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  • Hotel Oasis

    Oasis Hotel Cuba

    • Destination: Varadero Beach
    • Address: Via Blanca, km 130, Cuba, Caribbean
    • Phone: (53 45)66 7380/82
    • Accept child:Yes
  • Description: Oasis Hotel Cuba

    Emanating a sober elegance, this is by far the hotel facility that best represents traditional Varadero. Gardens, sturdy, light-colored walls and red-tiled roofs, stand out in front of a backdrop formed by a sea of startlingly blue nuances- and by green oasis-like vegetation. This hotel is located right where the beach begins. Situated barely 2 hours drive from Havana and 25 minutes from the “Juan Gualberto Gómez”, International Airport, Varadero ranks among the world’s finest beaches. From most of the Oasis Hotel rooms the visitor gazes out over the beach, providing the facility with a tropical ambiance of joy, mingling the fresh smell of the sea with the radiant sunshine. 147 air-conditioned rooms with private bath and satellite TV. It operates as an All-Inclusive facility. Others: restaurant buffet, specialized restaurant, 3 bars, swimming pool for adults, 6- person Jacuzzi, 2 tennis courts, gymnasium, sauna, massage, medical services, non-motorized nautical sports, bicycles, motorbike rental, horseback riding, currency exchange, security box, tourism bureau, transfer service in/out, parking and taxis. Internet Service.


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  • Airports next to Oasis
  • Airports: Varadero Airport

    Varadero Airport

    Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport was built in 1989 and inaugurated by Fidel Castro,[3] thus replacing the old Varadero airport located in Santa Marta, currently known as Kawama Airport. The airport was named after a journalist, fighter for the Cuban Independence and black rights activist in Cuba Juan Gualberto Gómez (1854–1933). The terminal building has shops for tourists (including rum, cigars, T-shirts, books, carvings, pharmaceuticals), a large departures lounge cafeterias and a VIP lounge. A VIP card is available by paying $30/person to the local tour company representative. This allows the departing passenger to bypass the queues for check-in, have an agent take your departure tax to the correct official for you, and bypass any lines for passport control. The passenger is then taken to the VIP lounge which provides free food and drink (including alcoholic beverages).[4] The ground handling equipment is imported mainly from North America. There are four jet bridges, but air stairs are used for the remaining aircraft parking spaces on the apron by the terminal. Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport (IATA: VRA, ICAO: MUVR), formerly known as Varadero Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Varadero), is an international airport serving Varadero, Cuba and the province of Matanzas. The airport is located closer to the city of Matanzas than to Varadero. The closest airport to Varadero is Kawama Airport. In 2009, the airport handled 1.28 million passengers,[2] making it the second busiest airport in Cuba after José Martí International Airport in Havana.

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    Ave de la Playa, entre 35 y 36. Varadero
    045667919 5km 422m

  • Restaurants next to Oasis
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    Ave. 1ra. y Calle 6, Varadero Beach. Cuba
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    (5345) 614721 5km 665m

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    (5345) 667784 5km 836m

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    1ra y 56 Parque Josone Varadero. Cuba
    53 45 667329 7km 129m

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    Parque Josone, Varadero Beach. Cuba
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    (5345) 667747 7km 529m

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    Plaza America, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (53 45) 668181 12km 122m

  • Currency Exchange next to Oasis
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    (5345) 666070 9km 279m

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    Calle 4ta. esq. a 7ma., Rpto. Vista Alegre
    (5322) 687136 11km 664m

  • Clinics next to Oasis
  • SPA Club Plaza America Clinic SPA Club Plaza America Clinic

    Centro de Convenciones, Carretera Las Americas. Varadero. Cuba
    (5345) 667881 12km 122m

  • Drugstores next to Oasis
  • International Drugstore Plaza América Drugstore International Drugstore Plaza América Drugstore

    Centro de Convenciones, Carretera Las Américas, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (5345) 668042 12km 122m


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    • birdsofafeather1
      Donna P
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Cockroach Room ”
      When your vacation experience starts by opening the door on the wardrobe, to find a partial eaten bowl of food molding with bugs on it, you know the adventure has begun. The hotel staff couldn't contain their surprise when I finally got one of them to come to the room and remove it. The cockroach scurrying in the bathroom just added to the experience. Thank goodness we brought RAID as we wasted no time in spraying down the entire room and bathroom. This was a double bonus because the smell of RAID was like room freshener to mask the mold smell. We arrived at 5:00 and could not get a drink at the open bar as they were out of alcohol...at an All Inclusive (REALLY!!!!!). The all inclusive is not so inclusive here. Our traveling companion had it a little worse as he did not have a toilet seat in his room...we have since found out that this is not necessarily new for many resorts nor the airport. Thank goodness we brought items from home to tip our housekeeper as we had toilet paper. There were some rooms that never got toilet paper the entire week, thankfully they brought their own or we gave them some of ours. The food was lacklustre until the night of Feb 14 when the kitchen pumped out an amazing feast. I am not sure that is accurate but after a week where the best meal of the day was breakfast with the omelet guy, it looked amazing., There were beautiful displays and it was the only meal where they had not run out of plates, cups, or cutlery as was the case in the entire week. People we met, like Cathy M made the vacation fun. The resort really had nothing to do with the positive of our experience. We had several negative experiences in our interactions with the group of Russian tourists in the resort. The young men were rude, disrespectful of other guests and the staff. They did not tip and treated everyone with disdain. The hotel staff couldn't do anything about it until one of that group did something that caused the police to be called. After that the Russians settled a bit. Again...examples of a resort that did not make a traveller feel confident or welcome. The beach was great for snorkelling but had a lot of garbage on it. Again, a mix of ignorant tourists and the hotel not having staff go out and clean the beach. Ariel, the coconut hut guy, tried to keep the beach chair area clean. He seemed to be the only one working at the beach. The guys at the bar seemed to be more concerned about their personal conversations than providing service to the people. It was ironic that during the day there were typically two men working the beach bar, which barely poured 100 drinks for the day, and they had 1 woman at the pool bar and adjoining coffee bar, running like crazy pouring or making 100 drinks an hour. It was glaringly apparent that the majority of male staff had no concept of customer service. We were fortunate that we did have hot water. Over half the people we talked to did not for a portion or their entire stay. This is not the place you want to be your first experience in Cuba. If you paid less than $700 to go from Canada then it was okay. If you paid more...then you got shafted. It was my first time but I am a camper so I adapted. This is not a place for the feint of heart. I am amazed that Sunwing offers it but then again, if you want that much adventure in your vacation bring OFF, RAID, toilet paper, and if possible a toilet seat. Tipping the staff with cash may be helpful but their stores don't have items to buy so bring toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, nail polish, hair gel, pens, pencils, ball gloves from Value Village, baseballs, feminine hygiene products, and the like. They are appreciative and can use it to barter on the black market, that DOESN'T EXIST.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Cathy M
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Run Away!!! ”
      Where to start... Dark(no lights) the smell of mold (unbearable) lucky if you did get hot water (we had NONE for 5 days!!) yes I know hard to believe. Drinks ...how do you run out OR cannot get a REAL coffee in a cup (watch out they serve in plastic glasses) yes true. We changed rooms once and thought we hit the gold, a large room with a nice balcony BUT could not use it the door was not attached and sorry but I did not want to use the window to gain entry. Our bathroom ,mirror fell off early in the am and was not replaced the switch for the bathroom lights not safe! All in all this is NOT a holiday place to lay your head down at night! Put a end to all the bad reviews and take it off a place to stay!! The only good thing to our stay was the group of people we met who either had it worse than us or had it a bit better but we did have some laughs (the misfits) Like I said RUN from here!

    • birdsofafeather1
      scarab56
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Worst hotel ”
      This hotel is the worst that I have stayed at in Cuba. It needs some serious repair and attention. The hotel seems to manage to fix their problem by moving guests around until you get fed up and give up complaining . Staff less than helpful, bar service sketchy ,they never had money to exchange so my tipping was minimal ,so staff suffers.On way back to airport even the tour guide on bus informed us that Hotel Oasis is by far the worst hotel to stay at in Varadero, so I wonder why Sunwing chooses to support this resort.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Ted C
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Enjoy your vacation - don't stay here ”
      The Oasis is not an oasis. Over the past 16 years we have taken holidays in Cuba 13 times, we love the country, we are not fussy people and we know what to expect, but this ?resort? is old and is not maintained. The pool was filthy and never cleaned, the furnishing are ancient, in poor repair and filthy, our bathroom smelled like open pit sewage, no hot water, very limited variety of poor quality ?food? completely killed my appetite and gave me diarrhea, the resort is located well outside of Varadero and you need to hire a taxi to do anything, there is little entertainment and nothing to do at the Oasis, there was no catamaran or other beach toys as advertised, and the other ?guests? are largely senior citizens who are content to park themselves all day on a chair by the pool. After 2 days we switched to a hotel in town. We work hard for our holidays, and every day is precious. The old saying is true ..... you get what you pay for, and although the ?all inclusive? price at the Oasis is cheap, what is the point if you are really not enjoying yourself.

    • birdsofafeather1
      NotRecommeneded
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Not recommended ”
      Not exactly in Varadero, 45 min to walk to city limits, 2 star hotel built in 1956. Beach averidge. But most important: mold in a washroom, cracks in a ceiling, not painted, some rooms didn't have a hot water. Food- like in (Cuban) 2star. Entertaiment- like in 1 star. Staff- below any norm. My last time in Islazul hotels.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Georgia E
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Sexual Assault at OASIS ISLAZUL ”
      Dec 2013... My girlfriend and I went to this hotel for a break. My girlfriend was assaulted going to her room by an unknown assailant... Upon requesting calling the Police the Management of the hotel refused to call the Police... When I kicked up such a fuss they finally moved us to Playa Caleta where it was safer. The Sunwing reps did nothing to alleviate the situation and did all they could to prevent us from calling the Police... To get the Cuban's to do anything a waiver had to be signed by my girlfriend which was signed under duress.... Please take this as a cautionary Notice. This is a Dangerous Hotel. Do Not Stay Here and if You Do You Stay At Your Own Risk........ This Hotel Should Not Be Listed As a Vacation Destination...

