float(24) Colony Hotel, Isla de la Juventud Cuba. 3 stars,
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  • Hotel Colony

    Colony Hotel Cuba

    • Destination: Isla de la Juventud
    • Address: Carretera Siguanea Km 42
    • Phone: (5346) 398181
    • Accept child:Yes
  • Description: Colony Hotel Cuba

    The spacious and sun–lit, but sparsely furnished lobby is enlivened by lime-green lounge chairs and has a small general store. Still, there's no escaping the fact that this two-story hotel is a tad run–down, despite a recent refurbishing of soft goods. The 77 air-conditioned guest rooms and 24 bungalows have cool white tiles underfoot, but decor is lackluster and the mattresses are uncomfortable, although all have satellite TV plus telephones. By day, guests can partake of various watersports, and cars can be rented for forays further afield. The open–air Mojito Bar stands at the end of a pier and offers a more pleasant ambience than the desultory hotel bar. Otherwise nightlife is low–key, and the hotel is too far (about 45 kilometers) from Nueva Gerona to make a nocturnal sojourn a possibility. The mood is one of quietude and anyone expecting a lively vacation and/or salubrious environment will be relegated to looking glumly out to sea.

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    • Current reservation summary
    • Reservation hotel: Colony
    • Total pax: 2 Adults
    • Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast
    • Total rooms by type: 1 Double-Standard
    • Night(s): 1 nts

    TOTAL PRICE: €48

    For dates from 07/20/2019 to 07/21/2019

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

      Gerona Airport

      The airport resides at an elevation of 24 m (79 ft) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 05/23 is 2,500 by 45 metres (8,202 ft × 148 ft) and 17/35 is 1,623 m × 30 m (5,325 ft × 98 ft). Rafael Cabrera Mustelier Airport or Rafael Cabrera Airport[2] (Spanish: Aeropuerto "Rafael Cabrera Mustelier" ) (IATA: GER, ICAO: MUNG) is an airport serving Nueva Gerona, the capital city of the Isla de la Juventud special municipality in Cuba.


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      • birdsofafeather1
        mhefti
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Just for diving ”
        If you want to dive, the El Colony is perfect (nice staff, perfect possibilities, nice rooms). If not, you're lost. There's no restaurant or town or somewere to go or eat nearer than 40 km (about 45 min. with a taxi, 20 Euro). At Weekends in Summer there are a lot of local people at the pool with loud music. Food: fruits and vegetebales mostly not fresh, but from cans.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Adventurian
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Average Average

        “Remote, quiet and best sunset ”
        We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and spent one day out diving & snorkelling. The dive excursion was good however the experience of renting the equipment seemed to be a bit too relaxed with the staff not really checking that everything fit and worked okay. The hotel was okay but we didn't have hot water for the first 2 days and our air conditioner was broken and had to be fixed on the first day. The food was just average and if you wanted to spend time out of your room it was sit at the pool or in the lobby, both of which were quite noisy from loud music set up beside the pool. We also had a problem on the morning of our departure when the taxi driver did not show up. The reception staff did a great job of calling for another taxi and calling ahead to the airport to tell them we would be late. We did get to see our best Cuban sunset right from our balcony.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Joanna V
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Average Average

        “Amazing location not a bad hotel! ”
        I stayed here for 2 weeks in July, i spent most of this time learning to dive and everyone was very nice and the equipment was all excellent. We were in a large group but they managed to check us in quickly. A few problems with the room, our A/C didnt work in the first room but they soon moved us to another room where it worked fine. Dont expect hot water everyday and definatly not in the morning as there was a limited supply of it. Rooms were nice and clean and got tidyed and cleaned everyday. Staff were reasonably nice. Food is not amazing but what else can you expect everyday was similar with Rice, Chicken, Fish and some other type of meat. Ensure to cover up well or to cover yourself in DEET to keep the sandflies and mosquitos at bay! The diving here is exceptional and that is the main reason why you go here, there is a shuttle bus that takes you to the marina and then you board the boat. Location is amazing and would go back definatly for the diving. Overall a relatively nice hotel being this isolated not the most amazing but what else can you expect.

