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  • Hotel Villa Tropico

    Villa Tropico Hotel Cuba

    • Destination: Havana City
    • Address: Via Blanca km 60, Playa Jibacoa, Santa Cruz Norte, La Habana, Cuba
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    • Accept child:Yes
  • Description: Villa Tropico Hotel Cuba

    Located between green mountains and the beautiful beach of Arroyo Bermejo, this Hotel is ideal to rest and to enjoy the nature. The proximity of a coralline barrier, allows the practice of snorkeling as one of its main attraction. It has 154 rooms; with telephone, satellite TV, safe-deposit box, hair dryer, mini-bar, air conditioned and private bathroom. Other facilities are a buffet restaurant, snack bar that during day time offers light food and during night offers a la carte dinner (previous reservation), lobby bar, bar swimming pool, souvenirs shop, swimming pool for children and adults, parking, bureau of tourism, currency exchange, beach parasols, rent cars and taxis

    • Current reservation summary
    • Reservation hotel: Villa Tropico
    • Total pax: 2 Adults
    • Meal plan: All Inclusive
    • Total rooms by type: 1 Double-Standard
    • Night(s): 1 nts

    TOTAL PRICE: €98

    For dates from 03/23/2019to 03/24/2019

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  • Room facilities
    110 volt power
    220 volt power
    air conditioning
    balcony or terrace
    handicap facilities
    hot and cold running water
    private bath
    safety deposit box
    Satellite TV
    telephone
    • Airports next to Villa Tropico Hotel
    • Havana Airport

      José Martí International Airport (IATA: HAV, ICAO: MUHA), sometimes known by its former name Rancho-Boyeros Airport, is located 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Havana, Cuba, and is a hub for Cubana de Aviación, Aerogaviota, and Aero Caribbean, and former Latin American hub for Aeroflot Soviet Airlines.[2] It is Cuba's main international and domestic gateway, and serves several million passengers each year. The airport lies in the municipality of Boyeros and connects Havana with the rest of the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Europe, and one destination in Africa. It is named in memory of patriot and poet José Martí. In the 1960s the airport was bombed by B-26 aircraft from Brigade 2506, a CIA-sponsored group of Cuban exiles attempting to liberate Cuba from Fidel Castro. Cubans are not allowed to own aircraft or use the airport for either private or commercial flight. Only government-owned aircraft are allowed to use the facilities. There are currently four passenger terminals in use at the airport, plus a freight terminal.[3] Terminal 1 is used primarily for domestic flights. Terminal 2 opened in 1988, primarily for charter flights to the United States. Ten years later on April 27, 1998, the International Terminal 3 was opened by Canada's then-Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, and former Cuban president, Fidel Castro. International Terminal 3 offers many modern facilities and jetways that the former international Terminal 1 did not provide. Terminal 5 is operated by Aerocaribbean. Today, Copa Airlines is the foreign airline with most flights to the airport, operating 34 flights a week (roughly 5 daily flights) from Panama City, Panama, and Bogota, Colombia. The airport is operated by Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos (ECASA).

    • Playa Baracoa Airport

      Playa Baracoa Airport serves domestic flights scheduled by the local airline Aerogaviota and is situated about 28 km west of Havana, in the village of Playa Baracoa, (Province Artemisa).

    • Car rental offices next to Villa Tropico Hotel
    • Villa Tropico

      Villa Tropico, Jibacoa. Mayabeque
      295315

      Gran Via

      Calle 5ta entre 462 y 464, Rotonda de Guanabo
      7964161

      Atlantico

      Avenida de las Terrazas, Santa Maria del Mar
      7971494

      Tropicoco

      Avenida Banderas y las Terrazas, Santa Maria del Mar
      7971633

      Tarara

      Tarara, Playas del Este. La Habana
      7961997

    • Gas stations next to Villa Tropico Hotel
    • Gato Verde

      Vía Blanca, Gato Verde, Guanabo. Havana City. Cuba
      (537) 962867 33km 859m

    • Restaurants next to Villa Tropico Hotel
    • Cafe Atenas

      Calle Magdalena esq. a Milanes, Plaza de la Vigia. Matanzas, Cuba
      (5345) 253493 27km 734m

      Cuevas de Bellamar

      Finca Alcancia, Playa. Matanzas, Cuba
      (5345) 253538 31km 660m

      Taramar

      Via Blanca Km 18 , Tarara, Havana City. Cuba
      (537) 7961437 39km 590m

      Taramar

      Via Blanca km. 18,5 Playas del Este La Habana Cuba
      +53 7 971097 39km 590m

      Terrazas de Cojimar

      Calle Real No. 161 esq. a Candelaria, Cojimar, Havana City. Cuba
      (537) 8671037 48km 360m

    • Currency Exchange next to Villa Tropico Hotel
    • Hotel Atlántico

      Playa Guardalavaca
      (5324) 430397 36km 817m

    • Drugstores next to Villa Tropico Hotel
    • International Drugstore Villa Trópico

      Villa Trópico, Jíbacoa
      (5347) 295348 2km 969m


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      • birdsofafeather1
        snowNovaScotia
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Beautiful place, poor service and ambiance ”
        On the positive side, this must be one of the loveliest beaches with a beautiful reef within swimming distance--no boats or escorts necessary. It's not crowded and is set in spacious, clean garden. On the negative side, middle management is rude, puts you off, and figures you are there for their benefit and convenience, not yours. We arrived in the middle of the night, were placed in a room that we had not reserved that was 30 degrees with a broken air conditioner and full of mosquitoes. It was next to the main gate where the guards joked all night to keep themselves awake (of course). When we asked to be moved to our quiet, removed single storey room we were told that the hotel was overbooked (we had made reservations months in advance, so this was deliberate on their part) and come back around 9 am, then 10 am, then noon--oh, it was the housekeepers' fault (it was overbooking, we learned), then 3 pm. We finally got moved at 4 pm, having lost a night of sleep and a day of frustration and not being able to unpack. We thought the hotel owed us something--maybe stay in our room until 3 pm (rather than noon) the day of our departure (at 7 pm)? Oh, no, that was against the rules, couldn't dream of it. Our agent got our departure hour delayed, at least, in theory. On departure day there was no record of this agreement. With a lot of pressure, they changed their minds--apologies, no effort to please returning guests. The dining room is large, noisy, and dark, under-staffed, and please, someone buy enough spoons! Although the food is fresh and well presented, someone has worked hard to remove all taste from it. Even the ice cream was tasteless. If the male staff do not like to wait on tables, then they should be assigned other tasks--the women are very pleasant. The evening entertainment is of poor quality--no real Cuban would put up with it. Finally, unlike other places we have stayed in Cuba, everyone's hand is constantly out for a tip. The bartenders, with one exception, were welcoming, cheerful and patient. So, despite the luxuries of a gorgeous beach and reef, nice grounds, and single storey rooms, we probably won't go back. We are left with a bad taste in our mouths.

