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  • Hotel Villa Tortuga

    Villa Tortuga

    • Destination: Varadero Beach
    • Address: Calle 9 e/ Bulevar y Ave. Kawama. Matanzas
    • Phone: 53 45 614747
    • Accept child:Yes
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  • Villa Tortuga Hotel Brief

    The Hotel and Villas Tortuga, located in a peaceful sector in Varadero Beach, provides guests with an excellent atmosphere to enjoy the comfort of a high-standard establishment. Equipped with all modern amenities, the hotel has roomy areas and green gardens whose color contrasts with the wide white-sand beach strip that covers the seashore, bathed by the turquoise blue sea. The hotel is 100 meters from the beach and two kilometers from downtown Varadero. It is 19 kilometers away from Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport, the main airway for foreign vacationers who travel to the world-famous beach resort.

    • Current reservation summary
    • Reservation hotel: Villa Tortuga
    • Total pax: 2 Adults
    • Meal plan: All Inclusive
    • Total rooms by type: 1 Double-Standard
    • Night(s): 1 nts

    TOTAL PRICE: €130

    For dates from 01/27/2019to 01/28/2019

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  • Room facilities
    110 volt power
    220 volt power
    air conditioning
    balcony or terrace
    hairdryer
    handicap facilities
    hot and cold running water
    minibar
    private bath
    safety deposit box
    Satellite TV
    telephone
    • Airports next to Villa Tortuga Hotel
    • Varadero Airport

      Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport was built in 1989 and inaugurated by Fidel Castro,[3] thus replacing the old Varadero airport located in Santa Marta, currently known as Kawama Airport. The airport was named after a journalist, fighter for the Cuban Independence and black rights activist in Cuba Juan Gualberto Gómez (1854–1933). The terminal building has shops for tourists (including rum, cigars, T-shirts, books, carvings, pharmaceuticals), a large departures lounge cafeterias and a VIP lounge. A VIP card is available by paying $30/person to the local tour company representative. This allows the departing passenger to bypass the queues for check-in, have an agent take your departure tax to the correct official for you, and bypass any lines for passport control. The passenger is then taken to the VIP lounge which provides free food and drink (including alcoholic beverages).[4] The ground handling equipment is imported mainly from North America. There are four jet bridges, but air stairs are used for the remaining aircraft parking spaces on the apron by the terminal. Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport (IATA: VRA, ICAO: MUVR), formerly known as Varadero Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Varadero), is an international airport serving Varadero, Cuba and the province of Matanzas. The airport is located closer to the city of Matanzas than to Varadero. The closest airport to Varadero is Kawama Airport. In 2009, the airport handled 1.28 million passengers,[2] making it the second busiest airport in Cuba after José Martí International Airport in Havana.

    • Car Rental offices next to Villa Tortuga Hotel
    • Car Rental office Hotel kawama

      Calle 1ra. Reparto Kawama. Varadero
      045614574

      Car Rental office Hotel Acuazul

      Avenida 1ra y Calle 13. Varadero
      045614848

      Car Rental office Hotel Sunbeach

      Calle 17, entre 1ra y 3ra. Varadero
      045614727

      Car Rental office Hotel Mar del Sur

      Ave 3ra y Calle 30. Varadero
      045611469

      Car Rental office Hotel Herradura

      Ave de la Playa, entre 35 y 36. Varadero
      045667919

    • Restaurants next to Villa Tortuga Hotel
    • Kiki's

      Ave. 1ra. y Calle 6, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (5345) 614115 136m

      Castel Nuovo

      1ra. Ave. y Calle 11, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (5345) 667786 (5345) 667786 332m

      Lai lai

      Ave. 1ra. y Calle 18, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (5345) 667793 794m

      La Vicaria

      Ave. 1ra. y Calle 38, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (5345) 614721 2km 395m

      Bodegon Criollo

      Ave. Playa y Calle 40, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (5345) 667784 2km 584m

      Antiguedades

      1ra y 56 Parque Josone Varadero. Cuba
      53 45 667329 3km 860m

      Dante

      Parque Josone, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (5345) 667228 3km 868m

      1946

      Hotel Cuatro Palma Varadero beach. Cuba
      +53 45 667040 4km 251m

      Casa del Queso

      Ave. 1ra. y Calle 64, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (5345) 667747 4km 265m

      Chez Plaza

      Plaza America, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (53 45) 668181 8km 893m

    • Currency Exchange next to Villa Tortuga Hotel
    • Hotel Coral Sirenas - Varadero

      Calle 129 Edif.13 plantas No.1 (20201) e/ 202 y 204, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (5345) 666070 6km 029m

      Hotel Las Américas

      Calle 4ta. esq. a 7ma., Rpto. Vista Alegre
      (5322) 687136 8km 442m

    • Clinics next to Villa Tortuga Hotel
    • SPA Club Plaza America

      Centro de Convenciones, Carretera Las Americas. Varadero. Cuba
      (5345) 667881 8km 893m