      • birdsofafeather1
        suziecameron55
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Average Average

        “Picture postcard tropical isolation but don't go for the food! ”
        The service was friendly and helpful and English was quite well understood. The Bungalow rooms were clean, spacious and well equiped with fridge and A/C. The beds were also very comfy and huge! There is a pool and a lovely tropical beach with palm trees and wonderful sunsets - great for romantics who are happy to do nothing but hold hands and gaze in wonder. There is nothing else around here tho, or on the Island - we went for diving which was good, but otherwise there is nothing. The food was not good - very limited choice and bland - which may be a reflection of the Cuban situation, but unfortunately what there was, was poorly prepared - overdone and appeared to have been prepared hours in advance of breakfast and evening meal times. Lunch in the pool bar a bit fresher as done to order.

      • birdsofafeather1
        mastersmafia
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Average Average

        “Great diving, hotel had good and bad points ”
        Here's the deal - you have no choice but stay here if you want easy access to the diving at Punta Frances. It's not a great place, but it's not the end of the world either - definitely come here if you want good diving. We saw a huge manatee, tens of sharks, huge lobsters and lots of fish in 8 dives over four days. The hotel is typically badly run, but is actually pretty good by Cuban standards. The main building is now unused to accommodate guests, instead there are just 20-30 modern rooms further down the beach where guests stay. These are excellent, modern rooms - much better than those in most Cuban hotels. Sadly only a few have sea views due to the silly way in which they're built. We asked to move to a seaview room and it was fine. There are bugs galore - bring spray for the evening - but it's fine. The beach is pretty but isn't somewhere good for swimming. The diving site is located in the military zone, so you have to travel an hour or so by boat each way to get there. This is good sun tanning time, and there's a BEAUTIFUL beach where you get a good two hours' rest each day between dives. The food at the hotel is definitely the low point. The staff are well meaning but lazy and unable to do much when you complain. On balance, I've forgotten the bad food already, and just remember the great diving. So go, you're unlikely to regret it and it's definitely a bit of an adventure!

      • birdsofafeather1
        madcarrotDonegal
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Average Average

        “a little bit outdated”
        be sure to keep your feet and lower legs covered at night.the sand flies here can eat you alive.the bar was open to the elements with no air conditioning.food good what there was of it.dont be late for any of the meals.nearest village 42 kilometres.slightly isolated.went diving while there.we spent 4 days diving,very good..boat and equipment a little dated,bring your own.dive chamber broken down.hotel rooms excellent as are staff.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Travelbird0505
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Average Average

        “Mixed feelings about El Colony ”
        For being Cuba, this hotel is adeqate. My very helpful local travel agent Lazaro at the Cuban connection (-------) was great at finding good rates in Havana and Isle of Youth for me, last minute. I highly reccommend them. Please understand that Cuba is developing and that you can't expect the same comforts there as you can in your own country. It was a challenge to get to the Isle of Youth last minute. My travel agent managed to find a flight for me and I could go to Isla Juventud to dive. The transportation between the airport and the hotel took a little over an hour and the driver was there to greet me as I arrived. The hotel is a colossal and impersonal building and you get the feeling that it was indeed intended as a vacation colony 30 years ago. It has an empty feel to it and I recommend that you stay in the bungalows instead of at the actual hotel. The bungalows are quite spacious and comfortable. The bed is great, the shower is great (important for a diver) and there's a tv with a few American channels. You have to walk a few minutes to get to the dining room in the hotel to get breakfast and dinner. The food is ok, not great but you survive on it for a week. If I go back I'll bring some protein shakes and bars to have some additional nutrition. I especially disliked the breakfast with stale bread and nothing much to eat. There isn't really much to do at the hotel itself so unless you are a serious and keen diver, I don't think you should go there at all. Yes it is practically on the beach, but as there are massive amounts of blood thirsty sandflies, you can't stay on the beach. The sandflies are particularly bothersome around sunset - so you need to avoid the outdoors as the sun sets which is a shame since it was absolutely beautiful every night I was there! I went diving every day while I was there and the diving is good, but you need to know what you are doing as they aren't extremely occupied with following the international rules for diving. They go very deep on the first dive, you need to be self sufficient and know your limits as a diver. The trip to the National park where the diving is, takes about 1,5 hours each way. This makes a full day trip starting at 9 o' clock in the morning. You get back at around 6pm, just in time for dinner. I loved the trip, and I especially loved the surface interval at the beach between the dives. The lunch on board the boat is surprisingly good. The boat is somewhat dirty and smelly, again, don't expect what you are used to at other places in the world. The divemaster will let you go very deep, but please don't as the nearest decompression chamber is hours away. The underwater topography was great with massive walls, tubes, overhangs, small caves and loads of chimneys. The reef itself was nice, but there wasn't much fish life there. I never saw a shark or a turtle during my week of diving there. All in all I had a great time, but I knew what to expect and I know my limits as I am a professional diver - please dive safely while in Cuba!!