      • birdsofafeather1
        labelb
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Great beach but sketchy resort ”
        I had a great vacation despite the poor amenities. So it depends what's important to you. I chose this place because family members would be there too. I had low expectation of a 3 star in Cuba (we usually go for 4) but, even so, I was shocked at some of the shortcomings. First of all, the beach is super quiet and lovely. I've never seen such an unencumbered beach in Cuba. Even the occasional Portuguese Man of War did not interfere with our fun in the sun. We brought water shoes and had a good time exploring under the water and just swimming and tanning. The proximity to Havana is also nice and we did a one-day excursion in a private taxi. Also, the small entertainment budget actually resulted in better evening shows than at big resorts because it was often traditional Cuban music, small bands. Simple and perfect. The real downfall is the food and the (lack of) cleanliness. My bf saw a rat in the a la carte restaurant and found a cockroach in his luggage upon return! (The a la carte is good if you like powdered mashed potatoes and overcooked protein, ahem.) The rooms are ok, very quiet, quite moldy however. Though some of the food, especially meat, was tasty, I think they use poor quality oils and perhaps lack in kitchen cleanliness. The bacon was undercooked (some people brought theirs to the grill to have it cooked again), and I started to take butter up to the grill to fry my eggs in with the hope of solving my digestion distress (sadly, it didn't help much). My stomach was upset the entire time and we had the pleasure of overhearing other tourists describe their gastrointestinal drama in detail (um, bring Gravol and Immodium). I think I was lucky to have gotten away with just tummy discomfort and annoying bathroom runs. Two members of my family caught a Norwalk-like virus that lasted over 24 hours. Not a fun way to spend your vacation! The other disappointing aspect is the lobby bar. It utterly lacks charm. Usually, I enjoy a pre-diner drink with live lounge music in the lobby, but there was none of that here. They play crappy sounding pop music too loudly and the chairs are uncomfortable. It's also not well ventilated. So there. A very peaceful place, but I won't be returning.

      • birdsofafeather1
        janinereal
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “We used to love Cuba until we stayed here! ”
        Our last visit was 9 years ago and we loved it, but we stayed at a 5 star, so this 3 star hotel was terrible! It was more like a 2 star, our expectations were low, but we didn't plan to go this low, we will never cheap out again. There are 2 very good things, they are big, but not enough to go back here. First snorkeling off the beach was AWESOME, the beach was huge and not a lot of people. The downside, you had to pay to have a locked safe in your room/for 2 of us we only got 2 bottles of water for the whole 7 days/the beds were single(we are a couple) and the sheets did not fit, they were too small/side walks in very bad shape/lots and lots of garbage on the beach and especially in the seaweed/the staff only did what their job was, if they saw garbage and it wasn't their job, they did not pick it up/small gym not even a fan/and the WORST part was the food, we give it a 2 out of 10, we almost had to beg for a little milk to go with our tea and crappy coffee they served. The entertainment was pretty lame

      • birdsofafeather1
        Wolflow
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “A good find - hope to return!”
        Beach: The beach is good. The snorkelling is GREAT! Nice sand that changes depending on where you are. If you go west of the hotel, past the rocky point, you?ll find sand and bigger waves. However- you WILL meet locals. In front of the resort is the best snorkelling I've ever encountered. Bring water shoes if you plan on playing in the water ? there are rocks. Restaurants: We aren't picky eaters but had no problem with the buffet. The omelets in the morning were great, along with the chickpea/veggie dish. Dinner and lunch were good with the option of a pasta station ? I preferred sticking with rice and beans and salad. Yes, one night we did see rabbit on the buffet. Not sure why people think this is odd ? it?s on the menu of many up-scale restaurants I've been to in Canada. The fish on the buffet was delicious! I've travelled to other southern destinations and this is the ONLY resort where I've enjoyed the red wine (not great, but ok). The pool bar offers snacks, I enjoyed the veggie pizza, but my friends had ?problems? after eating the hot dogs. Rooms: When I'm on vacation I don?t spend much time in the room. However, this was easily the worst room I've ever stayed in: Peeling paint, mildew, mosquitoes and semi-functioning shower. The bed was comfy and we had a mini-fridge and lots of English TV channels (a bit fuzzy). The room fulfilled its requirement as a clean place to sleep and watch the Olympics, but little more than that - however it is apparent that they do their best to keep things very clean. It may have been that we were in an older room, and we were at the edge of the resort, so the mosquito "spraying" may not have been as effective. Drinks: Wow. These guys know how to make a mojito, and pina colada. The Spanish coffees are a piece of art. There is only one beer on tap ? Cristal, but you can get Buccanero at the shop, along with real Coke and Diet Coke plus other sodas and snacks. A few people from the resort next door (Breezes) came to our resort to get cocktails. They are good, strong, and the bartenders are lovely. Excursions: We hired a car through a bellhop at the front desk. The driver, Carlos, was great (safe) and even got us a guide. (The contact we have is: 58214494). We drove to Havana in a (restored) late 50s Impala. We checked out the view from across the bay, went for a walk into Old Havana and saw the cathedral then sat down at a park for a drink. From there we went to Revolution Square, saw the John Lennon statue in a park and drove along the Malecon back through the city. We could have spent as much time as we wanted, but with the crowds and fumes we only spent about 3 hours in Havana before going back to the resort. The car was beautiful and well-cared for (the driver is actually a mechanical engineer) and we felt safe ? even without seatbelts! Our guide was a vivacious librarian/art historian, I can?t remember her name but she had a couple of star tattoos on her face (don?t let that turn you off - she is a lovely and extremely knowledgeable artist). We booked the Matanzas City tour even though it wasn't presented to us. I really wanted to see the Bellamar caves. It was great! The city of Matanzas is lovely ? we had a trip to a viewpoint, stopped at a gorgeous hotel for a drink (the Velasco) , and then went to a pharmaceutical museum (a prosperous business/home). Then we travelled to the Bellamar caves ? HIGHLY recommended (as long as you are ok with warm temp, high moisture, and semi-confined spaces). We loved it!!! It was a 750m trek in and out (so about 1.5km walking). It?s a relatively steep walk in, so be prepared for the hike out up the stairs! Entertainment: I didn't have a chance to check out the night life, (I like waking up for morning walks at dawn). If there is a chance to see live music at the theatre, it?s likely pretty good. One group showed up at dinner and was performing later on ? our friends said they were very good. Smokes and Booze: It seems that rum is the same price everywhere. If you?re looking for other liquor, the price on the plane might be the best. The .9 peso rum in a juice box makes a great souvenir. The price of a Romeo Y Julieta was 3.5 pesos at the resort and a bit higher in Havana. If you can find them at the resort buy them there, they ran out quickly. The price at the airport was 5.5 pesos ? I was so unimpressed I didn't bother buying any (rum for everyone!)

      • birdsofafeather1
        CarlosyCachita
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “Good 3 star ”
        Villas Jibacoa is a nice three star resort. The staff are very friendly and the service was excellent. The food was very good (for Cuba) and we stayed in one of the bungalows which was very nice. There is also a great taxi service with Carlos the driver and Jorge the guide who speaks excellent English Cell 58214494.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Snare1974
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “Cuba Cycling Challenge ”
        I was taken part in a Charity Cycling Challenge this was the first hotel we stated in for one nights stay, we were in a block by the entrance the twin room was clean, had ample wardrobe space and a good equipped bathroom with a good shower, the air con worked, and we had wooden shutters on one side that opened onto a balcony, didnt see the pool but the beach looked gorgeous in the morning before we departed on our cycling as a previous guest stated we are in Cuba! so this is a basic 3 star, the food was basic and edible but did suffer from upset stomach but not sure where I got this from could of been the plane or the food from this hotel, not the worst hotel that wwe stayed in........