    • Drugstores next to Villa Tortuga Hotel
    • International Drugstore Plaza América

      Centro de Convenciones, Carretera Las Américas, Varadero Beach. Cuba
      (5345) 668042 8km 893m


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      • birdsofafeather1
        MaLa25
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “no no no”
        the best out of it is the location probably - walking distance to the centre- overall dirty - however they tried their best to make it up even our room was upgraded so we could stay by the beach- we are not picky but this place needs a proper refurbishment and deep clean - think twice before you book it.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Ricky F
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “Non male fuori, orrenda dentro!!! Not bad outside, terrible inside!!! ”
        The rooms are poor and nasty, full of mosquitos, and the towels were incredibly dirty. The "all-included" food was all like poison: disgusting! We came from the beautiful Sol Cayo Guillermo and couldn't believe that for an higher price the service was so terribly worst. I'm sure that an hostel would be cleaner and more confortable. It's a shame, because the outside part of Villa Tortuga is not so bad and the sea is near and beautiful. But coming back to the room was a nightmare!

      • birdsofafeather1
        LoveFox
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “Sickening.. Literally! ”
        We decided to cut our expenses for our holiday by booking a cheaper hotel in Cuba, so it's not like we were expecting luxury at Villa Tortuga. All we wanted was a resort to relax after a day of excursions, fresh up, sleep and head out on another excursion the following day. The location of the hotel is excellent, from the resort you walk onto the beach, and the beachbar. Ideal! My first quick view on the hotelroom wasn't too bad, again.. we weren't expecting luxury. So we didn't mind some of the minor flaws.. I was glad to see that the airconditioner actually worked! We left it on for a few hours whilst heading out to dinner, so the room would be nice and cool on return. On return found out that the airconditioner leaked all over the floor! And our belongings! Upon further inspection we noticed an absurd amount of mold surrounding the airconditioner, and within the airconditioner. We had a closer look around the hotelroom.. there was mold in every corner of the room, the mattresses were ripped open and was full of hair and dust, the patio door didn't close, leaving the perfect opportunity for bugs.. It was late, so we decided to go to bed and sort it out with reception in the morning. Surprisingly, all of a sudden the people at the reception didn't speak english anymore? I was so upset that nobody made an effort to hear my out, or at least call in someone to solve the problem. So decided to take some pictures, and these I showed to the reception. They couldn't understand english... but did know english for "You're not allowed to publish these pictures..." After two nights I started getting really sick, unable to take in any food or fluids. I still blame the poor conditions in the room.. I spent my days shivering in bed or at the poolside. On the seventh day I ran into a dutch tour guide, and explained what had happened. He had a talk at the reception.. and all of a sudden we got another room? Only if we would delete the pictures. We told them we would delete the pictures, but we didn't.. People on tripadvisor should be see what they can encounter at this resort! The staff in this resort is corrupt, they're all smiles until you come across a problem. Just like the death-trap next to the pool, a hole with a 3 meter fall into what seems to be the pool cleaning system... I'm surprised no children fell in there whilst playing. After someone spotted me looking down there they put up a small warning sign. The food isn't amazing, but not too bad either, there's plenty of choice. I personally didn't eat much of the food, but there were also plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. I loved cuba, but unfortunately the hotel did ruin the experience for a bit. I would very much recommend staying at another hotel, in hindsight we've seen several better hotels in the same price range! I wil upload the pictures shortly...

      • birdsofafeather1
        i-escaped
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “Bad.”
        Spent one night here which was more than enough. The rooms are shabby, uncomfortable and a little bit dirty. The pictures of the pool area look fairly cheery but in reality it's all slightly depressing - a kind of low calibre Butlins, with plastic chairs lined up next to the pool in front of a shabby stage, and full of people getting sun burnt and drunk out of plastic cups. I should admit that I'm not used to the whole resort thing - they put a plastic bracelet on you at reception!!!! - so I wouldn't recommend going to Varadero at all, but if you do then staying here can be nobody sane's idea of a holiday. We were at Tortuga as part of a kind of package arrangement, so I guess it must be cheap, but we ditched the package after one night and up-graded to Hotel Sirenis la Selina - also a resort but infinitely better. Note that this was our only other option as everything else was booked up and I believe that Hotels in Varadero are often full, so best not to risk having to change at the last minute - avoid Tortuga from the off.

      • birdsofafeather1
        CarmenEindhoven
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “All Inclusive ”
        A cheap vacation. We cose this place because only the flight was 849 and a 2 weeks all inclusive here was 1000?. We had an luxe room at the sea side. This room is larger than standard ones and has a view of the blue sea. Only it was dirty. Cleaning was making the beds and cleaning the flor but for the rest was DIRTY: wals, toilets, shower. We gave tip every day but the cleaning laydies were making animals out of the towels than clean! The beds were clean and good to sleep into. The restaurant was even more dirty. The table cloth was turned in place of changed , the bain-marie to keep the fiid warm was not changed for weeks, the coffee machine was never cleaned. Dirty all over! The food itself was kind of OK. I think you cauld find each day something to eat and the sweets were realy good. Only there were flys all over! Nobody from the staff were keeping the flys away. We went outside the resort to eat as well but the foid is no better!The beach was kept kleen and for out of seson time were enough chairs. In Cuba is comunism, meaning people dont have money or material stuff. They don't work hard since they are paid all the same. If I will go again in Cuba I will chose an resort with at least 4 stars! I will never go again or advise somebody to go to Vila Tortuga!

