Hotel Club Tropical
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Great hotel for the price. Awsome beach and great location to town. Basic rooms that are clean and safe. Pool was great after long day at the beautiful beach. Food will get you by, but if you can handle it there are good cheap burgers for 1.50 cuc or 12" pizza for 3.50 cuc that are in walking distance. Over all had a great time. Again for the price it was well worth it.
I went with a friend the week of March 12-19th. Weather was nice except for 3 days of overcast...but hey...it's their winter as well and it sure beat -20!I'll try to make sure I cover everything...LOCATION:Loved it...right on the strip and about 20 minutes from the airport...one of the first stops on your way in. We were able to walk down to the canal where Kiki's is (great pizza btw) in about 15 min. You can probably walk the entire strip from end to end in about 40 min. Very accessible.FRONT DESK: We arrived at about in the evening and were greeted by Naima (she's a gem). Check in was fast and easy and we had a porter help us to our rooms with our bags. we had no pesos to tip as hadn't changed anything yet and his reply was "no problem" with a smile. ROOMS:We were in 1303 and it is a basic room. It was clean, no mold, tons of hot water. Balcony was nice. Working TV... not the greatest reception but we only turned it on for a minute and then never again for the rest of the week. Toilet wasn't flushing and was fixed after a visit to the front desk...no problem. I suggest you bring your own pillow as the long pillow they have on the beds is just too big...woke up with a kink in my neck. Used the extra blanket as a pillow... no problem. We had a safe in our room at no extra charge and a key was provided at check-in. I know that not all the rooms have safes, so maybe a good idea to request one at check-in.MAID SERVICE:Our maid was Laura and she had me giggling...what a sweetheart. We left her a little something (clothes) along with 1-2CUC per day and she was happy...left us towel art daily and kept our room clean. It is highly unlikely that they change the sheets at all during your stay but towels are changed if dirty. FOOD:We brought hot sauce, mayo, jam, salt and salad dressing. (The salt was overkill...they had plenty). I love hot sauce so I sprinkled it on everything. The food was decent enough...I'm not a picky eater and I always found something to eat. It DOES get repetitive as it is only one buffet (no a la cartes either). We ate out nearly every day as there is some great food in walking distance close to the resort or a cab drive away..KIKI's has THE BEST pizza!! (went there twice) and we had lobster and shrimp at this great outdoor place (looks kind of like a hut about a few blocks walk from the hotel... ask the staff...they'll tell you). I left a peso at most meals I had at the buffet, but I will say that not all of the staff in the buffet are all that friendly...oh...and you may not enjoy the flies. It is not an open air buffet so they do have flies... I find they were worse at the window but not enough to ruin my meal. Don't bother with the wine at the resort...it's watered down. We bought a bottle for 3 pesos in the gift shop and served ourselves. ;-)SNACKBAR:THey serve grilled cheese, ham and cheese sandwiches and pizza (but not always)... the sandwiches are good...but again...repetitive but it's enough to tide you over. You can get pretty much any mixed drink you like and they are not bad. You can play pool here as well as giant chess. Lots of places to sit as well. MAIN BAR: Daniela works the main bar and if you're lucky enough to have her during your stay, you will love her! Such a great attitude. There is a rather crusty older gentleman that works the bar but didn't ruin my vacay in any way. A smile goes a long way.. it's hard not to smile back...and I'm persistent! One thing about the main bar...they are always watching their glasses. They are accountable for them for their shift... once the shift changes off...all the glasses must come back to the bar...so they actually would walk around pouring people's drinks into plastic cups at that time... strange but true but it's the way the hotel is run. Again...a tip goes a long way and you only need to do it a couple of times...they remember and it ups the service. POOL:I'm a beach person...we were only at the pool for the last hour of our stay and the water was nice and the pool clean. lots of loungers. Don't know the state of the tiles in the pool as I only sat on the edge reading. ;-)BEACH:Beautiful with lots of beds (at least when we stayed there). the tractor comes by daily but the winds were high the week we were there. Couple of days were red flag and the waves were huge. saw some little jellyfish but no one was stung. They've got lifeguards patrolling and they weren't shy to use the whistle on red flag days!ENTERTAINMENT:We caught the tail end of the water ballet and the Cuban show... both were good. Entertainment does not seem to be consistent...they have the music going during the day and into the evening. But some shows that were scheduled never happened...and they start at 9:30pm if it IS going to happen. NIGHT LIFE:Check out The Cave on Monday (it's the only time it's open). It's a little ways away form the hotel, but worth checking out if only for the novelty of