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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.


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.

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  • Tata-rus : Moscow, Russia
Good hotel with best location

I spent 2 weeks in this hotel on May holidays 2017. Location is great - just in the farest point to have walking tours through Varadero (any further you have to take local Varadero tour bus). Sea is wonderful even though you have to walk to the beach crossing the roads and other hotels. Room is clean and quite, towels changed everyday, All inclusive restaurant was good enough but at the end of May holidays seems already exhausting and far from diversifying the food. The funny thing was that we were always short of Mohito in Cuba!! I can understand shortage of many things but being short of run in Cuba seems absolutely strange. Still holel was nice for holidays. Staff was very helpful always trying to help at their best. If any day coming back to Varadero I will choose it again.

  • JOwens6060 : Barnt Green, United Kingdom
budget all inclusive

the hotel was nothing to write home about really, but the beach is amazing, like sitting in a bath, and after a few weeks back packing, the food (although not great by European standards) seemed brilliant. swim up bar was nice, as was the beach bar.

  • xsfpns : Halifax, Canada
I go twice a year, staff are great!

First of all if you're used to a Sandals resort, then this resort is NOT for you. I have been to 4.5 star resorts in Cuba, the only thing better at the 4.5 star are the rooms (you're on Vacation, you should only be in the room to sleep) and sometimes food. The Palma Real feels like a second home to me. My second time there, the staff remembered be,welcomed me with open arms, hugs and kisses on the cheek. Yes they do like receiving tips, however a smile goes a long way, trust me! I didn't tip until at the end of the vacation, instead engaged in conversations with the staff and smiled/waved a lot. they reciprocated so my last couple days i started to tip generously. I agree, the food isn't that great, but you can get cheap food off the resort. I travel to this resort solo and never feel out of place. You will find a lot of repeat vacationers here if you have positive energy, friendly demeanor, and like to socialize. I have met many friends from all over there whom i still keep in touch with and even vacation together. If you don't treat the staff with respect, you will receive the same treatment, with or without tips. Go there with with positive vibes and you will have a great trip. I promise!

  • Annie P : Montreal, Canada
Food & drinks were the issue

We booked this hotel knowing we were planning to eat dinner every night in town and not a the hotel. We booked this hotel cheap because it was in Varadero (no need for bus or taxi) instead of spending more, because we wanted to eat out every night.Food: Very repetitive. Not bad, but repetitive. After eating breakfast & lunch at this hotel, I needed to go out for dinner. Impossible to eat 3 times a day - too repetitive, not enough selection. The foos was edible but boring, not much spices, no condiments, nothing o put on toasts in the morning but butter. When we booked for another trip, wqe could not resolve ourselves to go back to this hotel.Drinks: No good drinks - they are all made with powders and slushes and way too much alcool. Everything tastes like chemicals. I ended up buying juice in town and some rum to mix my drinks myself.Room: they are old, need renovations. Was in block 3 - very Noisy, changed to bloc 4, room was a bit bigger. Bed not that conformtable.Beach: Magnificent but you have to cross the street - maybe 7 min walk. I knew that when booking.Location: this is why we booked this hoitel - right next to Beatles bar, Josone park, Calle 62.Conclusion: we are going back to Varadero in October and chose to spend 100$ more for a slightly better hotel where I can eat 3 meals a day and have some drinks that I like. I will not be going back.

  • Markan13 : Toronto, Canada

It all depends how much you pay. For 2 weeks I paid $1,040 with Air Transat and I would say it was worth it. West Jet was offering same package 2 days later for almost $1600.Everything was average but hotel has amazing location. Calle 62 and Beatles bar are very close. Beach is across the street but it takes 5 minutes to get to the beach. Some of the staff are very nice and some are very hostile. Lots of Cubans at this hotel. Room was clean, always had water pressure, fridge did not work but did not bother to complaint. AC worked fine all the time. Food was OK, just don't expect gourmet food. There could be more chairs at the beach. Some locals were using beach chairs and they were not hotel guests.For this price I would return to this hotel. So i would recommend this resort only if you find a good deal.

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
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  • 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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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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Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

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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Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.