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Before I get to Havana, I want to show you how different publicity is in Cuba. There are no outdoor billboards advertising Coca Cola or Havana Club rum along the highways. In their place are signs advertising the glories of the revolution. It is as if the only signs you see on U.S. highways are praise for Barack Obama.
You will smile at some of the examples of the advertising arts that I have discovered along the way with my ...
All inclusive hotel by the beach. Lots of Canadian are staying here and two Swedes of course. I'm not really into these kind of resorts but the rooms was huge and nice and after spending 3 nights here, everyone knew who stayed in the room nr 666.
I went scuba diving while lobster went for a scooter tour around the peninsula. This is ...
... With the rain and heat we were glad for the air conditioner and awoke to a beautiful sunny day. We met Mary's husband Angel, who briefed us on the sights and brought us freshly squeezed juices, a rainbow of local fruit and a pile of white bread. On the entire trip there wasn't a single whole grain to be found. Their home was brightly decorated, and like most other sunny locations based around outdoor living areas. Trees and plants grew all around their ...
... this tour, couple jeeps, and sometimes we used to lost them, and going where we want to go. So all day, the jeep driver been our guide. He was friendly and was talking in English. During the day he told a lot about the life in Cuba, and same time driving like crazy.
After some kilometers we stopped somewhere to meet others and eat some fresh fruits. They been so delicious, bananas, watermelons, pineapples and coconuts. ...
... was quite big and our breakfast been very full. But basically same like everywhere in the world, some toasts, omelets, vegetables, fruits and coffees. Finally we are ready to go to the beach today, and for the first time swim in the Atlantic Ocean, but on the other side. I grabbed my mask, snorkel and fins, prepared the waterproof case for my camera and ran to the beach. On the way we met a gardener, who was very friendly, and gave us ...
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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.