BelleVue Puntarena Beach Fun 4 Life
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Location: Beachfront, 3 minutes to Varadero, 25 minutes from the airport.
Hotel is definitely a 2 star - that being generous. Our stay was from December 25th to Jan 2 - 2018 (Me, hubby and our 8 year old son). We arrived and the front desk was very friendly, smiley and welcoming. Our original room was horrendous! It felt like we were in a dark dungeon, moldy and very dark. The front desk was very helpful and allowed me to look at other "rooms" and "choose" which one we wanted. The food wasn't that great. Not terrible, but not great. There was no variation whatsoever. Same thing every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. They had two a la cart restaurants; Italian and Cuban. However, the Cuban one, we had reservations and it was closed lol. Italian, well, let's just leave it at that. Location - AWESOME!! we spent a lot of our time in the "neighborhood" made lots of Cuban friends who invited us into their homes. Beach was good, although, we couldn't swim 2 days as they had their "red" flag up because of "agua mala". We spent pretty much the whole time in the pool. Very small pool, but better than nothing. New Years - they completely outdid themselves, I must say. Food was GREAT - better than it had been in the last 6 days! Overall. It was not a bad stay. Overpriced for what we paid for (holiday season). I wouldn't stay there again or recommend to anyone, but definitely go back to visit the "friends" we made. The hotel definitely needs A LOT of work and upgrades that's for sure.
Just came back from a week at the Palma Real. Stayed there 2 years ago. It was a nice resort then. It has deteriorated rapidly to the point we barely recognize it.O.k. , Here we go.THE FOOD: is almost inedible and soooo repetitive. You get the same food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, just disguised as a different dish.THE DRINKS : They add half (cheap)rum and half mix. You can request the Havana Club and less rum. They ran out of Pina Coladas after the third day. and Banana mamas after the forth day. Who runs out of signature drinks? On the bright side, the lobby bar is open 24 hours.THE ROOM : is very run down and unsanitary. the sheets were never changed, they just remade the bed with the same linens.The toilet leaked onto the floor and stunk. it was not repaired the whole week despite daily complaints.The spare blanket smelled like pee and our friends also smelled like puke, so did his mattress.THE AMENITIES : The gym is old and machines are rundown, but they do have a weight machine, 2 bikes, a rower and a stepper. The full sized chess game has been removed from the property.The pools are large and mostly empty of people, probably because the water is so cold. The people at the pool bar never leave the water so I can imagine that is where they pee.The elevators do not work so people with mobility issues will have problems. Also it is rough carrying luggage up if you are on a high floor.THE ATMOSPHERE : It is a very young crowd partying all night everywhere. Very loud and obnoxious. The nightly entertainment is O.K. for Cuba.OVERALL : Nice to get away for a week, but we would NEVER go back as an older (40 something) couple, we would spend an extra few hundred bucks and go to a higher star resort. This resort is fine for the young partying crowd that doesn't care about the nicer things when vacationing but are looking for a drinkfest, hookup week.
We stayed for our second time at the Palma Real, first time being 2011 and now Jan.2018. We knew what to expect and not much has changed over the years, I will write this review to pretty much cover everything you need to know for first timers staying here. There is 2 large adult pools, one with swim up bar (10am-5pm) and volleyball net, other side has a few smaller pools and kids pools. In January they were cold, not many swimming, the ocean is down the street about 5 min walk if that, and has beach bar and chairs which go quick have to be there by 9-10am to grab some. They serve hot dogs burgers and ham and cheese sandwich at beach bar (same as the snack bar back at resort), plus cristal beer and other drinks. Buffet food I will say has improved slightly since last time, not great but somewhat better. Hot food is alot mixed meats, potatoes, salads, fish, sometimes shrimp or seafood mix, vegetables, bacon, they have a cook on the grill making omelletes or eggs any style, deserts mostly small cake peices and most popular is the ice cream. I