      • birdsofafeather1
        colette d
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “watch exchange money ”
        you have to be caraful when exchanging money they don't give you the right amount the room was clean enough the service at the reception was very bad but the buffet service was good and at the bar too they should give us a receipt when we exchange money then if we go back for explanation we have the proof what we talking about at the reception they treat you like you stupid i wont go back and i'll make sure my family and friends know about this hotel

      • birdsofafeather1
        28george1941
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “A disappointing experience. ”
        My wife and I visited Feb 13. We were perhaps unlucky, our room was N facing so we never got the sun and the view was over roofs more than gardens. The complex was fine, nice pools, ideal for children, but that was perhaps as well because the beach shelves steeply and the sea was rough at times with strong currents. The bars and drinks were plentiful with good coffee at all reasonable hours, but the dining was a joke! If you went in as soon as they opened it was perhaps OK, but we don't like to be dictated to, and invariably when we went in it was chaos. First you had to find a table, then cutlery, glasses, cups etc. Then the problem was to find the food. They were far too slow in replenishing it, if it was replaced at all. They also had the ability to make the warm food look unappetising, I invariably stood in the long queue for the freshly cooked food, but this was understaffed, so it was a long wait. This cook was the hardest worked person in the restaurant, but there should have been others. Some of the staff did try to help but others were just not interested. After visiting Havana and Vinales Varadero was a disappointment, it has no character and the catering service just added to the disappointment. I may be a grumpy old man, but I am looking for more than beach and booze on my holidays and the other places certain had it. I hope to return to Cuba, but when I do I will I will avoid the all inclusives and see more of the real country.

      • birdsofafeather1
        party_z_yanka
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “The beach was great”
        My husband and I decided to book an inexpensive hotel for a few days at the beach to relax after two weeks of travelling around Cuba. Considering it was all-inclusive, I guess the price was not too steep for a 3-star hotel. We did not expect it to be anything extravagant, but as soon as we entered our room (which was supposed to be with an ocean view), all we say from the first floor was a big grassy hill and the room had a distinctive moldy smell to it. We went immediately back to the reception and requested to have our room changed. We got moved to the second floor - great view, same horrible smell. AC worked fine, the room was not that clean, towel service was not always on time, but it was OK, considering that the beach was a few steps away, and the room was just to store our luggage and spend the nights. What was repulsive - is the food! It seemed that all of the tourists were tortured by it on purpose, just to see how much we can handle. All of the afternoon food was recycled for supper, plus some mayo. If you reserve to go to the restaurant, don't hold your breath - same food from the cafeteria, but with a name to it, and plated. Drinks are horrible, so your best bet is to stick with a beer. God forbid, if your friends from a different hotel stop by to meet you before going out, because they will get harassed non-stop and told that they must leave. If you are planning to spend a few days on the beach, save your money and don't stay at the all-inclusive. Although the only positive here was the beach.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Lindsay B
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Will NEVER return to this resort! ”
        I went to this hotel in February of last year with 4 other girls. We aren't ones to complain but.... When we first arrived, it was about 10pm it was dark and quite no one was around... there were 5 of us all together so we had 2 rooms. When we got our rooms, our rooms were not together they were on completely different sides of the resort. When we got into our room, it smelled really bad and the sheets were damp. When we asked to change rooms the manager at the front desk told us no because the hotel was "full" ( it wasn't there was no one there!) The food is gross, all there is, is pasta, which the sauce is tomato soup, bread, salads (which I found a bug in) We ordered a ham and cheese sandwich and gagged on it because it was so bad, the hot dogs were always raw and cold and you could only eat if the buffet was open! The drinks weren't so good either they were average but nothing fancy. The only positive thing was the beach and the staff. Our room got worst as the week went on...One day it smelled like there was an oil spill through the whole side of the hotel that we were in we couldnt sleep at all. every night our sheets were wet and there were bugs crawling on the wall and every time we took a shower the water would flood the bathroom floor. When we booked with the resort we were told it was a 3.5 star, we were students and couldnt afford a 4 or 5 star, but this was NO 3.5! ALSO IT WAS FREEZING COLD!! If you want a nice resort with comfortable rooms, great food and great weather...do not go to Gran Caribe Villa Tortuga.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Borracha
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “Go without expectations ”
        This is our 3rd time at Villa Tortuga and unfortunately we noted a worsening particularly regarding restaurant and food: Floor in the buffet restaurant was always soaking wet and the restaurant was always dirty and with a lot of flies; food is bad even for Cuba standards, each day the food selection was poor, similar and very repetitive and lineups were pretty long for food at times, especially during week end days. A part from food this hotel is still a good cheap options in Varadero Staff: great friendly people from reception to bartenders? for sure you won?t find your favorite whisky selection at the bars but you will be always served with a great smile Rooms: basic and clean; fridge was not working on our arrival but they fixed it quickly. Beach: is always the best in Varadero. Final Tip: If you are looking for a 4-5 Star this is not your place: upgrade to another hotel if you can afford it or go without high expectations and you will probably have an nice time there.