      • birdsofafeather1
        Obriencha
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “Family fun”
        Stayed here from April 12-19th. First time at this resort but second time to Jibacoa. My husband and I vacationed at the breezes resort next door for our honeymoon 6 years ago. We stayed here as we now have 2 small children and other resort is adults only. I love love love this area in Cuba. Very quiet, remote and lovely lush mountains and trees. The vegetation is great surrounding resorts. Not as touristy as Varadero which we like. We were looking to get away for some fun in the sun didn't need too many amenities or trips. Rooms: we stayed in rm 91 a little far from everything as it was in back part of resort but it was big in size. It could fit king size bed, a single bed and a large crib. Porch was nice and big which was good as my husband and I sat outside a lot while kids napped and slept at night. I didn't mind the distance to pool/beach. A little exercise didn't hurt anyone. We did have ants.. Primarily in bathroom. Maid kept room very clean everyday. AC worked well, beds were surprisingly comfortable Resort/grounds All bungalows and villas. Grounds well maintained. Park for kids. Lobby bar drinks the best. Rudy took care if us. Mosquitoes at night beware. Bring bug spray!! My legs got eaten badly lol. Pool: We spent lots of time here as we have 10 month old and 3 year old. We needed the shade close to water. Pool was clean and warm. There was a shallow side for kids and another deeper pool for adults. Sometimes took a bit to get drinks at pool bar. Chips at pool grill were yummy!!! Burgers and hot dogs also served there. Beach; Lovely quiet beach. However hard for kids to play in water as it is a bit rougher and rocky. We did bring water shoes as we remember the beach out front of breezes was rocky. The beach in front is much nicer than the breezes beach. The snorkelling is amazing!! A few windy days with Portuguese man o war. Which my daughter thought was very cool. Staff: some staff members were great and others didn't seem too happy working here. The staff by the pool and nightly entertainment were fabulous. They taught my 3 year old how to dance and she loved the music and dancing. My husband left his iPhone at resort in lobby as we were catching bus for airport and Lyly an amazing receptionist found it and kept it safe until she could get it to Canadians we met down there to bring home for us. She called us right away when it was found. We are so grateful for her honesty and kindness. Food: we could always find something to eat. Nothing fancy. My daughter even ate the food and she can be picky. Nobody got sick which was good. At times there was lack of cutlery, glasses and plates. But once you tip the servers they remember you and take care of you. The only downfall was on our last day we needed to change shower and get kids ready to fly home and they said there was a hospitality room we could use. They said this room would be open but it wasn't and by the time we waited for someone to open it up it was too late and we were rushing to catch the bus. Which is how my husband left his phone. All in all for the price of this resort my family and I would return here. We always said Jibacoa is the hidden gem of Cuba.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Tony T
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “Best Beach, nice staff?that's were it ends ”
        We just returned from a week (April 18-25), a family of 5 including 3 teenagers. We stayed in the bungalow style rooms. Ask for rooms from 1 to 20 which puts you in the middle , close to the beach and amenities. You definitely need wide painter's tape to seal around the doors to keep the bugs out. I echo all the comments of the recent reviewer "Great beach but sketchy resort". We also usually go to 4 and 5 stars in Cuba and Mexico, so this was our first 3 stars. It is the best beach that we have been to so far with fantastic snorkelling ( off the beach in front of the Breezes next door) and some smooth bottom swimming off the Viilas beach. We had a great time on the beach everyday. Our boys even tried para-sailing off the hill behind the resort, landing on the beach. The beach is much nicer than the Breezes and very quiet. The hike up the hill was also interesting ( wear proper hiking shoes). Then by the 4th day and the balance of the week , we all had upset stomachs and still recovering. We used up all of our Imodium supply. We were all very careful eating the food as the lack of any proper health standard was evident. I also had a very unpleasant experience with a broken mussel shell in the rice which left me with a deep cut on my upper part of mouth. While I have been very tolerant and understanding of the food in Cuba in the past ( sticking mainly to fruits, pastas and omelettes), this was basically the worst food that we ever had. I know that you don't go Cuba for the food but at least we expect not to get sick. We had a good time in Havana with Humberto's taxi sevice. If you go to the Villas or Breezes, I highly recommend him. Send him a message in advance : humbertomesa68@yahoo.es He took us around all day . We actually hired 2 cars at 60 CUC per car and tipped him 55 CUC. I bought him lunch and drinks even though he does not ask for it. This was much cheaper for the 5 of us than a bus excursion. I was prepared to write a great review of this place and I was going to overlook the shortcomings in the rooms, until our issues with the food.Most of the staff does try hard, which is a shame as it would not take much to put his place into shape. Because of the food, we would not go back. If you decide to go, perhaps you can better adjust to the food. This resort was over $400 per person cheaper than the Breezes, so we felt we did get our money's worth from the beach.

      • birdsofafeather1
        parkscae2014
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “Travelled April 13-20 ”
        Just back from a week at the resort. I knew I had chosen a 3.5 star resort had never stayed at one that low and had never been to Cuba but was suprised by it all. I will start with the Resort had booked a Villa and it was ok next time i would book # 46 or 48 as they face the water and have a bigger porch to sit at I was in 49 and faced the back of the property.But the room was clean, it was functional, two 3/4 size beds in it.No bugs I kept mat by the door as i had read some reports about ants but just did that as precaution. The resort is large very long and spread out and this Villa was just fine for me. The pool area was clean there were two pools I did laps in one the 2nd one kids used.I really didn't spend much time there just to do laps and grab some drinks. The beach is very clean but at this beach it depends what you want. I was looking for snorkelling and so chose this spot. If you are looking to play in the water and swim I would check out other spots .It is a known for it's reef and rocks are there .The week I was there wind caused issues with Man of Wars washing up on the beach so you would have to keep your head up just in case but i didn't see any in the water was only those washed in.Used the paddle boats and they had kayaks to use a catameran. There was no problem with getting lounge chairs and I was on the beach or in the water usually from 10-5 every day. The restaurant food took me by surprise it was fine. Wasnt sure what to expect but breakfast I had juice eggs fresh fruit everyday and sweet rolls/buns,they had pancakes, bacon, french toast , there was bread /rolls everyday at breakfast they would have other items but i was only interested in just getting what i wanted. Lunch i went to the restaurant and they usually had rice ,fish , there was hamburgers other meat selections, salad makings, there was bread/rolls again they would have pasta as well you could get everyday Supper was Rice, potaoes, meat, fish, pork , beef, salad makings fresh fruit what ever I ate I liked never any problems. I wish I bought salad dressing with me was my only complaint and I'm sure If i had read more reviews I would no doubt have caught that somewhere. All three meals had sweet rolls or desert items for you to choose and supper had ice cream. The staff were great the service was wonderful.My housekeeper was fabulous. I went into Havana one day and it was a wonderful. I asked at the front desk and that night they had me set up to go the next day, my driver and interputer met me at the gate. Went in a 57 Chevy with Rafiphel and the interputer was from the University who was off that week. Best way ever to see the sites. The resort had couples 50 plus range and young couples with infants. Meet other folks from Canada who had been there before and come each year. I would go again Any questions just inbox me

      • birdsofafeather1
        pauladoody
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “I wouldn't stay here by choice”
        Stayed here for one night on part of charity bike ride across Cuba. I wouldn't recommend..... Location is beautiful as is the beach but the rooms were too basic, a flea jumped on my arm in bed, bathroom too basic.... the food in the restaurant was not the best. Sorry but would never stay here again. I'm not sure I've every stayed in a 3 star hotel before so I couldn't say if it was better or worse than it should be. Also the rooms are amongst the trees and it is poorly lit and signposted and impossible to find your room in the dark!

      • birdsofafeather1
        e1000lewing
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “Location is perfect, hotel is so/so ”
        Stayed for two nights with family and friends. This is a "all-include" hotel where 70% of the guests are Canadian. Accommodations are fine but quality may extend from a perfect spot in front of the beach to a nightmare. My case was the last one, they put us on an apartment just in front of the main car entrance, and there was noise the whole night, and in a Caribbean style, the room had no windows, just a sort of window shade, which aggravates the noise. Food was really average and if you want to enjoy it you need to be at the restaurant door within the first 15 minutes of the service. We had the "pleasure" to discover this during the first dinner, when we arrived 30 minutes before the closing hours and we ate mainly left-overs. The best part of the meals where the waitresses, they can be really funny.... On the other hand, the beach is marvelous, you can scuba dive from the beach with once in a live time prices (25USD for 2 hours, all equipment included, this would not cover the rent of the fins in Mexico). In the end, based on the general prices for the stay (85EUR/night all include for two) it was fine.

