I don't know how I felt about this trip honestly. I made mistakes, such as not asking about weather the dining area was open at the Playa Caleta for all meals or not, therefore I had dry toast ( no butter most of the time ) and tiny pre made pancakes that were cold and not good like the big fluffy pancakes made by Marta next door. Like most Canadians, I like rice but mostly I like POATOES!!!! On my last day there they had them and since the dinning area opened at 6;30 and by bus was at 7;00 they were the best potatoes ever! I am not a fan of cooked pineapple or pumpkin, and the pineapple was almost always include in hot dish like beef in gravy with pineapple! I don't know why, but after eating at the Playa Caleta for the past 5 years I found this to be the worst for me yet. I think you need to have the chef's at the Play Caleta teach the chef's at the Punterena how to cook the food they way they do. I know they had some training from a Canadian Chef so please take our taste buds into consideration since we, the Canadians, are a big part of your clientele
Other then the food, I don't really have any complaints. I see that some of the reception staff from the Playa Caleta are working in this Hotel and I am so thankful for that. Mercy has been wonderful to me every year I have been going there starting at day 1 and welcomes me back with a heartfelt hug. She makes me feel like I am coming home and that is a great feeling when you are traveling alone and so far from home. What a pleasure to see Yodanka too. Both ladies are number one! the other ladies seemed to be very nice too. I was happy that I could go to the Playa Caleta to visit the other people that work there, Aniel, Adyles, Marta and a few others. My family away from home. I am considering coming back this fall, that is if I can find a different Tour Company to travel with. Nolitours is the only one I know of that deals with your Hotel and it costs me extra to fly from my province of Newfoundland to Nova Scotia just to be able to go to the Punterena and Play Caleta. Is there any flight that you know of that leaves newfoundland that deals with you and your Hotels? I don' t want to stay anywhere else but in order to be able to afford to take my yearly trip to Varadero I may have no other choice but to stay at a different Hotel. The cost of a flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia from Deer Lake, Newfoundland is almost another $600.00 added to the cost of the trip through Nolitours. Getting too expensive for me to go that way so I might have to go to a different Hotel unless you know of someone else other then Nolitours that deals with you. Any suggestions?
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