      • birdsofafeather1
        Francine L
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Adorable staff and wonderful diving, watch out for mosquitoes! ”
        We stayed at El Colony for 5 days in February, essentially for 2 of us to dive and the other 2 to relax and take some sun. We were surprised how empty the hotel was, given that February is the ideal time to visit the island. As a result there was not much ambiance at the hotel as the only people there were hard-bitten divers who were pooped by the end of the day. The advantage was that there was no loud music at the pool area, which was a blessing. The main building of the hotel appears not to be in use and in some areas seems to be in a poor state of repair. All the guests were staying in the bungalows which are spacious and reasonably appointed, albeit not very attractively decorated but it was fine. The staff at the hotel were charming, friendly and very willing. Whenever there was a problem or we needed something, they were on it straight away. On 2 occasions the hot water wasn't working properly and it was fixed quickly. Food was OK, not great but acceptable. Breakfasts were quite generous: there was always juice, fruit (guavas every day), cereal, toast, jam and eggs to order. The lack of variety was a little monotonous after 5 days but this was after all not a 5 star hotel. Dinners were fine, the menu changed every night and there was always something to choose. The last evening we had a real treat since they laid on a buffet with a wide variety of dishes to choose from, which was really good. The great thing about this hotel is the diving which was superbly organised by Rosaria. Every morning a huge bus came to collect us at around 9am to go to the Marina (5 minutes away) and after getting out diving gear together, we got on the boat. They have reasonably good diving gear for those who don't bring their own, but in limited quantities, so if one goes in the high season (July/August), it may be wiser to bring one's own stuff. The boat ride to Punta Francès takes around 1 hr, with maybe a stop to get fresh fish from a nearby boat. Punta Francès is an idyllic, tropical island of the picture postcard variety where people can get off to go to the beach for the morning and/or afternoon. After the first dive, the boat returns to the beach and everyone gathers for a fabulous lunch which has been cooked up while we were diving. If you ask, crayfish can be provided as part of the menu (for a little extra). At 8 CUC for the boat ride to the island and lunch, this is an excellent deal! After lunch and a little lazing, the boat returns to a different dive spot and then goes back to the beach to collect the others for a return boat ride back to the Marina. In all, you can count on the whole day out since the boat returns around 5.30-6pm. Larry (the Divemaster) and his team are very experienced divers, read people and their abilities very well and run a tight ship. The only issue with El Colony (and one which is out of their control) are the mosquitoes which can be quite ferocious. Between 6pm and 8pm if one is prone to getting bitten, it is best to cover up and take mosquito repellent with one. There is none to buy anywhere around and no mosquito nets or screens in the bungalows. So having a Mojito on the terrace for sundowners is not really possible, which is a pity. Also, this hotel is a 45 minute drive from the town of Nueva Gerona and the airport, so outside of the hotel, there is no nightlife. A taxi ride to town will cost about 25 CUC each way and there is frankly not much to see. For those people who stay at the hotel during the day, the beach is average since the water is very shallow for about 2 miles out. However, Tico will take you out on a catamaran and even arrange for a lobster lunch, for a few CUCs. Every day, the chamber maids folded towels in the shapes of swans, elephants, butterflies etc in our room. The staff really did everything in their power to make our stay pleasant and really deserved the tips we left them.