      • birdsofafeather1
        chris d
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “5 * beach but still be aware of 3 * resort rating”
        We vacationed mar 28-apr 4. The beach is great as you probably have heard, but the man of war have been a concern all winter and for our week it was very windy for a lot of the week which brought in the jellies most days starting in the afternoon. The villas beach part is nicer than the Breezes next door and it is generally very quiet throughout the resort itself as on the beach. At times it even felt abandoned, but we liked this as we had choice of chairs and bar wasnt busy for drinks nor much of lineup for food. I know it is listed as a 3 * but I still expected much better based on the reviews I read and emailed people about. Pool & Grounds: The one pool didnt look very clean (mirky and couldnt see bottom) the first day we arrived so we stayed away from it. The grounds were very unkept overall - only towards the end of our week did we see anyone cleaning them up at all. They fogged just one evening for the whole week that we noticed. Fitness Room: I used it once and it really was unorganized, dirtly, cramped and a joke. but at least it was there as I didnt think they would have one at all. Roger who looked after it was nice but slack as everyone else seemed to be. He also only had it opened 9:30- 6 and I would have used it in early am or in evening before dinner. Rooms: I find it hard to believe how happy everyone from the reviews has been with their rooms. We had 2 single beds for a couple and asked 3 days in a row for one with a double bed and were told try next day each time without much concern. The weekend maid barely cleaned the bathroom and our last am a large roach wished us a safe journey home as we packed. The mosquitoes were bad in the bathroom especially. Also keep in mind the villas are naturally all on ground floor so there is increased chance of crawlies coming in. One person I contacted with questions told me about 2 baby scorpions they killed in their room. It is a tropical country of course! Fortunately, we just met Papa Roach. You get 2 bottles of water and pop when you arrive (no replacement) with one rum bottle & cigar. Note: the mens washroom in the lobby was really filthy, and this is coming from a guy. Staff: The bartenders were fine- they werent ever very busy, but you still get the sense they want you to tip them even though other staff are much busier such as in the kitchen.The front desk were very unenthused & complacent. The kitchen staff were good and for maids see rooms. Food: It is a 3 * so didnt expect too much with the food but overall I thought they did a good job. The waitresses were friendly & efficient & although variety might have been limited I thought they did a good job. The snack bar by the pool is poor with just frozen pizza, grilled sandwiches, hamburgers or hot dogs depending on the day/time. They seemed very slack there the couple times I went. Activities & Entertainment: No shows at night (which we didnt mind as we are early am runners and we went for the beach/snorkling) I did like that it was quiet to sit around after dinner with a coffee, there would sometimes be small groups of people but you mostly could sit quietly almost anywhere. For dinner they usually had musicians who were excellent. I liked that they just played for everyone & not for certain tables for tips. This was really a nice touch & they were really good. I met the activities guy one day & all I could see he did was ride his bike around, but once again I didnt mind we were on our own agenda. There is just a general feeling that no one of the staff are doing too much. Maybe the boss was away! We would often see maids & guys standing around gabing and then disband when we approached. We discovered our maid didnt close our door the 2nd last day after she was done cleaning - very slack & concerning. The lifeguard didnt make himself very evident all week and we only seen a few go out on catamaran; they had a couple paddle boats and kayaks people used. Overall: We enjoyed our week but I would not stay here again unless they make improvements. It's unfortunate we had a poor snorkling week but the weather was good overall & we didnt get sick or have any major problems. Just remember it is 3 * for a reason even though the beach is beautiful. I can see why many people like the quiet atmosphere and more of a natural spread out setting for rooms (bungalos) than a higher rated hotel but the grounds. pool, rooms & baths need to be kept up better for most people to comfortable.

      • birdsofafeather1
        SDNS
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “Whew ”
        I expected low quality food but I was not ready for the turkey not cooked thoroughly. I ended up quite sick to say the least. The food is the only problem. And the reason we will not return. The bungalow was fabulous, it was kept very clean by the girls. The staff were very friendly. I would have to say one of the best things here is the snorkeling. Beautiful and never ending. Rented a car and spent a fabulous day in the caves, lunch in Matanzas and drives throughout the villages. a great day and fun for all. The mountain or hill, depending where you are from, was a steep walk up but beautiful once you get there. The surrounding countryside is beautiful. It is just a pity about the food.

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        Robert B
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Average Average

        “one comment..or two ”
        If food matters to you you are not going to be very happy with the low quality institutional fare on offer here. The breakfast is bearable but that's it (with minor exceptions). It's very strange that a resort booked mostly by older people has food so utterly inappropriate to their needs, or anyone's for that matter. They have the ingredients but the cooks know almost nothing at all about how to prepare them. Almost everything is tasteless and murdered before it is slopped into steam table inserts. Fresh lettuce and tomatoes come and go. You will also be in trouble here if you are on a low carb plan or if you must limit your salt intake. I suggest you bring some food essentials like a nut butter, maple syrup, granola, an herb mix, etc.. Also, bring a good size plastic coffee mug. Out past the resort's entrance and up the road, a ten minute slow walk, are two small restaurants with matching menus operating under the recently relaxed private business controls. We ate at the first one. $15 for a full seafood dinner simply and well prepared. Bring a towel or cushion if bad chairs bother you. One more thing: pack plenty of bug spray and antihistamines. Lots of mosquitoes 24/7 and the beach had sand fleas. Bites from the latter can itch fiercely for a week or more. Spray your legs, feet and arms before a beach walk, especially early morning or evening. We found lots to enjoy here, especially the company of some of the other guests, the wildlife, the spacious grounds, snorkeling and the nice beach. We had a very restful stay. (My "poor" service rating includes the kitchen; the maid service was excellent; the bar service indifferent; the groundskeepers were pleasant and diligent; the front desk hit and miss. Roberto, the tour rep was superb, very professional, patient and helpful. Kudos to the mid century designers of the "cottage" units.)

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        MeganBlanchard
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Loved Villa Jibacoa! Very Relaxing Vacation! ”
        My husband and I stayed at Villa Jibacoa for the first (but hopefully not the last) time from Sunday May 4 to Sunday May 11, 2014 for our one year wedding anniversary. We got an awesome seat sale a few weeks before our departure date of $574.66 per person taxes included! We felt that the resort was an excellent value for the money! We arrived in the middle of the night, changed our money at the airport (for a slightly better rate), and caught our bus to the resort where check-in was very speedy. We booked a bungalow, which was super cute and private! We stayed in bungalow #36 which was central to everything and faced the ocean. There was a bottle of Cuban rum, a Cuban cigar, two bottles of water, and some sandwiches waiting for us in our room upon check-in. The resort is small (only 110 rooms) so it was very quiet and you never had to wait in line for anything (food, drinks, pool/beach chairs). The beach was very nice and sandy with lots of beach chairs and shade trees for those people who like to stay out of the sun. The weather was excellent our whole stay (very hot and sunny, not a drop of rain or a cloud in sight). The snorkeling was amazing! I saw so many beautiful fish, as well as a large barracuda. Snorkeling is better down the beach in front of the Breezes Resort than it is in front of Villa Jibacoa, but that is only a 2 minute walk away. The tour representative, Roberto, was very nice and helpful. Make sure to go to your orientation/information session with him so you know about all of the great tours available. This resort is halfway between Varadero and Havana (abour 45-50 minutes from each) so we went to both cities. We went on a full-day bus tour to Varadero for $25CUC/person. We went to a few markets and a mall. We also stopped at the look-off/observation deck by the big bridge where the views were great and the pina coladas in a hollowed out pineapple were delicious! I also went on a full-day tour of Havana with Yosmany, one of the entertainment staff. He arranged it with his taxi driver friend and he came along as our tour guide. He speaks fluent English and was very knowledgeable. 7 of us went together in a big air-conditioned van, and it only cost $15CUC per person. He will take you everywhere and show you everything! The two side-by-side pools were nice and clean and only about 4 feet deep. There are lots of beach loungers and palm frond umbrellas around the pool. There are two bars at this resort: lobby and pool. They make amazing Spanish coffee at the lobby bar and there are never any line-ups. The entertainment staff are very friendly and will help you book/arrange anything you would like to do while you are there. Yoyonder and Yosmany are the two guys I found to be very helpful and friendly. The one a la cart restaurant at the resort, which serves traditional Cuban food, was delicious! We both really enjoyed the meal we ate there. We also went to two restaurants off the resort. Les 7 Francais where the owner comes and picks you up in his old 1954 car and you get more lobster than you can it. It was absolutely delicious and only $15CUC per person. I highly recommend going there for a meal. We also went to El Cacique where they have a more extensive menu again $15-$20CUCper person. I had the lobster and shrimp meal there, and it was fantastic!There are two more restaurants in the area that we didn't have time to get to, but we will be sure to check them out next time! One of them is on top of a water tower and if you go there at sunset it is gorgeous! There are a couple of little markets up the road where you can buy souvenirs. There is also a store on the resort where you can buy snacks, cigarettes, clothes, bathroom supplies, and alcohol (which you can take two 750ml bottles home with you). The maid who cleaned our bungalow daily was a sweet lady and very appreciative of the little gifts and money we left for her each day. There is one computer in the lobby that you can buy an internet card for . I believe it was $8CUC for an hour. The internet was quite slow, but if you were patient, you could get on and check your email/social media to keep in touch with everyone back home. There is a group hike up the mountain twice a week which is a must. The panoramic view from the top was breathtaking! There were always activities going on by the pool, too. The staff were very friendly, the food at the buffet was typical Cuban food, but there was always something good to eat! Don't listen to the negative reviews, this resort is a wonderful hidden-gem for being only 3 stars! We will definitely return!

