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Club Puntarena  

Ave. Kawama y Final, Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba
(Varadero Maps)

"little bit old but still good"
Posted by: Joshua on Nov 10, 2014
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User rating 3.9

Based on 40 reviews

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The nine-storey Puntarena Hotel offers guests an excellent panoramic view of Varadero, its beautiful beach and fabulous sunsets.

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Club Puntarena Review: 3.9 of 5 40 reviews
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"little bit old but still good"

Club Puntarena
User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Joshua  on Nov 10, 2014  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Nov, 2014 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
537 people found this review helpful

The Club Puntarena is a great hotel in Varadero. I was traveling together with my husband to get some private time and have fun at Cuba. We had no idea how the hotel looks like or what its condition, but since this is our 5th time in Cuba we knew how to deal if there is any issue. It seems that we didn’t make mistakes by booking a room exactly at this hotel because it is a nice place to stay. We don’t regret for picking Club Puntarena hotel.
The trip to Cuba was a bit long because of the small delay that we had here in Canada, but all in all it wasn’t so bad. There is a short period of time to get from the city to the hotel, but that is not such a huge problem. The arrival at the rooms was also after a few minutes spent in the hotel lobby waiting. So far so good. But the real issue was that we get room that it is not renovated yet. We could see that there is some renovation in process, but unfortunately our room was old. We ask if it is possible to get another room, but the answer was that they are already booked. That was a bit strange situation. But this room was not so bad because everything was functional, including the air-conditioning and there was hot water all the time.
All the facilities are in great condition and they are clean so there is no complaints about that. The food is also great and the drinks are with reasonable price and excellent quality. The personal is something that they should work a little bit on but generally they were polite and there to help you.
All in all me and my husband had a great vacation at the Club Puntarena hotel and I would recommend it for all the people. Just pay attention when you book a room, to get some of the rooms that are in the renovated part.

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"Inexpensive Vacation - Patience a Must!"

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User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  charlene  on Mar 24, 2013  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2012 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
629 people found this review helpful

In April 2012 my spouse and I spent 15 days at this resort. We got different stories about this resort being in the process of being sold. Things seems to get better after a few days. This was our 4th trip to Cuba; we knew what to expect.

We give a 5 star for cleanliness - it was amazing - the cleaning in the lobby was constant, the rooms were spotless. We had ocean view and it's worth the few extra bucks - the smell of petrol on the opposite side was so strong - friends of ours couldn't leave their patio door open.

But if you are patient and don't let those little things bother you - make your own fun. For 2 weeks for both of us it was 1850$ total from Halifax. Can't complain much for that price. I do suggest brining some peanut butter and/or preserves from home if you usually use these at home. Sometimes a little PB&J is all you need to get you through.


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Quick to register - showed to are room.

Clean - exactly what we expected. Sheets and towels were changed every 2nd day - all you have to do is ask.

Restaurants and Bars:
One problem would be the food; like I said we knew what to expect but we don't normally leave the resort - this time we went out to eat 3 evenings at a little pizza place no to far from the resort. I recommend the pizza YUMMY! We gave a good tip at the "A La Carte" so they let us in there pretty much any time we wanted. I think we had dinner there 8 or 9 times. Perhaps it's custom to eat potatoes and left over spaghetti from the previous evening and serve this for breakfast but?? Also one evening they had a type of fish - heads on - next day for breakfast heads off.

Also the bar would run out of certain items, no rum, or certain drinks were only at the inside bar.

The beach is not suitable for a small child or if you are not a good swimmer. The pull when the waves go out is unreal - and the lifeguard is about 300 feet away from the water and with the higher tides it pushed the sand up so much they wouldn't have notice if someone was in trouble or not. Of course this isn't something that can be altered but just FYI.

First day the water in the pool was greenish but they drained it next day and cleaned it - was great after.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
To go to the markets and stores - for 5 pesos each you can get the complete tour of Varadero on a 2 tier bus - it was long b/c they stop at almost every resort going and coming but you can get on and off all day as you wish; we had lots of laughs and got to see the town for an inexpensive price.

Other Comments:
For 60$ you get 3 massages so you can share with spouse or all for yourself - I think it was 40 minutes each. It's nice especially the day you are leaving if leaving later in the day - helps relax before flying.

