I am just back from 2 weeks at the Sol Palmeras....and what can I say, it was just perfect.
Despite some earlier review, this was done very quick. No need to leave Passport at reception, room allocated (got the one I requested...nice touch) and then brought to the room. Good start
Nice size, clean, and next to the pool. I couldn't complain at all. Thankfully only stayed there to sleep and for a quick break during the day, as there was rain only once during the eveneing.
OK, firstly remember, the main restaurant is just a buffet. But surprisingly, I enjoyed it. I always had a fresh prepared Omelet in the morning. One advise, ensure it is cooked long enough. If you think it was not long enough on the oven, just let the guys know, and they will leave it on longer. Add some rolls, jam, and nice pancakes, and it is a great start in the morning. Lunch can be either taken in the buffet (similar dishes as during dinner), or have a nice Burger or Hotdog or sandwich at the bar between beach and pool, or the beach bar. Some ice cream and fruits was served there as well. Nice and light. Had it nearly every day...and enjoyed it.
Now to Dinner. there are five additional restaurants, and you need to pre-book it. I forgot it most of the time so went only to the Steakhouse (very very nice...the steak was the way I like it, and try one of the kebabs that are cooked in front of you) and the Cuban one (I liked it as well but not as much as the Steakhouse). I heard the Italian and the Chinese was pretty good as well, but the Fondu one was apparently not too good.
But I must say, I didn't mind th buffet in the evening, as you can get there freshly cooked fish, pasta and meat every night. I love fish, and got different fish every night nicely cooked. Otherwise the already prepared food was OK, but nothing special. Just a buffet. But overall I thought the food was good. No complains from my side.
The pool area is nice, with a lot sun loungers available, a bar between the pools (cannot swim to the bar though) and there is always something to do (waterpolo, water volleyball, archery, darts etc). It was never boring there, and I spend most of my time there
The beach was perfect. The sand was fine, the water was clear and warm with some fishes to see. Not a perfect place to snorkel though. You can get a catamaran ride there, get a pedal boat or kajak. Unfortunately there are nott too many shade places, so be there a bit early (before 10am). if you like to sit in the sun, there is enough places for it though
Pleanty of bars there (inside and outside), who serve nice drinks (with a lot of alcohol, had to mention not to put too much in it from time to time). Most of the staff is friendly on the bars, and there is always a relaxed atmosphere . So relaxed, I only went out once into town. The fun pub is a good laugh, with some dance lessions and good music.
The only disappointing thing was that the bar in the Foyer only served Mojtos until 9.30, which is too early in my opion as you had to go to the pool bar to get one afterwards. Also during two nights you got the impression that the staff at the foyer bar tried to get you away after 3am, though it is a 24h bar.
Entertainment staff was great. they get you involved, but leave you alone if you say so. I had a blast with them during the day, dinner and night time.
Most other staff are always helpful, with some exceptions though. Of course these exception didn't get a tip, otherwise please tip when you think you get a good service.
Overall I had a fantastic time there. I met so many people who said the same about this hotel. Of course the perfect weather helped a lot.
Would I return to the hotel? If I could go now, I would return immediately. Not even sure I would like to go to another hotel in Varadero, as I probably had my best ever holiday there so far.
Please let me know if you have any questions
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Varadero Beach, this 4 star, all inclusive hotel offers all of the great dining, activities and entertainment facilities that have made Sol Melia a recognized leader in quality hotels! Ideal for families and honeymooners. 376 comfortable double rooms, 28 junior suites, 4 suites and 200 bungalows with direct access to the beach. 6 Restaurants, 7 bars, mini club and mini-disco, mini-golf. Motorized water sports. Sol Palmeras combines great fun with a beautiful beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Palmeras Hotel Varadero
- Sol Palmeras Cuba
- Sol Palmeras Varadero Cuba