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        DeniseFromOttawa
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Fun relaxing time! ”
        Stayed there end of March with husband, 8 year old daughter and sister in law. Stayed in a bungalow with a view of the ocean. It was fantastic. Staff was excellent, especially Yoander and Katia. Not much selection for food, but what was there was pretty good.

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        HalifaxCopyguy
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great value for the money!! ”
        Stayed here April 27th till May 4th with my 3 children. I'm a Dad and I was looking for a place that my three children and I could all enjoy and spend quality time together. This place fit the bill almost perfectly. I did my research and knew what to expect. The property is rated 3 star and it's appropriate in many ways however when it comes to the staff, cleanliness, beach and surrounding area, it is 4 plus star! As many have mentioned, Jibacoa is somewhat off the beaten path and is a very quiet resort. Just what I wanted with a 20 year old son, 18 year old daughter and another 14 year old son. We spent a lot of time together snorkeling, at the pool, at the beach and also did an excursion along with a day trip to Havana. If you are looking for great food with lots of variety, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for decent food which is fairly repetitive but always something to eat, then it will suit you well. If you are looking for high end accommodations with pillow top beds, this is not for you. But if you are looking for decent beds with big, clean rooms at a value price, then this is for you. All in all, I definitely got great value for my money and I would stay there again. I would not however take my wife there as I know what comfort level she likes and this resort would not meet those levels.

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        oct-62
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “It Grows On You!! ”
        Let's be realistic folks. THIS IS CUBA! Do your research. A third world communist country. Lower your North American standards and expectations and then be optimistic to experience Cuba as it comes - beautiful weather, people and adventurous as you make it. No USA CREDIT CARDS NO DEBIT - BRING CASH! Exchange $ @ airport Lovely resort for the $$ Off the beaten track Small and cozy options Yoander, the fitness room coach & dance partner- I love you Yosmany- the activity coordinator speaks perfect English and kept us single girls dancin late into the night, playin Vball, baseball & ping pong. He was amazing! Gorgeous grounds and beach Not crowded BOOK A BUNGALOW! Expect a family camp setting with less kids ie: cabin like accommodations with lodge dining Large rooms Lovely deck Bathroom counter space :) Excellent closet space Pay for the safe @ check in Bring bug spray for day & night (sand fleas didn't get me- natural spray from Saje in BC) Bring spices and condiments ie: garlic, HP sauce Bring bars or meal replacements in case you sleep in or miss meal times or don't like food. massages avail on beach Joel will take you sailing 2 bars. Lobby bar for coffee & Spanish coffees (free) to die for!! Pedicures (on the hush hush) by the woman pool staff to make extra $- just ask around. Mine was awesome and lasted 7 weeks! Go to 3 restaurants off the resort: Ask Yoander or Yosmany to arrange. Reasonable prices!! - the red gate restaurant. Short walk up the hill on the right. Moderate. - the "Pink House". The owner picks you up in his red Taxi and drives you to his lovely house (but you can walk) where you have three types of lobster for dinner in the garden. Very good!! He also has a love nest room/suite for rent single people ;) should you choose to explore Cuban affection :)) The "Tower" restaurant - owner will pick you up. Family sings and dances (with you) and cooks the dinner @ the top of the stone water tower. best fries in the world!!! Go b4 sunset!! EXCELLENT This will help with your food woes. I highly recommend not catching your flight home, going south to Santiago de Cuba for fabulous musica, salsa and people with small town charm for a week at least. Fly home on points or something like I did. Loved it there!! See Casa Particular review of Vasa de La Kenya in Santiago. My own apartment.

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        Nikkakat
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Beautiful beach and huge spacious property. ”
        I booked this resort as a solo female traveller to stay one week in early March 2014. My expectations were set fairly low but I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. My little bungalow was #20 set near the back fairly close to the restaurant. It was very clean and quiet. I booked this place specifically for peace and quiet away from everything. The sandy beach was beautiful and great for snorkelling. There were a couple red flag days when the manna war jelly fish invaded, but for the most part, it was beautiful crystal clear warm turquoise water. The nightly entertainment was hit and miss, but there were a few great shows. The buffet restaurant was nice and bright, but the ceiling desperately needs a coat of paint. The food was as expected, but I am not a picky eater. The breakfast omelettes were the best along with my favourite fresh guava juice. For lunch and dinner, The rice was bland so I improvised and put some of the bean soup on it to make it very tasty. The Spanish coffee at the bar lobby is amazing and had that every day. I was thrilled to meet several other solo travellers and we got together and went out to some fantastic homes/restaurants for lobster dinners for only $15 Cuban pesos. (CUC). I went out to three different restaurants/houses and all were great. The one pink house served so much lobster that we took the left overs back to the resort and had the buffet staff reheat it for us in a wonderful white wine sauce over pasta. Sooooo good! The staff there are so friendly and accommodating. A couple of the women I met raved about the $20 one hour massage in a hut on the beach. I didn't get the chance. I went on a little hobicat sail boat included. You do a lot and get a lot there're with tipping. I even did the little hike to the farm houses with Yosmany the entertainment director. There was no cost to the guided hike, but I left a few Cucs as a tip. He gave a lot of information and I would definitely recommend it. If you like Piña Coladas, rent a car and head over to the bridge viewpoint for fantastic drinks in a pineapple ! Overall I enjoyed my one week there and felt very safe and secure and peaceful. I wish I had booked two weeks just to sit around and relax more.

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        Redburt88
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great for a 3 star ”
        I was staying at Villa Jibacoa for ten days this April and had a terrific time. I treated it with the expectation of going to the cottage but with services. Rooms were clean and comfortable but I always travel with my own pillow. Food is bland but I always found something I liked. Desserts were good and the Cuban Coffees are fabulous. The snorkeling is outstanding and the beach beautiful but not much place for open swimming. The staff are terrific especially Jasmani . He is honest and excellent at setting up day trips for you. He will make sure you are well looked after and not ripped off. Change your money in the airport, you will get a better rate than the hotel. Also the hotel will only change 5 pesos at a time which is difficult to tip with. You really need to decide what you will be taking for tip money and get it all upfront to save the hassle. Take extra 1ply TP for trips off of the resort as Cuba never has any. Ask Jasmani to set you up with a "Sun Set Dinner " at the water towers it is EXCELLENT and better than up the road. Night life is not terrific at this resort but if you want to relax than this is your place. The grounds are stunning and all the variety of flowering trees are just gorgeous! My only disappointment with this trip was getting bitten by what they call sand fleas at the last day out of 10 although I never actually saw what got me? They itch like a B@#$%^.

