Hotel Club Puntarena
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... to see their printing press and were shown an old Xerox copier; apparently, it wasn't clear, the pages are hand-lettered the old-fashioned way and then reproduced by machine.
Across the street, housed in an elegant French-style building, an old pharmacy dating from 1882, La Farmacia Francesa Triollett, is now the Pharmacy Museum. It was fascinating to see the old receipt books, compounding equipment, pill molds, label drawers, a distiller, powders, ...
... who speak Spanish. Here, we've spent out time laying on the beach, playing volleyball and eating. Funny and somewhat irritating that this is "class." After living in Merida, it is a bit uncomfortable and not as fun to be a typical tourist. I don't know if I'll ever really want to be a typical tourist again after these experiences. But for now, we'll rest and enjoy our last day in Cuba. Tomorrow is a long day of travel back home, and just in time for Dia de los muertos!
... other number from Australia (thanks FE) we got through but the line quality wasn’t great so I’m not entirely sure whether they’ll actually be home or if it’s a cousin’s place we are going to – we’ll see tomorrow.
*When we arrived from Matanzas we called Yadillis again from the casa and she said they only had one room for the 2 nights but she’s organised for us to go to a friend’s place which is where we are ...
... why I love Cuban music – and I got to meet them, have my photo taken with them , have their CD signed by them and watch an intimate live performance . Once in a lifetime, never, ever forget experience!!
Heres a link to a Buena Vista Social Club video – Just in case you wondered who they were and what their music actually sounded like : Buena Vista : Chan Chan
... but had plenty to keep us amused while we were in the water. At this point we capitalised on the stable weather and changed our original plan to head for an alternate second dive site instead of another nearby coral reef. This dive site was much more exciting as it gave us the opportunity to explore a tugboat wreck that was sunk along with several military vehicles for the benefit of the diving community. The visibility ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Club Puntarena Varadero
Hotel: Rooms are clean, but far from soundproof. We could hear voices on both sides as well as TV's and every sound from the hallways. Our room came with a safe (no charge) and hair-dryer that worked well. Beds were comfy and extra blankets provided. The air conditioner worked well and wasn't noisy at all. Our room was on the 7th floor overlooking the canal, which wasn't a bad view at all.
Hola! Myself and two of my girlfriends stayed at the Puntarena from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18. We had a great time.
Okay so past reviews on this place are good and bad and they're all true. If you stay at this resort you have to really look to make your own fun. Just got back yesterday from a week stay at this place with my best friend. I had read the reviews and I didn't have many high expectations hoping not to be disapointed. The check in process went very quickly which was good however when asking for information the receptionists were very rude and snobby . The Beach is full of broken sea shells that are a pain in the arse to get off your skin however the water and the beach itself was spacious beautiful and the water great. Lots of shade if you want and lots of beach chairs as well. First couple of days rough water and lots of wind however the rest of the week the water was spectacular with juts a light breeze which was pleasent cause it was soo damm hot ! . Warm weather which was unusual for Jan according to locals. The pool was always a great option as well. It was a good hang out spot for the late afternoon listening to spanish tunes and just to hang out and chat with people. Food was pretty much the same almost everyday with a couple of changes and variations. Lots of fresh fruit which we both feasted on. The 24hr bar was by far the best at making drinks! I would definatly recommend trying the hotels signature Drink the Puntarena and of course the other special cuban drinks like Sangria and Mojitos They were FABULOUS ! We went to the downtown clubs and had a blast. Take advantage of the bus that picks you up at 1115 for 5 pesos and picks you up at 3 am which gives you lots o time to have a great time with 1 dollar /pesos drinks. 5 pesos to get in pretty damm good compared to Toronto Clubs !! On the Negative side there wasn't much to do during the day other then lie around on the beach or by the pool. There was beach vollyball everyday in the morning however the entertainment staff disappeared until late afternoon. I noticed a lot of guests looking over to the neighbouring hotel when they started their activities (which can be seen easily from our pool area as they share the same pool with a small wall that divides the two hotels which staff hopped over to chat with staff friends from the other resort). Rooms were clean but need lots of work. The water preasure and the hot and cold water was a problem, figuring out the correct combinations was time consuming. The paper thin walls and the slamming of the doors was REALLY annoying. We had some insect problems but it wasn't a big deal. The elevators were a bit scary and dated and we got stuck in one for a few mins. Games room (lobby) consisted of some old pool tables and old pool cues with missing tops. A ping pong table that you could never use cuase some dorks kept hidding the ball so they could play when they wanted and a air hockey table. This was allright and filled in the gaps between waiting for dinner and winding down in the evening. The shows were "INTERESTING" the dancing shows were cool and there were the audience participation ones that were fun as well. We didn't try any of the excursions however we did take a horseback ridding trip along the canal and then on the beach with Vlad which was a great fun experience. Speaking about the canal some of the nights and early mornings you can smell a real strong egg like odour which isn't that bad and you get used to it. Its not all the time though so it wasn't a big deal. The worst thing i guess you can say about this place from our experience was the lack of activities and the remote location. It was the last of the resorts far away from any others in the downtown area. I don't think I'd go back to this place but definatly back to cuba.
Never mind value for money, it doesn't mean we must put up with very ordinary ! Which this Hotel certainly is. Maybe a one star in reality ! That includes food, decor, cleanliness, game facilities and noise.
There are two forums going for the Puntarena resort. I realize that it was once part of a larger resort now split into two. So I posted on the other forum as well.
My girlfriend and I just got back from a week all inclusive vacation to Puntarena in Varadero and I got to say that it was the best vacation I ever taken. Like most people I had read the reviews before booking my trip and read some really nasty critisism about this resort, but I did not let it get to me. I have no clue what these people are talking about....Puntarena was the greatest.....the buffet was awsome...i mean i didn't get tired of the food. They had agreat variety of food and the best was the deserts...mmmmmmmmmm!!!
We went with a group of 13 people, got the hotel for a good price and at the same time didn't expect too much. We left fairly satisfied.
I read the numerous bad reviews posted by other travellers and must tell you all that they are unfounded and unjust! Myself and two friends visited Puntarena in early Jan 07 and had an extraordinary vacation!
I was at this resort last year on January 21st for a two week stay. It was fabulous. I went to Cuba with absolutely no expectations other than to relax on the beach and take in the scenery. That is exactly what I got and more!!! I would really suggest that people go to this resort during high season where you are sure to get top notch service and good food as the hotel would be at full staff.