I have recently come back from a week in Cuba staying at the Sol Cayo Guillermo. The hotel was chosen not because of any reviews but, simply because it was one of the hotels on the Cayo’s and we knew we wanted this area rather than say, Varadero and then it was the cheapest hotel on the Cayo’s for the date we needed to travel.
The hotel is a 4* hotel and is a fairly big resort hotel based in Cayo Guillermo. Most of the hotels in the Cayo’s are, simply because there is nothing within walking distance outside of them so they have to have a fair amount of amenities on site and all are all inclusive too. The hotel is part of the Sol and Melia group of hotels. The Cayo’s are part of a chain of small islands just off of the mainland of Cuba and so are quite a way out from where people actually live.Arriving and check in:
When we arrived at the hotel after a 40 minute transfer from Cayo Coco (Jardines Del Rey airport), we were greeted by the staff who were playing music and offering out a ice cold cocktail. Even though it was raining it was very hot at well over 30 degrees so the cold drink was very welcoming! We had been advised on the coach by the rep that our luggage would be taken off for us and if we wanted it taken to our room by the bell boy we just had to stick the label on it once we had checked in.
As we walked into reception we were handed a form to fill in at the same time as our drinks. Once we had filled this in with the usual details of names, passport details etc we were checked in and given our key card to our room (just the one) and advised where our room was located by the reception staff. We declined our luggage being taken to our room as we didn’t have any money to tip the man anyway and wanted to just get to our room and freshen up. Overall check in took only about 5 minutes which was not bad considering a fair few of us had turned up at the same time.Rooms:
The rooms are in blocks. Each block has between 4 -8 rooms in it depending on whether it is a single or double storey block. Our block was a two storey one so had 4 rooms on the ground and 4 on the upper floor. Due to the size of the grounds our room was a fair walk from reception and this is probably what I would say was the major downside as when going to and from the room it was so hot it just seemed to take forever to get there and back!
Upon entering the room the first thing we noticed was how cool the air conditioning was - it was divine! The bathroom was located to the left hand side if us and a wardrobe to the right hand side which also contained the safe. The safe was operated by our key card. The bathroom was a fairly good size with a toilet and bidet to one side of the room and the sink directly facing the door. A shower cubicle was located to the opposite side of the room which was tucked behind a wall and glass partition. There was wooden towel rail on the wall in the corner of the shower area.
The bedroom area was a pretty decent size with two double beds, a dresser with chair, a chest of drawers with a TV on top and a small fridge inside the cupboard, a small table with a huge comfy chair next to it and a bedside table next to each bed.