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        joyfulllady
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Have low expectations and you will LOVE it! ”
        This is an older resort, do not expect luxury. If you want to snorkel from the beach in Cuba, this is the place to stay! Choose a bungalow over a room for sure. I brought my own coffee maker. The staff were all marvelous, the grounds man kept on bringing us fresh flowers and all the workers were happy and friendly. We took a taxi into Varadero one day and a Taxi Tour into Havana another day, both were great. We walked up the road from the hotel and enjoyed a wonderful meal at a roadside restaurant, I highly recommend doing this to. They make the best Spanish coffees, but tip well - tip everyone, they make so little money it is the least we can do. We were there in February, there were man of war jelly fish that came in one day, most people stayed out of the water to avoid being stung. You can still take a paddle boat out. The snorkeling is very good, just take your time and go out far and make your way long the edge of the reef. I hope to go back one day, that is how great this relaxing vacation was.

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        Joe C
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Few bumps, but otherwise smooth sailing! ”
        We just spent a week at this hotel in March and I would say it's a solid 3 star resort. The grounds are very well kept, the beach is beautiful, and the reef provides for great snorkeling. The food is so so, the drinks at the lobby bar are great but the ones at the pool bar taste watered down. All staff are very friendly and helpful with only two exceptions, Marcelica at reception who only runs on tips, and Eddie, the pool bartender, who ignored us for over 5 minutes because he was busy pestering a couple about a tour he wanted to sell privately (instead of going through the hotel). This happened on a few occasions, obviously his private business is all he cares for instead of the work he's paid to do. As far as rooms are concerned, they are basic but functional with working AC and all the necessary amenities. The entertainment team is small and quite but this is preferred by the guest demographic at the resort.

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        gif302
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Good Time ”
        Snorkeling the reef from the beach of the resort was awesome. The staff and guests were very friendly. Food at the resort is not fancy and probably not what you are used to, but you get used to it. A bungalow is best.

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        lady155019
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “very relaxing ”
        I went to Villas Jibacoa , first time , from March 16 to March 23 ,2014. The resort is very quiet and relaxing . Not to much animation , so if you are looking for fun , is not to much . The room was basic .but very clean , hot water . The food was good ,but not variety . The beach and the water are AWESOME! the best !!! it is safe , the beach is private . Ask for renovate rooms . It was 2 dogs in the resort, one black and one brown, they are very very friendly,pls . don't be afraid and give them food and water and a shower also !!!

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        Melanie071
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “More than fulfilled expectations ”
        Having read reviews in here, I pretty much knew what to expect, and, except for a couple of things, it was a very pleasant week's vacation. The weather was great, after the first day's rain and bluster. The bungalow, 9, was adequate. Not spacious, but clean, and functional. Nice to get the rum, water, sandwiches, and cigar as a welcome gift. The red flag went up because of the wind, and we only saw friendly fish. They hang around because they are used to being fed, which is where the sandwiches went. They eat bananas, too. Cut them into a ziplock, stuff them in a snug place, then swim out to the deeper coral. You will be surrounded. After the first few days, I wore shirt and leggings to swim, as I was getting so burned, snorkelling for two to three hours at a time. The food was adequate. Lots of veggies. I was a bit stumped by raw grated squash, but the cooked chunks were delicious. Missed the rabbit when we had our lobster dinner at the pink house. It was too bad that I took the mosquito net out of my suitcase following the "no bugs in the rooms" advice from here. NOT TRUE! I asked for them to spray the room, but it didn't happen. Bug killer and net next time. Had to sit away from the pool as the music was draining, and people claimed loungers with their towels, then vanished, leaving none available, though few were occupied. The coconut guy was great. He would chop them open for us where we were sitting. Delicious and refreshing. Too bad some were taking advantage of next door, taking off their wrist bands, and eating and drinking at Breezes. Now, not only are outsiders unwelcome, but they face a 50 CuC fine for being on the property. We were lucky to be able to walk through un impeded. It was too contrived a place for me. I was happy to go back to the real experience of CVJ. I was sorry to leave. I would like my daughters to go next year, and have a blast in a safe, and fun, environment. I will probably join them.

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        Ginny159
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great place but turn down the music ”
        We went to Villas Jibacoa because the opulence of other resorts we have stayed at make us uncomfortable. We were looking for something simple and this resort provided that. The resort was small and un-crowded and quiet unless you were anywhere near the pool or lobby building. When we were not snorkeling we looked for a quiet place to read and talk. Unfortunately all the comfortable places had music blaring all day and into the night. We looked around at the other people and wondered if anyone was enjoying the loud music. Most people we spoke with did not enjoy the volume but accepted it and just had another drink. We and others asked if the music could be turned down but to no avail. Aside from the loud music I would recommend this resort if you love to snorkel and want simple accommodation and food.

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        Aliandr63
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Unexpected winner! ”
        We signed up for a last minute deal to Cuba as first time visitors to the country. Jibacoa was the perfect choice, especially after finding out more about the frenzy of Varaderro and finding Cameleon Villas Jibacoa helped to make it happen. We have never been fans of crowds or tourist hubs and to have found a gem like this on three days notice what quite the find! I have traveled all over the word and I am a self confessed snorkeling snob. This is some of the best out there and off the beach in front of the resort! Bring your gear because it's easy to spend a couple of hours a day out there and you really don't want a leaky mask when facing quality! We warned to bring sauces and you know what? We decided that "desert island" items would be a jar of chopped garlic and red chili flakes. That would actually cut it! Alternately take a walk up the road because the meals at the two restaurants up the hill were amazing, the people were wonderful and it was a welcome break from the crowds of the dining room. Highly recommend the butterfly cabins, and booking a la carte early. Don't miss the Spanish coffees at the lobby bar and the staff were friendly and obliging. We went to Havana for a day with Humberto Mesa who was previously recommended on Trip Adviser. Great guy, highly professional, informative and shared all kinds of things about his country. We had a great local meal along the way and discovered that it is truly a myth that Cuba is not about food, it has FOOD!! His contact email is humbertomesa68@yahoo.es or (0053) - 52944372 and give him an email early as he is actually sought after (well deserved for sure!) If you do meet Humberto, tell him that Alison and Jan from Vancouver say Hola! Make sure you give this a try but another "desert island" list item is a pillow and inflatable mattress. They actually truly made a difference for us and I easily could have sounded like a whiner with a sore back if we hadn't brought them along! Simple solution to an age old problem!!

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        SinjinDW
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Nice vacation including a ride to Havana. ”
        We had a very nice family vacation at Villas Jibacoa (Villa Tropico). We'd recommend this resort. The bungalows are very nice. The beach is great. We also had a ride into Havana in a Classic Car with Anthony (sadman@enet.cu). He was a great guide and his English is excellent, since he is originally from Guyana.

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        asil_kcire
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “great adventure for the price ”
        feb 8-15 2014. we had a fantastic time, we met some great people who made our 3rd trip to Cuba all the more fun. our room was at the very far back of the resort. it was quiet for the most part. the food was average but the service was great (the pool bar was allot of fun). the room was clean and comfortable. the best part was the snorkeling, my hubby went almost everyday of our week long visit. we took a day trip into Havana and wandered around, was nice to just walk around and see the city . we only had one no swim day (red flag) and a cool weather day. i would go back tomorrow if i could get the time off work.

