Framed by exotic greenery and set alongside a stretch of ice-white sand, the Sol Rio is in a first class spot. What’s more, there are a whole host of free watersports on offer at the beach – think windsurfing, snorkelling and catamarans – so there’s plenty to do besides relaxing.
Alongside the tropical gardens that cocoon the complex, the lagoon-like pool scene deserves a special mention. There are two huge outdoor pools to choose from, as well as a selection of roomy sun terraces. Factor in a poolside bar serving made-to-order cocktails throughout the day and it’s a great place to chill out.
Head inside, meanwhile, and you’ll find the vibe is just as laidback. Fresh cream walls provide the backdrop for simple wooden furniture and beds dressed in soft red cotton. Balconies or terraces come as standard, as do views of the gardens or the sea. In-room comforts like air-conditioning, satellite TVs and mini-fridges complete the picture.
On the food front, this place serves up no less than five restaurants. And with everything from big international buffets to authentic Cuban cuisine on the menu, there’s always plenty of choice. There’s a piano bar, too, and a beachfront disco, so nights at the Sol Rio can be as laidback or as lively as you like.
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Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
Buffet meals. 2 visits per week to the à la carte restaurants. National and international non-premium alcoholic, soft drinks and cocktails. Snacks at set times.
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You'll find this good-sized pool at the Mares hotel. There's a section for kids, a sun terrace and a shower area. And there's a swim-up bar with drinks and snacks on offer.
Available from the nautical centre on the beach at no extra charge. For adults only.
Daytime activity programme
A varied entertainment programme for kids, teenagers and adults runs at the hotel during the daytime and evening. During the day we're talking archery, aqua aerobics, darts, dance and Spanish lessons, badminton, ecological tours, minigolf and horse riding.
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double room with sea view
Double room with sea view sleeps up to 3, with 1 double and 1 single bed. This room comes with an iron and board, TV, mini-fridge restocked daily with water and coffee-maker.
double room with garden view
Double room with garden view sleeps up to 3, with 1 double and 1 single bed - can be sold as a single. This room comes with an iron and board, TV, mini-fridge restocked daily with water and coffee-maker.
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got back a week ago from Sol Rio, I became obsessed with the trip advisor reviews before we left, was a bit worried as seen a few bad ones, most of them good, so we knew what to expect, room was pretty basic but everything worked (we don't spend an awful lot of time in the room so wasn't too bothered) on luna side as requested, sea view upgrade, but to be honest don't waste your money upgrading as most of the rooms have a sea view anyway, beach was beautiful, white powdery sand, crystal clear water, just what you go for, its just a shame people walk into the water with cigarettes in their hands and leave them in the water, and stump cigarettes out in the sand. we had read the reviews about the sunbeds being uncomfortable as there are no pads on them so we invested in camping mattresses and they were a godsend, we didn't spend any time round the pools as we prefer the beach, we did struggle a bit with the food but that's more because I'm a fussy eater, we did go out a few times to a local restaurant recommended by someone, lovely meal and well cheap, we enjoyed our meals at the al la carte restaurants, French was the best, had an Italian, Mexican and a Mediterranean, the pizzas in the luna snack bar are to die for, really really good. We did the overnight trip to Havana which was hard work but worth it, we also met some lovely people on this trip, and we did the boat adventure which was rubbish coz we got the boat that kept breaking down, lastly we did the island paradise trip all booked through Urli (Thomas Cook Rep) well that was spoilt by loud mouthed drunken English louts (typical idiots abroad) I've never actually seen someone drink so much, what absolute plonkers they were, annoyed every single person on that trip, and made me feel embarrassed to be English, we had Canadians, French and Italian people on that trip and I dread to think what they think of English people now because of it, these idiots were also staying at the Sol Rio, so not only had we had to tolerate them all day but we also had to spend the evening in the same bar as them, their behaviour was disgraceful, one man in the company was exposing his backside to people as they were sitting drinking, and just generally being annoying by constantly shouting and doing silly dances in the middle of the bar, they were constantly topping up what they had drank all day on the boat and believe me it was a lot, and then finally verbally abusing a woman who had told them to shut up, and threatening her husband, it was a disgrace, and to be honest I don't want to go to a hotel where that kind of behaviour is allowed to go on unchallenged (Ricardo and Lisandro were aware of this as they had been watching them and chose not to do anything about it) till it was too late, and even then they were allowed to carry on drinking, Ricardo assured us the following day that they had been spoken to and warned but by then it was too late. Considering Cuba relies a lot on tourism for economy purposes they really need to think long and hard about ploughing money into their hotels, as they are in desperate need of upgrading we wont go back because the world is a big place and I think other Caribbean resorts offer better value for money.More
sueastephens, Liverpool, United Kingdom
The best place in Cuba, beautiful great good great people that work there ocean view is incredible as the beached are.