Of course there are lots of native Cubans in need of clothing etc. One father told us that shoes, sandals, sneakers, etc are very expensive for them to buy - so if you have some that you don't wear and want to give 'em away - it's a nice gester. The people are so appreciative of anything you can give - some items that are really expensive to buy are: sunglasses, sun tan lotion/oil, so bring lots so you don't run out. You could pay up to 40 - 50 $ for suntan lotion.

I have a reaction to the sun and had to see the nurse at the resort. She had the doctor come in same day to see me and had meds delivered all within 4 hours. She and the nurse were very professional. One tourist brought in band-aids as a gift and I thought the nurse was going to cry; some things we take for granted.


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"Price is right"

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User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Lawrence  on Feb 22, 2012  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2012 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
694 people found this review helpful

Go the extra few dollars and get the Ocean View side, floors 5, 6, and 7. These are the recently renovated rooms and they are very nice rooms.
Staff is adequate, not exceptional. The tidy up process in the pool area (and generally) is not great. They are not particularily helpful, and everywhere you go, it is hard to get information.
There is a smell in the air (depending where you are) that is reported to be a sulphur by-product from some facilty close by. My money is on a sewer venting issue because it is localized, a process smell would be everywhere.
No one stacks and stores the beach chairs so the beach never gets raked and cleaned as well as it should. The little machine comes by, but just does a pass or two. The beach is good except for that.
The place does not sparkle. The building dates from the 90s and they left it too long before the first round of painting got done, so the metal is painted but lumpy.
The building has 3 elevators and they work well. They take a little getting used to, as they are not exactly like the ones here.
The snack bar is not 24 hour and usually has ham and cheese, no lavish sea food spreads.
The bar on the second floor is well staffed and very good, and it looks like a 24 hour operation.
The buffet food is adequate, but you don't find yourself looking foreward to the next meal. There are stations where food is cooked in front of you, but the Cuban way is to cook for each person individually, so it takes a long time. There are plenty of drink facilities and there is no issue filling up your own water bottle in the cafeteria.

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Sunday night

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"No es un hotel de 4 estrellas"

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User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  ivonne  on Sep 20, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Mexico
Visited on: Sep, 2011 | Leisure | Solo
725 people found this review helpful

El servicio muy bueno, y la gente muy amable, sin embargo, la habitación estaba muy sucia y la segunda noche encontré una cucaracha, lo reporte a la recepción y dijeron que me mandarían a la camarera para hacerse cargo y nunca llegó nadie; volví a marcar a recepción y ya no me contestaron el teléfono.

El inodoro estaba lleno de tierra, la regadera muy descuidada y sucia, la puerta del balcón no se podía abrir; el closet viejo, sin mantenimiento y con telarañas.

No me volvería a hospedar ahí

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"Wonderful Vacation!!!!"

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User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Kristine  on Apr 30, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2011 | Leisure | Family and Kids
780 people found this review helpful

Great resort for relaxing and meeting people.

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Arrival was great. We were late arriving due to bad weather from departing city.
Once we arrived at the hotel, the check-in took only a few minutes. Front desk staff were great.

The rooms were fine, clean and no bugs! The decor was bright.
I don't go to a resort for a fancy room as i only shower and sleep there.
We had adjoing rooms as our 2 children were traveeling with us.

Restaurants and Bars:
The buffet was great. There was enough of a selection for all, however a bit more would have been nice.
Breakfast was always good. A fresh omelette made for you if you wanted, toast, cereal, fruit, waffles.....

The International a La Carte was very good. Everyone cleaned their plate!

The bars and bar staff were great. Always somewhere to sit and enjoy a drink! The bartenders were wonderful (Louis(Stephen Segal as he called himself), Jose, Angel at the Lobby bar were fantastic, Pablo at the beach bar is a must see. He is hillarious and a kind person. Alberto at the Disco is a charmer. Get him to smile for you!!!!
All of the bartenders were willing to make what you wanted. At times they might be out of something but that happens no matter where you go.

Beach was great, sand was a bit rough.
There could be a few more shade shelters built.

The pool was large, clean and warm. There were activities happening in the morning, lots of music, dance lessons, games. It was fun!