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        RikCAD
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Not much has changed - and that is good”
        We went back again this year for two weeks. Very little had changed. A few different staff, but most of the regulars were there. Of course Rudy was at the bar in the lobby area and Pedro at the pool. Yosmany is still the "go to" guy for special requests.

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        PeeblesNFeeb
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Pleasant Stay ”
        My girlfriend and I recently stayed at Villa Tropico for 4 days. I didn't have especially high expectations, but the hotel met/exceeded them. We enjoyed our stay. The service was for the most part friendly and helpful. Most employees, including maids and waiters, were happy to say hello and have a chat (especially if you attempt some Spanish and don't just assume everyone there speaks your own language). Our bungalow was always clean, though there was some mildew on the shower ceiling, and we did see a cockroach or two. Our room was very quiet and I had a good sleep (even as a light sleeper). The food was better and more varied than I expected, and we enjoyed all our meals during our stay. Food is generally better outside the resorts (at restaurants), but no complaints here. We had candle-lit dinner, and the on site restaurant was also quite good. The beach is lovely, and the snorkeling is excellent. On our last day, I got stung my a Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish (or "Medusa"), and had to get treatment from the resident resort doctor. He was very polite and professional and made sure I was perfectly OK before sending me back to my room. He even stopped by later to check on me. One thing to note is that the hotel grounds are a bit of a maze, so if it's dark and you've had a few, you may be searching for your room for a while. :) The resort is at a somewhat out-of-the-way location (Jibacoa), which is good if you want a quieter area, but not so great if you expect to have a lot of activities nearby. The resort can arrange quite a few day trips (quite expensive), but other than that, apart from a hike up the treed hill beside the resort or a walk down the street, there's not much to see, so you won't get much of a sense of Cuba here. On the plus side, Havana is only an hour's drive away, so you should at least spend one day there.

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        atomicben
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Second time - there will be a third ”
        This was our second visit to Cameleon Villas. We love the place. It's exactly what we want in a vacation. We spent most afternoons reading on the beach and then we'd usually end up at the pool for a couple beers before showering/changing before dinner and after that back to the pool for evening drinks where we met a few people that were cool to hang out with. That's pretty much how it went everyday except the one day we went to swim with the dolphins. Not many changes from the last time we were there. One thing that was great is now you can choose to pay $10 extra (when booking) for a Bungalow. Last year it was luck of the draw and we ended up in the hotel for a couple days while bugging the staff to move us. Of course there are still people that don't pay the extra but then demand a bungalow anyway - and get it. We had to listen to this big mouth by the pool that went on and on and on reviewing the place to some woman that was probably too polite to tell him to bugger off. Apparently he moved too 2 different rooms in the hotel before being moved to a bungalow. He was saying there were bugs in his bed. What a load. But just in case you are wondering what the bug situation is there - there isn't one. Bring bug spray and apply liberally before night fall and you will minimize the mosquitos bites. Other than that we had no bugs in out rooms, let alone the bed. Ugh, some people. There's a fridge in the room that will have 2 big water bottles on your first day. You are expected to get them refilled at any bar or restaurant. They refill them with wonderful, clean, clear, filtered water. For the better part of the week we noticed the food was quite a bit better than last time. I'm not saying the food was bad before and I can't really nail down how it was better but it just was. One day they had a BBQ lunch outdoors in the park. That was great. Every bartender is great but we had our favorite - Eddy. He recognized us when we arrived which was really cool. It was night time and we approached the pool bar from the shadows and when we got up there he was like "Hey my friend! Good to see you again!" Eddy also arranged for a taxi to take us to Varadero for the Dolphins. If you go on the bus it's $89cuc per person. Taking a taxi for $80cuc and paying $93cuc (each) to swim didn't save us money but we didn't have to spend the whole day on the excursion and on the bus. We got to do it our way and had our own personal tour guide in a beautiful 56 Chevy Bel Air. The driver's name is Lazero in case you want to do the same thing. There was entertainment every night in the amphitheatre (behind the poolbar/al la carte restaurant). Most nights they have a local band playing traditional cuban music and one night they had a magician/comedy show. We learned last time that it's kinda campy so we skipped it. I should note that they KNOW if you are a repeat visitor. We got an invitation (stuck in our door) to a special dinner at the al la carte. It was like a repeat visitor appreciation dinner and everyone there had been to the resort multiple times. They had a special buffet and music throughout dinner. Things to remember: Take bug spray for the nights Restaurants up the street serve amazing food. We got the seafood which came with grilled lobster tails, huge prawns, a really nice piece of fish with a bunch of sides like purple rice and this amazing pawn/brownsauce. 20cuc each. They have chicken dinners starting at 15. The one restaurant is calle Los Marios. If you go to the front desk and just ask them to call Mario he'll drive down and pick you up in his really beat up old green lada what stinks of diesel fumes but hey, it beats walkin'. It's less than 5 minutes drive. And after dinner he'll drive you back. Anyway, we'll be back next year. And the year after that. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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        Lezly W
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “great trip ”
        We visited the villas tropico for the first time at a friends recommendation. We had a wonderful trip. The staff goes out of it's way to make our trip enjoyable. The restaurant staff is very helpful and courteous. The buffet is small, but very tasty, some combinations we found interesting, but it was very good and we had something different every night. the ala carte restaurant is excellent, and lunches at the pool were very tasty and the plaintain chips were to die for. the pool bartenders were very accommodating, the lobby bartenders, Ruddy and Yesdaysi are excellent, but the other lobby bartenders were very unfriendly, even when you tipped them. I found I was ignored and dismissed, so I stopped going to that bar when they were there and frequented the pool bar instead. The beach has lovely sand, but isn't much of a swimming beach but the snorkelling is excellent. the rooms are old, but clean and well maintained, hot showers and good water pressure. Internet access is sketchy, at best. The evening shows are good, lots of energy. We walked to the 'pink restaurant' for dinner one night and had an excellent meal at a steal of a deal. the mountain hike is not to be missed, but i's a tough go, so make sure you're up for it before you leave, there's no turning back! A trip to Havana by taxi with a guide will run you about $60pesos.Try to get the guide named Gisele, she is excellent and you will get an amazing trip. We had a bunglow, close to the beach and pool, but there was no noise issues at all. Not Just Tourists will send with you a humanitarian package with medical supplies for you to bring to certain places when you visit, and that is always received with such joy! In a nutshell, we had a wonderful trip. The room, staff, food, excursions and people in general have made this a place we plan to return to next year.

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        Shelina1
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “GREAT TIME, LOVELY STAFF ”
        I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Villas Jibacoa. Eric, one of the staff members for entertainment went out of his way to make my trip enjoyable. The staff at the pool bar were very accommodating, I found the lobby bartenders a bit lacking though. The staff at the restaurant were very courteous and always ready to please, I found the food to be a bit scarce, but that's a fact in Cuba not just at this hotel, however it was tastefully cooked and well presented. Overall I feel that all staff members, and I do mean all, as I was fortunate enough to meet one of the laundry employees (Ricky) to servers like Eduardo, Madelaine, Odelaune etc were a joy to meet and they tried their best to make me feel welcome. I would go back to this resort again for sure, great staff, good food, good rooms and beautiful location for relaxation!!!

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        lenfromsturgeon
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “11th Heaven! ”
        This has been our 11th time here and there has been some new improvements. More shaded areas by the pool, an actual playground for kids and Renovated lobby windows and doors. Food has improved and staff is as wonderful as always. This resort is more for the over 30 crowd as there is not very much enternmaint but always peaceful and quiet. I have read a few recent negative reviews but if you want a 5 star, go some place else. The high number of possitive reviews speak for this resort. What is really nice here is that we keep on running into repeat guests that we have met before and makes the trip so much more enjoyable. The weather was fantastic and the only negative thing about this trip was that it went by to fast. Enjoy with no expectations and you will keep coming over and over again.

