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  • Hotel Villa El Yarey

    Villa El Yarey Hotel Cuba

    • Destination: Granma
    • Address: Carr. Loma, El Yarey, Jiguani, Granma, Cuba
    • Phone: (5323) 42-7684
    • Accept child:Yes
  • Description: Villa El Yarey Hotel Cuba


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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 El Yarey
  • Airports: Manzanillo  Airport

    Manzanillo Airport

    Sierra Maestra Airport (IATA: MZO, ICAO: MUMZ) is a regional airport that serves the town of Manzanillo in Cuba.

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    • birdsofafeather1
      NewcastleKatherine
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Survived to tell the tale ”
      We have just spent a week in El Yarey. It was supposed to be a a special birthday treat to myself after a difficult year. It was awful and quite creepy. I have never been so relieved ever to leave anywhere in all my life. From the description on the Travel Collection/Kuoni website, we were expecting it to be fairly basic and rural - but clean. I've lived most of my life in very rural Northumberland, am very used to roughing it, and certainly wasn't expecting luxury. However, what I wasn't expecting were electric sockets hanging off walls, leaking roofs and accommodation so dark (the curtains were pinned to the windows) that we couldn't read. Our room (and we were upgraded) also had mouldy walls and smelt bad. An ancient empty, rusting fridge stuck in the middle of the room wouldn't stand straight, and even though this was billed as "all inclusive" we had to pay for bottles of water from the bar (only open at set times). It certainly didn't help matters that the weather was awful and it rained practically non-stop. As many of the trips were cancelled because of the weather, there was simply nothing to do but read or drink, as there was no provision whatsoever for wet weather. Nobody even had a pack of cards. The nearest "shops" if you could call them that, were about 100 km away, there were no taxis available and we were discouraged to go out on our own. Another problem was that in the rain, there was nowhere to go if you did want to read - the "reception" was usually full of noisy, clattering, shouting workers, another covered area was filthy and its chairs were always damp and stinking (there was a massive termite nest about a metre round upstairs) - the pool bar roof leaked, and our rooms were too dark even in the middle of the day. I did venture down to the swimming pool one cloudy day when it was drizzling, but was stared at so much by all the "workers" hanging around, that I eventually started to feel quite intimidated and returned to my smelly, damp, dark, depressing room complete with wonky, rusty fridge for the rest of the day. There were only eight of us imprisoned there, which meant that all meals had to be taken together at the same time. Fortunately we all got on reasonably well, and we were all fairly sociable people, but I normally prefer to choose who I spend my precious free time with - especially on holiday. Hello to great couple, Marcy and Joe, by the way, whom we met the following week! The food at El Yarey was pretty dire - probably more the fault of the political set-up than the cooks, who I think were probably trying their best. They did make me a lovely birthday cake on my last night which was really kind. However, most of the time there was very little variety and few fresh vegetables - it was mainly just meat, eggs, rice, cucumber and beetroot. Sometimes it was quite inedible. On the plus side, the main staff team there were friendly and tried their best to be helpful - the rep (Nelson) was particularly knowledgable and did a good job under very difficult circumstances. The bus driver was also very good. What we couldn't understand was the hordes of other "workers" who would be hanging around all day, sometimes in the bar - looking sullen - the swimming pool seemed to be in a permanent state of maintenance with 3 or 4 blokes wielding rods and hoses inspecting pumps - when the rain did stop now and again, it wasn't really conducive to taking a dip as you had to circumnavigate a giant hose. The trips we did manage to go on were interesting. This part of Cuba is very very poor and it certainly opened our eyes to what we take for granted in the UK. All in all - not a great experience. I'm not well off - this was one of the most expensive holidays I've ever taken in my life. I am only allocated 4 weeks holiday per year and to spend one of those weeks in El Yarey at great expense, was a big mistake.

    • birdsofafeather1
      QOpera
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “A different view of El Yarey ”
      We were really disappointed with El Yarey after all the glowing reports on Trip Advisor. We had no problem with it being basic - I have spent a couple of holidays camping in the rainforest in South America just with mosquito nets. But the rooms in El Yarey were pretty filthy. The food was very average too - we'd expected fresh juices and fresh veg after our South American trips. But the juices were all from longlife packets and we got served canned vegetables and canned sardines! On one occasion, our packed lunch consisted of hot chicken which had been kept in plastic bags in the back of the bus. Most travellers declined to eat it. The cocktails all tasted the same - the menu showed a nice variety but these were disappojnting in reality as they simply didn't have the ingredients or know how to make them. The location was a disappointment. Whilst the gardens were ok, we were expecting El Yarey to be situated within a forest environment with nice walking trails. I'd call it more scrubland. The trips were a disappointment too. The birdwatching walk was simply a walk down the road and we often felt our itinerary was being made up on the spot. On the plus side, the pool was nice and big and seemed fairly clean. The trip to La Plata (Castro's headquarters in the Revolution) was amazing though this was an extra $60 each and the musicians were great.

