MERCURE CUATRO PALMAS VARADERO
Great Beach and Close to the Action
Cuatro Palmas was a good choice for me and my boyfriend, travelling to Varadero from Montreal in November 2004. It offers standard comforts and amenities that you'd expect from a 3 star all-inclusive. We were more thrilled with its fantastic beach and proximity to Varadero than anything.
We were happy with our room, overlooking the courtyard within view of the ocean. The furniture, decor, and sizable balcony were nice. Our room (and presumably the rest of the hotel), unfortunately, was plagued by annoying problems like flickering electricity, periodic A/C shutdowns, and extremely tempermental water pressure. I suspect these are supply problems that affect most of Cuba. That said, these problems were mere annoyances considering all we did was sleep in the room.
Buffet fare ranged from okay to quite good. Cuban food is rather bland and choices are limited (think rice, beans and pork as staples). To the hotel's credit, they did make spices and sauces available to liven up the cuisine to your taste. A couple of highlights were a seafood fest (clams, shrimps, crab, oh my!) and a barbeque with tables set up on the beach.
I can confirm complaints from other review sites about stray cats in the dining hall. They were mostly well behaved and wandered around quietly. Personally, a couple of cats don't bother me (there were not hordes), but it is definitely not something you'd see in Canada or Britain.
Drinks are strong, rummy, and largely pre-mixed at the lobby and pool bars - ask the staff to point you towards the international bar. Well hidden behind one of the restaurants, the international bar had some of the best drinks and expert service I've had anywhere, period. And it was practically deserted! You must try a Mojito with fresh mint or a Pina Colada with real coconut. Fantastic!
Unique Quality: Guests were a mix of families and couples, British and Canadian, with not too many small children or wild partiers. The hotel went quiet after the evening show, around 11pm. Any leftover action moved to the bar across the street. For this reason, beware of rooms facing the main street if late night noise bothers you!
Location, location, location. After strolling the surrounding strip, I can confidently say that Cuatro Palmas has the area's best plot of beach. The hotel is also located between the hotel area and the main town of Varadero. One of the most popular bars, Calle 62, is just across the street with amazing open-air shows. You will never get bored when you can leave the hotel anytime -- the beach and town of Varadero is right at your doorstep.
I liked how Cuatro Palmas was a bit more scaled down than some of the other resorts. The highest buildings were three storeys, so compared to the peninsula's highrises, this has a more cozy, exclusive feel.
Great Entertainment but Not Quiet
There is a superb "animation" team which stages aerobics, beach volley ball and football, spanish lessons, and twice a day salsa lessons. They are all superb dancers and the evening they stage marvellous shows with additional singers and dancers. The sound of dance music fills the pool area through most of the day - and if you have a poolside room you can't escape. The hotel is an excellent example of simple three story tropical beach design. Breakfast provision is rougly displayed but more than adequate. We chose this hotel because we read it was in the middle of the town - but there is no town! It is close to a variety of restaurants and a bog bonus is Calle 62 - a bar opposite the hotel with has cheap prices and excellent live music from 9.00 - 11.00 pm. NB pay for your accommodation before you arrive in Cuba. Payment by credit card carries surcharges of more than 11%.
DO NOT STAY AT THE CUATRO PALMAS IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A QUIET TIME
Unique Quality: Great pool, great day long entertainment, great beach.
Beautiful hotel on the beach
A 4* hotel with good location, in the centre of Varadero (waking distance from everything) and on the beach. The rooms in the main building are a better choice than the bungalows as they are a bit far from the water. Some services are only available for the all inclusive guests.
Unique Quality: The best feature of the hotel is the architecture. The pool is nice, large enough and clean, and the beach is amazing. The buffet breakfast and dinner were good. The hotel offers different activities every day, but most of the animators were quite unmotivated. Internet and tour desks are in the lobby and there is also a small shop. Pedal boats, sailing boats etc. are available to rent on the beach (or included in the all inclusive program).
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MERCURE CUATRO PALMAS VARADERO
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Mercure Varadero
- Mercure Cuatro Palmas Varadero Hotel Varadero
Address: Avenida 1ra entre 60 y 64, , Cuba, 40100, Caribbean
Amenities at MERCURE CUATRO PALMAS VARADERO
- Swimming Pool
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