      • birdsofafeather1
        raganwald
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Spectacular Diving, Acceptable Hotel ”
        I visited Cuba for a week with my brother. We booked five days at the Hotel El Colony for diving, through a Canadian agent (wowcuba.com). What an adventure! We took the 6:00 flight from Havana to Nueva Gerona. The agent from Cubatours was late meeting us at the terminal, we just squeaked onto the flight. First tip: book your flight early, it fills up. The one hour trip from the airport to the hotel was enjoyable, not least because we were in a 50s-era sedan. The hotel itself is unremarkable. We were in the La Canada bungalow, it was spacious and offered a spectacular view. And as Canadians, we were delighted with the choice. It had a working A/C, toilet and shower, privacy, and the TV had a few English channels. What else do you need? We were on the "American Plan," which includes three meals. I have no idea where to eat if you don't eat at the hotel, so that suited us. The food is unremarkable at best, but not as bad as some things I have read about the big resorts. The lunch was served on the dive boat, and was probably the best meal every day. The diving itself was spectacular. Unlike another reviewer, we saw a huge number of fish. It could be a site selection thing, after a few days of fish, fish, fish, we asked for some action and the divemaster took us to "Reino Magico," a drop from 55 feet to 130 feet through a tube out onto the wall. On our last day we did "Blue Hole," featuring another tunnel down to 140 feet, below the recommended limits for recreational diving. I think you should take a computer if the dive master says anything about deep wall diving. Of course, the dive master had been happily showing us morays, huge crabs, lobsters, nurse sharks, rays, and other marine life on fifty foot dives until we requested a little more excitement, so it is clearly a case of asking for what you want and knowing your own comfort level. That being said, the dive profile featured a nice, gradual ascent through the shallows, and by the time we were ready for the safety stop, my computer no longer was flashing the mandatory deco sign. This speaks well for their dive planning. The dive masters had us in very small groups, a real treat compared to places where a dozen or more divers crowd each other out to see anything. They also grouped us by what we wanted, I know that they did a shallower profile in the other group when we did the deep dives. Other divers at the hotel complained of boredom, so my overall advice is to politely tell the crew what you want to do and what you want to see. And if you can afford it, it doesn't hurt to tip: we tipped them CUC$10 a day (between the two of us), which is a lot of money in Cuba. But c'mon, can you afford a venti no-foam vanilla latte with an extra shot? I thought so. Speaking of tips, you may want to inquire about a third dive. The official plan is two dives, one morning and one afternoon. A second morning dive may be available for cash on the boat. Ask discreetly, as they may "forget" to give the hotel their cut on the action. If you do the extra dive, keep your eye on the surface interval, the crew happily put us back in the water on less than an hour's rest. I prefer a more conservative rest, especially after a 140 foot immersion. That being said, the extra dive was shallow and fun, and there was a very long interval to the afternoon dive. We took our own gear down. I was trying out a new wing, and my brother rented gear from our local shop. The gear down there was serviceable, so it is no problem to rent from them and save a lot of packing. They suggested we leave our personal BCDs, wet suits, and fins at the marina but take our computers and regs with us. This was convenient, and we didn't lose anything. Others have mentioned the spectacular beach at the marine reserve. You can visit it for relaxing or snorkeling on the boat, and I think this would be great for a mixed group, like a family, where some are diving and some are not. They have baby turtles that they are raising to help restock the sea turtle population, that would be interesting for children. Overall, this was excellent diving and a reasonable hotel. My advice is to ask for what you want from the dive masters and know your limits. They will put you in the appropriate group and take you to the appropriate place for you to enjoy yourself... you just have to ask.

      • birdsofafeather1
        doc123
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Best kept secret ”
        It's not easy to get to, but once you arrive you are in for a treat. 16 double bungalows impecibaly furnished and spotless. All are on the beach with the most mgnificent sunsets in all of the Carribean. Decent food and great staff. If you like snorkling or Scuba this is the last best place in the whole caribean.

      • birdsofafeather1
        TravellingZel
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Paradise from any angle”
        Staying here for the diving is a superb choice. The staff are friendly, many of them have been there a lot of years and they really care. The views are astonishing, the beach is unspoiled and deserted and there's NOTHING for miles. This is proper paradise and has been flooded in hurricanes so a lot of it is new. We went in March and there were more staff than guests. It takes students sometimes that use the main hotel but we were in the bungalows which are enormous, well equipped and with sea views. The place is silent and you can walk along the beach on your own. Note that the sea is actually almost a lagoon and you won't get much beyond your kness. The food is fairly standard for Cuba so veg is canned but it is edible and served with enthusiasm. The diving is just brilliant and the memories linger. If you aren't diving, this hotel is probably going to be a bit dull.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Nelly
        Review about Colony Hotel
        Average Average

        For scuba diving
        Located in the bay of Siguanea, just 5 minutes away from Siguanea's airport and 35 minutes from Havana by plane. This colorful hotel, built in the 1950's, is situated on a heavenly beach south of the island of Cuba. Guests can also benefit from the facilities offered by the International Diving Center.