    • birdsofafeather1
      onemoreglobetrotter
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Insect watch ”
      This resort is badly let down by the quality of the rooms, which are terrible. During our stay we had constant problems with cockroaches, while other rooms had frequent visits from frogs and snakes. The beds were very uncomfortable and the furnishings seem not to have been changed since the 60's. We were lucky in that we had a wardrobe, some of the rooms only have hooks on the wall! The kitchen struggles to cope when the place is full - we often took 90 minutes to get through breakfast and it seemed to make no difference when you arrived, sometimes the people who were there first were the last to leave! Apart from the rooms and the food arrangements, however, the rest of the place is fine - large pool and welcoming pool bar, wonderful friendly service and pleasant grounds.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Traveller!Croydon
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Average Average

      “A Pleasant Stay ”
      Villa El Yarey is a two-star 14 rooms hotel located near Jiguani, Granma province used by Travel Collection for its Natural Cuba holiday. The estate is on a plateau in the Sierra Maestra and was the former holiday retreat of President Fidel Castro until the late 1980?s. In 1992 it was converted into a hotel. I stayed here from 29 November to 6 December 2006. The weather during the day peaked at 25-28°C. The evenings were cooler at 20-25°C. ACCOMMODATION: two terrace buildings with a thatched roof each comprised of six rooms and a communal patio (not dissimilar in external appearance to that of an African safari lodge). The room contained two single beds, an air-cooling unit, small larder fridge, portable television and a separate shower room with wc. All rooms appear to be individually ?styled?, but have the same fabric for the window dressing and bedcovers. The two remaining rooms are larger and located within the original premises. The other areas situated within the estate are the lobby, restaurant and reception (just off the drive), the pool and the bar are near to the sleeping area. The bar offers free-of-charge: water (still and sparkling) by the glass; two local beers: Cristal and Bucanero; local and a limited array of international spirits; freshly squeezed juices, wine and cocktails. A fee is charged for still or sparkling bottled water. MEALS: Full board with complimentary drinks was usually served at 08h30, 12h30, 16h00 and 19h30, but the timings were always conveyed the day before, as the itinerary varied. Vegetarians are catered for, but the Chef may improvise, ie fish was once served Cordon Bleu style. However, all meals were freshly prepared ? no leftovers were ever served. Breakfast ? plated sliced fresh fruit, fruit juice of the day, freshly baked bread, butter, eggs (fried, scrambled or an omelette with cheese, ham, mushroom or onion), coffee and/or tea and still or sparkling water. Lunch ? when at El Yarey was two courses: main with salad vegetables and dessert (otherwise at a local restaurant consisted of three courses: soup, main and ice cream). Tea ? coffee or tea with freshly baked cookies. Dinner ? two courses similar to lunch. STAFF: Dennis, the tour guide, is a knowledgeable, proud and enthusiastic ambassador who was willing to enlighten interested visitors. Dennis respectfully introduced all the hotel staff and band members, giving a brief biography of each one, and also introduced the people he met during the tours. The cohesion of the hotel staff was not that of a team, but of a warm personable family. GENERAL: The quality of the accommodation did not spoil my enjoyment, for the staff were amenable and helpful. It is a small hotel where all guests get to know each other, thus making the BBQ, the special lunches and dinners enjoyable fun events. During my stay there were two wedding anniversaries and one birthday of which the staff made these a special occasion for everyone, especially the aforementioned.

    • birdsofafeather1
      chalkiemjb
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “we loved el yarey ”
      we stayed there on 7th to the 14th of november. we had a simply wonderful time , the weather was perfect, food good, peace and quiet, and nelson the rep. was excellent. we went on lots of lovely quiet walks bird watching etc. only eight in the group, and we all got on really well. we had three nights beingt entertained by a local traditional band who were excellent. only downside was that the pool needed attention.

