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Cuba Libre - accommodation

Postby samuelme » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:09 am

Hi All,

My wife and I have booked a Cuba Libre tour for September. We haven't done much travel before so we're a little apprehensive. We're expecting it to be a little bit of an adventure, but I suppose we're a bit prissy when it comes to having a comfortable/clean room to stay in. Anyone here who's done this tour have any thoughts on the accommodation? Was it clean/tidy/safe?

Love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

Cheers, Sam.
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Re: Cuba Libre - accommodation

Postby Zuleika » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:09 pm

Hello - we've had this discussion on here fairly recently, if you use the search function there are several posts - but here is one to get you going.

viewtopic.php?f=47&t=20552&hilit=+cuba

If these dont answer your Q's let me know and I'll do my best to help.
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Re: Cuba Libre - accommodation

Postby samuelme » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:40 pm

Thanks for the reply - I did have a look at that thread before. Seems to be mainly about the casas which sound interesting, but we've only got 2 home stay nights in there, and 5 in hotels. We only know the first hotel that we're staying at which is on the itinerary, and some of the photos and reviews of the place look good, and then some look pretty bad.

See this review and photos attached. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRevi ... _Cuba.html

I'm not too worried about modern luxury, obviously we'll be out and about most of the time, mainly just want to know that I'll get a clean room that's been maintained. So wondering if you or anyone else has had this experience in the hotels, and if there were any problems like a dirty room, were they willing/able to rectify it?

Thanks!
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Re: Cuba Libre - accommodation

Postby Zuleika » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:20 pm

Yes I read that too before I went - but dont worry I thought the Plaza hotel was wonderful albeit slightly rustic - but very atmospheric - you could almost smell the presence of the mafia there back in the last century and just imagine the goings on, this hotel really featured. And its extremely central to everywhere you want to go by foot.
I think every so often you get a duff room - but I was in the Plaza 3 times and all of the rooms were perfectly acceptable.
A word about the hotels though - this is a socialist/communist country where all the hotels are state run. Yes a lot of them are run down. The staff in the main, are underpaid and rude and have no incentive to help their customers and just plain dont care - so if you do have a problem goodluck! You will need patience.
Same with the state run restaurants - service is extremely slow, so again patience is needed.
This is why the Casa's are the best places to stay and eat - these people do have a vested interest in doing their best and get tipped etc accordingly. The difference is palpable.

On the Cuba Libre tour I thought the worst accommodation was actually at the beach at Maria La Gorda, the showers were broken and no hot water, there were few or no light bulbs, shabby and run down. There are newer blocks but we didnt get those - I hope you do! I was there in peak season so it was full so although I did manage to change rooms once it was really no better. Food i'm afraid to say was not good in the only restaurant there, the only other option is the bar cafe where we waited over 3 hours for dinner one night - one very overworked chef doing his best! Get there early and try not to go as one big group together!!! We fed this back but dont know whether G have changed hotels, or whether anywhere else is actually any better - I would hazard a guess not! However the beach is lovely and the diving, snorkelling, hiking is great so its not all bad. just dont go expecting luxury at the beach!!!
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Re: Cuba Libre - accommodation

Postby ferry22 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:08 pm

Sounds interesting! I really wanna go there... :D
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Re: Cuba Libre - accommodation

Postby debandpat123 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:30 am

hola, we just returned from the "cuba colonial' trip, and stayed at the hotel plaza at both the beginning and end of the trip for a total of 4 nights. the location is wonderful, and the lobby and main floor are beautiful. as zu said, one can almost feel the mafiosos from days gone by having their cuba libres and cigars there. the rooms were plain, but very clean. i left 1 CUC for my maid the first day, and she left me a beautiful handwritten note of thanks. a young man was playing piano at the downstairs bar and when it seemed no one was listening, he began playing "moonligh sonata." when he finished we had a great conversation with him, he was a music student at the university. the front desk staff was very attentive, and i exchanged money there just for the sake of convenience. the gentlemen at the door were polite and kind and liked to joke around, and helped us with directions and finding a taxi for our 3:00 a.m. departure. the buffet breakfast on the rooftop was nice, there's something for everyone, with a wonderful view. we were never in our rooms except to shower and sleep, so if the rooms weren't top notch it didn't bother us. the folks who work there were fantastic!
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