When i arrived i could not believe how people had written such bad reviews on this hotel. On arrival we were greeted by a cuban band playing and were quickly booked into our room. We had room 208 which is an upper floor of the apartment blocks. The room was large and very clean! The bathroom was very clean and we were very impressed. Every day our lovely maid changed the sheets and even tidied up our clothes!
The staff on whole made you feel like part of the family. They saved us tables in the restaurants, were quick to bring us drinks or even bring a third chair to put our bags on! Tipping definitley helps with the speed of service and once you get to know a few waiters they remember you and treat you like kings! We tipped 1 peso at each meal time and 5 pesos to the two waiters we got to know well when we left. All staff were so helpful - we lost our bag on the coach and even though it ended up being transported half way across cuba we got it back an hour later with nothing missing,
The pool is fantastic - its best to put your towel on your lounger early so you get a spot you want - but there is always the beach to lie on which is idyllic. The sand is white and the sea crystal clear - you can walk out for miles and the water only goes up to your knees. I have been to some wonderful places all over the world and i can honestly say this beach is the best i have ever been to. It look exactly like it does in the brochure!
The food is good, there is always something to eat and the ice cream is delicious! I dont know why people moan about the food as there is a whole variety of food to choose from and although some of it is local cuban food people should not expect british food to be readily available. We ate at the pizza restaurant once and it was delicious although the service was a little slow.
We never ate at the cuban restaurant as we heard from various people it was not worth bothering with.
The weather was beautiful for ten days, bright sunshine and no clouds. A few days were overcasy however it gave us the opportunity to explore or play tennis,
Trips - we went on the salsa night which was good fun. However i was bitten 140 times that night and was never bitten any other time, so my tip would be to cover up or bathe in insect repellant!
Dolphin trip - we were initially told 5 hours and an over night stay however this is a ten hour trip one way and five hours back. you can fly there in one day if you like. the trip was hard work and slow however the dolphin experience was out of this world and i would have travelled 20 hours to do it again. i have done this once before however this time it was so interactive and it was definately a lifetime experience.
catamaran trip- whole day trip on the coral reefs where you get to go snorkelling - saw some amazing fish and stopped for lunch on a beauftiful beach where we were cooked lobstor/chicken and prawns -definately worth the 70 pesos
my tips would be - bring your own beach towel
bring plenty of inset repellent just in case - however if it wouldnt have been for the salsa night we were never bitten.
tips generously and this ensures good service and is fair to the cubans.
bring a large glass or beaker as the drinks are small and it means many trips to the bar
take pounds sterling and change to convertable pesos there (there is a bank at this hotel) never saw an atm machine on whole island.
This is the first holiday i have never wanted to come home from and i cant believe the bad reviews written about this hotel. i expected the worse and it turned out to be the best holiday i have ever had.
i have some amazing pictures of the hotel and trips and i would be happy to send them to anyone unsure of going!
- Also Known As:
- Gran Caribe Club Villa Cojimar Hotel Cayo Guillermo
- Gran Caribe Hotel Cojimar
- Gran Caribe Club Cojimar
- Gran Caribe Cayo Guillermo