We stayed at the Brisas del Caribe April 9th - 16th, 2012. Weather was fantastic!
I read reviews ahead of time and decided to give it a try, we booked last minute, got a GREAT deal and were VERY happy with our decision to stay here. Like other people have posted, if you are expecting 5 star service, look elsewhere. This is 4 stars by Cuba standards.
We arrived late at night, were welcomed with a drink, fast and easy check in, jumped on a trolly and were taken to our room, 2nd floor of the South section. Room was clean, spacious, over looked the pool areas, AC, tv, worked fine the whole week. Always hot water, great water pressure, no odor or bugs in the room. Our mini fridge did not work, that was ok, we didn't need it. No clock radios in the rooms. We brought an adapter but didn't need it, the plug for the tv was 2 pronged and our ipod docking station worked there. Maid always left fresh towels, towel art, and the room/shower was always very clean.
Pools were very clean, but we preferred the beach, and spent the majority of our day (7 hours a day) on the GORGEOUS beaches! There was always someone there to get our loungers for us, and there were plenty of them, but go early to get under a beach palapa. We brought our own beach towels. People do try to sell things to you on the beach, hats, beer mugs, bathing suit coverups, seashells etc...but if you say no, they keep walking and don't bother you. We did end up buying from a couple of them, and we didn't have to barter very much.
We booked 3 a la cartes and only ended up going to 2. Fantasia one was not good, Brisas was very good. We always found something to eat at the main buffet, breads, rice, fish, shrimp, eggs, omelets, fruit, smoothies, and salad is what I lived on...and icecream. :) Ask the Omelet guy (I forget his name, but he was awesome! Singing and smiling all the time) to fry you eggs, he will make them to order, toasts your bread too! We also got creative and made foot-long subs! I stayed away from the mystery meat, also the chicken was never cooked through. Pizza and burgers at the 24 hour snack bar (south section) were very good. Coffee and cappuccino's at the Lobby coffee bar was the best, but most importantly the pina colada's, lime daiquiri's, rum and coke, and Cristal Beer were delish!
We went for relaxation, sun and sand, did not go on any excursions, but did take the hop on/hop off bus into the city for 5 peso's each. Well worth it. Lots of market shopping, good restaurants and very friendly people.
We saw one of the night entertainment shows in the lobby, it was fine, didn't go to any others so I can't comment on them.
There are a few stray cats on the resort - outside around the main buffet, I am not a fan of cats, and had a hard time getting used to the idea that there were cats on the resort, but if people continue to feed them they will not go away!!!
Internet service did not work, we walked a very short distance to the resort next door and used their internet. 30 minutes for 5 pesos. Slow connection, so bring your drink with you and you won't be stressed out!
We had planned to go to the gym but it was toooooo hot in there. Walking along the beach, and swimming in the ocean was enough exercise anyway....and who really wants to exercise while on vacation!!
Tips: Buy a pineapple drink from one of the sellers on the beach for 3 pesos, you can barter down from 5. Buy your peso's at the hotel lobby cadeca, NOT from the front desk. Purchase your rum, coffee, and cigars in the lobby store to take home with you, pack them in your suitcase, cheaper than the duty free.
Bring an insulated cup, face cloths, snack foods, polysporin and band-aids, lots of sunscreen, ($26-30 a bottle if you run out) tylenol, gatorade crystals to add to your bottled water for hang-over days, smile, relax, tip your maid, gardener, bartender, and cook (not for better service, just because they deserve it) AND don't sweat the small stuff!!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Brisas Del Caribe Cuba
- Cuba Brisas Del Caribe
- Brisas Del Caribe Varadero Cuba