      • birdsofafeather1
        bookedout
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “OK, but not great ”
        We stayed here in Apr 2013 for two nights. As our first experience in Cuba is was a bit of a disappointment. This is a tired facility lacking much charm, but functional. The staff tried their best to help out and take care of issues, but they don't seem to have good training or many options. Once we checked out the other hotels on the strip we realized that Tortuga is not unusual in Varadero. If you are looking for an inexpensive place to just enjoy some beach time this will work, but don't expect much. We played tennis and ping pong everyday and they have exactly 2 racquets (from the 1980's) for each sport and I think maybe 1 tennis ball. So if you hit the ball over the fence, you'd better not lose sight of it!

      • birdsofafeather1
        sasaha
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “I have been on better places ”
        Pool area and bars are pretty clean and nice looking. Room was clean but with strange smell and cleaning lady take care of smell. Furniture was old and broken (big hole under the bed). On windows outside was remainings of broken glass. One night we had a gecko and a worm in our room, but cleaning lady Odelys, took care for it also. Beach is great and also beach bar with very friendly guy (forgot the name). Ladies at reception where pretty cold, and when i changed the money, one day was without commision and then next day with 2% commision. At the end, we wanted to send 20 postcards that cost us around 30$, lady on reception said that we can leave it there, at reception...and postcards are probably still there or in garbage because nobody recieved them :-).

      • birdsofafeather1
        Swiatka
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “Superb location, great beach... But quite basic hotel ”
        If you are looking for great beach spot, center location and nice pool area for kids Tortuga can be it. Staff is ok, food unfortunately not so much and rooms soooo old. We had tons of mosquitos getting into the room and our 2y old son was bitten so much. I have to admit after staying in another hotels in Varadero that Tortuga has best beach spot. You can also easily walk to shopping and bar area in the city.

      • birdsofafeather1
        F11PSY
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “THREE STAR ACCEPTABLE”
        Stayed in Jan 2013. It is a basic three star hotel, with fairly friendly staff. The joke was the electronic door keys to the rooms. Unfortunately for visitors and the reception staff, the failure rate of the door card entry system appears high and we were one of many customers who had to queue at reception for assistance. It's ok overall. We were two blokes with low standards and low expectations so we were fine..

      • birdsofafeather1
        Chris S
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “Value for money ”
        Probably cheapest option in Varadero. Resort isn't posh, rooms are quite dated and the food, well, it's Cuban. On the plus side: staff is very friendly, drinks are good and you're just one step away from Cuba's best beach but yet the area is very quiet and relaxed. Would stay here again