What can I say that I didn't already. I will go there year after year as many have that we met there. The most fun was with the British people that came from England. What a hoot with them. Love it at this resort. No one would disappointed. Even went to a wedding for one of the English couple. 69 years old first marriage and they invited us on their special day. We made great friends with them and stayed in contact. Hope to meet them there again next year. The weather was great and so was the food. I rate this resort a 10. More
Dining with Flies
Booked our holiday for March 2014. Was looking forward to going on holiday after booking it June 2013. Reviews looked good but worried about the bad too.....and true to read the bad ones were right. Firstly the beach is lovely Food: maybe re-heated from the day/night before, same food daily. Even if something did look good, so did the flies, they were on most of the food, fruit, veg and bread most food wasn't covered and left out where flies could have their snack. Once we seen the flies on the food we couldn't eat so didn't eat, we bought biscuits from the shop to eat and even they didn't taste right. We did have an upset tummy for the duration of the holiday Rooms - were ok we were in the Meres side with a beach view, noise not too bad, expect a few bugs so don't leave clothes and shoes around pack everything back into your suitcases. Toilets smell badly, and don't use the "public" ones...gross! Meres pool had something in it that looked like sick? Luna side when we visited a man was cleaning the pool with a scrubbing brush clean the "scum" away while people were in the pool Staff are nice but that's their job (customer service) Airport - When we were leaving and having to visit the toilet, a lady sat out side the door giving out only one TISSUE which was a napkin......no toilet roll so if you have a dodgy tummy...make sure you have tissues of your own or you'll be caught short. Main lobby noise can be annoying at night, people singing American songs. Circus was good and funny. If you can look past the flies and glum rooms then you'll be fine, we hated it.More
janna27, Lanark, United Kingdom
Very pretty beach, white sands, average rooms
Went here for my nephews wedding. Lovely country and location. Varied food offerings, I most enjoyed the Italian restaurant. Pool very cold. Large resort with a beautiful white, soft, fine, sandy beach. Service was hit and miss, but hey we were on holiday, everything was slow. Lots of selection available also at the buffet.More
Beverley A, Reading, United Kingdom
It just gets better!
This was our 4th stay at this hotel from the 28th March until the 11th April 2014 as part of a wedding party. We emailed a couple of weeks before our stay requesting a sea view and that is exactly what we got so was very happy. The room was absolutely fine and we had no issues whatsoever during our 2 week stay. As far as I'm concerned everything was just perfect and I have nothing negative to say about this hotel, in fact each time we visit just gets better and better! To anyone thinking of going I would say go for it and ignore any negativity. It's surrounded by beautiful countryside, beautiful beaches and beautiful people so what more could you ask for? I've visited various places in Cuba and this is by far my favourite and will always return here. We also met some lovely people from the UK, Scarletrugby aka Peter and Helen who we met right here on Tripadvisor. Overall a fabulous holiday which will give me so many happy memories for years to come.More
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