didnt see any yogurt this time for breakfast. Food is ok, not great, but most in Cuba are same from what i was told... we eat out for dinner most nights and its cheap enough to get excellent meals under $20 person like lobster etc... lots of restaurants within 5-10 min walking distance. Front desk you can buy wi-fi cards for $1.50 CUC, which gives you 1 hour and only works in the lobby area, no Rogers roaming, its expensive for calls texts and data so use the Wifi cards. If they are sold out there's a store that sells them just down the street. Beer on tap is Cristal. They will fill any size bubba mug or whatever you give, just tip. The rum and liquor drinks are really strong, so may want to ask for less alcohol. I only drink beer but sometimes during day prefer a dacquiri however they aren't great here, not slushy at all. Alot of people were drinking Beer,Rum Punch or Mojito's. Coffee and Expresso at the bar is popular as well. Night time the lobby bar is only one open so gets busy and lineups at bar, lots of drunks and we had hotel full of students from Quebec which this resort is popular for college/univ.students so just letting you know. But may be just after xmas an dduring march break, who knows. The hallways carry sound like crazy, can be loud at night when people yelling and drunk coming back to rooms.There is 4 buildings, we stayed in building 1 again, had king size bed, fridge in room, every room pretty much the same, we had ocean view although its across the street, and they all have balconies. Some rooms just smaller than others. Safe in room but have to pay. Also need to pay $20 deposit for beach towel which you get back. We were allowed 2 a la carte meals for the week, one is International and other is Italian. I would say the International was better, the portions are very small at both, and you need to make reservation a day or 2 prior to the night you want to reserve, which is only between 10am-12pm and they fill quickly so get there right at 10, usually a line. You can book excursions through the different tour reps that sit in lobby, example day trip to Havana is $67 bus tour. There is 2 gift shops/stores that sell snacks, liquor, drinks, cigars, gifts etc and they close at 9pm, and the prices of liquor are suprisingly cheaper than stores on the strip. You are given one 1.5 litre bottle water for the week, but can buy more $2 each or just take to bar and the bartenders will fill for you with the filtered tap. Theres different entertainment each night, nothing special usually some dancers or a host and dj playing music games etc... or a cuban band. Bar is 24 hours. Snack bar is 10am-6pm then closes and reopens again at 10pm-7am. Buffet hours are breakfast 7am-10, Lunch 12:30-2:30, Dinner 6:30-930pm. The a la cartes are 7pm-930pm. Building 1 and 4 both have theirown bars as well, but close by 5pm. Beach bar is 10am-5pm. There is a Gym on site 9am-7pm, and also a on site nurse. At the beach you can use paddle boats and kayaks free of charge. Calle 62 and Beatles Bar are within 5 min walk, good places to go, and Havana Club (night club) is open til 4am next door as well. Palma Real is to me the best location for the price. No need for taxis. The maids get to your room usually afternoon, the one day we had no hot water but was fixed that day, the rooms are basic, nothing fancy, if you want to watch TV theres maybe 2 english channels, CNN and CTV, I got to catch some NFL playoff games which was a bonus, lol. ESPN, FOX, etc as well but spanish. They exchange money at the front desk, but probably 5-6 dollars less than bank rate, when we were there they exchanged canadian at 0.71 where as the bank it was 0.77 and the bank is within 1 minute walk, open daily til 3pm (closed Sundays). Hotel is on 62 st, there is a ATM machine on 55th, we got rate of 0.76 there. Small market is just down the street, and there's a big market further down. Also Josone Park within 10 min walk. I would stay here again for sure as I like the location the best, and food is ok, like I said you can eat out cheap as well.... beach is beautiful, was warm and clear, Palma Real is a decent 3 star hotel I would say at most, and for the price, yes you could stay elsewhere better but also cost more. If you are really picky and expect great food, stay at the 5 star perhaps... but if you like to be near the bars and restaurants and not too worried about food, then palma real is good for the price, wont beat the location! We paid under $600 each from Toronto so cant beat that! feel free msg me any questions.
