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All reviews los galeones small resort beach bar sierra mar fish steep road a small swimming pool youngest couple three months all inclusive resort repeat customers the reefs every evening steps bands tip cuba
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

This is not really a hotel but a club for Canadians wanting to escape form their cold winters. The vast majority of guests during our stay were such people who were staying for up to three months in this all-inclusive resort. The location has beautiful views but is difficult to get to, up a long steep road with more deep potholes than actual road. As other reviewers state you can get to the beach but this means a climb of 294 steps. There is a small swimming pool with sun-loungers providing a comfortable area to relax. The all-inclusive nature means there is no extra expense on food or drink. The food is standard Cuban fare with a couple of different choices available each evening. The menu offered, especially for desserts, bears little resemblance to reality with items included rarely accurate except for ice cream and rice pudding. The 'club' nature also tends to make occasional guests seem like outsiders especially the evening of the special meal for 'returners' when our party of four felt completely marginalised, while nearly everyone else were seated together on a large table. The serving staff were all very helpful and friendly but the management side were largely invisible. Nobody was present to welcome us or there when we left. There was also no information provided about any special events that were being held, these only being come across by accident when they were happening, although all the 'club' members seemed aware of them. The wristband provided will also gain you admission to the partner hotel Sierra Mar, a 15 minute drive away. This has a large swimming pool on the roof but his tends to be very noisy with many more guests.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank haroldneal
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

Small rustic hotel with beautiful scenery, 294 steps to the ocean–lovely small beach at the bottom. Perfect for travellers that want a quiet escape. Great staff that makes you feel at home, thoughtful food–can't wait to return.

Stayed: November 2017
10  Thank daisy523
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Just got back from a week at Los Galeones. This was our first time to Cuba and people had warned us about Cuban standards, so we weren't sure what to expect. Los Galeones is a quaint little place built way up on a hill top. All of the rooms have amazing views of water, mountains, village, or a combination of them all. It is old and rustic but kept very clean and in great shape. The staff are fantastic - they become like family. The food is very good. The breakfast buffet has bacon, sausage, cheeses, breads, fruits and made to order eggs. You do not go hungry. Lunch can be ordered a la carte or there is a beach BBQ. Dinner is usually a la carte but sometimes buffet style. I enjoyed all of it even though the menu is a tad limited. The beach is beautiful and swimmable - we were in the ocean many times - it was clear, clean, and warm. We did not need bug spray at any time. It is totally worth the 300 stairs to get there. There are no activities here but you can go to the nearby sister resort. We went and rented a scooter to drive up the coast - it was an awesome day! We also walked through the town of Chivirico and always felt safe to do so. This spot was perfect for us but you should always do your research - it's very quiet and very small

Room Tip: All rooms have great views. Sometimes the village parties are heard from the village view rooms.
  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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13  Thank kellibrian8
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

Visited between Dec 3rd -14th. This is our third time visiting Los Galeones in the last 4 years and the main attraction for us was the reefs just of the beach.

There has been a steady decline of fish on the reefs over the last several years. The morning prior to the day we departed there were 4 different spear fisherman combing the reefs in front of the Hotel beach. On two of our snorkeling outings we almost ran into two different fisherman. Large fish which were easily spotted on our first trip, were non existent and those that were left were less than half the size and skittish as soon as we approached, quickly swimming under the rocks and caves. The reef itself has seen a lot of wear and tear, from people standing on portions and not being careful on others. The tops of a lot of coral heads were dead and fan corals which cover the reef had numerous broken arms. I have been a scuba diver for over 40 years and would rate the snorkeling experience as poor.

We love the resort itself and the people running it are excellent. The bands at night were great and the food is good. Although beware that we were told the bands are not paid, so there is a pressure to tip every evening.

It's a great place to get away but if you're coming to see the reef, be aware of my comments above.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank ExoticKnight
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

Just came back from Brisas. 10 days for 780$. It was almost perfect for me and my wife. In some point we were the youngest couple and I am 63. Small resort around 30 rooms. Repeat customers in their 70 s and older. And it’s amazing because to the beach u have to go down 300 steps and back one more time 300. I am in good shape and considered it like good training,but way up from the beach was same time to much after good dinner and a drinks. They’re serving dinner in a beach bar and it’s not bad. We befriend guys from beach staff and they prepared for us lobster almost every dinner.Beach not crowded because old people can’t just go down and back. Just I didn’t like a fact that they don’t have buffet for dinner, you have to order and wait. Not very convenient. Every day life bands and they not bad at all. No animation team,no drunk buddies,no rude vacationers. Staff are almost perfect. Get sick one day,get help from medical nurse very fast and it helped me. So it’s like big family. If price will be right probably return in much.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
6  Thank vulvad
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