Hotel Gran Caribe Palma Real

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Our Opinion

This hotel is not directly on the beach but the Palma Real does offer some of the best value Varadero has to offer. Usually we recommend a minimum 4 star hotel as standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other sun destinations, but if you are on a budget, then this is probably your best bet. Definitely one of our most popular 3 star resorts in Varadero. The rooms are a little tired, but the pool is good and the beach area is nice. If you are looking for a low cost vacation then the Hotel Gran Caribe Palma Real is a good option.


Overview

Ideally located in the heart of Varadero, the Hotel Gran Caribe Palma Real hotel lets you take full advantage of the magnificent white-sandy beach nearby and this popular city's lively atmosphere. With an expansion and renovation, this vast hotel complex offers a wide choice of activities, all equally entertaining! Experience traditional Cuban music and dance at this themed hotel - magical nights will take you from the excellent Villa Sirena restaurant to the Havana Club, a trendy hot spot in Varadero.

Location: 250 metres from the beach, close to downtown Varadero, 25 minutes from the airport.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • ToddMiki : Regina, Canada
Third Time, Not As Good As First Two

Third trip to Palma Real. I was happy to see the hurricane damage was mostly fixed. I will start with the bad:The bed was broken as if the springs were taken out of the mattress. The television didn't work for a day which was no problem during the day but a hassle at bed time. The water was hot for the first few days then got cold for a couple days then no water at all for the last day. The food at the buffer wasn't as good as I recall the previous visits. The swim up bar is still not fixed. Lots of lies being told by vacation companies. I can't see it being ready anytime soon. Also, the stage for entertainment is still being fixed but should be ready in a while.Lots of workers remembered me so that was great. They're considered friends. Awesome people.The good:Location location location. Can't ask for a better spot to be in. The service was always good. Nice and friendly. Lots of people complain about the staff at the front desk. I think they were all efficient although not always smiling. But it's a job and for me they did it well.I plan on returning one more time in a few months and I hope it's a good time.

  • Dale S :
Palma Real

9 November 2017Palma RealThe Devastation was very apparent. The staff were continually conducting repairs. The main pool with the swim up bar and hot tub were drained in perpetration for major repairs. Some of the palm trees were completely up rooted.I noticed at night time that 50% of the lighting were burnt out or non functional. Leaving path ways dark and unlit. The hotel blocks were numbered for zones. My wife and I stayed in hotel #4. Our room door lock was on the verge of falling off the door. I reported it to the lobby staff but nothing was done. The air conditioning went down and after a couple of visits to the front desk it was sorted out. We had a king sized bed as requested, it was very difficult to find a good position to fall asleep. It was extremely hard. Thank the gods for the free booze. The bathroom had plenty of hot water and good pressure. I was kinda disappointed in the hotel towels, they were pretty much see through. The food in the main cafeteria was pretty good, I could always Find something to eat. The presentation was awesome and they never seemed to run out of any one thing. The pool that was open on the resort was in bad condition, tiles were falling off at an alarming rate. Complete sections on the pool floor were free of tile. That’s probably the reason for the pool not being vacuumed. Lots of crud and garbage could be seen on the bottom of the pool. The beach was off the resort, about a 300 meter walk and you were there. They had a beach bar that was under renovation and was starting to look good before we left. The staff at this resort were very helpful and appeared to be fluent in English, French and Russian. The hotel was located in a good spot. It was within walking distance from all the popular restaurants and night clubs. I would like to leave off with a couple of points. Don’t forget to tip. And some of the guests don’t be so dam pushy, wait your turn there is plenty to go around.

  • V9658BXrobertp : East Hawkesbury, Ontario
misinformed by air transat

ok transat had email me saying the poolbar was closed but would reopen on the 31 of oct we were there from the 30 of oct to the 6 nov 2017 it never reopen to bad, cause we were me and my wife looking forward for that. The hotel is super clean the staff are the best and the food we always found something good to eat.its a 30 minute bus ride from the airport but i guess for the price we can't complain Lots of good restaurant to eat once in a while specially Barbacoa

  • lanawl : Halifax, Canada
THINK TWICE!

My family visited this resort briefly last year. We just returned from another resort in Varadero last week and we remembered to share our review of this resort as well because the people we met from that resort on this trip described the exact same nightmare. Our room was literally DISGUSTING! I didn’t want to sit on the chair, let alone sleep in the bed :( We had no choice but to stay the first night there as our WestJet rep was off for the day. I admit that I am a bit particular when it comes to food and cleanliness but, I’m not unreasonable and in places such as this, I have much lower expectations because the price was right. As I said, not unreasonably fussy about food, but, I wasn’t eating at that mystery meat buffet!!To really confirm my disgust..... when I pulled down the top sheet, there was what looked like dried on vomit on the sheet where I was supposed to lay my head!!!!We paid A-LOT more money and went to another resort which was well worth it. Just another lesson in, “You get what you pay for.”

  • Shanna C :
Not great

We are used to staying at lower star resorts and having a great time. This resort is 3.5 stars but that's pretty generous. For a hotel that claims to be about music there was rarely music playing anywhere. The pool that was available is falling apart and extremely dirty, you could feel the yuck at the bottom on your feet. The service was fine and the food was ok. It's about a 5 minute walk to the beach which is nice, they have a beach bar and some equipment to rent. The best thing about this hotel is its location. It's within walking distance to most amenities you would want like Calle 62 or the markets. Lots of local restaurants nearby to eat at. I probably will never return unless the price is amazing. If you are picky then this definitely is not the resort for you.

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • 24 hr snacks
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Unlimited local drinks, wine and beer
  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Hobie Cats
  • Pedal boats
  • Canoeing
  • Water polo
  • Volleyball
  • Pool table
  • Ping-pong
  • Board games
  • Darts
  • Aerobics
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 464 renovated rooms in one main 4-storey building with elevators
  • 3 Restaurants, dress code and reservations required
  • 5 Bars
  • 4 Pools
  • Children's pool area
  • Lounge chairs and towels (pool/beach)
  • Non-motorized watersports
  • Boutiques
  • Mini-market
  • Massage services (fee)
  • Disco (fee)
  • Scuba diving (fee)
  • Car & motorcycle rental (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)
  • Internet (fee)

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 single beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer 220V (adapter required)
  • Balcony or terrace

Kids Deals - Kids 12 and under stay and eat free when sharing with 2 adults. Max 1 child.

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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  • Hotel Gran Caribe Palma Real
    Varadero,Cuba

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BelleVue Palma Real
Calle 64, Varadero 42200 Cuba

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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