I went with 1 of my closest friends, and let's just say we were counting down the days to go back home. I'm not a picky person what so ever but this hotel just tipped me over the edge a little bit. THE ROOMThe beds were very uncomfortable, they had springs sticking out of them and you could feel the base of the bed when you sat on them. The shower was either burning hot or freezing cold or the water just didn't work at ALL in the bathroom, along with the other things that didn't work such as the telephone or the fridge and the light that once you turned it off it flickered for 15 minutes before completely shutting off. The sheets, towels and pillows were always stained, so we always felt unclean getting into bed. The view from our balcony was gorgeous but the balcony itself looked like someone had spilt something all over it and it had just sat there forever without being cleaned up. The room our building was in was extremely noisy and filled with inconsiderate people, one day the hand rail fell off one of the stairwells (pictures below) and sat there for a whole day and night, defiantly a disaster waiting to happen scene as though all the lights had burnt out in the stairwell.THE FOOD AND DRINKSThe food in my opinion was completely inedible, everything was the same every single day in the buffet and the 2 a la carte meals we got were not much better. I ended up not eating hardly for 5 days. The drinks were nothing more than ok, the standard cocktails and tap beer. THE BEACH AND HAVANA NIGHTCLUB One of the reasons I even gave this hotel 2 stars was because of its short distance to the breathtaking, white sand, clear water beach and its also short walk away to the Havana Nightclub which was always busy and played great music and you get free entry for being a Palma real guest.OTHERI ended up coming into contact with a bad throat infection and fever while on vacation and I must say the doctor and nurse at the resort were amazing people, and made sure I got all the medical attention and medication I needed, they were extremely friendly and helpful women. Overall I would never come back to this resort, it may be great for some people for the price but it certainly wasn't great for my friend and I who dreaded the days to come. Before booking make sure to look at all of your other possible options when it comes to resorts because you really do get what you pay for here. Defiantly a 2 star...no way near a 3.
Our January 2018 visit to Cuba illustrates the discount of $450 (Canadian) dollars between 3 and 4 star rated hotels. This amount will vary monthly and seasonally. In Veradero, we stayed at the Palma Real all inclusive, which is across the street from the Starfish resort. (Resorts change their prefix names as ownership changes: Palma used to called the Gran Caribe Palma Real, now it's Allegro.)Palma Real's price is on average (needs to be) cheaper by $450 because it's:>Located 5 minute walk across the road from beach>Less attractive room with poorer bed and other furnishings, hallways, lobby, etc.>Lower quality food>Less attractive reception, lobby>Different quality clientele>Lower quality evening spectaclesWe have considerable experience among Cuban resorts. To reiterate a truism, price reflects quality, especially when economic demand is large. To entice customers to purchase this resort, Cuban central planning managers have calculated that a discount of $450 per week is required. And there's still plenty of people who regularly come back to this resort to have a grand old time. Most visitors are from eastern Canada and Russia.So why did we choose to subject ourselves to this discount? (Small discomfort, not suffering.) Since we consider ourselves so (sniff!) superior.Well... n.b. the savings amount to $900 for a couple. For this, I can enjoy 9 high quality candlelight dinners at the restaurant of my choice when I get home.We value this location and like to stay near a town where other than beach diversions exist. This hotel is near several exciting night clubs, stores and businesses for variety. You can have an interesting walk around town, nature and amusement parks. You can meet locals in addition to tourists from around the world. There are many transport alternatives: walking, horse carriage rides, three or 4 wheeled taxis, buses, motorcycles.The nearby nightclub "Calle 62" is worth special mention. It's a really fun place with lively live Cuban music with dancers and audience spilling into the street. Whatever your temperament, just go and take a look, hang out for a while. Drinks and BBQ chicken are priced reasonably. Won't cost you a thing except a short walk.Conversely, if you don't mind a more isolated location with 4 or 5 star rated service costing 2-3 times this price, then this is not the hotel of choice for you.An additional aspect to consider is the nature of the clientele here. It is a certain yahoo segment of society less likely to be found at more expensive venues: slovenly, boisterous, tattooed, hard drinking, fun-seeking people, and in this demographic I include both young and old. Speaking for us, we also enjoy meeting and conversing with the international clientele.A pleasant surprise was roving Cuban troubadours singing and playing music at our hotel buffet supper. We took a break between soup and main to dance among tables.Thoughts about weather... Many people talk about it, but few take action. Would you spend extra to purchase fine weather? We fortuitously saved $900 due to bad weather, an unfortunate fallout of the winter storm on the east coast of America in January, only 90 miles from our Island paradise.Another fallout of the bad weather here is the interminable length of this travel review, time permitting.Adios amigos from Cuba.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
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- Non-motorized water sports
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- Nightly entertainment
- Disco, drinks included
- 255 rooms in one 9-storey building
- 1 buffet restaurant
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- Snack bar
- 5 bars
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- Golf nearby
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
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- Full bathroom
- Max occupancy 3 persons
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BelleVue Puntarena Beach Fun 4 LifeVaradero,Cuba
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Calle 64, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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