    • birdsofafeather1
      La Gaviota L
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “The WORST Hotel ”
      THIS place is an all inclusive hotel. When we arrived our 6 rooms that we paid for in advance were NOT ready. Once our rooms were given to us there was NO Ice in the bar EVER! Then when the ice showed up the little that did there were NO CUPS!!! The food was HORRIBLE!! Always cold and for dinner ALWAYS the left overs from lunch. The service was the Worst. My family goes on vacation lots of times during the year so we can say that we have seen all sorts of things, but like this NEVER. No toilet tissue in the bathrooms, then when you would ask they would ask you, "you wasted them already?" The pool was green AT ALL TIMES!!! There were no cups in the bar because they were ALL floating in the pool!! Never ever did the manager on duty try to help make our stay better or comfortable!!! I don't recommend this place to NO ONE!!! I hope you really read REVIEWS!!

    • birdsofafeather1
      Mike S
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Didn't imagine how bad it is until arriving there”
      The hotel is cheap, but definitely not worth the savings, the buffet are ugly, the rooms with mushrooms on the walls and the place is absolutely in the middle of nowhere at all. Too late for me because I didn't read the reviews here, but for my next trip I will definitely going to read reviews in here.

    • birdsofafeather1
      829Alain
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Ridiculously "HOTEL"- Spoiled food, Middle of nowhere, very OLD Place ”
      First of all, I will start with a very famous excuse that I ear non-stop: "You getting what you paid for" I basically don't understand that sentence, for one person even paying $5,000 a night is cheap... is it mean that he should get Spoiled food for example? or to sleep in a dirty room? OK, I stayed in other places in Cuba for a cheaper prices and they had cleaner rooms, better food, friendlier staff/service, better maintenance of Pool, Beach, etc.. This Hotel was built at 1956, and it look like no one ever maintained anything there, seriously. The rooms have a bad smell, the floor was greasy, and the toilet was just disgusting, no window, no seat on the toilet, broken TV, noisy mattress. Food: For breakfast you basically getting the same (but the same) food every day until it's gone (communism way) you'll get (I saw it for 10 mornings so it will be easy to remember) 3-4 kinds of fruits, 4-5 kinds of vegetables, eggs, bread, hot dogs, juices, water. The smell in the dining room is unacceptable in western hotels. There is a lot of flies anywhere in the air and on the food, anytime. The swimming pool is dirty too with tons of bugs inside the water, it doesn't seems like anyone of the staff care about it. In front of the hotel there is taxi drivers who wait like a Predators for the tourist that want's to get a normal food in the city, the drivers know that the guests are in the middle of nowhere and so they have no choice but to pay 4 times than local people. I must mention the mattress and the pillow, My sleep was awful! the pillows are basically like 5CM thick, and you can actually feel the springs in your body! Other guests in the hotel mention to me similar things that I mention here, again, there is other better places for a similar price. I do have to say that some of the staff where pretty nice, but the majority of them makes you feel uncomfortable with the service.

    • birdsofafeather1
      SKS M
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Horrible hotel! ”
      We paid more than $4,000 for 6 people for one week all in. When we arrived on February 1 - 2013 they gave us rooms 24 nd 25. What a nightmare these rooms! Showers broken, toilet not flushing, mushrooms on the walls and ceilings, doors that don't lock, water in the main aisle, curtains that don't close or were half broken.... So the next day we went to the reception and we asked to get other rooms, especially with the kids. They gave us two rooms on the North side of the hotel, rooms 2 and 3, but they were not much better than our first ones! Same problems but don't try to discuss these issues with the hotel staff or management because you will get the answer "no habla ingles!". The food was horrible and sometimes disgusting! Every day the same crap (spaghetti, rice, chicken and something that's supposed to be beef). The deserts from the day before you will get them as breakfast the next day. One other thing that bothered me is that the hotel management invited (every night) their friends/family in the hotel where they all had drinking parties. You had to be careful the next day not to fall over the empty bottles or rum that were left behind. Also their garbage (cigarettes, cigars) are a nice and interesting toy for your kids....NOT! The hotel looks like a huge dump and the beach is not much better. Next time we will avoid this place. There are absolutely NO activities for kids. This hotel deserves -2 stars!

    • birdsofafeather1
      Alucine
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “A Nightmare! ”
      I had never have an experience like the week I have spent in this resort last week of March 2012! I am telling to everyone that considers to book that (dump) do not do it. This resort is the oldest in Varadero and first is very badly situated. It is far from the actual Varadero Resort strip and even if you have a good deal for a week there, it will end up at the end (believe me) to cost you more than if you would have booked an hotel nearer downtown. Taxis are at least 30$ one way and it is impossible to walk down the beach to the main street where everything is happening. It is so depressing there that you start to regret to have taken a trip to Cuba. The atmosphere is like if you would be back in the early 50s. It is full of Russians that do not want to know anything about you, the beach is dirty, the food horrible and almost none at all, nothing to do there and rooms with no toilet sit. SO DEPRESSING! I was so happy to get out of there. Oh another thing, right in the food area there are at least 7 or 8 stray dogs after you and following you everywhere to get your food plate

    • birdsofafeather1
      szszszszsz
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “I wouldn't go here if it were the last hotel in Varadero ”
      Careful, this resort is unkemp, food is horrible,when there was any left!!! it is out of the city and the taxis cost more to return than to get into the city. Staff are unhappy, drinks are made with cheap product and , although the ocean is beautiful, I will tell you it is not the hotel that keeps it clean, most of the beach was littered with garbage. The clients were mostly from Russia, and majority displayed zero manners. It was a blessing to leave.

    • birdsofafeather1
      HOwlingWOlfCanmore
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Never again! ”
      As an after fllght refresher, we booked in for one night, March 25, 2012, before heading off on a 9 day cycling trip. This 1950's relic has remaining traces of its pre-revolution movie star days but has lost all its charm. We arrived hungry to the all inclusive dinner buffet to find oxidized salad bar offerings and unrecognizable meat items. Really the food was gross! We are not picky 5 star travellers but found most everything to be in disrepair if not disgusting. Guantanamo prison would have been better.

    • birdsofafeather1
      George B
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “old hotel built in 1956 ”
      closed last year for renovations .they left out the reno part.always water in the rooms and everwhere. Plumbing definitely needs repair.Food is TERRIBLE. Only good food was fresh omelet in morning No phone except at front desk. No internet. Coffee was really gross No toilet paper in public washroom no toiletseats this also in some rooms. Pillows were paper thin and filthy. front desk will not change money had to take taxi to bank to change money.This hotel should be taken out of travel books .only good thing was staff were friendly will never go back probably not even to Cuba.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Talin401
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “A totally Disgusting Place. Will Never go again! ”
      There is so much to say about this place. I must say I have travelled to Cuba 10 times and this is the worst hotel ever and I am not sure why as this is even listed on travel agency websites and its a package deal. From the service, to the rooms, the food, everything is so digusting and I suffered terrible flea bites all over my legs. I must have had at least 200 or more bites all over my legs. the dirtiness of the beach, and facilities, no running hot water for showers, it looks like the rooms haven't been thoroughly cleaned ever, Oh my it is disgusting. The food is so terrible and I cannot even believe I ate that stuff this week. All I stuck to is the bread, cucumbers and stuff. Everyday same stuff, and they put leftovers from the morning and lunch time for dinner, pasta in the morning. topsy turvy things. As soon as we arrived to our hotel, The lobby said it all for me, that this place is beyond filthy. Thank goodness we did not get sick on this trip. At night the bed made me itch even more and it felt like the flat sheets and everything has not been washed, and you can see the dust off the furniture in the rooms. That whole place needs to be demolished and a brand new hotel needs to come up. Its unacceptable. I had never said that I wanted to come home so badly ever. I am so disgusted and I will never ever go to this dump of a place again.

    • birdsofafeather1
      VancouverAdventurist
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “I thought I would be dying and going to heaven, but instead I went straight to hell!!! ”
      THIS WAS THE WORST HOTEL I HAVE EVER STAYED AT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!! NEVER GO BACK!! STAY AWAY. IT WAS SMELLY, DARK, MOLDY AND THE FOOD TASTED WORSE THAN WHAT MY DOG WOULD EAT!! Sunwing sold me this vacation package and BELIEVE ME, I will never use them again!! The hotel was so outdated and used that I felt like I was going back in time. The food was cold and often re-used and I only stayed for ONE DAY. I ended up getting transfered to a hotel that was equally as bad!! If you pick a hotel based on Stars, make sure you understand that 5 stars equals 3 stars and 3 stars = NO STARS, IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE, AND I MEAN THIS ! NEVER GO TO THIS HOTEL.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Sandy S
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Cuban nightmare! ”
      visiting Cuba is different than anywhere else in the world. Staying at a 2 star hotel there is like staying at a redneck gas station! Food is very blah (bring spices, jam, peanutbutter.) only 2 or 3 people spoke little to no English or French. Very run down (toilet seats missing) no shower heads and limited hot water. Lobby and grounds have garbage thrown all over. The beach is incredible, walk out 100 feet and you are on the most wonderful white sand. The rooms are run down and pillows are 1/4 thick if you are lucky. Table clothes are not changed and crumbs left from one meal to the next. The a la carte restaurant is no better except air conditioned. The pool is well maintained and clean. I would go back to Cuba in a heartbeat but pay a little more and stay somewhere better. DONT BOOK THROUGH SUNWING !!!!! PROMISE A LOT AND ARE COMPLETE LIARS!!!!!!!!!