      • birdsofafeather1
        RWAB
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “Superior room makes this place shine ”
        It's not the fanciest place on the beach, but once you get to the beach itself it really doesn't matter: all hotels share this beach. Maybe you'll get better food, but if you're like me you like to spend most of your time on the beach anyway. Free rum-based drinks all day long, not-bad coffee 24 hours, and very comfortable rooms. We had a great time here in January: perfect weather, perfect water. Would we go back? Maybe not, but that's because next time we're in Cuba we'll go be more adventurous and see more of the island. But I wouldn't be unhappy if I had to spend a few more days here. The entertainment is classic in a classically-bad way: enjoy it for what it is, don't expect luxury, and you'll have a fabulous time. Oh, and don't expect hot water! This is really rare to find in Cuba, so if it's important to you: pay for 5 stars, not 2. Tip: grab a motorbike from the rental guy out on the street. It was safe enough for us to drive up and down the peninsula and explore, and it made us realise that the Tortuga just isn't that bad an option after all.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Marion B
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “Nice resort. You get what you pay for. ”
        Spent Mar 3-10 at Villa Tortuga. The beach is fabulous with lots of chairs and palapas. The rooms were rather small but we didn't spend too much time in the room. The resort although older was kept very clean. The staff was always pleasant and helpful. The food was ok , you could always find something to eat. Beef was tough and the chicken and bacon fatty. Delicious soups, rice/beans , lots of fruit, salads and lovely fresh baked bread and lots of desserts. Omlette station at breakfast was good but took awhile to get served as long line ups. Lots of options for liquid refreshment, but they ran out of mint for mojitos , pineapple juice, wine regularly. Entertainment was what you would expect. I personally found people watching to be much more entertaining. Money exchange on the resort was convenient and although they charge a percentage they were always totally honest and gave receipts upon request. Overall we had a good time. We met some new friends, a lovely extended family who adopted my husband and I and made our trip very enjoyable. We have been taking sun vacations to the Caribbean for a number of years and feel that your trip is what you make of it. If you are open to new experiences, are not too picky and go with the flow you will truly enjoy.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Gaeguill
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “BEWARE OIL REFINERIES ”
        The resort itself was very nice for the price, decent food, nice staff, clean rooms. We were there for two weeks and for the first week, we were disgusted with the smell coming from the oil refineries which were close by. We were totally not prepared for that. It was especially bad in the evening when the breeze settled. It permeated in your room through the vents in the washroom and it was very hard to sleep because of it. There were a lot of grouchy people the following morning. We really enjoyed Varadero otherwise but we would not go back because of this putrid smell. Another negative was sand fleas on the beach.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Cousinkk
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “Has potential, but requires some attention to detail. ”
        Villa Tortuga is overall a fairly nice resort. The beach is good, but somewhat littered with plastic cups and cigarette butts, although that has more to do with the general ignorance of guests than management, as there are ash trays and garbage containers. It has a good pool with shallow areas that are great for kids. Lots of lounge chairs both around the pool and on the beach. Our room was a reasonable size. There were electrical covers that were hanging sideways and the floor never felt clean. The patio door was very hard to open and all the chairs needed to be replaced. The beds were comfortabe. Food in the ding hall was fair to good, what I have come to expect in Cuba at a lower cost Hotel. In conclusion, the resort is OK, if you don't pay too much. Don't expect perfection and be prepared to overlook some of what is lacking.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Svenderella
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “Relaxing, but not for partygoers ”
        Overall we enjoyed our trip, arriving home this morning. I was not impressed by our room, we were in block 8. Food was very bland and monotonous. But we always found something to eat. Service was good. Hubby wasn't impressed there was no beer at the lobby bar. Entertainment team was virtually non-existent, one show every night, but no activities through the day. Relaxing trip. Do not stay here if you are looking to party. Enjoyed our stay, but won't return to this resort. Stayed at Puntarena 5 years ago and it was much better.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Maris24
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “Reading Week 2011 ”
        Traveled to Varadero February 2011 with 2 other girls. We're all university students from Canada and we're looking for an inexpensive trip for our break. We got a deal through signaturevacations for 7 nights here under $700, not a bad price but also not the best hotel you've ever been to. Check in went fairly well, we only had one room and the roll-out bed wasn't too bad and the room fit us well. We visited some other rooms during the course of our stay and they were all pretty different. Villa Tortuga is made up of many smaller buildings, probably max 3 stories with 4 rooms on each probably, a pretty wide spread set-up. You definitely want to pay the fee for the safe, you get a key for it, so make sure to keep that safe and on your person at all times. They were good about giving out key cards if you forgot them/ locked yourself out. You also make a down payment for towels. Well worth it, you can exchange them during the day time, though it was sometimes tricky to find the towel guy.... the little shack sometimes closed up early. Staff was entertaining and welcoming. Bartenders were great as long as you were nice to them . We were loving the mojitos until the mint ran out :( it happened twice. They were generous with the booze though, you could tell. There are 3 main bars: Lobby, Poolside & Beach. Lobby bar - open 24hrs, coffee, hard liquor, no beer. Bring your own cups if you don't want to carry around teeny tiny plastic ones all day. People would be around all sorts of hours. Always someone to talk to. People smoked a bit there, but it wasnt too overwhelming. Late at night they'd make us grilled cheese, sometimes with ham. Partying usually continued a bit after we got home from the bars. Poolside- Pretty good place, there is a covered area incase you want to hang out in the shade, some umbrellas at the tables and a bunch of lounge-chairs. entertainment took place here at night, we watched one of the shows and were corralled into trying the dancing. Funny once or twice, but then it got boring. I loved the 530 bingo though, you won a bottle of rum if you were the first to get the bingo, we were sooo close. Beach - unbelievable water, endless beaches and crystal blue water. I couldn't get enough. There werent that many chairs, you would have to do a bit of searching but every day worked out alright for us. Water was warm enough to swim in but still refreshing. There was a beach bar, had beer and rum. You could also get a guy to slice up coconut for you with a machete, they were good. Food - Nothing special, its Cuba. We didnt go in expecting wonderful things, sooo it wasnt the worst. In the morning you can have eggs cooked to your preference, it became our go-to. Lots of the other food was runny. They had a lot of bread selection and some good juices. Coffee and things weren't hard to come by either. There was usually fresh cut up fruit, mangos and stuff... Salads and the main meals were alright, there was a pasta dish and a beef stew we liked. All the food was labelled so you generally had an idea of what was going on. We never went hungry. Also the poolside bar did burgers and hot dogs most days. Also mini pizzas, there was usually a line up, so it would take awhile but it was worth it. One or two days the guys mysteriously dissapeared for hours and left a ton of us waiting at the bar in line... No pizza that day. But it gave you a break from some of the mundane food choices. We never got too hungry- some people we met were a bit pickier but had thought to bring snacks and things from home. On another note we were told that a place called Kikis, just around the corner was good so we went one night. wowww huge portions. Share with a friend. But it was delicious and affordable. People: When we got there we were shocked there weren't more university aged students, we met a group from Montreal and a couple from Ottawa that we hung out with for most of the week. There were some people who'd been there for a month already, and a variety of ages. A huge group of people from Finland came in and made our week, tons of beach volleyball, billiards and great people. Clubs & such: Varadero is a long skinny peninsula so you've got to travel a bit because Tortuga is right at the base, we went to Havana Club (maybe twice?), International and the bar in the Cave. International was maybe the most authentic, but if you're not planning on dancing like the cubans then it wont be your favourite spot, also cover was ridiculously high. Havana Club and the Cave were hot and sweaty and full of Canadians with top 40 music mostly. Its not fancy, but it did the trick, all we really wanted was sunshine, booze and warmth! This spring I'm headed back, but to another place just down the beach. Wanted to try another place out.

