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A Relaxing Last Minute Getaway!
My wife and I have been to Cuba once before so we knew not to expect lavish luxury. We booked Sol Sirenas Coral as a last minute sell off for $895 +tax (Air Canada, out of London), this in itself was sweet! I wouldn't pay any more then $1,000 to go to Cuba, lets face it, its not St.Martin or Antigua etc. My wife and I love Cuba because of the beautiful soft white sandy beaches, aqua blue water and its cheap. When we read some of the reviews we were a little nervous but when we got there it was fine. Once you're there and have a few drinks, the enjoyment is what you make of it. New Years eve was awesome, Steak, Lobster & Champagne (no extra charge). There's a little bar called the Tea Corner which served awesome coffee, cap's & expresso's, a pleasant surprise. Note: The Sirenas side is smaller, cleaner & more private.
Here's how I would rate everything (out of 5). Beach=5+, Tea Corner=5, Service=4, Staff=3.5, Amenities=3.5, Cleanliness=3.5, Food=3, Rooms=3.
An ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT!!
I would highly recommend this resort to others as the service, facilities, amenities etc were EXCELLENT!!! The employees of SOL CLUB LAS SIRENAS were such a friendly lot of people who made you feel welcome from the moment you arrived until the minute you left. In fact, ALL CUBANS were very, very friendly and helpful.
SOL CLUB LAS SIRENAS is a 4-star resort but "believe you me" we experienced a 5-star treatment.....
My Mom and I stayed Feb.16th -23rd 2002 at AN ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT, FLIGHT(pre-booked window seats),INSCES(cancellation and medical) ]and OCEANVIEW ROOMS for
$1,877.00 cdn per person.
(one could book cheaper at this resort depending on the month you went ) Included in the facilities at SOL CLUB LAS SIRENAS is the following:
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT at the stage every day and evening.
SPORT FACILITIES: Windsurfing, sailing, kayaks, pedaloes, snorkeling, diving, lit tennis courts, Archery and shooting range ETC.with the facilities and equipment included in the price.
CLUB CUBANO: Visit here to learn more about their culture, music, cocktails and their language.
MINI CLUB "LAS SIRENITA": Is a mini-club for children ages 5 to 12 years .
BABY CLUB "FISHY":Babycare for ages 0 to 4 years of age.
GYM: Aerobic lessons, weight lifting, and fitness equipment is available in the gym as well as a Sauna and jacuzzi.
SECURITY BOXES: Are available in the rooms , free of charge(WHICH BY THE WAY IS A GREAT CONVENIENCE THAT IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE: Is available at the reception desk 24/7.(COMES IN VERY HANDY IF YOU DECIDE TO DO ANY EXTRA EXCURSIONS)
There is MEDICAL SERVICES,LAUNDRY SERVICES,EXCURSIONS, A BEAUTY PARLOUR and you can even get a OPTIONAL MASSAGE.
A gift shop within the main lobby is an asset, as well as '"screened" outside vendors that are selling their wares on the beach and on the patios. So if you really didn't even want to venture outside the resort everything is readily at your fingertips.
There are 5 bars altogether at SOL CLUB LAS SIRENAS:::
---Snack Bar "GRUMETE"
---Aqua Bar "ARRECIFE"
---Lobby Bar "MEDITERRANEO"
---Beach Bar "TURQUESA"
Variety of Restaurants:
---Buffet Restaurant "TIMONEL" (serving Bfst., lunch, & dinner)
---Grill "EL PROEL"
---Italian Restaurant "GOLETA" (serving Lunch & dinner)
---Chinese Restaurant "QIANMEN" (serves dinner)
--THE HABANA CAFE'--dinner & live entertainment QUITE THE HOT-HOT SPOT!!
THE SOL CLUB LAS SIRENAS also has a HONEYMOON package available .
Then ON TOP of ALL the ABOVE GOODIES Guests have access to ALL Restaurants and bars at the neighbouring SOL CLUB CORAL.(you only have to show your wrist band that you are from SOL CLUB LAS SIRENAS.
I went to Varadero fo the christmas 2003 with my family. We were so excited , the place ( Sol Sirenas Resort ) was discribed to us as a one of the best in Cuba. But when we entered our rooms, we were shocked.They smelled terrible (mold on the walls visible).I took some pictures to show the travel agent how the 4 star hotel look like. The bathroom weren't clean properly, I found mouse's dirt on the counters plus three different crawling bugs on the floor and in the bathtub. Yaaaak ! They recleaned the bathroom again, but they ruined our excitment. The food preparation was very poor, seems like for the breakfast we had dinner's leftovers. Not much to choose from, unfortunately. The service either at the front desk or in the restaurant were good if tipped. You would think they (cubans ) are so friendly , but very fast you just realized that you need to pay for that smile or help. Only the beaches and the ocean gives you the good time you were looking for when decide to spent a hollidays in Cuba. That's so sad. I think that the travel agency should spent more time researching places for the customers. One more thing -always have with you some basic medicine like aspirine or tylenol, small radio with clock,higine stuff like soap , shampoo etc, beacuse the hotel does not provide anything. Unfortunately we will go somewhere else next time, bye, bye Cuba .
