Be Live Turquesa
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Our OpinionA pleasant stay within the Varadero strip. Most of the resorts in Cuba are not very notable for their food. Unfortunately, it rings true for this resort, as there are limited choices with regards to food options, even at the buffet. However, if you're looking for a place that is situated near a beautiful beach with plenty of outdoor day excursion, this is the resort to visit. There are plenty of activities offered both within and outside of the resort grounds that would keep any traveler occupied. OK nightly entertainment. This is a resort that is suited for older travelers and couples, who are looking for a quiet place to relax in Varadero.
Location: On the beach, 20 minutes drive from downtown Varadero, 35 minutes from the airport, and 10 minutes from Las Americas Shopping Centre.
THe first room was terrible but we have asked to change room and we really liked it much better but still it needs more paint, isolation between walls because you can hear water in pipes and people walking. Nice place and clean and they pay lots of attention for cross contamination so very good. Unfortunately no seafood but the food was good. We cannot complain. We knew it would not be spicy and it's ok.
Overall the resort looks nice and maintained, so the garden and the beach.For the period 13 til 16 january, as we told the receptionist it was our second stay in be Live Turquesa, we were offered a very nice room (518). Apart from the fact that the room was more like an appartment, the room was dry and almost mold free. For the period 28th till 31st january we had a standard room on the ground floor in which humidity was incredibly high. Also there was a lot of mold in the room (nr 471) and more elements needed repair.The food in the restuarant was Ok . Mama Maria's smile and Roberto's excellent service and pancakebaker Rony are the people that deserve a reward !
This was our first trip to Cuba. The Turquesa was a little dated but very clean. They are apparently closing down from May to November this year to upgrade the resort. The beach was a beautiful white sand and the water shoaled quite a ways out. Very safe even for little kids. The only down side on the beach were the numerous peddlers but I guess that' how the make a living. We did learn that your best to exchange your money at the airport as the resorts all charge a premium. I checked with the front desk on three separate occasions one day and got three different exchange rates.All in all we had a good time. The day trip to the old sugar mill, the town of Cardenas and the rum and cigar factories was fantastic and well worth the cost.We'll probably return at the end of this year.
here is a total review of our trip , Our first trip to Cuba but we have visited Dominican , Mexico and Europe in the past1. Reception is very blunt and to the point , don't expect any smiles but service was fast as we we're the only ones to get off the bus. Had to wait till 4pm to get our room which is the same as other countries.2. Mojito bar (lobby bar) we stopped tipping $5 per drink after the 2nd drink because the male server was just plain rude. If you speak Spanish you get amazing service so we stopped going to this one after the 2nd day . He then refused to fill our water bottle so we had to walk to the main bar near the buffet. I also think they should change the name of the bar because there was no mint left for mojitos after 2pm every day....if you prefer mojitos save your mint !!3. Buffet was very good and offered a varied selection and they switched it up every day . "mama Maria" was just amazing and I tipped her $5 every day because of her infectious smile and amazing service . the service was very good 90% of the time.4. Main bar had great service and the coffee was amazing!! "café con leche" is what you need to order . Drinks are unfortunately typical like Dominican .... everything is rum and lemonade based and no blenders anywhere ..... for best drinks go to Mexico. Don't order Cola from this bar ...it's undrinkable lol . Music is turned down at midnight 5. Beach and beach bar .... we had great service and the servers were very pleasant and always smiling filling our bubba's with beer :) Beach is AAA+ clean and well maintained . some sellers but they were very polite.... much nicer than Dominican sellers!!6. snack bar was very good , pizza's are great and sandwiches were good with fries. Burgers were not very good . self serve pop is available from bottles and cervesa from servers. 7. Italian a la carte , after reading good reviews we wanted a romantic dinner and booked it. Dress code is not enforced but we dressed up like we did in other countries. Unfortunately our supper was absolutely HORRIBLE ...... they served us cold spaghetti and other tables we could see theirs was steaming hot. We tipped the nice server $5 and walked out and told her to tell the cook to serve warm food. Walked next door to the buffet and got amazing spaghetti from the pasta station.8. Room (341) was very clean and the cleaning ladies did an amazing job. room was very big but the bathroom had some weird quirks to it like a see through door next to the toilet and a window in the shower . Water pressure was great and no shortage of hot water . a/c worked good . our only complaint is that the second floor room would leak into our washroom when they took a shower , luckily it leaked directly into the badai that we didn't use (does anybody use these lol)9. pool looked nice but we never tried it , we love the ocean10. checkout went smoothly with the normal rude service but we were use to it . advised them about the leak in the room and they simply replied " your trip is done now" so they wont fix it overall we really enjoyed Turquesa as we prefer to stay in the 2 level bungalows as most of the other hotels look more like multi level hotels