    • birdsofafeather1
      Edmontontraveller321
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Cuba is beautiful but not this 2 star resort Feb 7- 15, 2014 ”
      Don't let this resort be your first impression of/experience with Cuba! Pay more and go to a 4 or 5 star first. It could be your 2nd or 3rd experience if the price were right, and you understand that this is very close to camping - up close and personal with all types of tropical bugs (not unexpected), limited housekeeping, curtains were dirty, food not so great, electrical was hit and miss, hit and miss with liquor (Rum, Vodka) being available - we had Russians staying at the same time who treated the Cubans like slaves, didn't tip, were very rude to other guests and drank the place dry some nights - meaning the resort was out of liquor until the next day, limited evening entertainment, no ice available some nights. There was evidence of the active Cuban 'dating for money scene' with very young Cuban girls with fat, old creepy non-Cuban men. We understood from others who had stayed in Varadaro before that that kind of behavior would not be tolerated at other resorts. That being said the positives included: if you tip the staff you get better service - more toilet paper, towels, butter, but no extra cleaning services ect, For tipping the maids daily bring toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, perfume, nail polish, shampoo, as we understood that these items were much appreciated. Our air conditioner worked but didn't have any knobs to adjust anything, the pool was good, the Sunwing excursions offered were excellent (we went on several and they were terrific. We also booked the taxis guys in the old cars (1956 Bel Aire) and went on private excursions into Havana - 140 peso for 2 people, to the caves to snorkle in the fresh water and to Coral Beach ), the beach was very good for swimming and snorkling and picking beach glass and shells, no competition for beach chairs, we could purchase Rum and other bottles of liquor easily and we had good weather. Ariel on the beach is a big help - talk to him as he has been there for 27 years. The food was good in the restaurants but poor in the resorts. The government runs both so it kinda seemed like '....provide basic food at the resort so the tourists get tired of it and go out to the restaurants to eat....' The best meal of the day at the resort was breakfast at the omlete station. There was fresh fruit, salads, tomatoes, cooked vegetables, pasta with sauce, some kind of meat and fish and bread so I found something to eat every day, but it wasn't something that I looked forward to. I thought Cuba had very good cheese though! And the staff put on a surprisingly wonderful spread for Valentine's Day supper, so you know the food can be great! Bring your own drinking cups/mugs so you can stock up on juice or water from the dispenser in the dining room. Yes, I'd go back and stay in the room we had - #14, but only if it were less than $700 from Edmonton for 8 nights per person and I brought: * more Raid (we knew about the bugs so we sprayed the room) * more bugs spray (we ran out of bug spray - lots of sand flea bites on the beach) * Bleach spray for the mold in the room/on walls (we thought the other reports about mold smells and on the walls was exaggerated but no) * more spices and salad dressings (we brought some spices but no salad dressings - the oil and vinegar only option got boring after a while) * a small broom and dust pan so we could sweep our floors to get the sand, dead bugs and dirt out of the room * more snack foods (we brought some but not enough for between meals) * a small repair kit with different screws and screw drivers to do small repairs (the square tables wobbled a lot {only 4 screws when there was need for 8} and when you try to play cards or dice we ended up spilling our drinks) * face cloths, extra beach towels (we brought beach towels, pillows and pillow cases and left them there) * small candles and holders to enjoy the patio at night as it was dark * we would plan to eat supper at a restaurant outside the resort every night Our room had a toilet seat, (not every room had one on the toilet), our toilet worked, our bidet worked, we had hot water for showering (not every room had hot water) and hand washing and a plastic shower curtain (not everyone had a shower curtain), toilet paper was provided to us (we tipped the maids every day and the other staff when we went to the bar for a drink, or needed to ask a question at the front desk, our servers in the dining room and our taxis drivers) and we brought our own toilet paper too, our sliding doors opened (and locked - not everyone's doors opened/closed/locked) to go out to our ground level patio, there were patio chairs with no back cushions but we could sit down outside and have a drink before supper. So, very much like a self-serve camp site with a good beach and warm weather. It was the other Canadians we met that made our time spent at the resort fun! Shout out to the misfits!!

    • birdsofafeather1
      Maria181793
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Pay a little extra and stay at a better hotel ”
      Yes cockroaches, yes really bad food so bad that we had to take taxi $10.to town for dinner many times in our week stay. Yes It was a cheap vacation $500 out of vancouver with sunwing. There is no peanut butter or jam so bring some at least you can toast some white bread at breakfast. I travel a lot this is buy far the worst <<<< even shocking >>>>> So for a $100.00 extra get your self a better hotel

    • birdsofafeather1
      Hesham2013
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Ok For One Night ”
      I stayed there for one night as I needed to return to Varadero for the flight back home. This hotel is ok for an overnight stay since it is cheap and relatively close to the airport. But I would not recommend it for an actual vacation in Varadero. The rooms are very basic and the hotel looks like it was constructed a long time ago. There was a mildew type stale smell in my room. The dinner buffet is extremely basic by Varadero standards. The breakfast is poor. There were a lot of flies (and of course stray cats) in the dining area. The staff is friendly. Hotel has no internet. The hallways are dark at night so this would be a safety issue for a solo female traveler.

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      cinnabum
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Don't pack your expectations!”
      I stayed at this hotel in February 2013, so things may have changed since then. But given that the resort hasn't really been updated since it opened in the 1950s, I'm going to assume it's pretty much the same. We came for the beach, and that's where we stayed so I can't comment on getting around from the resort. The Good: - The beach is amazing! Cut off from the main Varadero beach by a channel, this hotel is pretty much on its own private beach. For whatever reason, many people prefer to stay near the pool (I think the pool bar had beer while the beach bar didn't and wasn't always open) so the beach area was always quite quiet. There is a lifeguard on duty all day as well as a charming man who will help you get a chair, tell all the women that his wife is magically exactly the same size and would love their outfit when they leave, and arrange a private tour of Varadero or Havana. - The atmosphere is really laid-back. No one's here because they're putting on a show...most of the people staying at this resort had a similar mission to ours. I still can't believe that the Russians travelled all this way to stay here but Russian winter must be the same as Canadian winter, and they just wanted a hassle-free few days at the beach. -The store We found the little store across from the front entrance and were able to buy big bottles of mineral water, rum and some other little things to make our stay more comfortable. The prices were pretty reasonable. The Bad: - The rooms. We switched rooms twice until we got a room with a toilet seat and a view of the beach. The balcony was large and we watched a lot of CNN at night. Other than that, my fiancé's eye swelled up every night due to some reaction to mold. The lamps had no lampshades and only one worked. There was no hot water. I only realized on our last day that the pictures of flowers were actually pictures of naked women! - The food It wasn't as terrible as we'd thought, just repetitive and extremely basic. Pasta, fried fish, assorted meat, shredded carrots and unripe papaya. Don't like it? Bring your own snacks! It is amazing that you don't need much to feel full. I didn't try any of the desserts but the Russian kids seemed to enjoy. We started eating in the outdoor area, although I'm not sure if we were supposed to and several people followed suit. We tried the 'restaurant' twice but my fiancé had sunstroke the first night. We're still not sure what kind of toppings were on his pizza the second time - perhaps goat cheese and unidentified Cuban herbs. - The entertainment One night, we decided to hang around for the entertainment instead of just huddling on the bed eating chocolate cookies and watching CNN. After watching some Cubans get really drunk while playing a rowdy game of cards, we realized that was the extent of the entertainment for that night. The next morning, the smashed rum bottle and cards were still by the pool area. Gradually other empty bottles joined it over the days...

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      Crix22
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Time to move on ”
      I have been there between 1st and 8 of April, 2013. This was my second stay there, the only reason being that it was soo cheap that I said... why not. I find it as being a big mistake. In two years (after my previous stay), the place worsened, the food... almost terrible, and I had to change the room twice. The problem remains the same all over: nothing works properly! Not a room had a window that closes at 100%! First night I barely slept four hours (a room in the corner close to the road -the window- and the interior court -the door was also broken, freely letting the noise in). The second room was very humid, it sticked (mold, mainly) and... it had (I don't know what kind of) bugs that bitten my legs; two days I was [--] my pants that they wore bed-bugs, but they are not. Anyway, after a day, the receptionist (a "chubby" brunette) asked no less that 20 CUC to give me a room upstairs, with a nice balcony, ocean view, bla-bla-bla. I refused, but being scared by the possibility of having to care for the bed-bugs, I went back at the reception the second day, with a nice "present" (some cosmetic products, worthing the 20 [--] pesos; I hate to "bribe"). Another receptionist now, gave me (arguably) the best room in the hotel, before (!) I presented her my gift ! (The one in the corner of the resort, the closest to the beach, upstairs). The food was worse than two years ago. I tried the fish every day, I could eat only 2 or 3 times; generally was molded! (at least that was my perception). About 3 times we had some kind of meat braised on the spot. In the rest, poor quality rice and potatoes, or other vegetables. Even the fruits were... lacking taste. Entertainment: there were two shows (one was an OK magicians-like, the other a "black light improvisation"). The music repeated again and again, even if one liked Mariah Carrey, after that stay, a change of perspective imposed! There is a guy that comes pretty often with his guitar, though; he has a good voice, and he's pretty good, especially when you think about the place. He sings all kind of improvisations, and he is able to absorb the tourists "accompaniment" :). The bar: lacks many things, among which is the wine. I had only 3 glasses of wine (which is inexistent at the "restaurant", at dinner or at supper). I saw once or twice, though, how they are "moving" the bottles to a "private location"... I didn't ask, but I guess that if you want coffee, you have to pay for it! The town is quite far, if you didn't know... The "sharks" ("taxis" in front of the hotel) have no shame to ask for 12 - 10 CUC; they fooled me twice (once for 8, once for 6), but afterwards I fallowed someone's advice and "hitchhiked", for 2 CUC! (only then I remembered that I used this two years ago...). Conclusion: this place needs badly a renovation and better food. Maybe it's doomed to remain for cubans only... Think about the fact that it's the last resort in the chain of "food recycling", meaning that the food is mainly what's left by the better hotels! Do not worry for their jobs, new hotels are being in construction on the peninsula! For the price (you could find it for 450$ to 600$, depends of how unexperienced you are) may worth, IF you are with friends, or if you plan to go tripping! BUT, if you calculate only 3 trips to Varadero, that would cost around 40 $, plus the difference in the food and drinks and maybe the pleasure of stay, in general, you better buy somewhere else. One last thing: the beach is almost beautiful, only few people use it. Snorkeling is exceptional for a beach, especially around the old peer or in the channel (that divides the beach from the rest of the peninsula). Careful with the channel though, after noon it gets "bumpy", the current it's strong. Nice shopping!

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      cashansen
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “OK for the money ”
      This is an older resort and could use some updating. The staff were all very nice other than in the lobby. We stupidly left our swimsuits and towels on the patio overnight and they were gone in the morning. The lobby staff didn't seem to care and it took us two days before we found out they were mysteriously in the security storage area. We had a room close to the beach which was convenient. The room was all right for the money but could use lamp shades on the table lamps. The food was not the greatest but there was enough of a variety so that you didn't go hungry, it was just a bit repetative. It's a quiet area just outside of Veradero which is fine if you just want a nice relaxing stay but a little too far to walk to town for most people. A taxi from town was only 8 CUCs and the bus 5 cucs return. Do take a small bottle of insect repellant as there are no-see-ums out around the patio in the evening. Entertainment was good most evenings. Take enough small change for tips as they don't seem to keep much at the front desk.

