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#2 Paradisus Rio De Oro And Spa
#2 Paradisus Rio De Oro And Spa
Holguin
Cuba
526 reviews
Manage Expectations
This was my first visit to the hotel. My friends had visited pre-COVID and recommended the location. It is an adults-only, well established resort. Predominantly comprised of middle aged/older guests - this is not a party resort, but a more sedate vibe. The room was spacious and clean. Good variety of spaces, with ample seating and lounging areas. Some interesting outdoor spaces to explore. The biggest challenge was due to food/drink shortages and this is where a guest needs to manage expectations. Buffet fare was the same each day, some items (like papaya and lettuce) made inconsistent appearances. For example, the salad buffet consisted of onions, white cabbage, carrots, beets and sometimes cucumbers. Don't expect broccoli, cauliflower, kale, mixed greens, or peppers. The fruit on offer was apple, star fruit, white grapefruit and pineapple. You won't find mixed berries, watermelon, mango or grapes. I don't believe this is unique to this resort in Cuba. Vodka and rum were in large supply but there was no tequila, gin, club soda, diet pop or ginger ale. If you have food/drink intolerances, dislikes or allergies, your options may be minimal. The best places to eat were the beach restaurant and pool bar restaurant (food was made to order). The Cuban and International a la carte restaurants served the best quality wine. You can tip in Canadian, USD or Cuban pesos. Note that only paper money is accepted (ie, no coins). Many staff have worked at the resort for years and get to know repeat guests. Overall, they are polite, and friendly. I never experienced any mediocre or rude behaviour - only smiles, and a willingness to serve within the limits that exist. Overall, if you don't have high expectations in relation to the food and drink, if you enjoy beautiful beaches and a quiet space, you will happy at this resort.
#7 Aston Costa Verde Beach Resort
#7 Aston Costa Verde Beach Resort
Holguin
Cuba
1261 reviews
not sure we'd go back
We went to Fiesta Americana on Wed February 11th - Wed February 18th in 2019 and had an amazing time and decided to go back the exact same week in 2020. We were disappointed this year. Here were the pros from last year: -weather (only rained one evening for about an hour) -food was excellent (for Cuba's standards) with fresh fruit everyday, a person available to make fresh smoothies, even options such as brie cheese were available -not crowded, don't have to get up early to save a chair by the pool/beach Cons from last year: -broken chairs (almost all of them have broken bases which make very uncomfortable for lounging) -very slow service at the snack bar -ran out of all bread throughout the hotel most days -we were in the main block which was really loud This year's pros: -weather - above 30 everyday, didn't see one drop of rain -got invited to a 'special dinner' one night with 8 others (4 couples) where we were served surf and turf in exchange for a review... -great spot -we were in block 17 which was (in our opinion), second best block. If we could choose, we'd request 16. closest block that is not right in the centre of the action. We don't like being a mile away but don't want to be right in the centre of the action kept up late from disco music, etc. This year's cons: -they brought in over 1,000 local cubans for Valentine's day (Friday) and Saturday. It was awful because that resort cannot handle that many guests. Not enough restaurants, not enough food, not enough toilet paper, not enough currency. Just plain awful. Every food lineup was hours long. They ran out of most of the food at every restaurant (imagine going to an italian restaurant and being offered penne noodles with white sauce and no meat as the ONLY thing left on the menu). Many of the Cubans were rude and would quite literally push you out of the way and butt right in front of you in lines. Huge disaster. -currency was always out at the hotel. they wouldn't break large bills into smaller ones so we tipped a few times and then stopped tipping until they'd break our bills (tried 3 days in a row before they finally had smaller money) -the above mentioned problem trickled into everything else.... toilet paper was always out, food was always out, etc -almost every lounger is broken and uncomfortable. we got up super early to reserve 2 of the 5 good ones around the main pool Still a cheap trip with great weather if you can let go of the anger you face trying to line up for a simple drink or coffee. And if you're ok for a couple days standing in line for an hour before getting seated at a restaurant.

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