Coralia Club Playa de Oro Varadero
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCoralia Club Playa de Oro Varadero
We probably had very high expectations as it was our honeymoon. But bedrooms were really bad. Washroom was dated, beds were damp and the ceiling at the entrance was leaking. The safe never worked, we just ended up locking our luggage when we went out. Food wasn't the best either. We ended up eating more of bread and fruit. The cocktails at the resort were so so. The beaches were beautiful and people were super nice so that kinda made up for it.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Coralia Club Playa de Oro Varadero
I LOVED IT
I just came back from Coralia Club with a friend and I had an amazing time. The staff was great. They made us feel welcome & there was always some type of activity to do. The staff made it extremely fun. The shows were great. I can't wait to go back!!!!
Great Place to stay
I was at Coralia from March 20 to 27 2003 and all I can say is that i got a Wonderfull time with my friends over there. The beach was beautifull (we went by kayak until Trip Peninsula beach and ours was better) the Hotel Staff was really kind with everyone and the tourist average age was ok (not too much oldies).The Food wasnt the best but you cant really complain of that in Cuba. We met people that went to other hotels in Varadero and they told us that the food was above average at the Coralia. I never got asked for a tip when i was a the different bars of the hotel and whenever i gave one the staff always tried to give me some special tips about the resort and they have suggested me a lot of places to visit in varadero (including clubs excursions and special events). The only thing that i didnt liked about the coralia was its night club called "La Bomba". A taxi driver told me that this place was the favorite hanging spot for all tourist and cubans 2 or 3 months ago but when i was there the governement closed the place for the cubans and not many tourists from other hotels went to our club. If you like Michael jackson and Saturday Fever then La Bomba is your place :). I went there only once. The other "Hot" clubs in varadero that i visisted were The Havana Club (pretty Good) La cueva de los Piratas ( Good show at the beginning and after that ... not much ) and the Mambo Club (Excellent). They all play live Latin Music so if you like Salsa your there to dance all night long. The clubs outside your resort will charge you between 8 and 12 $ cover open bar included. A trip to the town of varadero will cost you around 10$ from coralia. The town is pretty small but worth a visit. One thing you cant miss are the different excursions they offer. THe BEST one is the Safari tour. It costs a bit but its REALLY worth it. You travel in your own jeep with 3 other people and go trough a wild and rough ride into the jungle before stopping to swim in the Cave of Saturno and finally going bacso the Giant catamaran trip that takes you to an island while swimming with dolphins and snorkling. Once on the island u eat sea food and party a bit before returning back home. Theres also the Havanna Trip ... its good (if u like museums and history). I havent been to Havanna but all the people that went there told me it was a LONG RIDE. Its worth your money if u stay there for a night ... many told me the night life was kinda crazy over there. Wel ... I still have much things to say about the Coralia Playa de oro but it would be selfish from me to spoil all the surprises. I give this hotel 4 stars and my trip in general a 5 stars experience at beautifull Cuba.
Not as it was advertised..
My wife and I spent the first week in April at Playa de oro, and though some things were good, there was a lot of bad. First off, the resort was billed as all inclusive, which it was not. The big area not included was tipping. I don't want anyone to think I am a total cheapskate, but I do object to tipping a bartender $1US for every 6oz cup of beer I ask for, and this was definately expected at Playa de oro. Of course you don't have to tip, but if you don't you can easily wait up to fifteen minutes for your next cocktail. Added to this- in general the bartenders can only manage to smile once or twice a day no matter how polite you are. We were also refused pina coladas a couple of times, we could only assume that the bartender didn't want to make them because they're more trouble to make than beer. The next thing we weren't too thrilled about was the food. The variety was pretty good, but the hot food was never hot and the cold food was never cold. That's not necessarily the end of the world, however we were both experiencing stomach difficulties after only 3-4 days at the resort, and temperature violations (bacteria reproduce rapidly in food at warmish room temperature) in terms of buffet food is the number one cause of food borne illness. The general cleanliness of the main dining room was a little questionable also, there were a few birds in the dining room and so there was also bird droppings on some windows, screens and from time to time a chair or table top. I sound pretty nit picky, but the whole week we were there the birds were never thrown out and the droppings were never cleaned. We also found the language barrier significant at this resort. With the exception of some of the dining room staff, most employees had an extremely rudimentary grasp of english. For example, they are very tight fisted with the toilet paper so when we started to run out I went to the desk to ask for more. The attendant was pretty confused about it at first, but then acted as though she understood. a couple of ho. No toilet paper ever arrived. The beach is amazing, fantastic golden soft sand. The week we were there we shared the beach with a tugboat and a huge barge that had washed up and gotten stuck. There was still a lot of beach on either side of the boats so I didn't care, but I heard many other guests complaining about it quite a bit. As many people will tell you nothing happens quickly in Cuba, the two boats washed up overnite Sunday, and they were moving out to sea the following sunday as we were leaving. The pool is nice and there are lots of "palapas" to sit under, and lots of loungers also, there are considerably fewer "palapas" on the beach so if you want one you better go early. The rooms are quite nice, and by the design of the structure your chances of getting a room with an ocean view are likely much better than at another resort. The band was very good, the guy who played the trumpet was incredible. The entertainment was better than most also, they used several different venues apart from the typical summer camp type stage they usually use. We also took a morning and went to the plaza las americas for souvenir shopping which was worth it. It is also worth it to buy rum if you are inclined as the local rum is good and at $4US a litre a real bargain. Do not buy cigars though- they are a huge rip off. Any cigar you can buy there you can get here for 30% of the price charged there and we checked several different retailers. Over all it was o.k, but if I knew before the trip what I know now, I would have gone somewhere else. Having been to Cuba twice in the last couple of years and Mexico once, I would choose Mexico over Cuba. The managment at Playa de oro needs to realise that tourism is a service industry, and if they have staff that can't be bothered to provide prompt courteous service, they need to replace them because there are a lot of other places with a nice beach and fantastic sunshine.