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      Scott L
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “This is a 2 star, thats what your paying for ”
      There are a lot of 2 stars worse than this place. People who complain about it, should go to a higher star rating. Yes the food is not the best, the people are very nice. True about the trips into Veradero, BUT well worth the trips into the city. There is really only one restuarent, no snacks. The beach is beautiful. If you want to go on a vacation, save some money to go somewhere just to relax, this place is just fine. When you arrive at the airport, exchange your money there, the hotel does not do this, and there is not non-motorized water sports, so bring your own snorkels. For the price, it was great, you get what you pay for.

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      rick l
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “You get what you pay for ”
      I just completed a 2 week stay in Cuba at the Oasis.Even though it is old and run down and in dire need of repair,our stay was comfortable.My only compaint of the food is that it is to repetitious.I dont want to have Papaya for the rest of the year.I commend the staff,they do a remarkable job working with little or nothing.My biggest complaint is the clientele this hotel attracts.People that expect 4 star service from a barely 2 star facility.I have never encountered such rude and so many rude and inconsiderate tourists in my life.I will say that tour companies should screen thier clients for attitude checks.Giving some people free booze turns them into boorish louts.How can you improve an image when you have to deal with pigs that treat staff like slaves or less.Also learn some of the language before you come or atleast bring a dictionary.How many languages should they know?Do you expect the staff to learn Russian as well?I am most disapointed with our Russian friends,I expected a bit of class.But you get what you pay for.Thanks to Oasis for doing thier best Rick from Edmonton

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      Beanaroundtwice
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Less than expected for 2 stars ”
      Jan 12th to 23rd 2012 . If you want to be on the outskirts of town, like speaking Russian, don't care what you eat, and want a cheap, "almost all-inclusive" vacation in the sun, then this is your place. Otherwise don't think twice about this Motel. ( That's not a "type O". The sign out front, that once had lettering on it, said Motel Oasis.) My vacation was less than expected. My first room on the ground floor overlooked the loading dock and the garbage pick up area of the parking lot. The hallway was dark and damp. Needless to say I, and the other 2 people I came with all refused our rooms. All the other people that checked in at the same time as we did, checked out after seeing their rooms. We three, stuck it out, and got decent, spacious rooms later in the day. I didn't have great expectations for the food, but I did expect to be able to put my coffee in a cup, not a soup bowl, and I did expect to have a plate to put my food on. Tableware, sometimes seemed to be optional. The hot beverage machine never worked the entire stay. Although it did produce hot water regularly. I fixed 3 toilets in the first 2 days of my stay, and my sink popped of the wall, and drain disconnected the first time I leaned on it. I was able to reattach it without incident. On the 4th day, I tipped the housekeeper 5 Pesos, after she put extra effort into the towel arrangement. That was the last time I saw my towels! Two days later I realized they probably weren't going to reappear so I searched some out for myself. ( The front desk tried, without timely success, to help.) I must comment on the fact that almost all the staff at the hotel were very, very pleasant. They were happy people who genuinely wanted to please. I really enjoyed the sun, sand, and snorkeling. .........and if that is all you are looking for, you will enjoy your stay. I could go on with more negatives ,but I think you get the idea. Oh, I will say one more thing.....Do not go to the "Italian" specialty restaurant. It truly was the worse dining experience I have ever had.....in ANY country! Just to end on a positive note......I'll say I felt very safe in this "Hotel", and singles can have their own room at no extra charge.

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      titaluoma
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Not the worst but not the best.... ”
      I was at this hotel in January 2012 and have mixed reviews...you get what you pay for in cuba....for this cheap vacation and knowing i would not be spending much time but for sleep at this hotel i wasn't expecting much and didn't get much....the beds were not bad compared to other locations in cuba....the hotel staff was not the friendliest and only spoke to me because my fiance speaks spanish and is cuban...we changed rooms because we were supposed to have a double bed but were given a room with three twins instead!! we didn't have bed bugs and the room was reasonable clean...the tv was a bit fuzzy and when you put it on channel 21 it turned off....there was no hot water most of the time....the food was actually good but there was no selection....as for the other hotel guests they were mostly from russia, they were rude and loud and there were several fights by the pool and bar area the police were called a couple of times which is not the fault of the hotel but rather the people who can't behave under the influence of alcohol....there were stray dogs everywhere about 8 looked like they live there on a regular basis...this isn't a problem except they barked in the middle of the night in the halls....the bar closed at 10 before the shows were even done....so it wasn't horrible but it wasn't the greatest either

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      Kevinallangregory
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Poor Poor

      “Stay Away!!! ”
      I went to Cuba to be engaged to my love of my life. She is a beautiful Cuban girl who has a young daughter. I had to settle with this hotel due to the amount I spent on ring, hotel+flight, plus an additional $250 for my fiancé and her daughter to stay. This is not my first trip to Cuba and getting married to a Cuban I know what to expect. We woke up with bites from bugs daily, my poor step daughter! The water had no pressure at all and also no hot water most of the time. We were careful to lock up each day, but had brought mist valuables to her family house. We returned to the hotel the day before my departure when my fiancé had noticed her personals scattered about. Upset she was so she called a family member who is also a police officer and he sent police to hotel accompanied with K9. My fiancé's family shows up and for this I now feel embarrassed considering I am there for permission to marry. The police informed us that this was the 3rd time that week they have been at this hotel. The hotel manager then told my Fiancé that we had caused there hotel embarrassment and we were to leave. I then contacted sunwing who offered to put us in another hotel for one night for an additional $150CUC. If you been to Cuba then you know it is difficult to get money there, and for this is unexceptable! Then sunwing convinced the manager to allow us back, however I never returned where I was not wanted and embarrassed. I was not the only one of the guests who got kicked out that week so if you stay here prepare!! Note: I was there for love and with children, my fiancé and I were NEVER drunk or rowdy!!!! This hotel NEEDS NEW MANAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ed s
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Average Average

      “would definitely recommend”
      wonderful experience at this hotel. the staff is very helpful. I would recommend that you change money at airport so you can get to town, bring face cloths and bring bug spray and Benadryl for mosquites

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      Mamacita2014
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Average Average

      “Please save Marley at Hotel Oasis, written Jan 18-2014 ”
      We had a great experience at this hotel, the beach is nicer than the 4 star resort we stayed at. One thing i have to mention is the cats... please feed them!! There are 5 adults who you will see near the pool and buffet area. Also we saved a 3 week old kitten and had her in our room with us, she was abandoned, starving and scared when we found her, we found 2 other Canadians to take care of her when we left. We named her Marley. If you go to this hotel please look for her, she would be almost 4 weeks old today, Jan 18th. She will not survive living outside until she is at least 10 weeks old. PLEASE take care of her so she will make it. The other kitten died... we vowed to save Marley and to pass her onto others who care. Canadians have more empathy toward animals than any other people i've ever met. Thank you to the Vet tech Elaine we met who was also staying there, she helped us. God bless you all who help the innocent who are in need. Btw, my daughter had an amazing time swimming in the pool, in the ocean and ordering herself pina coladas (without rum of course). The bartender Daniel is awesome, same with Maria who works in the buffet area, she's a darling. Food was good! Lots of fresh papaya and pineapple!

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      Simplythebest365
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Average Average

