Travel Blogs from Varadero
My friend Jaylene who I work with and myself had an overnight flight from Vancouver Canada to Varadero Cuba. We had a 9:00pm flight and we left for the airport about 5:30pm. Her parents drove us there. Jaylene and I were packed a few days before the trip, and therefore decided to work all day until 4:30 in the afternoon to keep our minds off all …
São 10 da manhã. Acabamos de entrar no ônibus e Havana deixou uma ótima impressão. No Caminho a Varadero resolvemos tirar fotos de todos os cartazes pró-socialistas, anti-imperialistas que vimos. Apesar de ter conseguido tirar fotos de no máximo metade dos cartazes, dá pra se ter uma idéia de como é a estrada lá. Durante nossa viagem um guia foi …
... of Eastern Europeans from Varadero arrived a little while after we did which was fun to watch. All clad in life-vests they went in with a guide and even though they didn’t look like they could swim 25m between them, all but one of them gave snorkelling a go and they loved it coming back to the shore like kids at Christmas. In fact we were the only ones in the water without the vests (divers/guides excluding) – so all those years of swimming lessons for the ...
Today we decided to head out to Matanzas, a coastal city two hours east of Habana, to see a baseball game and check out the beaches (Matanzas is 30 min west of Varadero, a famous beach resort in Cuba). There were tourist buses going to Matanzas but we decided it was faster and cheaper to ask a taxi driver on the street to take us there. Luckily we found a really nice guy who took us to the baseball stadium and the beach ...
... whole different sport to me. Turned out this was just his horn, and not like that, he was just requesting for us to move out of his way through chirps; surely there are more obvious ways? Testing his vocal chords for example!
Our place in Varadero is an all inclusive package deal, two stars, the procession of ants we share shower time with probably knocked a star or two off the hotel ratings but it’s allowed me to create a fun game of drown or swim; a couple of ...
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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....
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!
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.
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.