Spent 2 weeks at the Solymar from April 29-May 13th. There were 11 of us travelling together, 4 couples & 3 singles. We went Air Canada Vacations which is good as there is leg room, better than Air Transat sitting. Check in went smooth. My girlfriend and her husband (her 2nd trip) and myself & a gal I roomed with got oceanview rooms which were available immmediately. When we got our room, it was a room with King Size Bed which was beautiful, but they were accomodating me & they didn’t realize I had a roommate, so we went back to reception & received a room with 2 beds. I can’t say enough about the treatment I received at the Solymar. They went above & beyond with any requests I may have had. Nothing was an effort for them. As far as the Air Conditioning going out when you took your key out, we got a special card to keep in the slot at all times so never lost air conditioning. I went to Punta Cana last year, but to me there was no comparison. Beach at Solymar is just awesome. Had no problem with the food. We did the Italian al a carte one night & I had the Filet Mignon, which was delicious. But the rest of the 2 weeks, stayed at the Buffet, as you can always find something to eat & never go hungry. Lunch time was spent at the pool bar by the resort. Their fries were so nice & crispy. And the hamburgers & german sausages were excellent. I did the catamaran trip this time and that was the highlight of my trip. We had a great time. Two years ago when I was at the Solymar, I met the bartender (Julio at the pool bar) & his wife, Yanita, who happened to be visiting him. We struck up a friendship that night and have continued corresponding over the 2 years. I spent 3 afternoons off the resort visiting with Julio & Yanita & met their families. I treated them to supper on Saturday, Julio’s day off. I had also met another friend of the family who is in Public Relations at the Playa de Varadero 1920. We went on a tour of that resort & it was a beautiful resort, although I find it is really spread out. My nights were spent at the pool bar, where I received Top Notch service from all the bartenders. When I’d get up to get a drink, they would tell me to sit down & they would serve me. After 11 each night, I always had german sausage & fries which always hit the spot. I was very sad leaving and will be returning for another 2 weeks next years to spend time with my second family. On the downside, which we knew 2 weeks before we left, Air Canada Vacations cancelled their flight out of Varadero, due to lack of tourists. It was a bad time of year to go, end of April. I would go first 2 weeks of April next year. WE had a 2 hour bus trip into Havana to catch an Air Canada flight at 3:25 p.m. We had to stay in Toronto overnight, catch a flight to Halifax next day, then onto Sydney. So it was a long tiring 2 days. I am now counting down the months until I go next year & will definitely be returning to the Solymar.
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