      “My favourite ”
      Favourite resort in Cuba so far. Other resorts experience is from 5* Memories Cayo Santa Maria, 4,5* Melia Las Dunas same cayo, and 2* Villa la Mar Varadero,. :-) Main requirements: beautiful beach, quiet place, bed, shower and food. 5* amenities as hair dryer, internet, room service, coffee maker, phone etc. double the price and mostly remain unused when provided. Reasons to Love Hotel Oasis Islazul Beach: the best ever! Beachfront resort, you do not walk through residential area. Beach is separated from main Varadero strip by a harbor, so not many locals around. Steps to both snorkeling and nice sandy beach - what can be better? Friends walked on a snorkeling beach after night?s rain and found very beautiful seashells. Ocean bottom just perfect - neither too deep, nor too shallow. Snorkeling around the pier is most fun! Resort: small, so no 5-10 minutes walks to restaurant or beach like in larger resorts; you get to know pretty much everyone upon arrival. Full of beautiful flowers and mature greenery as it is one of the 1st Varadero resorts. Many people from Russia that is my background so great socializing and a fun company for Havana trip. Other people mostly from Canada. For a comparison in 4.5* 900+ rooms Melia St. Maria were many Argentinians - too loud, smoked always & everywhere. Very secure. Two of us watched sunset on a beach and a security guard was sitting on a side of already closed beach bar making sure we are ok. He did not approach or bother us, very professional. When we started walking towards the hotel he also left the beach. We go to pool in Toronto but fly to Cuba for the ocean. Two minutes test swim in the resort pool was decent. Service: truly friendly, family style, front desk not much slower than in other Cuban places ;-) Gardeners smile & give flowers, bring coconuts at 1 peso right to the beach. Make sure they open coconuts in front of you, a bit of Spanish may be required. Lifeguard Ariel is with the hotel for 20 years, speaks a bit of each language, we still laugh at his unforgettable jokes. Bars: at lobby and pool not crowded, friendly service always with a smile, variety available. All bars close at 10pm that is just perfect for my quiet retreat. Beach bar almost deserted, if you knock barman wakes up walks out and gives you a beverage you need. Activities: just once we had an ok show but did not need more. In the evenings we either slept or chatted. Taxis cheaper than at expensive resorts; easy to negotiate. Havana trip is $100 return, they take up to 5 people but 4 of us went. Driver Eri was great. Taxi to mall on other side of Varadero $10 from Oasis before negotiation but back from the mall adjacent to 5* Melia prices started at $15 and it took us 5 minutes negotiate $8. Btw did not like Melia?s narrow beach, the only way to get to which were steep stairs. Rooms: Beautiful blue curtains & bed covers. Next time will bring mosquito net and stay on 2 floor with balcony, ocean view. Corner windows ceiling to floor - breathtaking! Spent a couple of evenings with drinks on friends? balcony. At arrival maintenance manager showed rooms. Instead of fixing things he takes you to a different room, just be prepared. Lamp shade was missing, faucet a bit rusted but we did not stay much in the rooms, only slept & changed. If you really need to fix something - just ask, give a peso after. However all people we met were satisfied with the rooms. About $15 refundable deposit for safe key is required at Front Desk. We met a man who calculated some probability theory for safe access and did not use it, but actually nobody touched what we locked in safes. Front Desk returned $15 at departure with no problem. We never touched TV so not sure what?s on. It was a good thing as in 5* US channels ?took advantage? of my Internet/TV addiction reducing time for healthy outdoors. ;-) Housekeeping ladies changed towels as we required, cleaned rooms pretty well and received nice gifts: chocolates, stationery, cosmetic, clothing etc. daily. Towel art was certainly pretty. We needed to check out on Sunday at 4pm instead of 12pm and they were totally fine with this. Our friends checked out next day but were not allowed to stay longer, maybe because of management being at work, or due to large group arrival - not sure. Food: *A la carte restaurant available every time you see Klara, PR manager - for same or other day. She writes your room number on her hand, so cute; she can even approach you on a beach and offer restaurant reservation, ask if you enjoy your stay. She speaks English and Russian as is a qualified meteorologist from a Moscow institute :-) Klara is always happy to assist if you have other questions or issues. *Buffet: all kinds of meat, rabbit, fish, a bit variety per day; to compare all options available daily in 5* - here you have same but during a week of your stay, just 2-3 choices per day. It turns out if 2* or 5* - my plate has same food. :-) Always available: 5-6 kinds of fruit, 5-6 kinds of veggies with homemade mayo, mustard, ketchup, vinegar etc. dressings, a couple of soups. Totally loved organic potato chips, baked plantains; of course rice, potatoes etc. Guava was not served, but ask a lifeguard or any gardener and get plenty for a few pesos. Some reviews mention fruit & vegs left for the next day but this happens even in Cuban 5*. Cuban produce is organic, can not last as long as genetically modified sprayed with chemicals Canadian. All we ate in Oasis was pretty fresh, we never saw anything rotten. *Good variety of desserts. In Cuban 5* are 1-2 cake types in different presentations. So actually Oasis serves same cakes as expensive hotels. Of course beautiful gourmet food is great, but we go to Toronto Ritz Carlton for this, not to Cuba - until win a lottery, of course ;-) *Breakfast omelettes or eggs to your taste from great chefs. In the evening they grill meat or fish, you choose a piece you like and way to cook por favor. Delicioso! :-) Breakfast pancakes, toasts, yogurts, sausages, etc. are tasty. *Hot & cold beverages machines - amazing! We are used to Canada-size morning tea of coffee. In Cuban 4-5* resorts waiters bring small cups of coffee or small glasses of juices. In Oasis buffet are machines with most delicious carbonated water, juices, pop to help yourself as you want. Hot beverages machine with a few types of coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino, milk etc. and of course, hot water. Variety of teas are next to it. We still tipped the staff but nobody stands and looks in your eyes every time you have a meal. Do not go to Oasis Islazul Varadero if you are a: - glossy millionaire diva - picky unhappy person - heavy drinking party animal - clean freak - prima donna seeking big crowd - interior designer - special needs person requiring appropriate facilities - couple on a honeymoon - family with small children If you just need a sunshine escape from snowy Canadian April like in 2013; swim & tan and not a glamorous party, if you are easygoing and not high maintenance - Oasis is definitely an option, just know what to expect at a truly affordable budget. In the end of the day if it does not work out - talk to Sunwing Rep, maybe pay more and move on to another hotel, do not walk around miserably. An always-complaining lady stayed at the resort, but we then saw her kicking a kitten. On the other hand a 70+ y.o. Torontonian was negotiating November - April extended stay rate with management. Islazul web sells Oasis for $1350 monthly, negotiate for less & why not have a hot winter if you are ok with the resort conditions? So be happy & enjoy the beach of Hotel Oasis Islazul!

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      Groothewanderer
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Average Average

      “Excellent time at this resort ”
      First off, The wife and I read the reviews before we left for this resort. She was wary and i was thinking people are just spoiled in Canada. I will not tell you this was a 4 star resort...it is a borderline 2 star lol When we arrived on Jan 2nd...they did try to give us 4 awful rooms till I said no more. We ended up with an amazing room literally looking out over the ocean..beautiful. Food was very good for a 2 star...booze was free but only till 10! The staff were excellent except one girl at the desk who seemed annoyed lol. They did exchange currency but only on certain days when they had some. Please note that the exchange rate is excellent at the hotel compared to elsewhere. Secluded beach was awesome...but cut off from rest of beach. Please note that as we are explorers we walked around the canal to the town of Veradero in less than an hour. Excellent walk at a leisurely pace..great scenery,friendly people. Cab fare is not $30 like some people here have suggested. It costs between 5-8 pesos one way. if you paid more than you need to learn how to travel lol. The beach right in front of resort was clean but on the way to Mantazas not so much. But we walked in both directions and enjoyed it immensely. The beach staff do make themselves comfortable and will talk your ear off if they feel they might make a friend...meaning hey can I have that shirt,shorts,bag or hat when you leave the country lol But I do understand because that stuff is not readily available in Cuba. I left our beach towel guy and 2 servers in the lunchroom over $70 pesos in tips and clothes,toothpaste,etc....which they seemed to genuinelyappreciate. We met many visitors mostly from Canada at our resort. Some Russians and Spaniards... Some lacking manners yes...but get over it seriously. Honestly the only people that were really rude and had awful manners were the people from....wait for it...QUEBEC lol I found it hilarious because I was told more than once that Cubans love Canadians but aren't too fond of Quebecers because they remind them of Americans...too funny. All in all...I loved it there and we will go back in December. We made some new friends from Canada and Cuba. We did meet some people that hated it there and leff for a different resort and thats fine...but I think people need to grow up and remember you are in basically a 2nd world maybe borderline 3rd world country. So too sum it up... We spent less than $700 Canadian in 12 days combined...that included 2 days in Havana,trips to Veradero 5 times,trips to the caves,etc. If you want to be pampered go too a higher star resort on the other side of Veradero...with the snobby people all on one beachlol If you want decent accommodations,decent food,decent service,but a beach all too yourself..go to Oasis.

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      Paulitotrip
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Average Average

      “2 star ”
      The good, the bad,and need to pay for drinks. Ok I need to start by saying the nostalgic hotel is yes one if the first and has some history. Picture on the wall of Camilo Cienfuegos. Hotel,built 1952, was a super cool,hotel and dance club years ago. The staff,apart from the front desk wants to please. The food was good,quality was,good and the cook even made me a special meal due to an allergy. Very impressed. The beach is secluded and quite nice,a bit rough though it his area for small children. I really wanted to stay here longer but needed to cut it short due to the mold in the rooms and in the mattress and pillows. One of the closest hotels to the water I hesitated moving out. Maybe bring a pillow. Remember 2 stars are virtually non existent in Canada. Here's hoping the hotel goes under renovation and we can enjoy this landmark once again. Ps need to do some extermination. Still nothing compared to Mexico rooms at 4 stars which has many more insects. Have fun,just lower your expectations and enjoy Cuba and its warm weather and warm people.

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      Brigitte D
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Average Average

      “The good news and the bad news”
      I booked this resort as a last minute deal at a cost of $480. I don't mind putting up with a few inconveniences if for my money I can get 2 or even 3 trips for the price of one at a fancier place. I found this to be a standard 2 star for Cuba. The only real problem I had was finding a room that I could live with. The first room I was given had a toilet that flooded. In the 2nd room I tried, I was awakened by a TV blaring at 6 am. Turned out that there was a door to an adjoining room which was so thin that I could hear the guy next door clear his throat. I finally settled in room 132 which has no balcony but is otherwise acceptable. I also found plenty of food available and while not exactly gourmet fare, was quite acceptable and also quite the same as other 2 stars that I had stayed at. The hotel says that it has a snack bar but this is really a door that you knock on and they might give you a cheese sandwich . One nice thing was the a la carte restaurant which served good food with wine and there is no limit to the number of times you could eat there. I met lots of friendly and upbeat people. They were mostly Canadian and I had fun socializing with them. One day when the weather was cool they had kareoke in the lobby for entertainment and a lot of people enjoyed dancing and singing. The beach was lovely,probably one of the nicest in the world. The hotel does change currency but sometimes they are out and you have to wait until someone goes into town to get more.There is a massage practitioner available but while he does reasonable massages, he does try to cut your time short by 15 minutes on a supposedly one hour massage.The staff was very accomodating and that helped to make up for the fact that the place was pretty run down. All in all, I enjoyed my week's stay and would go again if I found a deal at a similar price but would not pay much more.

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      Chantal-Louise G
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Average Average

      “OK for a couple days - not a week !”
      stJan 30th to Feb 2, 2012. I stay 3 nights and 4 days at this resort. This colonial hotel isthe oldest in Varadero, it's not a North American hotel standard, Everything is basic, furnitures, bathroom...but the rooms with a balconies at the second are nicer and Clean and air conditionning & water are working well. There no Internet connection, no phone in your room, and most of the travellers are South America or Russian...not canadians, europeens ! Food is OK not a lot of choice, but if you are not picky you will fine something you like. It's Cuban's food (congri rice, beef, pork, sometime chickens...with vegetables) and for deserts; fruits, cake and cookies every night and lunch! Breakfast are the best meals of the day with a cook who is cooking your eggs or an omellet for you. Most of the personnel are really nice, animators are really friendly...I had 3 really good basic spanish lessons and the Night shows I saw were good ! The value of this resort is between 30-35$ CAN a day all inclusive ! This hotel is the first hotel in Varadereo...at 4-5 km from downtown, there no public transportation (red bus) So you have to take a taxi to go downtown. I had a nice 4 days but my expectations were low, I was there by myself to rest...the beach is nice but has clean has other resort in Varadero, I went before. The pool was clean every morning. One hour after the shown around 11:00 PM the disco music stop...so people who want to party goes out and other ca go to sleep! I have save on the resort, and I book one day in La Havana with the Sunwing Representant ( his name his Orlando, really nice !) My opinion 3-4 days is OK ...if you go there to read, rest, but not more a week can be little long, because of the food, the resort is not well located & and not a lot of thing to do !