The grounds were well kept. It's difficult to keep up to guests throwing their cups on the ground (I guess they could not wait to find a garbage can!). That bothers me in general that people do that.

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"No Complaints - always a great holiday"

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User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Jerry Lewis  on Apr 14, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
857 people found this review helpful

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We have stayed at this resort 5 out of six times and thought we should try a different hotel this trip and picked Sunbeach as it was closer to downtown and all of the great restaurants that Varadero has to offer. We lasted at Sunbeach for 9 days out of a 17 day trip. Switching back to the Puntarena was the best decision we could have made. Thanks to Myelin at the front desk for spending her afternoon with us switching from one hotel to this one. Way above and beyond. Needless to say, check in was a breeze. The staff are top notch at this hotel and make every effort to make your stay enjoyable. When we tried to tip various servers, they kept saying no, you are a friend. Our first trip to Cuba, we were told, first year you are a tourist, after that you are a friend and it is true. We received many hugs on our return.

We stayed on the 7th floor in a newly renovated room, there were no problems at all with hot water and we had an amazing view of the ocean. We may have been the first ones to stay in the newly finished room as there were no hangers and no patio furniture. A simple request and it was done immediately, the next day we came back to our room to find a complimentary bottle of rum thanking us for returning to the hotel.

Restaurants and Bars:
There have been a lot of changes at this hotel, some for the better. The food is the same at a five star hotel as it is at this one, just more of the same food. Breakfast was omelettes, waffles or fried eggs.
The Italian a la carte was under renovation so there was only one available but they switched every night from Chinese to Italian. Food was great there and if you go, Ricco, Ariadne and Swani will make sure you have a great time. There are three bars and the disco, we did not go to the disco as it usually is pretty quiet unless there are a lot of young people staying at the hotel. The bartenders range from very outgoing to some quite shy, not one of them are rude.

Grounds are well kept, the beach is clean. Recommend a room with an ocean view. The pool is fairly new and the only draw back is that the public washrooms are in need of repair. We visited other hotels on this trip and it was the same at other hotels.

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"Great days"

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User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Andreas Hoenig  on Feb 18, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) GERMANY
Visited on: Feb, 2011 | Leisure | Family and Kids
872 people found this review helpful

A nice hotel, with very friendly personal and perfect service.

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quick and friendly reception

clean and nice with great oceanview

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friendly service

clean and nice

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"Be careful!!"

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User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Martin  on Jan 23, 2011  >  3 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2011 | Business | Family and Kids
842 people found this review helpful

My GF and I booked this hotel for January 11, 2011. We met here in January 2009 so we knew what to expect and it's still one of the cheapest resorts in Cuba. We booked through Sears Travel with NoliTours. Well, this week we got a call from Sears Travel saying that NoliTours has blacklisted this resort because of so many negative reviews! Oh boy.....................

We were offered the following options;

1. A full refund

2. Re-schedule at another resort at a later date

3. A free upgrade to Sirenis la Salina!!

Whoohooooooo! We took the upgrade of course. Needless to say we have a new found respect for NoliTours and Sears Travel

Martin and Laura

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"avoid this hotel at all "costs""

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User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  paul  on Sep 20, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Sep, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
874 people found this review helpful

stayed at this hotel twice:: last year with also a bad review "but" gave it another try this fall ;it as a matter of fact has got worse esp in the food areas that includes the a la carte restaurants too who ever in their right mind put mixed canned vegtables on a pizza how uncivilized:: other reviews about sum up this hotel :: the hotel next door the caleta beats in all areas hands down trips through sun wing i sure will be there next year at the caleta been there twice ; the only thing good about this hotel is three brand new elevators ; on the negative side to many cubans staying there ;when they get in an a.i. hotel its like letting the fox loose in the hen house they cant handle it and they are very wastefull with food who in the world had unmitigated gaul to rate this hotel as three star plus i wouldnt hardly give it a lower two at most there are many more issues with this property stay away take it from me I have been going to varadero for thirty two years things are begining to be in the toilet

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"very nice staff"

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User Rating:  Club Puntarena Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  eddie  on Sep 13, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Sep, 2010 | Leisure | With friend
567 people found this review helpful

Restaurants and Bars:
food u pay what u get

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