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Hotel Gran Caribe Palma Real

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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 3.5 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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  • Mooreoo2 : Ottawa, Canada
Horrible Experience

Because of this stupid hotel I don't think I will ever visit Cuba in the nearest or later future! Our experience in this hotel is horrible, the room smells funny, the room is so dirty that you pray your vacation is over the next day. We experienced three different thefts within the hotel, 2 happened to our friends both by the pool-side and the last one happened to me as my iphone7 was stolen from my room while out and I went to complain to the hotel manager he said there is nothing he can do about it after threatening to call the police, he said he would look into it, guess what? the phone appeared magically in the room the next morning while in the bar after we spent the whole night searching our bags and turned the whole room upside down, I was so pissed that I just want to leave Cuba so bad. If you have anything valuable please take it to there bank don't trust the hotels staffs as they steal.

  • Bill B :
beautiful beaches, beautiful people

great holiday. the resort wasn't anything special,but we didn't really expect it to be. it was dated and needed to be updated...but as we were told, we aren't there for the resort. the buffet wasn't great, but the a la carte restaurants were good. the staff was friendly and very helpful (with the exception of the front desk staff) . but what made this resort was its location and the beach. we were blown away, and unfortunately both my wife and myself got pretty badly burned on our first day...but we didn't let that stop us. I recommend taking the horse drawn carriage into the market at least once and the little yellow motorcycle cab at least once. the market is great, but when there be prepared to pay 1 convertible peso to use the the market is great....and no made in china stuff....all local hand made crafts. the leather bags and tripod stools and the straw hats were great. we discovered a local bar with live music. the band was great and the bar even better. it was called the beatles bar...a theme bar with lots of beatles memrobilia.. a waiter there recommended a restaurant called "waco restaurant". it turned out to be one of the best restaurants we have ever been to. my wife had a monster sized lobster cooked to perfection and I had the chicken. it was around 20 pesos per plate, but well worth it. after dinner, they gave us complimentary hot rum and the server brought my wife a flower. we wanted to take a bus tour to havanah, but the excursion girl recommended our own driver and tour guide. she arranged everything and we were picked up on time in a 1953 was beautiful, and was cheaper than the bus tour. the Cubans make around 15 convertible pesos per month so we tipped the driver and the guide a months wage each...they were very happy, and it was an incredible tour. havanah is such a beautiful city, rich in history, and our tour guide knew everything about it. was around an 11 hour tour, and we didn't have a boring minute all day.the only thing about cuba we disliked was the fact we had to leave. I strongly recommend this country and I recommend this resort if you want a clean room and great staff and are ok with a 3 star resort. our room cleaners left us a beautiful surprise everyday...and we looked forward to coming back to our room to see what that days surprise would be. P.S. there are no beggars or people trying to sell you things. was so refreshing after holidaying in mexico.

  • Pam E :
A meeting place vacation

I stayed at the Palma Real January 15,2017 thru January 23,2017. It was the second time I have stayed at the hotel (the last being in 2009). It is an affordable getaway that attracts a variety of travellers. Throughout the week I observed a shift in travellers from seniors, young adults, families (most without children), and everything in between. The size of the resort and layout of the lobby encourages socializing. Most times at resorts you meet a couple of people. This is the ONLY resort that I have met groups of people (both times I went this happened). If you are single (between 20-40)definitely a meat market if you want, and a great way to mingle with other singles. This is definitely the best part of the resort.The hotel is close to the beach but not on it. It is a few minutes walk (a block or two away), which was not a big deal. The beach is beautiful and there is a hotel bar on the beach so you can still get drinks and snacks.Food and Drinks:The hotel had a variety of slushie drinks. Depending on the day,and bar tender, depended on what the drink would taste like. Not top notch drinks, but par for an affordable hotel.There was a variety of food in the buffet. There seemed to always be beef,chicken,pork,and fish. The salad bar was pretty inclusive, but If I could make a suggestion I would recommend your favorite sauce(Frank's Red Hot) and a salad dressing (as they didn't always have any).Athough the hotel was really good in some ways for food(meals but not quick snacks) I could tell that there were efforts to cut costs,avoid people overeating food,and encourage leaving the resort for some meals/snacks. Bacon/ham was not always available for breakfast. French fries were served between 12:00-12:30 and only at the bar on the beach. They were stingy on their portions and sharply cut off French fry service by 12:30 if not sooner. I didn't even know there were fries until mid way through my stay when I stumbled upon it. The a la cartes were alright but not a must go to. The Italian restaurant had the best food. The food was good but the pizza had little cheese.Comparatively to other hotels the food at the Palma Real seemed pretty good.Tipping:Many people tipped at the bar;however, the service was terrible. Tipping did not improve service as the lobby bar was understaffed. I would recommend the short walk to building 1 (1 minute) where a friendly bar tender Jesus worked. There was never a line and he was fabulous!Rooms:The rooms were basic and some people complained about mould on the walls, non working showers or missing toilet seats. I'm not sure any room is better than another. They are all very basic and I'm pretty sure they take pieces from one room and move to another when needed. The room was decently clean but don't have high hopes. If you spend a lot of time in your hotel room this isn't going to be a hotel for you (side note... not many tv channels -not many English channels).This is not a fancy hotel, but sometimes the amenities and food don't make the hotel. I have been to countless all inclusives ranging from 3-5 stars. If you are looking for a social get away and to meet some people in a relaxed resort this is the place for you. If you are looking to be pampered and solitude...this is not for you. Despite the short falls I would still return to this resort at some point in the future. Happy travels!

  • Derek A :
Stay away

This place was awful. Had a great time, weather was nice but windy a few days. Stay away from building 1. No water from time to time. Flys in the washroom the whole time. Aunts all over the floor the whole trip. A/c leaked on the floor and they didn't wanna fix it. Fridge did not work. Rooms very very out dated. Mold in the rooms. Food was awful except for the pizza restaurant for dinner which you need to book reservations. About 5 min walk to the beach. Don't a 3 1/2 star that's for sure. Guess you get what you pay for.

  • rdcrow004 : Peterborough, Canada
Hell Hole

This is the most disgusting dirty, dilapidated resort I have ever see. I have been on at least 15 trips, so I have seen a fare amount of all inclusive resorts. Worst food at any Cuba resort, or any resort ever. Terrible colours that the resort has recently been painted, which doesn't show in any picture I have seen. Beds are like a dorm room. The people are absolutely the rudest EVER. I am not joking; this is ridiculous. If I were to go to prison I think it would be an upgrade. We had to spend one night of hell here then we got moved to Be Live Resort which is by far a better resort.Not worth one cent of your money!

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
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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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

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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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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.