    • birdsofafeather1
      papaglowing
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “Good place to start in Cuba ”
      Confirming what others have said - an excellent place and Staff plus Dennis Eng make it memorable. Superb for bird watching or doing nothing. Trip to Santiag de Cuba is long. Cut eh trip to Castillo del Moro(World Heritage place) to a minimum to spend more time in the City itself. Could do with more walking trails. Overall, loved El Yarey Ron

    • birdsofafeather1
      kasNewport_Wales
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Experience rural Cuba and real Cubans”
      We've just returned from our Xmas and New Year break in Cuba - with The Travel Collection to El Yarey, Miramar Havana, and Breezes Jibacao. El Yarey was the best part of the trip. The tour guide Nelson( intelligent, knowlegeable and great fun), the staff and driver Toledo are a credit to the Cuban tourist industry. Yes the accommodation could be a bit brighter and most guests had a meeting with a frog in the shower (I never got a hot shower) or a bug in the pool, but overall the experience of real Cuba from the school visit, the Clave6 musicians, the Castro mountain hideout and the local flora and fauna was brilliant, and at this time of the year food was plentiful and fresh, including a regular pig roast and a Turkey banquet for Xmas day. The group ranged in age from 40 to 76, mostly in couples, but we mixed well and learned together about the past and the present Cuba. If you want to just blob by the pool then a resort holiday in one of the beachside enclaves will probably suit you better but if you want to see and learn about Cuba warts and all then this is a most satisfactory way to learn while relaxing. There are lots of staff because they all have jobs to do from picking up leaves, reroofing buildings from local palms, repairing paths, security, cooks, waiters, barstaff, gardeners, maids, and sometimes they have long breaks or just sit talking waiting for equipment - talk with them, share with them in pigeon english/spanish - you won't regret it. Remember these people may be financially poor but they are rich in ways we have long forgotten and they love to talk. Viva la Revolucion and thank you staff of El Yarey .

    • birdsofafeather1
      Bayliss5
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Superb Place ”
      We had the most fantastic stay in El Yarey. It was off the beaten track and was everything we expected Cuba to be. The previous comments about accommodation are a little over the top, but if you go expecting the Hilton, then you'll be disappointed....and yes, you do get all sorts of insects in your room, but isn't that part of the wonderful experience? It was for us. The rainy season meant we had tropical rain storms, but again, this was very much part of the experience. We had a great group of people who all had a similar mindset, enjoy the surroundings and lovely sights and sounds. A truly unforgetable place. ENJOY.....

    • birdsofafeather1
      travelling2ross
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Wow, what a place ”
      After realising the possibilty of insects in the rooms, I almost cancelled - boy am I glad I didn't. The hotel is basic but the staff more than make up for this. The peace and quiet of the place is incredible. We went with Travel Collection which also included Havana and Jibacoa. Food is excellent, what the locals eat and what is available in the market that day. If you do not like what will be for dinner, they will do their utmost to find you something you like. The pool is fantastic although could do with a little shade. There are trips included in the holiday and our Cuban rep was Dennis Eng. What he doesn't know about the birds, the area and Fidel is not worth knowing! He made our holiday very special as there were only 25 of us, he knew all our names in the first hour of meeting him. Staying here is like having your own private house party. Be prepared to get along with your co holiday makers as you don't really have a choice. We were extremely lucky with ours and when the time came to say goodbye, it was a sad occassion. Thoroughly recommended, if you get the chance ask for Dennis!

    • birdsofafeather1
      BrightonBabe
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Lovely but basic ”
      El Yarey was fabulous but don't expect luxury, just basic food and shelter (beds are good although the pillows were lumpy!). Also expect to be woken by cockerels very early in the morning. There are loads of birds which we did appreciate even though we didn't know what they were. But I can now identify a mocking bird and a turkey vulture. There aren't any walking trails so you don't need walking boots, unless you do the optional day trip into the Sierra Maestra mountains to the HQ of the revolution. This was fabulous and a highlight of our trip. The walking part of this involves a round trip of nearly four hours and is fairly rough going so be aware of this. You do need to mix with the other guests to get the best out of the week here but with shared tables and meals and a small bar area this isn't difficult to do. And the people we were lucky enough to meet here really did make it a great experience. When moving on to Havana, and Jibacoa later on, it felt like there was a little community to catch up with which was lovely.

    • birdsofafeather1
      travellerd
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “gorgeous”
      we spent a week at el yarey from 10th to 17th january. we had a fabulous time. there was plenty of walking and bird watching to be done,,,not by me! but the others enjoyed it. its a very relaxing chilled out place, great to unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. the food was lovely, if a little too salty at times, the staff were very friendly and always there if you needed them. although the brochure says theres no entertainment there was a band, clave6, who came 3 times and soon has us up on the floor practicing our salsa and our cha cha cha, the rooms are simple and basic, nothing fancy, but we were all very sad when the time came to leave, the local people are very friendly and often waved as we passed in our bus, or said hello when we saw them in the streets, cuba has a great atmosphere and its people are friendly and fun i wouldnt hesitate to return to el yarey, or to cuba