      • birdsofafeather1
        IceBlizzard
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        “Glad the complainers won't return. ”
        Hotel and services were excellent. Communication is all that one needs to apply. People are not mind readers. All my requests were attended to, even when I battled the lack of spanish I had to work with. Beach is immaculate. Night entertainment was fabulous. Food was good. Booze was great. Room was perfect. There is a "on resort moron" named Keith who should not be on the resort. He is not a tourist, and is constantly drunk/leach. Get rid of him. Please complain more, I love this resort.

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        ada7401
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Gran Caribe Villa Tortuga, Varadero, Cuba”
        Nice and clean hotel. I stayed there in March 2008. Good food, drinks and unforgettable magnificent turquoise sea! The Hotel has a great location. Just a few minutes walk from market place. Don´t need to use a bus. Very safe country. You must visit Havana and all those wonderful places there - Capitol, Bar El Floridita, La Bodeguita etc... I will definitely go back!

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        varadero2013
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “NICE HOTEL ”
        Good hotel this is my family, living within 5 miles of the hotel but it takes a few days of vacation,my son's birthday in Cuba, good attention, good price,day at the beach wonderful, the room good according to the price,

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        Pooti
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Best Option for a cheap & fun vacation!!! ”
        This all inclusive 7 day trip through Air Transat only Costed us $600USD after taxes. The hotel was small; surprisingly clean & very quiet in January. The rooms are old fashioned, but clean; the view nothin to brag home about, but the lovely weather made up for it. The staff were helpful & friendly (the young male staff, very flirtatious). the bars don't have much variety in drinks, although plenty of Havana club was available, so can't complain. I loves that the resort complex had the feel of an open air; adobe coloured; faded grandeur of a Cuban villa. The hallways were actually open verandahs, so the walk in and out of our hotel rooms were always a treat with the breeze & swaying palm tree views! This was definitely a pleasure. The buffet food was surprisingly delicious and some nights the chicken dish and the bean rice were the highlights! Would suggest don't try the cut fruits on display: there were fat flies sitting on the fruits & it looked like the fruits were out for days. The pool was very cold, hence the pool area was mostly dead. Also, look for a gentleman by the name of Alain, who mainly hangs out in the beachside bar. He arranges the volleyball tourneys. He also arranged for a day trip to Havana & Matanzas (Alain was also our tour guide that day), traveling in the museum-worthy 1950's style American cars. The beauty of this was trip was that it cost us exactly 50% less than what the air conditioned bus trip to Havana tour costs through the hotel.

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        cookettebabe
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “cookies ”
        We have been to Holguin, Manzilillo (plz excuse spelling) and Varadero a few times but this was the first time we ever dropped from a 4* to a 2* and must say this was the best vacation we have had. Keep seeing "pools" on here but there was only one pool with toddler pool attached. The food, well i am quite picky and managed to find nice food every day, the salad was great and it was better than most 4* that we have been in, but understand anyone going to Cuba knows it is not the greatest food. The beach of course was beautiful but i did find you had to reserve the lounge chairs and shade. The room was ok, but as most hotels in Cuba they all need updating, but bed was made everyday and clean. Staff was good but the bartender at poolside was amazing. Entertainment was good. We went for two weeks but would only go for one next time. There is a lake inlet up the street where you can fish, lots of locals with fishing wire and fishing, next time we are taking a couple of fishing rods and will fish and then leave the rods to the locals. Town is right on your doorstep which is nice. One night it was so hot we took a walk at 4am in the morning still little places open for a coffee or a beer and very safe walking. We walked for at least 2 hours up and back. You can get lobster meals on the main stretch and pizza and other things. Lobster was great, they barbiqued it in front of you. Can't wait to go back here.

