 2002 and enjoyed my first trip to Cuba.
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.
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!!!!!!
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.