saying you went to a bar that is in an actual cave. We went to Casa de la Musica which is down around calle 45 or so (Club Tropical is at calle 21)... we walked there and it took us about 15 minutes., This place was packed and more Cubans than tourists but totally safe... music was more reggaeton/dance and a younger crowd. We spent most nights at The Beatles Bar (out door rock music..the band is terrific) and Calle 62 (outdoor bar that plays Cuban music). We ventured over to Club Havana as well... more dance music. If you're up for people watching and dancing if you want to then stick to Calle 62 and Beatles Bar... Drinks are cheap (2cuc for beer, a little more for imported stuff (Heineken). And the cab was only 5 cuc one way. What did I miss??? If I missed anything just message me, I'd be happy to answer. All in all we had a fun stay. The hotel, the staff, the other guests. (This hotel is great for meeting other travellers as it's smaller and people tend to be social). It is not so lively at night unless you make your own fun, but that could've been because of the week we stayed... I don't recommend you bring your young children there as not alot for them to do... older kids can go roam as it's very safe! There is NO WIFI in this hotel and they MIGHT run out of money...walk down to the cuban mall (around calle 44 and you can use wifi for free there)... or walk over to sunbeach...we had the same colour bracelets so we went there and had some drinks and checked things out... no one said a word lol. Take advantage of the location... get out there and take a stroll....meet some people...laugh with the Cubans. Would I stay there again...definitely!
Charming hotel, excellent staff. Right on the beach. Music is little loud but stops at 11 pm so you can sleep. It is very clean and solo traveler will find this as perfect choice. Keep up a good work.
After reading all the bad reviews on this hotel i kept an open mind. And it was not bad at all. Rooms were clean and always had hot water. The a/c worked great. The staff was amazing. The Beach is beautiful. And the best of all it is right downtown so you can walk to all the shops or hop on the bus which costs 5 pesos that you can ride all day. The beer was cold and the drinks were plentiful never ran out. I would recommend that you bring a Bubba because the cups they serve the drinks in are really small. We went on two excursions the bus day trip to Havana was an great adventure learned alot of history about Havana. Which is a very beautiful and historical city. It cost us only 57 pesos, if you want to book it go through your airline rep they got us a good deal.We also we on the Catamaran Cruise which includes swimming with the dolphins , snorkeling and a beautiful lunch on the island of Cayo Blanco where they served lobster, crab , shrimp and so many more items that were not avaliable at the hotel. And we only paid 87 pesos it was well worth every penny. They had shows by the pool every night starting at 9pm and ending by 11. After that we hit the bars along the strip. The Beatles Bar is the best it played rock and roll.Dont forget to bring toilet paper for when you are off the resort cause they charge you a peso for it. I would definitely go back to Club Tropical is a very nice hotel and suited the 3 of us just fine.
I started with the internet issue because they lied on 3 spots about this. On their website it says the hotel has wifi. Sunwing tells people this hotel has internet and their Europpean site says they have internet. At the hotel in the lobby they have a sign that says wifi is 10 CUC per hour. I figured it is expensive but I needed it so I went to reception to pay. THEY DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS LET ALONE WIFI! THEY HAVE NEVER HAD INTERNET IN THIS HOTEL!when I asked about it the reception lady said: " you don't need internet....you are on bah-kei-shon (vacation)". When I showed her the sign beside her that says there is wifi in the hotel she said there is wifi 9 blocks away!!!So I had to go to the ancient internet office and spend over 3 hours waiting in the line to have access to a dialup connection. My work requires me to be connected even during vacation.Apart from the internet issue, Varadero is becoming a hub for elderly alcoholics who chainsmoke by the pool. Quality of service is in decline and there is hardly any live Cuban music to be heard. The highlight of the stretch is a loud junky bar named The Beatles. I have been to Cuba over 20 times and now I travel to other destinations. I think being lied to about internet and other items is unacceptable.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- snack bars
- coffee lounge
- domestic & select international drinks
- non-motorized watersports: windsurfing, catamaran, kayaks
- day & night tennis
- kids club (ages 4-12)
- daily activities
- nightly entertainment
- 143 rooms
- Buffet restaurant
- Snack bar
- Tennis courts
- Internet access (fee)
- 2 twin beds
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Bathroom with shower
- Maximum occupancy per room is 3
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Hotel Club TropicalVaradero,Cuba
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Ave. 1ra., e/ calle 21 y 23, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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