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        wantTBretired
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “We stayed at this resort twice of 3 trips to Cuba ”
        We have stayed at this hotel 2 of 3 recent trips to Cuba. Unfortunately it was not a choice in a pkg for our most recent trip. Although this is rated a 2 star, I must say I prefer it over the 4 star that we stayed in last month. Of course we had an oceanfront property, and we were only about 70 feet from the ocean. Hearing the waves crash at night was wonderful. Beach is clean. What we liked the best is the "family" environment that the staff showed you. Because it is a smaller resort, the staff got to know you and they treated you well. The food, well is a typical buffet, but they had a couple of theme nights. You pick and choose what you like at the buffet. Breakfast was the best, with all the fruit. Also the ala carte was good. All the hotels are older, especially those that are located where this one is. Have to lower your Canadian standards for almost any hotel; except maybe the new ones at the tip (but those are in a very poor location) Villa Tortuga is in a great location... within walking distance of numerous markets and even downtown. Rooms are OK, but again the view made everything better. The maids made our beds every morning with a beautiful design. Lots of room in the rooms. Even get Bidets in the bathroom. We would most definately stay again. If you go please say hello to Basulto, the bartender from Brian and Kim! (We did make sure that we went to see him last month, even though we weren't staying there.

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        mfuzz8
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great beach and location! ”
        Our stay was in Jan. 2013. The resort for the most part is typical of Cuba. Although the quality of the buffet food was better than many of the other ones we have stayed at, the variety was lacking and got repetitive (remembering that this is winter here, not everything is in season). Like most resorts, there is a grill where meat is prepared at lunch and dinner, and omelettes are made at breakfast. Chicken, fish, beef and pork, as well as rice, beans, pasta and potatoes are staples. Assorted salads featuring pasta, cabbage and vegetables. Plenty of bread and rolls, and small cakes for deserts.Once a week they go all out with an outdoor lunch including items that don't make the regular buffet, including a roasted pig. The al la carte features a lobster dinner at no extra cost, be sure to book a reservation early. The rooms were dated, but clean. We found the beds hard, but we are used to a very soft mattress. The air conditioner was efficient and quiet. The room safe was not included in the cost of the room and was an additional 2 Pesos a day. Plenty of hot water in the bathroom and a roomy shower. No frills, but functional. Our room had a balcony with 2 chairs and a small table. The TV had stations originating from different countries, as well as local. Being Canadian, we appreciated having the CTV feed out of Montreal, which is about an 100 km. from home. The bars on the resort were typical. Cuban liquor and draft beer (except for the 24 hour lobby bar which did not serve beer).The resort ran out of mint, so Mojitos were not available for a couple days. The pool bar served sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers from 10am to 6pm. Not everything was available from day to day. The beach was the real gem of this resort. It was quiet and relaxing. The music from the beach bar was not overpowering as it can be at other resorts. Paddle boats and a catamaran were available for the guests free of charge, but the water conditions were a little to rough to take them out the duration of our stay. The rough seas were enjoyable for us, we had a great time being tossed around in the waves. These conditions did however wash up hundreds of jellyfish on the shore. We were not barred from swimming, but we remained cautious. The resort is located on the west-end of the City, so there are restaurants and markets within walking distance. The double decker buses are available for 5 Pesos unlimited use for the day for those who want to venture further. Taxis and horse-drawn carts are available, the usual rate is 1 Peso per kilometre, be sure to confirm a price first. The trade off off of being more central to downtown Varadero is the noise factor. Blaring music from other nearby bars and resorts, and traffic can be heard from some of the rooms. We travel with a white noise machine that helps to cancel out some of the interruptions. The staff was for the most part friendly and helpful. After we booked the resort, we noticed that the only two Canadian cities were offering packages to this resort (Montreal and Quebec City). There were many guests from Germany, Russia, Poland and other European countries so not very many guests spoke English at our resort.

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        FromKanata
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Bang on 3 star, quiet beach!!! ”
        We only spent 2 nights here, after moving from another resort. Tortuga acts and looks like most resorts in Cuba with the same buffets, shows, pool etc. It does, however have something we have not seen with a resort of this size,,,,,,,,an eerily quiet beach! My 3 year old was by far the loudest thing on the beach, and even she wasn't that loud! There seemed to be a large over 60 crowd sleeping in chairs on the beach, and being a Paramedic, I wondered many times if I should be assessing pulses, due to the complete lack of sounds and movement from the subdued blue haired community! The beach is a 10/10, and is an absolute gem for it to be this quiet. There was no over bearing music, or relentless activities. If you are in to pulling up a chair, and napping in the sun or shade this beach is the one. Downtown Varadero is about 5+ minutes away, close to some smaller markets etc. There is a Beatles restaurant/club on the main drag, and on Avenue 62 (I think?) there is live Cuban music after 9 every night with Salsa etc. Tortuga has the same, middle of the road bedrooms that get the job done for a good nights sleep etc. The staff were all very friendly, especially the front desk that booked our rooms in 15 minutes after leaving another resort (hassle free!). All in all, a solid 3 star resort in Cuba, close to everything you need!

