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Club Karey

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Please note that hotel standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other Sun Destinations. Unless travelers are familiar with the resort or Cuban hotels, we typically recommend that travelers book a minimum 4 star resort when traveling to Cuba.

Overview
A small, intimate hacienda style resort touching the soft, white powder sand beaches for which Varadero is famed.

Location: Beachfront, 25 minutes from the airport, 5 minutes to downtown Varadero.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • drinkJava : Toronto, Canada
Worth the money

For the money I spent it was worth going. Especially if you leave your expectations behind :) - the food was not bad, sometimes good. Lots of seasonal fruits, local mango, papaya and avocado were absolutely delicious. Dinner and lunch always had 3 selections of meat and fish. Fresh fish was very good. Breakfast was all the same but at least with omelet station (didn't work for 3 days though)Coffee was great!!! - the room. After reading reviews, I expected the worst and even took my own bedding :) Surprisingly the room was not that bad, surely dated, but spacious, clean and tidy. Maids did a good job cleaning, though my own bedding was stolen on a second day... I would leave it behind anyway, so not really complaining here:)TIP: Beware of balcony doors: they can lock you up on the balcony with no way back. Pray you're not on the 3rd floor :) I had to jump from the 2nd :)- beach is good. I wish it was kept in a better shape. I understand it is hard to do with some people (mostly local) throwing cans and plastic right into the waters. Looks like it's a must for them to have a drink right in the sea. Seen some nice young people from Spain cleaning the beach volunteerly. Looks like it's time for strict regulations and penalties on this matter for those who disobey mother nature. Many local people stayed on the resort itself and most of the time they were VERY loud - the stuff was great and responsive. This is probably the best about this resort. Can't remember all the names, Yuri, Michele are amongst, but all of them were great!For 2-3-star resort it was good overall, I met many wonderful people and had a great time.The reason I chose this resort was the fact that the kitesurfing school is located right on the premises. But considering price, it can be absolutely fine if you come there for a regular beach vacation.

  • Tanya F :
The beach and the pool although closed by 5 whats up with that? the water was great the rest not so much.

food never, pool awesome i had hot water most others did not ya me . I booked this trip after reading reviews well must have been by family members no hard will but bad trip but i am a diver and i wANTED the water and the water was amazing not drinking kind the swimming kind. Idid meet some awesome peeps

  • Heather B : Calgary, Canada
Don't even think of booking this

All the disgusting reviews and vulgar pictures are true. They don't care about their guests whatsoever.Food was so disgusting we had to eat out everyday. There is no beach to speak of. You either got running water, no water or cold water. It was a crap shoot.Do yourself a favor and book a 3 star

  • Wendy S : Canada
Nice beach location unsure if I will return

Beautiful quiet location right off beach. Still has damage from previous storm. Food better than last two hotels I stayed at in Cuba. Dining room very close to water and I felt like I was eating on a cruise ship. Spent alot of time watching brown pelicans dive in water at beach behind room. Feed pelicans at al capone restaurant down the beach for a tip. Had on / off water in hotel room during my last three days of stay. It usually happened during dining hours and was back on by 6 pm. Stayed in building 14 and it was connected to kitchen and I saw wet area between buildings so I think water was being diverted between my building and dining room during the day. Room clean but small black ants that did not bite but were annoying. Luckily I had brought insect repellant with deet and one spray killed them. I accidentally left closed peanut butter jar on dresser and when I opened it ants were so small they had crawled under lid. Salad dressing in fridge was fine. Bring lots of ziplock bags. Ants were in closet, on wall by bed and in dresser drawers, under bathtub and around sink.Some guests farther away complained of red ants that bit and left welts, as well as mosquitoes. I didnt see any but I did see their bites, hives and welts. I don't think there is nurse on site but health clinic is just down road. I am thankful I had none in my room which was on second floor. I found Hours of hotel all inclusive odd. Pool closes at 5 pm. Pool bar closes at 930 pm and snack bar open 12-430pm . Snack bar food was good pizza, grilled ham and cheese , burger and fries. They had ketchup but I have learned to always bring my own just in case. One day they ran out of fries. Pool bar had both crystal and buckaneer beer but 24 hour lobby bar only carried buckaneer. Lobby was also only place to get coffee other than in morning at dining room. Slushie drinks were only at pool bar and usually only one machine worked so it varied between lime and pina coloda. After several days of asking staff I finally located al a cart restaurant. Woman who books restaurant wears white shirt and black skirt and can be located around lobby/ restaurant/ pool area about 1030-1130. Restaurant is in building 12 but you cant show up without reservation. Times are 7-8 or 8-9pm and there are usually two choices. Cost is included but tip is expected. There is kiteboarding business located in building 12 but I think cost is extra. Pedal boat by pool is free but only used when water is calm. Bottled water is probably not included with room. We purchased it at lobby bar for 1 cuc, then was given it free from lobby bar, then told we could not putchase it at all from lobby bar and had to buy it for 2 cuc from small store near pool. If you are going to this store go early in the day because the store is open 9-5 but we went twice at 4 and no one was around. Daytime Pool side entertainment is access to ping pong table, pool volleyball, tennis court and board games. Also was bingo and a raffle. At night entertainment consisted of a different activity each night dance group, aqua water show , magic act and singer. Shows were good, but grab two drinks at 920 because bar closes. Poolside bathrooms were usually out of toilet paper and had no toilet seats. On weekends entertainment was busier as alot of cuban families from havanna come to hotel for the weekend. Friendly dining staff. Some salad dressing in restaurant. On three occasions greeted in dining room by staff in cuban costume and on two occasions live music in restaurant. Hotel is apparently under new management and they are attempting to makes changes. Food although good, as far as cuba goes, is not very hot. In the morning we asked cook making omlets to heat up meat or french toast for us. Dining room windows couid be cleaner. Bathroom in dining room has definite problems with septic, which we luckily could not smell from dining room. Hop on hop off bus runs in front every hour at 5 cuc for the day and connects free to hop on hop off bus at varadero which runs every 30 min. This Bus is not red or double and is blue and smaller than reg bus. It comes somewhere around the hour or 20 min after it. It is supposed to run until 7 pm but we could never find after 4 pm even when we waited two hours. Cab is around 5 cuc from top of street or about 20 min walk. Hotel does not change currency so change money at airport or go to small bank where you change buses. You will need passport to change money.Safe is available at extra charge. It is added to your key. We didnt do this. We did however lose door key card and were told it had been recarded to new card and wouid no longer work. When we found keycard we lost it did work, so they were wrong. Sunwing rep comes to hotel around 330 pm for booking tours, prices are in cuc. Some tours are cheaper on plane but aren't refundable so makes sure they are exactly as you want as some tours are different such as havanna tour is sold on plane but havanna /cigar factory tour only sold at hotel. You no longer need to save the 25 cuc for airport, as included in sunwing price but you do need to go to sunwing tour meeting the first day at 330 pm to reserve your seat on the return airport bus. Check out is 12pm and our airport pick up was 230. Key didnt work at exactly 12 and we had to go to lobby to get last bag out of room. Hotel stored luggage for us in storage area.

