Stayed here mid April 2012 and had a great time. This is an old resort, one of the oldest in Varadero so there is obvious signs of age and disrepair. We decided to make the best of it and appreciate it for its’ “rustic charm”. We thought the grounds looked pretty good for the age and condition of the resort.
We found check in to be fairly simple and efficient. We travelled as a group and the one small hiccup was that we got separated, one couple out of our group was assigned a room at the other end of the resort. They upgraded the next day and got a room that was closer. No big deal. We would definitely advise not getting money changed at the front desk, or if need be small quantities as the exchange rate compared to the bank is really bad. Other than that, front desk staff we nice, no problems.
Our rooms were pretty basic accommodations. They were not fancy by any means but really, it’s just a place to sleep. The room appeared clean, no bed bugs, no funky odours, so we were content. We never had a problem with room service either, they always cleaned our room and replenished our towels and supplies and even hung our clothes out to dry for us. We did notice hot water was a little hit and miss at times.
The bar service was sometimes a little slow as they were many people in line being high season. Sometimes it helped if you had a tip, you would get your drink a little faster. Drinks were ok, nothing too spectacular. Would definitely recommend bringing a larger cup or travel mug. The pool bar seemed to have a limited selection of drinks at times, either beer or rum. The pool bar wasn’t bad, it got busy at night as a place to hang out and socialize. There were shows at night at the disco but we never went. We’d usually hang out and have drinks.
We’ve noticed a lot of people have complained about the food but we don’t understand why. We found there was plenty to choose from, quite a variety. No one in our group got sick or ill. In fact many actually enjoyed the buffet. The a la cartes weren’t the greatest though. The presentation and service was nice, but portions were small and sometimes didn’t seem the freshest. We preferred the buffet. Even if you have problems with the food, there are always other options as there are restaurants within minutes of the resort. Kiki’s and the Sangria have pretty good food.
What really makes this resort in our opinion was the beach and the location to town and markets. The beach was fabulous and large, never really felt crowded. The resort is large and has an excellent section of beach. One of the largest we’ve heard. The other great thing is that you can walk right into town and to markets from the resort. We loved this as you could walk into the markets in the afternoon or evening. We definitely would consider returning to this resort for that fact alone. No need to take a taxi or shuttle.
This resort is not fancy or spectacular, it is a basic, no frills average Cuban resort for the budget conscious traveller. Don’t expect to be pampered and have extravagant accommodations. With that being said, we had no major disappointments or complaints and would consider returning to this resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Kawama Hotel Varadero
- Resort All Inclusive Kawama
- Kawama Varadero
- Club Kawama Varadero