Most ridiculous holiday ever
This was by far the worst holiday we've taken yet. For some reason I had a bad feeling when we landed and got on our bus to get to hotel. The flight was fine from Toronto, no hold up at all, we got through customs fine in Cuba. Then our adventrue began, we found our tour guide, got our package, found our bus, and we were on our way, or so we thought. The bus sat for over 45 minutes, waiting for what we're still not sure because no one else got on the bus. Finally we were on our way, the country didn't impress me right off the get go, so I knew right away problems were going to arise. We were the third hotel on the drop off, wasn't overly impressed by looks of outside, but this is where the nightmare began. Check in : Got dropped off at the "Sol Club" first of all, the "Sol Sirenas" is at other end , quite a nice little walk. So we were told after waiting in line at the check in that we had to go to the Sirenas part of the hotel, which was fine, it was a little chilly out and we just wanted our room as we had an early flight and were tired. Walked a good ten minutes to get to the check in where we were staying, and waited another half hour for them to get organzied enough to check us all in. The front desk girls were not up on their English that well, first annoyance. I realize we're in their country, but we paid good cash to come visit, could have been a little easier. Finally get our room keys , had to pay $15 a towel deposit, and $15 deposit on tv remote. Whatever, paid it. Rooms: OMG looked like something out of the 1950's, beds might as well not had any legs on it, two singles pushed together to make a king. The air conditioner when turned on sounded like it was going to take off through the wall. The mirror in the bathroom had rust spots and a crack in it. The hair dryer looked like a shop vac glued to the wall. I could go on and on , trust me, we'll stop there.Oh yes, I almost forgot, apparently if you leave your necklace or cheap little earrings on the tv during the day, the maid might think it's a tip for her, so please use the safe, since our maid decided to help herself to my beautiful silver necklance from mexico and my earrings.Pool: Pools are gorgeous, grounds are pretty, no complaints there. Beach: Again nice, we didn't have enough nice weather to even worry about laying out down there however, nor was the temperature nice enough for over half our stay worth trying to catch any sun. Bars and Food: The staff is beyond rude, they don't want to work there that's quite obvious. The food is horrible, same thing day after day. The a la cartes were nothing to write home about either, the Chinese was terrible we left in the middle of the main course, the Italian was ok, can't mess up a pizza really, the Cuban........ ok soup that's about it. Didn't make it to the other one, by then we'd had enough of the food there. The drinks are given to you in the smallest little plastic cups I've ever seen, and the "tropical" drinks are a joke. Hard to get any service period at some times. The elevators were broken over half our stay, there was no ketchup some days, and about the only thing I looked forward to was some fries at lunch time. The ham and cheese's they serve at the bars were so thin they looked like pancakes. I could go on and on forever, and the stupid thing was that I read this before we left, but I didn't realize the "Sol Club" was the same place as the "Sirenas". I wouldn't suggest anyone go to Cuba period, let alone stay at this resort. If it's a 4 star I would surely hate to see a 2 star !
Which side are you on?
Transfered to the Coral side of the resort (from the Sirenas side).The room was livable - on the second floor with a partial ocean view. Clean every day. My only complaint would have been it was over the loading bay for the garbage pickup which occurred every night between midnight and 3:00am. Ceilings were just vinyl siding channel pushed together so it was very noisy and sound (from other rooms, the theater next door, the garbage bay outside, the restaurant downstairs) carried.Grounds were certainly better maintained than those on the Sirenas side of the resort. Pathways were large, open, and well lighted. Trees were cut back and the gardens were nicely kept.Activities got a little dicey. Everything closes as soon as it gets dark (about 7:00pm). The games in the clubhouse are locked away so you cannot pass the hours playing pool, darts, foosball or anything else. The pool also closes so if you're not a big partier and want to head off to the nightclubs each night, there really isn't much to do once the sun goes down. And satellite TV means you get about 8 channels, 3 of which are English (CNN, MTV and the old movies channel).Food was ... well ... think Denny's or Ricky's. Nice variety although they waste nothing. If you didn't eat it for dinner, expect to see it at breakfast and/or lunch. It was one of the few buffets in Varadero that actually had condiments like mustard, ketchup, honey, chocolate syrup.As English is NOT a commonly spoken language, if you have any kind of a problem, seeing your vacation representative is your best bet. The people at the front desk were helpful if you could get them to understand what you wanted. Forget Public Relations -- they didn't speak English well enough to understand much.Most of all, if you aren't happy, ask to transfer somewhere else. If I would have known they would have moved us to one of the 5* resorts, I would have complained at the beginning of our vacation. I probably say this resort is closer to a 3* than a 4*.PS: If you want hot water, shower early. Water is solar heated. If there isn't any sun, it's luke warm at best and the earlier you are, the more likely you will have hot water.
Sol Coral Sirenas Resort
Lobby of SOL CLUS LAS SIRENAS
DAVID AT THE CLUB HOUSE AT SOL CLUB LAS SIRENAS
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RE: Sol Sirenas Coral Resort
hi there, i stayed there few years ago and was very happy with the place.the rooms wherent that good but i didnt spend much time there only to sleep. food was very good and beach just 1 min away. all the best:)
RE: RE: Sol Sirenas Coral Resort
Thank you florry!