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      Joe C
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “What a great place”
      Okay, so if you are expecting the Taj Mahal, go somewhere else. This is a 2 star hotel. The service was fantastic. The food was better than four stars we've stayed at (memories, Sol serenis coral). This was our ninth trip to Veradero Cuba. So i think we know this area pretty good. Our room was 107, it was an ocean view room, it was literally 20 feet to the beach. The beach is nice, but the beaches are more well maintained in town. We would walk an hour into town each day, as this is where the fun times are. The hotel is more of a relaxing environment. You can take a bus to town for a $5 all day pass, but we enjoyed the walk. Lots to see on the way to town. We paid $680 direct from Windsor, which we thought was a great deal. This place is a good bang for the buck. I would stay here again for the right price. Pool was clean. Peddleboats and canoes available on beach. Beer was always cold and available. Beach bar was convenient. If you want to go to a resort with hundreds of people and wait for drinks, don't go here. We were amongst maybe 50 guests and never waited for a beer or mixed drink ever. Tipping goes a long way. I recommend Casa Del Chef near 13 street if you want a good deal, ask for Dariel, or Casanova. They are the greatest hosts, and we visit them every time we go to Cuba. There is a beach bar/BBQ called La Serentas, down the street with an awesome deal on BBQ food. Two huge pork scewers with rice and salad and veggies for $4. $1 beers is always nice. Make sure you explore Veradero, not just the main strip. There are many hidden gems to be found. Back to the hotel. If you want good service, clean accommodation, and don't need all the bells and whistles, check it out. I'm good with an omelette or fresh eggs made for me in the morning and maybe some toast and fruit. If you need 80 things to choose from go elsewhere. We had Turkey, Roasted Pork, Roasted Chicken, Crab Cakes, Fresh grilled fish, all served on different days. It wasn't repetitive like 4 stars, but once again the variety each day is minimal. I always hear people complain about food in Cuba. I'm not picky I guess. $12 lobster tails bbq'ed in front of you downtown, roasted chicken and pork roasts at the hotel, all this to me is fine. If you need Sushi, Filet minions, pretty little garnishes, and gourmet a la carte French themed, etc... Go elsewhere. The a la carte at Oasis was fine. The pork steak was very good. But they ran out of Wine which kinda sucked, but hey, am I gonna complain and make my vacation sour over a bottle of wine? Get one at the store across the street for $5! Beware rude Russian guests. I'm not saying all Russians are rude, but it has been our experience this trip and the past that they think they are more important than anyone else. Really? You are going to travel all the way from Russia and book a 2 star hotel. Use some sense people! Well that concludes my review. I hope it was helpful. My wife and I enjoyed ourselves and always enjoy Varadero. We will be back again.

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      Tony L
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “Good for backpackers/hostel travellers. Rude whiney tourists, go away! ”
      We stayed here from Feb 23 - March 2. This was our first time travelling to Cuba. My boyfriend and I booked with Oasis because of the price point as we were on a bit of a budget. We were a bit skeptical when we booked due to all the mixed reviews. But overall, we enjoyed our stay. If you are used to hostels, then you should have no problem with this place. I actually think with a little bit of upgrades this can become a hostel heaven! I should point out we are both Latin American and speak fluent Spanish, so we sort of understand some of the idiosyncrasies of the place that would otherwise drive other (mainly whiney) tourists crazy. And we also had language to help us communicate. Our main critiques are: location, bar, music. And also the annoying, rude, whiney guests who would complain right in front of the staff with no shame - so RUDE! I think that was the most horrible part of my stay, was all the complainers, especially those that didn't do any research about the reviews. It was so annoying to have to hear so many Canadians complaining and comparing hotel Oasis to other 4 and 5 stars in Cuba and to other countries. We have many friends who have traveled to Cuba and the main thing they told us is not to compare Cuba with other countries and not to Canadian standards because OBVIOUSLY it's a different country with a completely different system and set of values - DUH!!! If you can leave that mentality on the plane then you will greatly cut down on your whiney crappy attitude and actually enjoy yourselves! Just saying. FIRST IMPRESSION: We arrived on a red-eye flight at 4am. Lobby was dark and a couple of men lingering around. Front desk guy had just woken from a nap. First impression was a bit sketchy but later we learned that some of the staff work 24 hour shifts! Several guests checked in before us and they were quite rude to the poor desk guy. We were nice to him and made him laugh and he hooked us up with a sweet beach-side room on second floor that was actually large enough for 4 people (room 167). Remember that when you arrive on a red-eye you are cranky and tired and they are probably working a 24 hour shift. So be nice, don't be a douche. Most tourists were either Canadian (the fun ones of course!) and Russians (the snobby, angry-looking ones that kept to themselves). There were old and young couples, singles of all ages, college-types, families. A couple of Frenchies who were also kind of boring. OUR ROOM: Beautiful, clean, and large! No bugs, it had a working toilet (you have to pull the flusher up, not push down like in Canada), clean towels, sheets. TV didn't really work but we didn't spend much time in our room anyway so no biggie. Huge sliding windows overlooking the beach and the pool area (we left them open during the day to circulate air w/ the sea breezes). Beds were a tad springy for my taste and it's true the pillows are about 1 inch thick, but I just rolled up a towel and I was fine. I also brought my own light sheet and pillow case from home, but I'm an anal traveller that way about bedding. I left the set for the cleaning lady to keep at the end of my trip too. =) We left our cleaning girl small snacks like M and Ms and Corn Nuts and small toiletries (i.e.: toothpaste, toothbrushes, tampons, etc) and a small tip. Every day her bedding origami got more intricate it was really cute! They really appreciate receiving these things as they are sometimes hard to come by. LOCATION: Yes it's true. This hotel is on the outskirts of Varadero (actually the first one you come across). It's about 4-5km to downtown Varadero. If you like to be where the action is, you might be very disappointed with how far it is from everything. Taxi rides vary from $5-8 CUCS depending on how old the car is as some taxis are new, some are the oldie gas guzzlers. Watch out for cab rides at night when you go out on the town because they will try to charge you $20 CUCS!! Don't accept that! Negotiate like crazy (we were able to get down to $8 CUCS) or refuse their service. I had to give them a piece of my mind it made me so mad how bad they tried to rip us off and I speak the language! LOL Another solution is to share cabs with other guests to split the costs, which is what a lot of guests did when we were there. My boyfriend and I rented scooters ($25 CUCS) and zoomed around downtown for a day. If you like to not be surrounded by so many drunk obnoxious tourists and not have to wait forever to get a drink, you will not mind the location of this place. I actually liked not being in downtown because I prefer not to be around so many tourists LOL FACILITIES: It's an older hotel, so it does need some touch-ups here and there but it's not as disgusting and run down as some make it out to be. Pool was always clean when we were there. There is a workout room but when we were there it had no equipment. No towel service or snorkel rentals at the beach huts either, we were told there was an issue w/ the contractor. There is a games room with ping pong table and other stuff for the kids. Washrooms by the lobby do have toilet paper, just not in the stalls! You have to grab it from the dispenser above the mirror counter first! I never ran out of toilet paper when I was there. They can change Canadian currency to CUCS in limited quantities. But for large amounts you will need to go into town. Ask for the bank that is furthest west, it will be more quiet than the one on the main strip. Note: there are sand fleas in some areas (mainly the patio outside of the dining hall and the seating area where the stage is) so bring bug spray for sure! Some guests just cut up aloe leaves and slathered it all over their legs. LOL FOOD: Also not as bad as some have commented. Fruit and veggies were always fresh but they did reuse them later for lunch or dinner in the hot meals. No biggie, at least they aren't wasting food like we do here in Canada. Shame on some of you! I felt there was some variety, there was fresh fish, pork, beef, chicken. Breakfasts were decent, you can get omeletes too. There are sneeze guards but there are some flies around. It would help if they got fly nets to cover some of the food with. But remember people, they do not have Food Safe like we do in Canada!! I did NOT get sick from the food. Cutlery sometimes was hard to come by, but you can just ask and they will bring out more. If you like coffee, don't use the machine in the dining hall. Get it from the bar at the lobby - delicious!! We ate at the "Italian" restaurant that you need reservations for and we actually really enjoyed the dinner service there. BEACH: It is not as smooth and clean as pics you see for other resorts BUT it is still a lovely beach! Right in front of the dining hall, the beach has a worn down coral bed that is fun to explore. To the left you can beach comb. To the right about 50 meters is the sandier beach w/ the palm tanning huts and lounge chairs. If you like tranquility you will enjoy it because we are so far away from downtown Varadero that there are no annoying drunks or loud music, or crowds. There is an old wharf that is very picturesque. When we were there the conditions were too choppy to swim or snorkel. Some guests complained it was the ugliest beach but they must be crazy. There is a bit of garbage in the sand so you have to watch your step. I did see machines in the morning rake it but I don't think the machines actually pick up the garbage so not sure what's up with that. BAR: Opens at 10am, closes at 10pm. This was a bit disappointing but our solution was to double-fist for the last hour and we also bought a cheap bottle of rum at the store with some mix and made our own happy hour with other guests after bar closed. I found bartenders were generous w/ the alcohol and very nice, especially if you throw in a tip right from the get go. ENTERTAINMENT: During the day they play music of all kinds. In the evening around 9pm they have variety shows, a bit amateurish but still a good time after a few Cuba libre's! LOL After 10:30ish, they turn music off. This was probably the most disappointing thing for me and my boyfriend because we love to dance. We were told they shut down early because of all the old people who complain. Our solution: we just played music from our iPods and mini-speakers and made our own party with other fun guests. TIP: if you like quiet, you should ask for the rooms that are on the furthest east and west of the complex away from the pool/stage area. Our last night there, a music teacher from Havana and their resident musician were warming up by the pool. They gave us an impromptu percussion lesson with the set we had bought in Havana. It was magical. Probably one of the best moments I had at the hotel! If you want to go out on the town for the night, ask the bartenders for recommendations. There is a Beatles rock bar, there is Calle 62 for those who like to dance salsa, there is Club International and a few others for the younger party crowd, there is La Casa de la Musica for Cuban music lovers. Bartenders will suggest places to you =) TOUR PACKAGES: Everyone we spoke to who did the tours were extremely happy and amazed with their experiences! We did the 4x4 Jeep Safari to Matanzas and it was lovely! You get to snorkel, do a bit of off-roading, drive through the country-side, have lunch at a country-side eatery, buy some sugar cane juice with rum, and then go for a river boat ride and get serenaded by the local talent. Be aware that the times noted in the Sunwings binder are not accurate as they reflect the pick-up times for the guests in hotels on the opposite end of the peninsula! Also bring change with you to tip the workers who help create the experience for your tours. They really appreciate it. And also a small snack in case you get hungry before lunch. =) The Sunwing rep we had, who has a PhD in English, was excellent! Very knowledgable and hospitable. STAFF: Although this place is not luxurious by any means, I think the staff there were so wonderful and I feel this is where the hotel shines once you get over your shock of the place. At first they seem a little distant but I think it's because they know that their hotel is one of the oldest, smallest, and lower stars of all the resorts. Some of them have worked at the fancier hotels so they know how Oasis compares, they are not dumb so PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD keep your whining to yourselves or in your room, not in earshot where the workers can hear you!! It's disrespectful and it just makes Canadians look bad, and we are the ones they like most of all the tourists! They told me that the majority of guests complain about EVERYTHING and I think this has affected their morale a bit, at least that's the feeling I got. But if you can get over yourselves and just enjoy your time and make the best of the situation and the place, the staff will see this too and it just makes for an overall better experience when you can interact with them. Probably the only staff I felt were not very friendly were a couple of the front desk staff, mainly the women. Most of the staff speaks minimal English. But they try VERY hard to try to understand you and help you. I would advise you bring a Spanish-English dictionary if you do not speak any Spanish. They will probably enjoy teaching you a few phrases too. SAFETY: I felt very safe and secure there. The door staff always greeted us and asked us how we were doing and if we needed help getting anywhere. Maintenance workers and groundskeepers would also ask us if we were OK. There is always security guys walking around, even late at night. They would check in on us late partiers who hung out by the stage late at night. SOME ADVICE: If you want to go to Havana, we were quoted various prices from $80 - $120 CUCS, depending who is taking you I guess. I would recommend doing an overnighter to Havana. My boyfriend and I rented a car and made our own way there so we could take our time and not be rushed. But there is so much to see, one day in Havana is not enough. Stay in casa particulares so you can get a taste of life with a Cuban family. Check out cubajunky.com for directory of casas particulars. When in Havana, beware of some bicitaxistas who will try to get you to go eat at some new restaurant called 'El Guarajito". Supposedly it's the nicest and best in Havana, but it's way over priced and food is average. They will trick you into paying for a bottle of wine that you think is free, but it really isn't. You can find other places to eat for way cheaper. Get out of Varadero for a day or two!! It is HIGHLY touristy and not a true reflection of the way of life and culture of Cuba. Otherwise you will make all your judgements about Cuba based on your hotel experience, which is not a true reflection of life in Cuba or of Cubans. And also you might get some interesting perspectives from the people about life in a socialist country. Don't assume they are all unhappy or happy with their way of life here. Cuba is definitely a place with many complex layers. Cubans are highly educated people, many holding Masters or PhD's. So don't assume they are all poor, illiterate people that you can belittle. For those who work in tourism, tips are really what help them get ahead relatively speaking - so they truly appreciate the tips BUT they will tell you themselves, tip ONLY if it comes from your heart. Cuba's greatest natural resource is its' people! They are so full of life and so kind; treat them with dignity. If you rent a car, you will notice there will be lots of hitchhikers. We picked up several on our way to Havana and Viñales but only during the day. It is pretty safe to do so but be wary of those who are dressed in "official" looking outfits and who wave booklets to flag you down; they are usually males but there are some females too. They will try to tell you they are some sort of "tour guide" and will give you info about the country as you are driving and about your final destination and then ask you for a "fee" at the end of the ride. One female hitchhiker we gave a ride to told us not to pick these people up because they just do it to make $ on the side and they are not supposed to do that because they are not really tourist officials. If you book through Sunwing, note that your bus pick-up time for departure is not the time noted in the Sunwing binder. The time noted in the binder is the time the first set out guests are picked up on the opposite end of the peninsula. If your bus is more than an hour late, call the Sunwings rep to make sure they are on their way. Don't harass the Oasis staff about it because they have nothing to do with the bus pick-up times!! They told me that they hear complaints all the time and they wish Sunwings would update the binder info.