Coralia Club Playa De Oro, Cuba
I went with Go Travel Direct and stayed at Coralia Club Playa de Oro. The hotel was great. It was my first time to Cuba; the beach was the best, the staff was good but you have to tip a $5.00 Us at least once a day, one dollars to the Bartender, one dollars to the maid but they work very hard, $1.00 to the Restaurant waiter, $1.00 dollars to the band of which they are very good,and $1.00 to the pool bartender's. If you are a men you will get served first. The Hotel staff loves Canadians and enjoy talking to you. The food was not the greatest it needs some improvement, it has no taste. I would got back for sure. My sister-in-law and I felt very safe being two women, it was great. The Cubian rum is very good, they make the best drinks. The Havana tour was a little pricy $63.00 Us each but we learned a lot on their way of living "Very poor people" but looked happy. The weather was very hot, at least 35C. Hope this helps you.
Just came back from a week at the Coralia club. Great grounds, lobby, pool, beach and very friendly staff though the occasional tip of $1 US certainly doesn't help. The buffet was very good but the reserved place dining room offered mediocre food and is not worth the line up. The room was well worn but the maid was very nice and always left our towels in some kind of ornate formation. Take a tour to Havana, it is worth it as is the catamaran trip to Cayo Blanca( take the aquaworld trip, it is more professionally run than the Jolly Roger trip). Also take the double decker bus into the town of Varadero. Overall a great holiday with amazing people despite the poverty. We did end up with an intestinal bug which took a week to clear up once we got home. Probably picked it up during lunch in Havana.
Coralia: Great place to party
Just came back from 1 week at Coralia Playa de Oro in Varadero. WE had a fabulous time!!!BEACHSince this was the most important thing for us let me start there. The beach is beaufitul and very clean. White sand, perfect blue clear water. You can walk out for a good 200 meters before it is over your head. There are about 20 resorts nearby but you are not "cramped". You can walk the beach for miles in each direction. There are watercrafts available at no charge (2 man kayaks, paddleboats & catamarans). There are a few gorgeous guys who work there there that will take you for a catamaran ride if you have no sailing experience. You can also pay $5 for a banana boat ride. Tip#1: take a walk down the beach to the Breezes resort (east) . The sand there is even fine and softer than at our resort. TRANSPORTATIONUsed Go Travel Direct and flew Zoom airlines. All went smooth without incidents. Jennifer at Travel Direct in Ottawa was very helpful. Flight was fine. Service expedient and friendly on ground and air. Not much leg room on plane, but food was okay. Both departure and arrival flights were on time. (in fact a bit early!!!). Drive from airport to resort is less than 30 minutes. RESORTWell layed out. Everything is close. Rooms are clean and basic and come with a fridge. Safe is included in each room at no extra cost. Good hair dryer in room--1600 watts-- so no need to bring one. TIP#2: there is a slot by the door to keep you room key. The key must be in to keep the A/C going, so be sure to ask for 2 keys and keep one in the slot at all times. As for security, we felt very safe at the resort at all times, even late at night. FOODFood in Cuba is rather bland, so don't expect a culinary delight. There is enough selection to keep everyone happy. (note: beef is not a cuban specialty but chicken is always a safe bet). The is good snack food at the pool bar, including ham & cheese sandwiches and hot dogs...TIP #3: don't try the hamburgers... The Restaurant at the beach was GREAT for it's ambiance. Band plays every night and the atmosphere is fantastic. --there are 2 restaurants at the resort that you have to book for.--the one at the beach and the Varadero... Booking happens at 9:00am at the towel hut by the pool. We tried both specialty restaurants and prefered the beach one. Of course the buffet is always available as well.SMOKING I had read on a hotel site that this is a non smoking resort. This is not the case. Smoking is permitted everywhere, though there are smoke free areas in the restaurants.DRINKSPina coladas as good (of course!), as are the Mojitos and rum punch. The lobby bar is open 24/7. Late at night, they tend to make the drinks half & half... Potent. Tip #4: There is a roving bartender with a cart in the lobby at night. He makes the best drinks!!! TIP #5: Some cuban men are VERY forward and may try to make advances. A firm "No" will discourages this...PEOPLEThis is a european resort but there are lots of Canadians (about 50% the week we were there). There were lots of maritimers, so OF COURSE we all had a GREAT time. ACTIVITIES/NIGHTLIFEThere is a great animation team at the resort. They invite you to play water games at the pool and beach, and take dance or spanish lessons during the day...then every night, they put on a stage show. The shows are entertaining. Then it's off to disco (right at the resort) for some dancing. There are a number of day trips available. Be sure to investigate these. Some folks in our group went to Havana while others did the Catamaran snorkling/swim with the dolphins trip. Both were GREAT.The LOCAL PEOPLEThe staff are quite a fascinating bunch...Many of them are highly educated. We met many engineers, a chemist and a doctor, all working on the beach or as waiters... Interestingly enough they make more money working the resort than in their chosen professions. (shocking news: hotel employee make $10 a month...)BE A GREAT TOURIST!We tourists are very priviledged, and have so much comparitively speaking... Remember to tip often (many europeans do not tip at all). TIP#6 (bring lots of US $1 bills) Also if you can, bring some extra stuff, and leave it behind... Coveted items include Soap, shampoos, deodorant, basic medicine (tylenol and such), gently used clothes, candy, etc... We brought a huge suitcase of "extra stuff" and had no trouble finding people who could use it. FINAL NOTEWe would go back to this resort as it offered everything we wanted.
