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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
  • Supermom1955 : Regina, Canada
Good and Bad - You Get What You Paid For

My friend and I spent a week here. This resort is spread out. It is not a place to go if you have a mobility issue as there are stairs everywhere. My friend who uses a cane found it hard going up and down the stairs and walking to the pool, buffet and reception so he spent most of his time in the room. Before we booked I did tell him there were a lot of stairs. He figured he could handle it. We were put in Building 13 which was close to everything and right next to the pool bar.Upon arrival we were greeted nicely, informed the times for the buffet and had our luggage taken to our room by a worker. He told me that they usually use the golf cart but it wasn't working that day. Our 1st room we were put in was very nice, big and clean with 2 single beds but it was on the 2nd level and too many stairs for my friend. A TV, a long table/dresser and a place for a fridge but it was missing. The pull for the toilet broke. The next morning as we were coming downstairs for breakfast the maid saw us and said we could move down to a room she was just cleaning so we made arrangement with the front desk and they had no problem with our move.Our 2nd room was smaller with a king size bed, Night tables each side, TV, fridge, a small table & 2 chairs in the corner and the air conditioner worked perfectly, and very quiet. We always had hot water in the shower (usually had to let it run for a few minutes). No plug for the drain is you wanted to have a bath but I found something to plug it with but used all the hot water to fill the tub. Never had issues with bugs. Our maid was a super lady, Very friendly and outgoing. No phones in the room and no internet anywhere. Was actually nice to not have contact to the outside world.The food was good to a point but mostly salads and the food that was suppose to be hot were luke warm to cold. Did find out way too late that you could take it to the grill to get reheated. The grill had a variety of meats to choose from and did omelets for breakfast. The buffet had a good variety of foods and a good variety of dressings for the make your own salad. The deserts were good - usually cakes and very sweet. My best desert was the ice cream. I am sure that the food would be a lot better on the buffet if they were able to keep it hot. The wait staff were very good at clearing the plates, as well as always bringing juice, wine or wine. The food at the snack bar was great.The pool was clean and plenty of chairs and loungers and the grounds was always clean. Workers would be out there cleaning/ sweeping constantly. All the staff were very friendly and polite and helped as best they could. The activities at the pool were minimal but was nice just to sit and listen to the music. The snack bar was the only place you could get hot food - fries, pizza and grilled cheese and ham sandwiches. The Beach is there but no chairs to sit on. Had to find a path going down or had to use the stairs just outside the lobby. Where we were located, it was about 4 feet down because of a wash out from a storm that hit earlier in the year but did find a lower spot/path to go up and down. The water was beautiful and warm. Warmer then the pool. Cuba is a nice place to visit but has limited resources. Don't expect it to be like our Hotels here in Canada or even the US, You get what you pay for!! It's a cheap last minute get away. It is not a bad choice for people who want to go a bit cheaper. It may not be a big fancy resort but it does have everything you need at a good price.The best part is that it is a smaller resort so you can meet and mingle with a lot of the guest. Some however were kind of clicky groups so I stayed away from them. My 2nd last day I met a couple who became fast friends and they in turn introduced me to some of the people they met. We exchanged contact information and I plan to keep in touch with them.I would recommend to anyone to take the Horse and Carriage round trip ride into Varadero. It took about 2 and a half hours. The driver took us all over Varadero and returned us back to our building. It cost 25 CUC per person but found it well worth it. Never had a chance to do the hop on hop off bus but will the next time I go. Take a taxi (only 10 CUC each way) to Plaza America - a big shopping center with a beach out back. If I would have known there was a beach I would have taken my swimming gear and spent more time there. (Next time lol) Would I return to Club Karey? Sure why not. But not with a disabled friend. Toilet Tip: Both Lobby Bar and Pool Bar Toilets have no seats and usually no toilet paper. Always carry t paper or Kleenex with you.

  • Rick M :
Mixed feelings

Upon arrival I was greeted nicely, and had my luggage loaded onto a golf cart and taken to my room. The room was very nice, big and clean. The toilet had a mind of its own, sometimes it worked sometimes not. The air conditioner worked perfectly, and very quiet. I always had hot water in the shower.The food was mediocre at best, I know it is Cuba, and was not expecting much. I stuck to the grill for every meal. I tried some from the buffet, but was never hot, sometime almost cold. The deserts were incredibly good. I am sure that the food would be a lot better on the buffet if they were ale to keep it hot The wait staff were very good at clearing the plates, as well as always bringing juice or wine. The food at the snack bar was great.The pool was super clean. The absolute best part of the trip was the people I met there. We became fast friends, and I plan to keep in touch with them.I would highly recommend to anyone to take the hop on hop off bus tour. Very very interesting to see all the construction of new resorts.Please take a taxi (only 10 pesos) and go the Beatles bar. It is just a short trip. I am positive you will not be disappointed.I did find that Varadero is a lot more expensive the Santa Lucia Would I return to Club Karey? Not a chance. Not a bad place, just not what I am used to.

  • mcjnowak : White Rock, Canada
it is the real cuba

This place is run down true but is clean staff fantastic food well it is Cuba. Beach nice sun and sea the same as the 5 star hotels so why pay for nothing more than you will find here. If I was going to recommend anything bring bug spray from home the Cuban bugs are use to the ones there, Kerry may not be the Hilton but has everything you need at a good price.

  • Paula P :
Keep an open mind

We just spent a week at Club Karey. If you are considering this resort, it is definitely not for anyone with mobility issues. The resort has stairs everywhere, the pool, the lobby, the buffet, most buildings. We were disappointed with the beach, it's a walk either way of the lobby. Our Sunwing rep told me that a storm earlier in the season washed away the beach. It's there, don't misunderstand that, it's just a walk away. Pathways are slowly forming, but once you get there, nothing to sit on. The water is beautiful and warm though. We had a few issues with no hot water a few days, but it happens. The rooms were basic but always kept clean. We never had issues with bugs in our room, the staff is super friendly and do their best to help you. The pool was clean and plenty of chairs and loungers around it. You have to remember Cuba has limited resources. Don't go in expecting more than you pay for. The food was limited and bland. Over the last few years I've learned to take a few comforts of home to help make meals more enjoyable. Would I go back, probably not. There has already been a lot of erosion. I don't know how many more storms the resort can handle before it really causes structural issues with many of the buildings. Don't completely dismiss this resort. It's a cheap last minute get away. Read the reviews. Give it thought. It's not that bad of a choice.

  • glenb122 : Regina, Canada
Still one of the best Deals!

I returned to Club Karey in November and there has been a few changes since I was last here two years ago. Due to global warning or storm influence the beach is almost non existent now, with broken concrete blocks placed to slow further erosion, and the pool is now the main hangout but due to the small size of the resort not over crowded. I was staying in #8 building this time, and nicer and larger rooms than I had in #28. The food has gone downhill a lot, with a very limited selection of meats and salads, rarely any salad dressing or wine for dinner and often the same trays of food, day after day. Even the lobby bar was out of coke, rum and beer at times.Still only 3 blocks to Sangria or Kiki's if you want to go out for a meal or pizza. If you are looking for a Cuban holiday for the cost of a local Canadian return flight, this is the place, and the worker here are very pleasant and friendly and do their best with what they have. I've gone there solo twice, and nice thing about smaller resorts like this is within a couple days you know everyone and it's like hanging out with friends.

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).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

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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