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Playa Costa Verde Hotel

Playa Costa Verde Hotel, Holguin

The Playa Costa Verde Hotel is located only 100 yards from the beach, but is actually 10 miles from the resort centre.

Meals are served in the buffet style for breakfast, lunch and evening dinner with regular themed nights to add verity to your holiday experience.

Rooms are complete with a television, telephone, air conditioning, fridge, cd player, safety deposit box & hairdryer.

Submitted By Mr D J Edwards
Rating:Rated Maximum 5 Stars By Mr D J Edwards
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"Avoid Easter Or The Spring Break Periods"

We flew from Gatwick (UK) with First Choice in their standard Star class. Paid extra for extra leg room seats which was well worth the money as although I am nearly 6' 4" I couldn't reach the seat in front!! Flight was only slightly behind schedule, we arrived in a tropical downpour but we were the only flight in Holguin at that time so queues were effectively non-existent for immigration etc. Transfer to PCV was quick (as it was the only stop) although we had to wait a while in the coach whilst some missing luggage was located.

Check in was quick at PCV, although we had to wait for an hour as our room was not yet ready. This wasn't a hardship as we sat in the large airy reception area and downed a couple of glasses of very welcome beer and champagne!

When we finally were taken to our room we were delighted to see that we had been allocated a second floor corner room with a large wrap around balcony (I had emailed the resort in advance with a request in Spanish - I don't know whether this was the reason). The room was large, comfortable and was kept very clean during our two weeks. There was nearly always hot water although it was only warm at 7:00pm after everyone had showered. We tipped our maid every other day and asked her to supply us with bottled water as the fridge is only stocked on day one with water and two small cans of pop. The air con was very effective and we had no problems with insects at all.

*Site* he grounds are beautifully landscaped - the grass was somewhat brown when we arrived but a deluge one evening soon greened everything up. There are a large variety of shrubs and trees, many in flower whilst we were there. Its not a huge site so its possible to walk everywhere on the clearly signposted paths.

*Beach* The beach is very pleasant with easy access to the sea - there are a few rocky bits but its perfectly possible to get in and out without any problems; the water is refreshing, without being cold and was never too rough even when the wind got up after a few days. The snorkelling is very good particularly to the right of the PCV in front of the Blau. The only downside of the beach is that it is relatively small. As our second week coincided with Easter it got pretty crowded by 11:00am. The weekend was even more crowded due to the presence of several busloads of locals who used the beach between Pesquero and PCV. In the second week we had the usual European problem with sunshades being "reserved" before breakfast, although there was no shortage of sunbeds.

The walk from the hotel to the beach is via a causeway over the "eco areas" - was a bit dried out when we arrived but the sharp rain showers we had late afternoon and overnight soon freshened the area up. A large variety of wading birds to be seen.

Pool The swimming pool was quite large - always room to have a brief swim to cool down although I found it to be a bit too warm!! Plenty of sun beds around the pool although in our second week parasols were hard to find by late morning. There are two separate sections of the pool for the younger kids plus a totally separate babies pool by the kids club.

Restaurants

*Buffet*- always plenty of choice; Tuesdays (fillet of Beef) and Thursdays (Lobster and assorted seafood) are outstanding nights - also some good stir fries and pasta dishes - Only downside was occasional shortage of choice of vegetables (other than salads). Very good selection of fruits, cheeses and sweets for afters. Service was always very good at all three meals. *Italian* - the nearest to what I would accept as a la carte- good choice on the menu with excellent service in quiet, air-conditioned surroundings. We had two good meals although the fillet of beef was not so good on the second occasion. *Japanese* - we were a bit disappointed on our visit to the Japanese restaurant - although the food was perfectly OK everything seemed a bit mechanical as they seem to go thru the same routine day in day out which made us feel a bit like we were on a conveyor belt - there is a standard menu, all you can do is leave things out. Our waitress took our "order" then we were all served everything anyway. We also didn't get offered extra drinks or coffee at the end of the meal. To be fair tho' a lot of people we talked to during our two weeks, raved about the Japanese; so you pays your money and takes your choice!!!!! *Caribbean - *our lowest rated; It doubles as an a la carte snack bar during the day which was perfectly fine - comfortable to sit in out of the midday heat and have a beer and a pizza (which were excellent) - in the evening it serves up a very limited menu with little or no atmosphere due partly to the large empty spaces between tables. The night we went the food was mediocre, with an overcooked piece of fish and a very tough piece of fillet(???) of beef; also the service very poor, we had to go to get another glass of wine ourselves. *Creole - *We liked the Creole (Cuban) restaurant a lot; the nights we went there was plenty of atmosphere, the food was good and our waitress(es) very attentive; The Cuban peasant soup was a meal in itself, and the pork steak in rum / fruit sauce very tasty. Again however there was some negative feedback from other groups who weren't very impressed and preferred the Caribbean!!

Bars *Main bar - *generally good service all day - somewhat slower in the evenings especially the second week; Waiter service to the lobby area and the tables broke down a bit later in the evening although very good earlier on. Lots of kids running around in the evening which made it a bit too noisy for us!! Great choice of drinks although very frustrating if you were just waiting for a cold beer whilst the person in front had ordered 3 or 4 cocktails!!

*Cigar(Piano) bar* - always quiet(empty) in the evenings - perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle-chill out with a coffee and a (very large) Scotch or Brandy whilst listening to some undemanding music. Pedro the barman always seemed to have the glass topped up b4 you realised it was anywhere near empty! Also air conditioned which made a pleasant change from the main lobby. *Beach Bar* - Eduardo did a sterling job all week, keeping everyone on the beach supplied with beers, soft drinks and rum punches; the insulated mugs we took were worth their weight in gold as it meant only a couple of trips to the bar per session. Those without had to make do with very small plastic cups - one mouthful of beer and they were gone. *Pool (swim up) bar - *only used it once or twice; seemed to have a fine selection of drinks - our second week a group of Canadians had taken up residence on the stools in the pool and seemed determined to drink the bar dry!! *Beer corner* - very pleasant outdoor area to sit, drink beer (assorted Cuban and imported beers available) and watch the world walk by. Entertainment supplied by a folk singing guitarist who plays the fig leaf like a kazoo!!

Entertainment - generally low key - supplied in part by the Italian resident staff who tried very hard in the day to get people round the pool and on the beach involved in team games like volleyball or water polo, as well as "silly" games and bingo. The best part of the evenings was the resident band who were very professional but not on for very long most evenings. There appeared to be "participation" most evenings on the stage - a lot of the younger kids/parents got involved. The shows were mostly amateurish - not to our tastes.

The journey home via Holguin airport was again painless as we were the first flight due out in the afternoon. The flight was almost on time so we were boarding before the majority of passengers for the next flight had cleared security. We would would definitely go back to the PCV - possibly next Spring but we will avoid Easter or the Spring Break periods.

Thomson
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Playa Costa Verde Hotel

Address : Rafael Freyre, Playa Pesquero, Cuba

Telephone : +53 24 30 510

Fax : +53 24 30 515

Official Rating : 4 Star

Number Of Guestrooms : 480

Overall Rating : 100% From 1 Review

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