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        Simon W
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Wonderful time ”
        Hola, My girlfriend and I stayed for 2 weeks at this hotel from March 23rd (2014) we had a fantastic time. We loved the open spaces, beach, pool etc. The staff were awesome, this was my 8th visit to Cuba. Loved the Scuba diving, thank you Chino, Pedro and Joel. there were the man of war about but less and less as April approached, this is NOT actually a jelly fish but looks like one. Try to avoid snorkelling at this time of year when the ocean is choppy as the man of war has a sail, several snorkelers were stung, vinegar hot water etc applied, the pain usually lasts for about 6 hours. This is a nice property in beautiful grounds, could use a lick of paint but this hotel costs less than others. The reception staff and bar staff were very kind, the gardeners were very friendly. Thank you Nidia, Miladies and the other restaurant staff you were awesome. I love Cuba and the people, so I must declare myself biased. Try out nearby restaurants, you can walk out of your resort in Cuba, NOT in Mexico! or parts of Vancouver come to think of it! I hope this honest review was helpful. P.S. my girlfriend is Cuban so I spent 2 weeks trying my best with Spanish, a BIG thank you to all the wonderful tourists at the hotel that were so very nice to her. Simon B.C. Canada

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        jonathan b
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “johnny76 ”
        mar 14 -mar 21.Was my first time to cuba and didn't know what to expect but was not disappointed.THE resort was perfect,even the food was good.Used to wake up early just for the breakfast omelettes.Took a trip to varadero one day,and was glad I decided to stay in jibacoa instead .we stay in room 148 and we never had one issue,,room was cleaned every day,it was quiet ,clean and very comfortable.I'm not sure what they put in their coffee but holy s...t it's good.I even played bingo over there for the first time in my life and didn't I win.We travelled to few small towns while we were there and never once didn't feel safe,Everyone in cuba is friendly ..I would totally recommend this place to anyone who likes quiet peaceful vacations.the only I advice I have for anyone leaving the resorts is this......... if your girlfriend is wearing a red dress and 4 bulls come walking down the road don't grab a corner of the dress and say ohla I made that mistake ,lol .

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        Jennifer R
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Best Little Paradise”
        Mar 14-21. I have been to Cuba once before but this time was looking for a different experience. I was nervous to go to a 3 star, but found out that this place is my favourite I have ever stayed at! Nestled in between the "mountains", with the most beautiful coral reef, it's a little piece of paradise! There is so much culture to explore here outside of the hotel. Walks up the road, or up the mountain to farms and Cuban homes were the highlights for me. The people are so friendly and welcoming, offering sugar cane and fresh coconut milk to drink, and the best bananas I have ever tasted!!! The Cafe con leche are amazing and the staff are fantastic! In the morning I could hear the gardener calling my name to bring me fresh Plumeria. So sweet! Yosmany is super fun and I even played baseball while I was there. Love you Yosmany!!!! The Cuban music entertainment was lovely as were the dancers. Our room was always clean with nice towel displays. The beds were great! We had a nice bungalow. So quaint and private. The food is FINE! So it's repetitive! I lacked for nothing! Fresh fruit, fish, chicken, pork, veggies and yummy omelettes every morning. I loved everything about this resort and am planning on coming back with my husband. I can't wait for him to meet my new friends (who are like family)!!! See you all next year!! (And I promise to speak some Spanish and be a much better dancer!).

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        Brenda C
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Great resort for a 3* ”
        We were a little leery about a 3* but this is a great place! Many people we spoke to have been there 2 - 4 times before. The Spanish coffees are out of this world! It was a great location to take a tour of Varadero, Havana and Ernest Hemingway places. Very nice location with a beautiful beach and hills behind us. There is a hiking path nearby plus a few small farms. We like the idea of the villas as they seem quieter. The weather was not too hot and humid. We would consider coming back to this resort for the service, cleanliness and quiet.

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        askamag
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Great place ”
        It is an all inclusive without all the negatives of your typical all inclusive places, ie noise, inc late night parties, lineups, lack of space, beach chairs etc. It is quiet, inc in pool area, clean, staff is friendly and helpful. Lots of space; hiking in the proximity of the hotel also possible. Yes, the resort is dated but very well maintained. Close to Havana and matanzas (we went to a baseball game there!), and snorkeling is fantastic. It was my first time in this resort and I am planning to return.

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        Fran6782014
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “GREAT FRIENDLY RESORT ”
        Just returned from Villa Jibacoa and I must say this is one of the most welcoming resort I have been to. PROS: The staff are very helpful in all ways and extremely helpful. I have nevern stayed at a resort where if you leave your clothes on a chair or bed when you come back to your room they are neatly folded. WOW The staff in the bar especially Rudy and Yasdeysa could not be better. Rudy makes the best Spanish coffe and Caesars ever. The other two I did not get their names as they were not the most welcoming. Never a smile or a hello. The staff in the dining room were great. Good service with a smile. The food far better than expected. CONS: The only problem is that some of the pathways are not in the best condition. Away from the resort we hired a fellow named Humberto Mesa who took us to Havana for 70CUC which included a guided tour of the city of which he is extremely knowledgable. If you want a change in your menu the little green house at the top of the hill just outside the resort is best value for money you will ever get. For 20CUC you start with fresh fruit, followed by fried banana chips, tomatoes, cucumber, coleslaw. lobster, swordfish or shrimp and 1 drink. Wonderful. All in all if you want a vacation that will not break the bank this is the place for you. Forgot to mention the reef - it is only about 100 ft off the beach with lots of fish.

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        SuzieQ12014
        Review about Villa Tropico Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Loved it, but please read if bugs love you! ”
        My husband and I just returned from a 10 day stay at the resort and we had a wonderful time. It was like visiting a cottage in the tropics. The value for the money was great and the benefits of this small resort greatly outweighed the cons. The pros include great snorkeling right off the beach ( don't have to take a boat tour), no lineups for meals or at the bars ( don't have to fight for food or wait for a drink) , you can always get lounge and shade by the beach or the pool (you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve a lounge) , a long beach , good for walking and privacy , great coffee at the lobby bar, no crowds , its quiet , bungalow rooms have either a garden or beach view and a nice patio for relaxing, maid service is outstanding (everything organized , clothes folded) good enough selection at the buffet ( not a huge selection but you won't go hungry) an excellent a la carte restaurant, local restaurants close by ( easy walking distance up the hill-bring a flash light) Great massage hut on the beach ( book early, he is popular and highly skilled , its a great price $20 CUC for I hour) Some tips Bring bug spray!!! We arrived in the evening , had dinner then sat outside on our patio to enjoy the night and the free bottle of rum. I enjoyed the night but the bugs enjoyed me!! I had bites that were welts the size of toonies all over my legs and bum! The bites are still there , down to a size of a dime now. Put bug spray on at night, bring antihistamine and cream for bites. I was not prepared, no bug spray, no drugs or cream. Lucky for me they have a medical facility so I could treat my bites and a leaving guests were kind enough to give me bug spray and drugs. There were no bugs in our room and I don't believe there are any sand fleas , I only had new bites show up in the evening. Bring snacks with you, (pringles are almost $5 Can. at the shop), buy brand name booze or wine from duty free ( I did not care for the white wine, but you can buy a better wine at the lobby bar for $5 ) Bring your own snorkeling equipment. Ask for a second pillow ( I found them thin) Bring walking shoes, leave the high heals at home ( its very casual and the paths at the resort are in rough shape) Take a trip to Havana, its close by and a great experience. We did a bus tour with an overnight stay , three meals, Tropicana show, guided tour , plus free time to explore on the second day. I thought it was a good value for $165 CUC each. Did a jeep tour which we enjoyed but we felt was overpriced. We would consider visiting this resort again, except I would be prepared for the bugs ( My husband got bites as well, but he didn't have a bad reaction to them)