Varadero, a very nice destination where nice weather and wonderful beaches can be found! I’ve always enjoyed the culture and ambiance of Cuba and will always remember my trips over there! I went in September: prices are at their lowest but the weather is unpredictable (I was fortunate to have a blue sky for 7 days!)
Unfortunately, my experience at BeLiveTurquesa was not a pleasant one…
First: this is not a 4 star hotel. It may possess all the amenities of that rating: daily room cleaning, 24 hour reception/bar/food, gym, internet, room service, air conditioning…etc, but it lacks so many important details.
Staff, not necessarily friendly: they can be cold and without a smile (reception and restaurants). I often felt like I was disturbing them: service was slow, even if a generous tip was involved!
However, I did enjoy my daily coffee at one of the bars (barman was nice and devoted).
Animation, acceptable: Cubans entertainers/dancers are very talented…but I’m not a fan of those shows…I do like the gathering effect it provides: a place where many can meet and socialize.
Rooms: are old but clean (…clean? Well, at first glance yes, start looking, at you’ll see everything needs a deep scrub) Acceptable, since, in my opinion, rooms are just meant to go to bed and shower. I’m no heavy traveler in all inclusive hotels, but can conclude this is NOT a 4 Star kind of room!
Food…now this is mainly the reason why I rate this hotel poorly: the food was not good! I mean everything was not edible. Maybe I was unlucky the week I spent there, but seriously, at one point, felt like this was a joke! Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, every meal was a big deception: food was not fresh (they would simply mix up the left-over’s of the day before with new stuff) and there was not much variety. I actually lost weight after this vacation! When in Cuba, I indulge on fruits…but during that week; there was only cantaloupe, cantaloupe, and cantaloupe…sometimes pineapple or banana’s… all not fresh or ripe.
To summarize: Be live Turquesa is not a 4 star Hotel. It may, to Cuba’s standard, be at that level, but I believe it’s a lot closer to a 3 star. Service and rooms are acceptable and the quality of food is poor. However, I went to Cuba mainly for the culture, the cigars, the beach and the nice weather: I got all four, all week! So, instead of hanging on to all the negative stuff, I tried to enjoy the good sides of my trip. In all, “You get what you pay for”!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be Live Experience Turquesa is a 4 star all-inclusive establishment surrounded by palm trees and tropical vegetation. The complex is in a garden area that opens up to the spectacular Varadero beach. It is the ideal holiday destination for couples and families, and it is an exquisite location for weddings. It is on the beachfront, 8 km. from the center of Varadero, 4 km. from the shopping center and 36 km. from the Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport. In the vicinity of the hotel are a number of tourist attractions, such as the Varadero Golf Course 4 km. away and the Varadero Dolphinarium 500m. away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oasis Turquesa Hotel
- Resort All Inclusive Oasis Turquesa