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June 16, Monday: Matanzas
Matanzas was founded in 1693 as San Carlos y San Severino de Matanzas. This followed a royal decree ("real cÚdula") issued ...
June 15, Sunday: Today was our travel day to Matanzas on the bus going north-east, a little over 50 miles. Jose picked us up in front of Manfred and Shiela's casa particular to take us to the bus station. The casa particular where we stayed is owned by Geldys y Michel. Geldys is a bailarina professional, and travels to Europe to dance. Her next ...
... time diving after getting my PADI OW license and my first dive outside of Sweden. Well it was much easier to dive here than back home. It's less weight, warm, wetsuit instead of dry and clear sight. A boat took me and 8 other to the open sea where we dived for a wreck in 30m depth. The second dive was in 12m depth and started with some corals and finished by a wreck. I am very pleased with the diving that cost ...
Also, the layout of the hotel is such that you can enjoy the pool on one side, the beach on the other side and the bars with round loungers near the marina. We took advantage of those and lounged around reading or listening to podcasts. Of course it didn't hurt that the drinks were nearby. And our favourite bartender Janesa was there and she was terrific!
... for his chemotherapy and was now paying for his pills. Another woman introduced Bob to her beautiful teen-age daughter and had the girl open her mouth so that he could see her braces-now, thanks to the government she would have beautiful teeth as well. Listening to these educated young people and seeing the healthy attractive children, I have to think that some good has come out of the Revolution.
What would a Cuban party, even a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sol Palmeras Varadero
I just came back from Varadero and could take the next airplane to there again (to Sol Palmeras Hotel). We had such a wonderful time there, a beautiful beach, a clean room, friendly stuff and good food. Before we left I checked out the reviews at this page and I almost changed my reservation to go to another property, because of the negative things has been written. I┤m more than glad now I did not. Of cause you have to be careful with the food in the whole caribbean area... and I feel sorry with the people who get up early in the morning just to take their towels to the beach to reserve a nice place.... Well, when I get back to Varadero I would really go back to Sol Palmeras....
Real good for the soul
We just returned from Sol Palmeras and had a great time. I was afraid it would be a bit run down since it was over ten years old, but the marble still looks nice, the vegetation is fabulous and the people very kind. The bartenders were not the friendliest I've seen, but I suppose everyone's entitled to a bad week once in a while. Service at the front desk is slow, but it's no big deal. The staff will give you the time you need when it's your turn. We took the train to the other resorts to check them out, and that was quite enjoyable. Pulito, the engineer who gives the ecological tour was fantastic. Such a sweet man. The beah is absolutely incredible. The sand is raked regularly and is very soft. The water is warm and quite beautiful. We did find that people expected tips, and we were slightly annoyed by that, but the way I see it, if you don't want to tip, don't...unless of course the service was exceptional, never before seen. It does state that TAXES and GRATUITIES are included in the all-inclusive package.
What a waste of time and money.
We stayed at the Sol Palmeras from May 5 to May 12, 2003. Good things were the pool and the beach. Both are great. However, a lot of problems. The sheets on the bed were not changed during the whole trip. Restaurant staff do NOT help unless tipped. We got sick of everyone expecting tips and must have spent over $100 USD just on tips. The food is not good. They use low grade meats and many "mystery" meats. Both of us got food poisioning and it seems to be a regular occurrence at this hotel from speaking to others. All dishes have something weird in them and it seems the hotel strongly caters to Europeans. Service at the front desk is slow, and again, only good service if tipping them first. We will not be going back to this hotel.
Planning to return
The resort is at a great location, close to the airport and city. It is a comfortable and clean resort and I was not lacking in amenities. What I remember most is the friendly staff and the absolutely beautiful beach. I plan to return to this resort for my next trip to Cuba!
I just got back today from Varadero and stayed at the Sol Palmeras. I read the reviews on this site before I selected a resort, and I wanted to give my two cents too. This place is awesome! This was my first trip to Cuba and an all-inclusive, so you may want to keep that in mind, but the food was plentiful and always available, the drinks were great, the staff was incredible (watch it if you have blue eyes ladies!) and the beach was the most incredible thing I've ever seen! Our beach at this resort was definitely the best in the area. My friends and I wondered around a little and the next few resorts are located on a public beach, very busy. Sol Palmeras was amazing, very clean, fun, beautiful and the tourists were also great! I can't say enough great things about it. If you want a safe bet and good times, GO HERE!
Just recently stayed at sol palmeras. I had a great time. Lots of things to do. Great for the whole family. Food is good! The beach is very beautiful! I am planning on going again next year!
I had the pleasure of staying at Sol Palmeras for two weeks recently and I have to say I have been to a few resorts in Varadero including breezes this one was amazing. Staff was very polite. Food was good. They also have a train that will take you to the 2 other hotels and to the little mall called Plaza Americas. There is a nice restaurant in there that has lobster it is very good. The pool is nice and always clean I saw then clean it every morning from my room. The beach was just beautiful! I spent most of my time there. I think this hotel is great and everyone should visit!
Best trip ever!!
I spent a wonderful week at Sol Palmeras in April of 2002. i could not have had a better time. I have no major complaints.The beach is just wonderful the pool is good also. I loved the buffet breakfast it was the highlight of my day the croissants are incredible and so are the home made doughnuts. I was not there for the entertainment so I never really checked it out.
Food was very good especially the grill and the chinese restaurant. Chinese is hard to find but make sure you do it is worth it.
The rooms are fairly basic. But comfortable.
My brother got married there and the wedding was just wonderful. It was organized by the wedding planner and she did a great job!
We had a beautiful wedding dinner that was accompanied by live cuban music which was also very entertaining.
The drinks could have been larger but hey it is all inclusive so you can just get more. The staff was very helpful.
I would recommend this resort to anyone.I will definatly return one day!
On Sept.2/02 We stayed 2 weeks at this Hotel, and we were very supprised with the hotel as well as with their efficient staff and service. We have gone to Cuba for the last 5 years and stayed in different hotels. we found that
this hotel within the 4star category is one of the best we stayed in.
This is a depressing hotel. Varadero has much better hotels on offer. The breakfast was the only thing I liked and I couldn't wait to leave.