I recently visited the Coralia Club Playa de Oro hotel along with about 40 others from my school and got toatally inebriated. The food was decent, however we did more drinking than eating. Apparently we caused quite a bit of controversy while we were there because we alsmost got kicked out after a meeting with the Canadian/Cuban Consulate and the hotel manager who was enraged about us disturbing the majority of the old-aged guests. However, contrary to the other review on this site my friends found the staff to be excellent and very friendly, most likley becuse we treated the staff as equals unlike the arrogants guests who viewed them as servants. Many guests complained about our behviour and of the other students we met from other countires and provinces. We pretty much distubed the peace all day long... one lady even wrote all the way from brighton onatrio to our local newspaper to complain aobut us... In response to your question about ehat else we did on the trip... nothing you fool, we are drunk kids, not escpaed convicts, what the heck do you think we did.... by the way, I am the boy with the boombox!
Coralia Club Playa de "So-So"
We stayed at the Coralia Club Playa de Oro for a week in early February - must say it wasn't too bad. Food was all right - typical buffet-style fare. We much preferred dining at "El Ranchon", a hut-style restuarant on the beach. Live music every night, very enjoyable. I do admit, however, that I suffered some not-so-enjoyable stomach problems while in Cuba; in fact, it has lingered somewhat since our return. Service was great - extremely friendly for the most part, but the women in the lobby gift shop were not as friendly as the rest. Rooms were nice. We had some problems with unexplained sewage-type odours wafting from the plumbing - kind of gross, but the house staff were quick to come and check it out. Pools were very clean, bars were abundant and the beach was absolutely FANTASTIC - heaven. Best part of the trip by far, aside from the awesome local folks we had the privilege of meeting and hanging out with. Did a day trip to Havana, enjoyed it greatly. My only tip is NEVER SIT AT THE BACK OF A TOUR BUS..that's where the washroom is, and let's just say that it's a long ride from Havana to Varadero when nobody seems to understand how to flush the toilet (ha ha). Overall, I rate the Coralia Club Playa de Oro 3 1/2 stars. We would go back again, if only for the cool people and the luscious beach.
I would have to say this was the worst hotel I have ever stayed in anywhere in the Caribbean. This is my second trip to Cuba, and what a difference between the hotel we stayed at the first time and this hotel. The service in this hotel was terrible and it ruined our stay. We met several other couples who felt the same way. While the facilities were okay, they were nothing outstanding. The food was typical cuban, so that wasn't a shock. But the ambiance of the main buffet restaurant was like a cafeteria-- Loud, smoky and not very clean. Many tables had bird droppings on them from the birds nesting in the ceiling. And several people I talked to in the resort felt sick at some point during the stay. This is the first time I have ever been sick staying in a foreign country. The rooms were okay, but the beds were uncomfortable and every morning I woke up with new bites on my legs-- not sure from what insect. Overall, I feel it was really the horrible attitude from 95% of the staff that made the stay bad. I kept hearing from my rep that it was just the "Cuban' way. But I disagree, we stayed at another 4 star- Superclub Breezes Jibacoa and we never encountered any of these problems. In fact our stay was so wonderful at SB Jibacoa that we chose to go on our honeymoon to Cuba. But trust me this hotel made our honeymoon memorable for all the wrong reason. Unless you get this hotel for super cheap, don't stay here. It is maybe a 3 star at best and not worth the stay.
The beach and pool were clean and well provided with shade and chairs-get there early, though to assure you get a good spot. The food was ample and the three eating locations we used were clean and offered a good selection. If you have'nt been to Cuba before, some of the foods are different and don't appeal to all north-american tastes but there's always something that appeals. The staff are friendly and attentive and very appreciative of any small gifts of the 'hard-to-get-in-Cuba' type or tips in $US for good service. All-in-all a great place to spend a week or two!
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