    • birdsofafeather1
      IanE15
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “The real Cuba ”
      El Yarey is in a quiet rural setting in the Sierra Maestra in eastern Cuba. The setting in the national park means you are surrounded by woodland rich in birds, a variety of wildlife and trees. There are 12 palm-thatched rooms close to the pool and bar area and two separate rooms near to the reception (used by Fidel Castro when he visited). The site is well landscaped and equally rich in flora and fauna. The rooms are very basic with air-con, but very clean and service daily. It is currently only available to 'Natural Cuba' customers as an all inclusive package with pre-arranged tours including walks, visits to historic towns and locations, bird watching and entertainment from the most brilliant Cuban musicans. The permanent tour guide was an absolute delight, friendly and knowledgeable. The tours were great, well managed and provided a fascinating insight into Cuba and offered the chance to meet real Cubans. All meals were taken on long 'group' tables which mean everyone really got to know each other. The food was occasionally hit and miss depending on whether the main chef was on duty but was excellent for the most part. Bread and fresh fruit for breakfast together with eggs of your choice. Lunch and dinner were three courses including coffee. A pig roast finishes off the week. The desserts were most suited for those with a very sweet tooth. All local drinks were included and the bar staff were able to knock up great daiquiris and mojitos. If you are looking for friendly staff in a spectacular setting and not too concerned about luxury accommodation then this is definately the place for you.

    • birdsofafeather1
      vascat
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Fantastic El Yarey ”
      We loved El Yarey, the staff were wonderful and nothing was too much form them. It was great being in the countryside and the trips were very interesting and we had the opportunity to speak to local people. The rooms are simple and very clean but we didn't need to spend much time in them. The grounds and swimming pool were very well kept. The food was fine particularly the turkey buffet and the spit roasted pig. Nelson was our guide and was excellent. The live music from Clave6 was great and many of us improved our dancing skills. Janet the barmaid makes the best cocktails ever and always has a smile. We would recommend anyone to go there.

    • birdsofafeather1
      rgshl
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Villa El Yarey is a delight ”
      We can thoroughly recommend this hotel. OK the food and accomodation is basic but if like us you arrive at night then the views and the atmosphere when you wake the following morning will blow you away-total peace and tranquility. We were on the "Travel Collection Wild Cuba" package and the combination of 7 nights in El Yarey, 2 in Havana and a 4 night beach extension made up the best holiday we have had, Undoubtedly, our guide, Dennis, made the trip. His knowledge of the local events and goings on had us fully occuppied for a fascinating week. The staff at El Yarey were superb, the few "rules" regarding all inclusive were waived-ie we had wine with our meal and you could have spirits whenever you wanted-Cuban white wine is something everyone should try ! You need to be prepared to be friendly and outgoing as the atmosphere at the villa is very much that of an extended family but it was definitely worth it for us-a truly fascinating insight into an enigmatic country-hope it never gets spoiled

    • birdsofafeather1
      coquet
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “A Wonderful Experience ”
      On reading the review of the 7th March a few days before we were due to leave I considered cancelling the holiday...I am so glad we didnt! Yes the rooms are small and tatty but clean, in fact everything in this part of Cuba was clean even the farmyard pigs looked like they had been jetwashed. The rooms are due to start being refurbished in May (Cuban time... when they get the go ahead from Havana) I agree with everything on the review of the 12th April. It was an honour to stay there with such lovely people who worked their socks off for us, there is even a full time nurse (I had tonsillitus and was fed honey lemon and camomile tea which worked a treat!) Dennis is amazing, the most professional and caring guide you could imagine. Anyone going with Travel Collection should note that their rather confusing info about currency exchange at El Yarey is wrong. They do keep cash and dont except travellers cheques. The best thing to do is take euros or sterling and do a straight exchange to convertable pesos.

    • birdsofafeather1
      sloughbucks
      Review about Villa El Yarey Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “El Yarey is wonderful”
      I had tried to get information about this resort without success prior to our visit this March. We had booked through Travel Collection, a subsidiary of Kuoni, and only had the travel company's info to go on. On reflection, I am glad that we did not succeed as the whole experience was both a surprise and a delight. For those who are interested, it was the Summer retreat of Fidel Castro until a few years ago, a fact that added interest for most of us. The Cubanacan rep, Dennis Eng, was brilliant. As an ex-teacher, he brought together all his skills and knowledge to assess our individual interests and ensure that all were met. He ensured that we met all of the staff, including the back-room operators. this made for a very personal and intimate experience. With a staffing rate of one to two, how could we fail to be satisfied! The staff were brilliant and willing to go to a lot of trouble for us. It was the 50th anniversary of one couple in our party and one of the room-maids made and iced them a cake. Efforts way beyond the call of duty. If you want to gain an experience of the real Cuba, this is a good place to do so.