There are 4,997 rooms in the hotels (beach resorts) in Holguin
This makes Holguin the third hub in Cuba, after Varadero and more recently Cayo Santa Maria. Hotels are distributed among six hotel groups: Playa (2 hotels), Cubanacan (3 hotels), Melia Hotels International (2 hotels), Blue Diamond (1 hotel), Blau (1 hotel) and finaly Islazul (1 hotel).
All the hotels have direct access to the beach ...
Playa Guardalavaca (Club Amigo Guardalavaca and Brisas Guardalavaca)
Playa Esmeralda (Paradisus Rio de Oro and Sol Rio de Luna y Mares)
Playa Yuraguanal (Memories Holguin)
Playa Pesquero (Blau Costa Verde, Playa Costa Verde and Playa Pesquero)
Playa Blanca (Villa Don Lino)
Playa Covarrubias (Brisas Covarrubias). This hotel, although considered part of the tourist center of Holguin, is located in the neighboring province of Las Tunas. The international airport is located about one hour drive by bus from the hotels in Guardalavaca and 2½ hours from Playa Covarrubias (in Las Tunas).
What's new in Holguin ?
The Riu Playa Turquesa is now administered by Blue Diamond under the name Memories Holguin.
There is a 5-star hotel under construction in the area of Playa Guardalavaca. The construction name is « Albatros ».
The new High Standard Premium of the Playa Pesquero is opened since Nov. 2014.
The hotel Blau Costa Verde has doubled in size in 2013, with the construction of the Blau Plus area.
The Pueblo Plaza Pesquero has been inaugurated in January 10th, 2015. Several services ($) are offered, including shops, cigar lounge, bowling alley, ice cream parlor and a nightclub (to come).
These hotels offer all-inclusive package, which means meals, drinks, activities, non motorized water sports and other services are included. On the other hand, gratuities are at your discretion and are not included in your travel package.
The average tips in Cuba are 1 or 2 pesos (CUC) depending on the service you received. Please consider the time required for barmen to give you a beer from the tap AND for the maid to clean your room! A « muchas gracias » with a beautiful smile is always appreciated! Click HERE to learn more about the currency in Cuba.
Click HERE to see a chart of the distance betwwen the hotels in Holguin, dolphinairum and the marina (distance evaluated using © Google Earth software).
Please note that since the spring 2014, Cuban Immigration systematically stamps all passports when entering and leaving the country. And also: as of May 1, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax is no longer paid at destination. It should now be included in the price of your trip when buying a flight-only or package to Cuba.
In October 2013 the Cuban Government announced its intention to eliminate their dual currency system (CUC and CUP). To the best of our knowledge, it seems like no schedule has been officially announced yet for this plan to eliminate the CUC and revalue the CUP; and so far (2015) there's no indication yet about when the CUC will be put out of circulation. More news to come.
During high season, customers are mostly Canadian in the hotels. In low season, it is more diverse, there are Canadians, Britons, Germans, Italians, etc. Hotel guests are identified by a bracelet of different colors depending on the hotel. For example, the hotel Blau Costa Verde, it is white, gray for the Playa Costa Verde and yellow for the Playa Pesquero.
You need to check out by noon (or earlier depending on your departure flight). It is possible, depending on availability, to get a late check-out to keep your room. The price varies depending on the hotel, but usually it is 10 CUC per hour.
You must have you beach towel coupon in when you check-out. This ticket was given to you by the personal at the club house or in your room in some upscale hotels.
IMPORTANT! If you lose your towel, a 20 CUC fee will be charged. Therefore, it is essential not to forget your towel at the beach. Some unscrupulous tourists will even steal the towel of another person to avoid paying this fee. Beware when you leave your towel to dry on the first floor terrace. This problem has been reported repeatedly.
The hotels offer courtesy rooms for their customers. You have to ask the personal at the front desk about that room. Although you checked-out at noon (or according to the schedule of your flight), you may still enjoy services and restaurants at the hotel until you leave.
For more information about the hotels, click the links at the top left of this page. You will find information on services and also satellite images to help you locate where your hotel is. We try our best to keep our site as updated as possible.
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