CUATRO PALMAS RESORT, it was...
CUATRO PALMAS RESORT, it was my hotel in VARADERO Animations the whole day, shows at night, excellent food and great restaurants, nice environment, private beach, bedrooms confortable, but the personnel don't speak very well english or other languages and it's noisy.
HOTELS AND CASA PARTICULAR are...
HOTELS AND CASA PARTICULAR are the best way to enjoy your stay in Cuba.
Pic = hotel Deauville, Havana
Hotel Deauville : 25 dollars for one night B & B.
Hotel Cuatro Palmas : around 45 dollars for one night in half pension.
Casa particular : 15 dollars for one night, breakfast 3 dollars, and dinner 7 dollars.
Here is shot of buffet (all inclusive) restaurant. There are a few bars, by the pool, by the beach, in the lobby of hotel. I caught the nightly entertainment by the pool, all in Spanish by the way, so I didn't get all the jokes, but slapstick humour is not hard to miss. Your typical all inclusive fare for food. I prefer to eat Cuban food rather than "Americanized" food, iei, hot dogs pizza, hamburgers and spaghetti.
I stick to salads, fruiit mostly, rice, beans, chicken, pork, and vegetables.
Of course the desserts are always amazing, flans, cakes and custards.
The windows open up and tiny birds fly around the restaurants (there are water feeders at various location on the walls). Be careful not to leave your table alone, or you will find a bird eating your meal (ahem, I did).
Cuatro Palmas room
Nicely decorated and comfortable room. This one was in the apt. type villas, but I also stayed in a room facing the pool in the main hotel.
Just came back from Cuatro Palmas March 4th 2005
Okay, well, I would have to say that the location was the best of all of the hotels I had seen while I was there in Varadero. I took the bus tour that travelled by all of the hotels and this one by far had the BEST location. You can walk out one door and you are in the heart of Varadero and directly out the other door you are ON the beach. The beach was beautiful, except for the cigarette butts, which were simply from disrespectful travellers. There were alot of broken seashells that you had to watch when you stepped, but, that is expected. I did observe a few people limping...and I spoke to one who had said they cut their foot on a seashell. So...just watch your step, I did, and I was fine.
Our accomodations were good, the room was older, but, fine. We were located on the third floor in building five. There are 11 buildings with this resort. Our maid was great, she kept our room lovely and clean. We left her candies and hair clips daily, with a peso every other day, she was very grateful. She left us thank you notes. She also shaped our towels daily into hearts and swams, pretty. If we ran into her in the hallway she greeted us with a big smile and thank you again.
The food, well, it was good. I am talking about the buffet. I enjoyed the fresh fruit daily, fresh baked goods, plenty of salads, pickles etc. I did try the meats,but, not being much of a meat eater in general, I found it a bit different tasting. It was not tender at all. That would be expected though...as you ARE in Cuba. The deserts were out of this world....delicious! The waitresses were very friendly. It's all in what you make it though, if you are pleasant, they are pleasant. Only goes without saying.
The a la carte that was provided was very good. The waiter was very friendly. We were given a bottle of wine with our meal, when our glasses got down just a bit, the waiter would come over promptly and fill the glasses again. He was very attentive...asking how are food was..etc. My husband had the lobster (you pay for that extra) and I had filet minon. It was different tasting, but, still good. The lobster on the other hand, was excellent. They grill it there, versus boiling. I normally do not care for lobster, but, tried this and actually enjoyed it.
We ventured out to a restaurant on our last night there, I believe it was called la fondue (across from the resort, to the left)...or something like that...anyway, the lobster and filet minon was VERY good there....the filet tasted much like ours here. (very big portion only 10 pesos) The lobster again was phenomenal.
As far as the water goes, the resorts water is filtered, but, we still chose to purchase water at the resorts boutique. It was not cheap, but, we just felt better to drink it daily in our room.
I cannot comment on the tours...as we strickly went to relax. We only took the bus tour of the peninsula. The horse and buggy tour. We also tried out the little yellow taxi. It was fun. Oh, and we used the scooters on days we had had enough of walking...to the flea markets. By the way, there are several of these...most small, but, one bigger one down farther. You can find all kinds of hand crafted goods. Quite nice.
Most Cubans were pleasant. But, if you walked down to the flea markets you did encounter some beggars. You have to ignore them, or they will bug you each time they see you for more money. Sad.
I could write more, but, in the end, I have to say that Cuatro Palmas is a very pretty resort. It was kept clean and fairly maintained. We did watch workers paint the steps,only to see the paint chipping off the next few days. The paint obviously is not good quality. Had they used better paint, the place would look more presentable.
Anyone who goes there should enjoy the location at best. If you are not going to expect a 5 star...you should enjoy it totally!
We Love Cuba!
The Hotel Cuatro Palmas was excellent. It was very clean, pleasantly decorated, the balconies were very roomy and had an excellent view of the ocean and the pool. They had a lot to offer with several snack bars, salsa lessons, live music, and amazing beaches. We were on our honeymoon and it couldn't have been better. We will definitely stay here again and would recommend it to friends.
Booked with Thomson for 7 nights from the 2nd Feb 2005. Mum took me as a birthday treat and it turned out to be the worst birthday I have ever had. It was our first time to Cuba and we booked the hotel as allocation on arrival. It was a choice of the Palma Real, Playa de Oro and Cuatro Palmas. Unfortunately we were allocated to the Cuatro Palmas.
If you ever decide to travel to Cuba I strongly recommend that you do NOT stay at this resort. The room was on the ground floor facing some maintenance huts and a path where people could see into our room, so we had to have the curtains closed at all times. This made the room even darker than it was with the curtain open, so the lights had to be on to see anything. The room stank of urine and the bed sheets were dirty which were reluctantly changed by the staff. The bathroom drains were also very overbearing. We had a room change to a pool side view and although the room was much lighter, the drain smell was even worse. We also found to cockroaches in our room on the last night.
The staff were very rude and unhelpful. The tableclothes in the restaurant looked like the hadn't been cleaned in years and the food was awful. It was very repetitive, very bland and cold by the time you sat down to eat it.
The only good things were the beach and the location of the hotel. DON'T STAY HERE IF YOU WANT TO ENJOY CUBA.
coralia cuatro palmas - varadero (zoom airlines)
just wondering if anyone had stayed at the cuatro palmas resort recently. been having a search on the web but only really managed to find some really bad reviews so just looking for someone that has actually been there recently.
also, we are flying from glasgow with zoom airlines with the tour operator go travel direct. has anyone had any experiences with them?
any help would be much appreciated