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      anniktardif
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “What a good place for people who can apreciate good things! ”
      It was perfect for a 2 and a half stars hotel, because very near from the sea, wonderful! the food isn't excellent but you cant eat it! »Staff is the best, because very kind and respectful, not like many other hotels in varadero, where they steal your bags and stuff like that... For sure i'll come back with my baby without preoccupation :) go ahead guys!

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      David N
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Best Hotel in Varadero! ”
      My wife and I traveled to Cuba Dec.2012- Jan.2013 and had a great time. We go every year to this area and have stayed in many hotels including a 5 star. For us, this was the best one yet! I'm not kidding. The price is right and the staff really are super friendly. We weren't expecting much, but the food was actually very good. We got a room right on the beach with a balcony, so it was quite private. If you are interested in getting to know locals, this is the place. If you want to stay away from actual Cubans then go to your snooty 5 star at the end of Varadero ( but don't tell me you've been to Cuba). David and Katia, Vancouver,B.C. Canada

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      ROSE_M_2
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “The best trip ever!!!!! ”
      My time at this hotel was amazing. I was there the week of March 16th and it was just my younger sister and I. I had been to Cuba a year ago with my husband and had stayed at a 4 star on the other end of Varadero so I already knew what to expect of the town, etc. The reviews of the hotel had us a little scared on the way down so we tried to go in with literally no expectations. We paid $641 for a full week of all-inclusive at this hotel and were in no way disappointed. The thing that made the trip was definately the people. We fell in love with the people at this resort! Everyone was more than friendly!! We'd been told that some people work 24 hour shifts and that they seemed irritable, tired and unfriendly but we didn't find that at all. Everyone went out of their way to be friendly; we were especially fond of the beach security guards and the lifeguards by the end. We had a blast sitting on the beach and visiting. Most of the workers here didn't seem to speak a ton of english, which may have been one of the reasons I had so much fun. I have been taking spanish classes for a few years and definately took advantage of all of the practicing!! My sister and I made quite a few friends and spent hours visiting with the locals about anything and everything in spanish. I got a much deeper appreciation for their way of life after speaking with the local people. We had taken a whole extra suitcase full of things to give away, mostly kids toys but also tooth brushes, deodorants, bandaids, tylenol, etc. Things that we can buy here at walmart for $1 (skipping ropes, sidewalk chalk, etc) are much too expensive for the people there to buy for their children. They were very appreciative of those things in place of tips at a lot of the places we went. I would never ever go back without taking these things to leave behind, that's for sure. One of the things I was told makes the most difference to the cuban people is a spanish-english dictionary. The people who speak the most languages fluently get the best jobs in cuba. I left both of mine with friends we had made. Almost everyone that we spoke with made the equivalent of about $8-15 canadian dollars a MONTH!! So while some food and their education is provided by the government, a book or a new pair of shoes for their child to wear to school would potentially cost almost half of their whole month's wage. As far as the hotel itself went, we really had no complaints either.The room was bigger than expected and the cleaning lady did an amazing job considering all of the sand that we tracked in from the beach every day! Everything worked in our room, shower, sink, air conditioner and tv, although the water pressure was almost non-existent and all three lamps in our room were burnt out :) There was plenty of hot water if you let it run for 5 minutes or so before-hand. We were on the side closest to the road but neither my sister or I heard any noise at night that interfered with our sleep. There were three single beds in our room which was perfect for us....we had an extra to lay out our suitcases on and organize our stuff for the next day! The buffet was repetitive but everything was clean and there was really nothing to complain about......lots of fresh fruit, and rice and spaghetti every day with different meats like chicken drumsticks or fresh fish. There was a different show every night so it didn't get old like at most all-inclusives that have the same dancers every night. The hotel was right on the beach which was perfect. We spent no time at the pool but almost everyone else seemed not to stray far from it so we felt like we had the beach to ourselves! There was no beach towel service like at some resorts but enough lawnchairs for everyone and lots of shells etc along the sand. Definately bring some sort of insect repellent, as something bites like a bugger at night. I don't know if it is sand fleas or what, but on the beach at night I got almost eaten alive. You don't feel them biting but then oh my [--], two days later you are itchier than........I don't know what. Just wear repellent after the sun goes down! All in all, the trip was really a once in a lifetime experience. My sister and I have both been to all-inclusives before in a few different countries but this one was the favorite so far for both of us. Am I saying that it is a 5 star property? Absolutely not, but in the end, the workers at this hotel made our experience better than any we could have had at a 5 star property I am sure! This trip wouldn't have been any better with more working light bulbs or a newer facility......If you have a smile on your face and are friendly to the people they will bend over backwards to give you the best stay possible. I see that my sister has already made a review and I made the mistake of reading hers first, so I am having trouble not repeating the same key points, but I second everything said by bg95756!!!!! If you go to a 2 star for $641 and are expecting to be catered to like the queen then you might not be very satisfied. If, however, you are not a princess,then I don't think you will have any problems at all. For what we paid for this vacation I'm pretty sure they had to lose money on us! I am not a person that likes to go to the same place twice......it is a big world and I want to see all of it, but this is one place that I would go back to any time if we found that deal again!

