Sol Cayo Guillermo Reviews – Cuba Hotels – Sol Cayo Guillermo

Had a great time at Sol Cayo Guillermo. This was our 2nd trip to the Sol, the first one was 2.5 years ago with the whole family at Christmastime. We enjoyed it then and had an even better stay this time. Highly recommend this resort if you like a calm yet fun atmsophere on a beautiful beach. Don’t be put off by the 3.5 star rating- this resort offers 5 star service and surroundings.

Your Arrival:
A quick trip from the airport- we were on the bus and on our way within 15 minutes of landing! The Sol Cayo Guillermo is furthest away from the Cayo Coco airport, but even with stops at other hotels, we were checked in and in our room an hour later. Being returning guests, and SOL MELIA Awards members, our room was ready for us, even though it was not yet noon when we arrived.

Very nice, oceanfront, bungalow room- # 508. It was apparently a renovated room- not fancy but clean and everything worked. Lots of hot water and of course a great view. A good location, not too far to the pool, restaurants, etc. A small fridge, working safe and television ( with CTV and TSN) are really all you need!

Restaurants and Bars: The Buffet- El Eden, is terrific-best food we have had in Cuba. Breakfast offers a full selection. Lots of fresh fruit, yogurt and cereals, meats and cheeses as well as made to order omlettes, eggs, bacon, french toast and crepes. Plenty of fresh squeezed orange juice too. Coffee and tea are the only things that are 3 star- from a machine. But if you want a good ( great!) coffee, espresso or capucinno, just head to the bar where excellent coffees are to be had. Tea? Well- that’s something to look forward to when you have to go home! Lunch – we always had at the Ranchon. Excellent grilled fish (snapper usually), chicken or pork chop served with fries and coleslaw. Ice cream for dessert. There is also a small grill set up near the beach bar for a quick hamburger, beef or chicken on a bun. Also a panini grill for sandwiches near the main bar.

Dinner at the buffet was always great. Lots of variety and delicious bananas-fruit flambe for dessert. A La Cartes were excellent too. Really, the food is very good!

The grounds are very well kept. Gardeners are working all the time and it shows! The pool is clean and beautiful. Lots of loungers, though they did tend to get "saved" early in the day. We spent most of our time at the beach where it was always easy to find lounge chairs and a palapa for shade. It was a bit breezy during our stay, but on the calmer days there was never a long wait to get a kayak or paddle boat. The beach is beautiful and perfect for long walks in either direction. Snorkelling is good too- best on the calmer days of course.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel: We didn’t do any of the trips this time, though people we met seemed happy with their experiences. We did use the bikes almost every day ( free for the first hour and 1 CUC per hour after that). Fun to ride around – down to the bridge where the fisherfolk are busy and pelicans swoop in to be fed a snack!

We also took a taxi to Pilar Beach one day. Taking the bus, little train or a taxi will cost you 5 CUCs each- so really a taxi is the way to go as you can choose your own schedule that way. Pilar Beach is beautiful- about 5 kms away(good destination for runners). There is a restaurant there and bathrooms. Costs 1 CUC to rent a lounge chair but definately worth it! We were there from 10 a.m til 3 p.m. – a great beach to walk, swim and just take in the beauty.

Other Comments: Sol Cayo Guillermo is a great resort for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday on a beautiful beach. The resort seems to cater to middle aged and older couples and very young families. Even with the start of March Break we did not notice an influx of highschool students. We heard at the airport from other travellers that they were happy to be leaving the NH Krystal and Tryp Cayo Coco as those places had been inundated with many high school students the day before.

The staff are friendly, the food is great and the beach is beautiful. What more could anyone ask for?

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