Our room at Turquesa was on the main "boulevard" (the walkway between the lobby and pool/restaurants) on the 2nd floor (#436), so it was noisy, especially in the morning when the housekeeping and gardening staff started their rounds at 7:00 am. The hotel, however, is lovely, consisting of a series of 2-storey bungalows, and the view from our room was wonderful - the grounds are well-planted and well-groomed. You wouldn't know that there were hotels on either side because of the hills and tall palms - it feels quite secluded. The room itself was adequate with very comfortable beds, and kept meticulously clean. The balcony is small, and the bathroom needs a serious upgrade (a bidet that doesn't work and a bathtub with a clearance that would make it difficult for many to step out of - both need to go in favour of a larger space and a shower). There is very little storage to speak of (a 3-drawer make-shift dresser), so we had to be creative with what we had, and most of our clothes remained in our suitcases. The pool is kept very clean, but missing some tiles on the pool floor, and the water features & fountains had been turned off for some reason. Since we were there during the Cuban "winter", we only swam in it twice.Internet is available for a fee (2 CUC per hour), but I went un-plugged for the week and it felt GREAT! Also, despite the 220 volt A/C, you can still plug in your phone charger (or flat-iron, etc.) without needing an adaptor.The main buffet restaurant is expansive, lovely and very clean with 2 outdoor patios if you prefer to sit outside (or you're a smoker). There is a large selection to choose from here, but anyone who's been to Cuba before knows that their culinary expectations must be lowered. Breakfast boasts freshly made eggs (scrambled, fried and omelettes) and the buffet has hard-boiled eggs and the best baked goods you'll ever taste. And the coffee is fantastic, imo. Don't plan on seeing bacon or even sausage (except for a fatty chorizo) during your visit. Bring your own peanut butter, hot sauce and/or steak sauce, if that's your thing. Lunch isn't memorable. Each night, different options were available for dinner (one night we had very palatable sushi!), but I strongly recommend trying the roast pork loin, which is sliced while you wait. Lots of sides including mashed potatoes, different vegetable selections and lots of cheeses (try the local quesos as well as the bleu cheese). Again, the fresh-baked bread selections are plentiful and delicious.The pool bar is small and seemingly understaffed. It was hard to get anyone's attention for a beverage on several occasions, and they often ran out of staples, like wine. The lobby bar is similar. There is no club soda in Cuba, so be prepared to drink your vodka with selzer water.The snack bar (Guantanamera) serves the best french fries, thick-cut with crispy edges, sort of like Harvey's. The burgers are good, but ask for yours well-done, since they seem to err on the side of raw. The chef's special (pork) sandwich on a roll was my fave. And the beer is cold, delicious, and served in a glass. No wine or alcohol served here. Enjoy the view of the chickens and their chicks (Canada gave them to Cuba), as well as a trained hawk or two.Skip all specialty dining. Just horrible. Don't bother standing in line for a reservation. Good thing we had a few drinks beforehand, because all we could do was giggle at our Mexican fiasco, and observe the looks on the faces of other disappointed patrons. The service and ambiance was the best part of that meal.Do NOT skip the ice cream. Cuba won first prize at the 1967 Montreal Expo for a reason.The staff at the hotel are, for the most part, friendly, helpful and professional, although it took 3 days for a technician to fix our TV. Mariedela (I know it's spelled incorrectly, but that's how it's pronounced) was our server at dinner every night by choice. Find her section (for us, it was on the patio), and she'll treat you like family.The shows at night are better than what I expected, although we only caught a couple, mostly due to getting in late from excursions and hitting the pillow early.The beach is stunning. The chairs are plentiful, and there are lots of palapas for shade if you need it. The staff on the beach are very friendly and helpful; ditto for the beach bar.With all of that said, Turquesa is undergoing a 6-month renovation beginning in May 2017. They are fully aware of the delinquencies in their resort and I suspect it will be a much better place the next time I visit, because I hope to come back sooner rather than later. It's the people that make Cuba so amazing, and the staff at this hotel didn't disappoint. For the most part, they take their jobs seriously, and treat their guests with respect.If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Enjoy your stay at Turquesa!
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- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (dress code in effect for dinner)
- Wine and beer with lunch and dinner
- Domestic & International drinks 10am-midnight
- Day and night tennis
- Non-motorized watersports
- Pedal boats
- Sunfish sailing
- Table tennis
- Introductory scuba lesson in pool
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Lounge chairs and beach towels
- Massage service (fee)
- Internet access (fee)
- Children's mini-club
- Two 3/4 beds
- Satellite TV
- Mini-fridge (restocked every other day)
- In-room safe
- Full bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V (converters required)
- Balcony or patio
- Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children
For the Kids - For kids ages 4-12 enjoy supervised children's activities.
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Be Live TurquesaVaradero,Cuba
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Las Morlas, Km.12,5 Reparto La Torre, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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