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      bg95756
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Great Trip! ”
      My sister and I stayed at the Oasis from March 16-24 this year. We chose the hotel and Cuba because it was the cheapest all-inclusive that we could go on in the month of March and I wanted to get a tan before graduation! We were a little afraid of what we might find because of all of the negative reviews that we had read on here but we weren't looking for anything fancy- all we needed was sun and beach (and a door that locked) and we got everything we asked for and more. I really liked this resort. It was small in comparison to other places I have stayed and I found that everyone we met when we were here was happy with the hotel too. Our hot water worked just fine and our room was clean and void of any mushrooms growing on the walls like other reviewers have posted. Nothing was stolen and we never worried about any of our stuff getting taken whether in our room or on the beach. Anytime we forgot our bags, flippers, or flip flops on the beach they were always there when we got back. The television in our room worked but was a little fuzzy which wasn't a problem for us because we were rarely in our room and weren't on vacation to watch tv anyway! The beds are older so the mattresses aren't up to memory-foam standards by any means but I found that I slept extremely well and without interruption. The pillows on the beds are very thin which I didn't have a problem with at all, I thought they were very comfortable but my sister found them to be a little too skinny for her liking. However, we both slept well and there was no noise or anything that woke us up in the night. The light in the bathroom, on the balcony, and in the room entrance worked but the main room light was burnt out so the room was a tad darker than we would have normally had it when we were getting ready for bed but it really wasn't an issue. We always felt safe here, whether we were on the beach, in our rooms, or shopping in Varadero. I'm 18 and my sister is 24 and we never had any issues or felt uncomfortable in any situations which we were very grateful for. The people working at the resort are the GREATEST. I have never met so many genuinely nice people. The ladies working at the front desk were polite and spoke English very well, they always seemed happy and acted professionally when dealing with the guests. We had heard that some of the hotel workers work 24 hour shifts, and expected some rightfully cranky workers but didn't find any. We met workers who worked the 24 hour shift- they work 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off, with no holidays, just 24 hours a day every second day. Others work 12 hour shifts every second day. There are two lifeguards and each work 12 hour days every second day. Lifeguards make 12-15 CUC per month (pretty much equivalent to $12 CAD) and other jobs in the hotel pay similar. We went into Varadero twice during our stay and it costed 10 CUC to get in both times and 7 CUC to get back. Some people walked into town but it is quite far (takes about an hour to walk) and you can't get there by walking along the beach because the canal blocks your way so you have to walk down the sidewalk until you cross the canal over the bridge. I am a picky eater but I actually really enjoyed the food here. I hate seafood but I always ate a ton of the fresh fish that they made for lunch and supper. The ice cream tasted a lot different than it does in Canada and I ate SO much of it- delicious. We brought plastic drinking cups with plastic screw on lids that probably costed us two bucks each. We always had them full of water and brought them with us to stay hydrated when we went into town. The locals were crazy about our flowery plastic cups and everyone wanted to trade us something for them- they were in hot demand! We didn't have many alcoholic drinks during the week but when we did we found that they were NOT cheap with the alcohol. After our first drink we asked that they give us quite a bit less in our drinks. They were delicious! The bar is open 10-10 but if you want a drink after they close you can still buy them.. (70 cents for a "tropicola" is hardly going to break you). There is also a bar near the beach that I believe closes at five. After five you just go to the main bar by the pool. We never swam in the pool but it always looked clean and it was always clean around the pool and the rest of the resort. The ocean was AMAZING. The waves were too big to go in the water one day but there were two days of perfectly flat, perfectly clear, perfect ocean and the other days were just extremely small waves that didn't interrupt swimming at all. The hotel doesn't offer any snorkeling gear so if you want to go out, bring your own! Snorkeling in front of the hotel isn't special but there are still lots of fish to see and if you bring out some bread in a water bottle to feed them they will swarm around you and give you quite the experience! The beach isn't swept everyday so if you want to look for cool shells, the occasional washed up fish, wandering crab or even a pineapple or coconut, this is the perfect place! We found several sand dollars that were in perfect condition to the east. To the west we found jellyfish, blow fish, and urchins. Entertainment at night was great. We loved how it wasn't the "same old same old" dancing every time. Each night the resort brought in a different show so we got to experience a lot of different, out of the box shows. There was dancing, musical acts, and even a glow in the dark show that was incredible! If you are going anywhere in Cuba (not just this hotel) I would highly recommend bringing gifts for the locals. Like I said before, Cubans work longer, harder days than many of us in Canada but are still extremely poor. We gave away most of what we brought and everyone was SO grateful. Towards the end of our stay some of the workers started asking us for things, but I understand that because most times if they don't ask- they don't receive. Only one worker bothered us enough that we didn't want to give him anything, and most workers didn't ask us for anything at all. We brought Hot Wheels, marbles, frisbees, sandals, sidewalk chalks, notebooks, pencil cases, ponytails, hair clips, skipping ropes, and other toys to give to kids that we saw in the city and to workers that we talked to at the hotel that had kids or our cab drivers with kids. These people can't afford any 'wants' so they are thankful for ANYTHING. We left our sunscreen, makeup, bug spray (don't forget bug spray if you are going to be at the beach after dark because you will get quite a few bug bites. Not a problem if you put on some repellent though!), some clothes, Spanish bibles, sunglasses, Advil (great idea because medicine is hard to get in Cuba), Gravol, nail polish.... Before we left for our trip my sister hit Wal-Mart pretty hard and got really cheap tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorants, q-tip travel packs, mini Axe colognes, and feminine hygiene products. People were very grateful for all of these things. This resort is a lot older than most and the workers here know it but they work tremendously hard to ensure that their guests have a good time. Any of the minor problems that I listed were certainly not a big deal and are definitely not going to ruin your vacation- a positive attitude will get you a long way! If your nose isn't stuck too high in the air you will have a great time. We had so many adventures here. We paid $641 each (including taxes) to depart from Edmonton and I can honestly say that it has been my favorite trip to date. I would not hesitate one second if given the opportunity to go back!

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      Brian F
      Review about Oasis Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “2 star but a great hotel ”
      Hi, There are lots of wrong and misconception about this hotel I spen Jan 30 to Feb 7th of 2013 there. I had a great time there. First right of the block a vacation is what you decide to make of it. The staff offered me a room without a balcony and I paid for a balcony. I paid just $500 for this one week trip. Tip 1: I told the reception that I wanted a waterfront view and she said I could have one the next day but could view the room as the room had not been cleaned. I seen and and loved it . I was travelig by my self so took the room immideatly. Do not heasitate to ask. All of the front staff are very professional and helpful. My room was clean . Good supply of hot and cold water. So previous reviews that hot water does not work is full of bull crap as I made a few friends there and all had clean rooms and good supply of hot water. I got clean sheets and owels every day and the room was cleaned every day. The pool was clean but the area was surrounded by people who drank a lot. There was a good mix of tourist Qubec/ sask/ edm/ russians not many torontonians. We were just 2 peopl from toronto, but it was fun to mix out with people from other countries. I converted my money right at the airport . There are 2 currency in cuba one is the local cuban currency and the other is the CUC the cuban convertable peso. Tourist have to use the CUC $1 can = .0956 CUC I planned to scuba dive for 4 days but we had rough seas so I had to cancel plans. I did Havana for 2 days which was the best thing I ever did I went with sunwing paid $550 for the trip last min its cheaper if you do a double occupancy Here is what sunwing offers Excursion Adult fare Child Havana one day 67 51 Havana History and rythm 105 Havana Specia 141 Catamaran Cruise 109 53 Dolphin Adventure 97 47 Rambo tour 135 102 Jeep Safari Yumuri 81 61 Matanza 49 37 Guama special 67 52 The 2nd day I did the havan tour for 67 It was a good trip we had a comfortable bus with a great tour guide. The tour included lunch / beer/ coffee The tour guide was great we went seen the various squares, seen the goveners mansion which is a beautiful museum Museum of the Revolution and the Capitol Building. Walk along El Malecón. A favorite stroll for tourists and locals, a walk along the Malecon runs along the main streets of Havana and provides stunning views of the Bay. Plaza de la Revolución. Huge square dominated by a statue and monument of Jose Marti and the iconic image of Che Guevara adorning the Ministry of the Interior. Arrive either early or late, as it is often swamped by tourists and gets very hot during the day. Tropicana Show ? A cabaret show that costs 90CUC. It is a must see show while you are in Havana. They took us to major promande walks which was beautiful We left at 8 am was back by 6 but the better part of Havana was done by my own We hired a taxi and we were 4 of us. The Taxi driver was Maikel - Tele 01524758841 if you cannot get in touch with him you can contact his boss Miguel at 0152952790. We paide 10 CUC per waay so 20 CUC plus I offered a 5 cuc, So the4 of us paid 100 Cuc total which is a fantastic price. Maikel picked us up at 8 in the moning and dropped us up at Capitol in havana and picked us up at 8 pm at the same place. He is a 27 y.o very safe driver. It took us 1 hr 45 min to go from varadero to havana .You can go via public bus which is 10 CUC from Matanza or go to Varedo and travel from there but its a 3 hr journey and its 20 CUC total to travel asthe bus stops every where and its crowded plus you have to pay 10 CUC to travel to the bus station in Matanza which works out to 40 CUC but you have to be at the bus station in Havana at 5 pm to get back to varedero. So Miaekel was a better deal. 2 other couple used Maikel, same rate and the staye in Havana overnight so Mike picked them up the next day for the . They paid 25 CUC and the other couple 10 CUC for private overnigt stay at a bed and breakfast. There are tons of bed and breakfast in havana for less then 25CUC. Hotels are a bit expensive 50-100 CUC for a night. The loals can pester you so learn 2 very important words NO GRACIAS. They will leave you alone. Peple are lovely. the city is stunning. The city is divided into 2 parts the old and new havana. Th old havana is what you want to seen. Its a UNESCO heritage site so the buildings are stunning. 1 CUC = 25 Local peso I knew some basic spanish so I kep my mouth shut and pointed to stuff I wanted and had a great time I ate some corn pizza ( saussage) 10 local pesso, crockets 5 peso, empanadas 5peso, coconut ice cream in the had shell with chocolate 12 peso plus flan the leche( custard- delecious) 5 peso. So for less than 2 CUC i had some great food. Opposite Capitol on capitol street there is a bar at #460 no name of the bar. But great music and food with all trourist hanging out there. It was a awesome experience, people from China, brazil, eudor, scotland , germany was some of the folks I met. All the bar walls are white with people writing the experience on the wall. VERY Kewl. Currency from over 100 countries on 1 was. Food is cheap there for under 5 CUC for sea food. I took the bus tour this day its 5 CUC and a 1hr 45 min trip and it takes you to both new and old cityso you can plan what you want to see The war museum is beautiful. Havana has 2 Cassa la musica . House of music for salsa and cuban musics. Great artist perform there its 5-10 CUC for entry depending on who is perfoming. I had a blast. My travel buds went to Tropical for cabaret performance and they said they loved it. Havana old city has a + shaped promanade that runs for several blocks dividing old havana into Spanish/ French / Modern / Bruge areas walk these 4 streets amazing plaza centres beers/ Visit the Ernest Hemingway hotel right at this intersection and have their famous Mohito for 3 CUC that hotel also has the oldest elevator (1926) in cuba Lots of cheap drinking holes and lots of live music. Lots of homes / churches/ museums to see if you love the arts. It was just AWESOME. Click pics with the locals I had lots of good memories I did the day trip to Matanza beautiful city . Did the cave tour, must see . Its more that 400000 years old I will add more to this site later.....

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      Cristh
      Review about Oasis Hotel
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      sorry, it is awfull
      Emanating a sober elegance, this is by far the hotel facility that best represents traditional Varadero. Gardens, well-built light-colored walls and red-tiled roofs, stand out in front of a backdrop formed by a sea of startlingly blue nuances -and by green oasis- like vegetation. The hotel is located right where the beach begins. Situated barely at a 2-hour drive from Havana and 25 minutes from the "Juan Gualberto Gómez" International Airport, Varadero ranks among the world's finest beaches. From most of the Oasis Hotel rooms, guests gaze out over the beach, providing the facility with a tropical ambiance of joy, mingling the fresh smell of the sea with radiant sunshine.