  • Melissa S : Waterloo, Canada
Not for Most Travellers

If you're an experienced traveller comfortable with living like locals, then you might enjoy this place but the average traveller will be disappointed by the lower standards. Here are the pluses: the food at Club Karey was surprisingly good by Cuban standards (I've been there 3 times and Cuba is infamous for the poor food quality). Bartenders are very liberal with the amount of alcohol they pour. There's no single supplement so there are lots of single people to meet if you're looking to make friends. The place is quiet and you never have to fight for a pool chair, etc. The staff is friendly enough and they all speak English pretty well. The pool is really clean. The beach is right there and sparsely used. Probably most importantly for most folks considering this place, the "resort" is really cheap. Now for the negatives: It's not really a resort in a conventional sense and if you go in thinking you'll be at an all-inclusive resort, you will be frustrated. A lot of the guests didn't have running water. My toilet stopped working half way through. There was black mould on the ceilings and the room smelled incredibly. You can't open a window because there are no screens. I used incense but even so the smell was overpowering enough to wake me up at night. All the guests were covered in bug bites. I brought my own bedding and laid it on top of the hotel bedding and I had the least amount of bites of any guest, which makes me think they were bed bug bites. I had to leave the bedding behind. There are stray cats everywhere and other resorts on the strip had stray dogs so just be aware of that. The drink choices were laughably limited. There was one lemonade slush they could use for a "fancy option" but mostly it was beer on tap and then spirits with pop. They had a cocktail menu with interesting things listed but could never make them. The whole place is in need of serious repair. My house had a giant window by the door with no glass. Since the door stuck all the time, I took to walking into the house through the giant glass-less window and I think that says a lot.Overall, if you think of it as a step up from camping, you'll be amazed by the comforts :) Otherwise, look elsewhere. I was ok with it because I was a single traveller looking for a super cheap getaway (as I have a big expensive trip planned for the summer but I needed to escape the Canadian winter). I figured I was ok camping and ok staying in hostels so I could manage. I wouldn't go back. I brought things I knew would make my stay more comfortable (my own bedding, incense, a kettle for my room, peanut butter, spices for the bland food). If you're willing to go to all this kind of trouble and don't mind roughing it for a cheap chance to get in the sun/pool/beach then go for it, but you might need to try several rooms (most guests did) to find one that has everything you need.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

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Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner plus snacks
  • 2 a la carte dinners with reservations
  • Unlimited domestic drinks 
  • Non-motorized watersports including snorkeling, pedal boats, sailing & windsurfing
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Gym
  • Daily activities & nightly entertainment
  • 135 rooms
  • Pool
  • Buffet & a la carte restaurants
  • Snack bar
  • 3 Bars
  • Tennis court
  • Fitness centre
  • Massages (fee)
  • Internet (fee)

Standard Room includes:

  • 1 double or 2 twin beds
  • Air-conditioned
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Mini-fridge
  • Bathroom with tub & shower
    (Maximum occupancy per room is 3)

UNDER 13 STAY, PLAY & EAT FREE - Pay a special rate including airfare & transfers when sharing a room with 2 adults. Up to 2 children. Discounted rates available for children in separate room.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.



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  • Club Karey
    Varadero,Cuba

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Club Karey
Calle 0 Reparto Kawama, Varadero 42200 Cuba

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