Mercure Cuatro Palmas Varadero
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Coming to Matanzas was a bit of a travelling risk. Not for any crime related reason but it just isn't on the tourist route. That said, our casa is full. Everyone we’ve met along the way kept saying "Matanzas, but why?". Well why was because it didn’t sound all that bad in the LP and we didn’t have enough time to make it to Trinidad by bus and we certainly didn’t want to get into the resort territory of Veradero (Cuba’s answer to Cancun).
... Tonight, we went to Casa de la Musica, a famous nightclub/live music. For some reason (maybe because it was Thur?) the streets were dead and the nightclub wasn't too packed. But the cover was cheaper and we got to see a live performance of a Salsa band (I really need to take lessons lol). And since we were tired, didn't stay for too long. Tomorrow, checking out the revolutionary sights in Vedado and our last full day in Cuba! ...
... of wonderful Brazilians like we did. We had a couple of hours in the bus, so most of us slept for a little. However, knowing that these were my final hours in this unique country I stayed awake the whole time contently looking out the window. I began to try and make sense of my experience here in Cuba, and started to ask the questions of "What is the most important thing I want to tell people back home about Cuba?" ...
... graceful at some points when they were throwing me in the air !
... beautiful, weather fab, all in all an excellent choice. Spend Thursday by the pool relaxing. The one thing I will say is that if you want a quiet holiday, do not come to Cuba, there is music everywhere 24/7, and we mustn't forget the animation team and the pool games!!
Friday we went on the open top bus tour of Varadero, umm, don't do it, you see about 30 all inc resorts, go to the shopping mall - not quite ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Cuatro Palmas Varadero
Visited coralia Feb.1-8 /04 I'm going back.! Went with two sisters and 72 yr. old Mom and she loved it too. Had a wondeful time. Hotel is older,but clean and beautiful, rooms where just ok, but very fuctional, lots of hot water and clean. Food was good,drinks where ok ,staff was very friendly,lots and lots to do, bring extra money adventures are well worth it..Great place just to relax or have a wild night out on the town,which is within walking distance, felt very, very safe. I really enjoyed the location close to shopping,good restarants,park,etc.
Take a tour of the town in a horse and carridge. If you want low keyed and not to busy this is your spot. ps take some extra tissue.
I was recently on a trip through Cuba with a friend of mine and had a confirmed reservation at this hotel. When we arrived after a long drive through the mountains, we were told that the hotel was full and that we were staying at a different hotel. There was no information provided why my reservation was not honoured, except that the hotel was full. We asked the staff at the front desk to phone the other hotel to confim that this reservation would be honoured when we arrived there. They made is pay (!) for the phone call only to find out that our names were not on the list of reservations. After a 1 hour delay and much assertiveness on our side, a manager escorted us and booked us into the alternative hotel. The travel guide had praise for the Cuatro Palmas for its foreign (French) management. I would like to know if such treatment is standard operating procedure, it certainly is not in the France I know.
Jan 2004 to Cuba
I was in Cuba from Jan18th to the 25th 2004. Me and my friend stayed at the Quatro Palmas Resort. I do NOT recommend this resort. We both found the fool awsul. It was cooked well but for a week, they served the same food every day. You get sick of it very fast. Also, the service was terrable. The front desc just rushed you and everyone there wanted tips. You wait in line at the bar and when its your turn if the bartender noticed that you are not holding any money, they will serve someone who is first. There was no entertainment after 10pm. Even the pool tabes were closed after 8pm. Next time I will shell out an extra few hundred and stay in a better hotel.
Booked with GoTravel for the week of Feb 24 2003. It was our first trip to Cuba so we figured a 3 1/2-star would be OK considering we were planning to spend all day on the beach. The Front Desk Staff were terrible. They couldn't speak English and were very disorganized.
I traveled a lot in carribean islands and this hotel was not the worse I stayed but close enough.... It's definetely not a 4 stars. I'd say a 3 stars at most and sometimes less. First of all, it seems management is gone or disappeared.. Most of the employees are lazy and unfriendly.
Loved Cuatro Palmas
First problem was I could not upgrade from breakfast only to all included,Bungalow rooms are too small and too far from Hotel, 2 blocks and from the beach, 3 blocks. All included drinks are poor quality, unknown brands of liquor.Internet connections were poor, hours limited, poor technical support. Check in times are 4pm, we got there at 11a.m. had to wait in Lobby with our bags for 4 hours.
Loved the Coralia cuator palmas
We stayed at the Cuatro Palmas the last week of January. We had a wonderful vacation. The hotel was spotless, the staff was friendly, the maid even left us a gift when we were leaving. We loved the entertainment. Really loved the dance music. The dancers were exceptional, very professional and their costumes were magnificent. Beach was beautiful but the pool was cold. But it was January. I would definitely go back to the Cuatro Palmas. The food here was really good. The hotel was close to everything. We did a lot of walking and we also did a lot of the hop on hop off bus. Enjoyed that a lot. Got a great deal with Go Travel Direct. They were great to deal with. Would use them again.
We stayed at Cuatro Palmas from March 24th - 31st, 2003. It was our first family vacation outside of Canada and it was very memorable. Our daughters aged 11 and 15 loved it! The resort was very nice, the grounds were very well taken care of, the food excellent, the beach was perfect and the pool was great. For the most part the staff were very friendly and helpful with the exception of the Front Desk staff. I was a little surprised that a lot of the staff did not understand English. The shows could have been better but the Magic Show was excellent. The Spanish lessons didn't exist and there was no organized sports which was a little disappointing. The markets are within walking distance. I would recommend the bus trip (try to get on the top level) and the Cocoa Taxi is a blast! Only the pool bar is all inclusive. We got an excellent price through Go Travel Direct who were wonderful people to deal with and their carrier, Zoom Airlines, had the most friendly staff that I have ever encountered on a plane. I would recommend this resort to anyone looking for some R&R under the sun!
Great time in Cuba
I went to this resort from march 31, 03 to april 6, 03, with a friend frmo work. My first impression was this this was an older resrot but kept clean. ( with the good deal we had, we had no expectation what so ever ). The staff is what made this resort so special. Smiles all the time! Young and dynamic. It is also located close to town, which is great if you want to do a little shopping ot experience more of the Cuban lifestyle with it`s local bars and restaurants.. I also felt really safe all of the time, day or night. The beach strip is also very spectacular ... I would not hesitate to visit or recomend Cuba or Cuatro Palmas again. Good price/quality. Just keep in mind, it`s a 3 1/2* resort, not a 5! We loced it.....Jud & Joanne
Good Hotel, Great Location
Went to Cuba for 1st time in Feb 2002 and stayed here. Central to everything in town..bars, markets. Right on beach. Food ok and rooms clean but location still the best.