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        Roman111111
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Very good value for money with fantastic beach ”
        We stayed at this hotel 4 nights. The room is clean, air condition quiet (it is not standard on the island), bed is confortable. The beach is the best on the island - white sandy, very clean and if you swim 200 meters, there is nothing in the water (no plants). The only wat we expected better were drinks at the bars - it is given in plastic cups everywhere and some are instant (pina colada), no mojito on offer.

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        Borracha
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Good deal in Varadero ”
        We already stayed at this hotel in 2008 and we come back last month. Hotel has a reasonable price and we have no complaints at all regarding our 3 weeks holidays spent there: smiling, friendly and helpful staff (a big thank to Damara our housekeeping lady), decent food at buffet and good drinks at bars. We moved from our first "small" room to a bigger standard one, just ask to the reception to see more rooms availables. Room are basic but if you go to Varadero you are not supposed to spend your day in the room, a wonderfull beach /sea is just waiting for you. You will find "different" review related to Villa Tortuga it depends on what you are expecting for: For us Villa Tortuga has a good value for money and we would go back for sure.

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        Penelope W
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great stay value for money ”
        My husband and I have stayed in many of the hotels in Varadero as we have been visiting the resort every year since 1996 This time four of us stayed at the Villa Tortuga for two weeks chosen mainly because we had some uncomfortable times with young people mainly Canadian being drunk noisy inconsiderate. We were recommended this hotel by travel company Cuba Direct. Great beach, enjoyed the food The staff were helpful and friendly. Rooms not top of the range but all we needed. A great base for us as we visited cuban friends near Varadero. Cheaper for all inclusive than a Casa Particuar.All food and national drinks included. Good location near markets. bars and Restaureants at downtown Varadero. A slight downside noise from night entertainment. We will definately stay here again. We were very comfortable at this hotel.

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        Zuzanna F
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Basic hotel with a wonderful beach ”
        This hotel offers a good value for money. It is quite basic, but you get what you pay for. The staff were friendly and helpful. At first we were placed in a room with leaking AC, so we complained and we were moved to a huge oceanfront room, which really made our stay. The food was not great, but keep in mind that this is Cuba. What is really great about this place is the beach. There are multiple places where you can lounge, the water is crystal clear and it is just very pretty and relaxing. Another advantage of this place is the location. Because it is in the beginning of Varadero it means that during excursions the bus will stop at this hotel last, so you can sleep in, and on the way back you will be the first one to be back. After a whole day of activity, this can really be a huge plus. If you are considering going to Cuba, keep in mind that local people everywhere will probably want you to give them something. What we were asked a lot was if we had pens and soap, so if you have a stash of soaps at home, Cuba is the place where you might make someone really happy with it.

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        Enanh10
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great for the money ”
        For the money you pay it was a great stay. Clean and nice rooms. Good (relative to cuba) buffet food. I wish the pool was heated though but other than that it was located right against the waters so it was nice to be able to walk there at any time. Bars were always well managed with friendly staff. Overall a nice 1-week all inclusive getaway here is great. We went 2nd week of January so it was cheap. Ran the whole trip for $500 including all taxes and fees.

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        nanni55
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “nice ”
        My girlfriend and I stay at Varadero, in this nice hotel. The first night whe stayed in a standard room because the hotel whas full. Bud at the reception there where verry friendly and whe got are superior room with frontal see view. My friend had room 220, no balcony, bud large windows and super view, I had room 308, with terras and everything you need, and alsow a working safe. Thats a bit of a problem, the safe in different rooms dont work are they have no door. The breakfast has everything you need, and for lunch its ok, whe are vegetarians so for us it was compleet. Rice, beans, squach pumpkin, guave fruit, pineappels etc... For the evening, whe go to the different restaurants outside, verry good lobster and other seafood for a bargain; Surtenly at restaurant le chef, a whole menu for 12 Cuc, and there where verry friendly to. Go with a old car to havana, its 80 Cuc, but what a experrions, you stop and sea what ever you like, have a nice chat with the driver, get some interesting tips what to sea etc.. Havana is incredible, so a relaxing atmosfeer, many things to sea, and don't forget the coktails and the music... Whe loved it and wont to go back.. Yes, cuba is a dream ...

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        JeffandShelleyB
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great times ”
        Our first family vacation and how lucky we were NOT to listen to all the rotten comments about Tortuga. It by far exceeded our expectations. Not a posh resort but rooms clean, food good, service EXCELLENT. You couldn't ask for nicer people, always willing to help you out. We have daughters and not once did we have to worry about them. Our waiter at night had our table set and ready to go with drinks for everyone as we walked in. For those of you that believe that because it's an all inclusive you don't need to tip, trying giving the staff a peso and see just how much better service is. Each day I left gifts(from the dollar store)on our bed for our maid, our room was spotless and we had more then everyone, Great experience going back soon. FUN, SUN and a Whole bunch of RUM, watch out Cuba because here we come!!!!!! Jeff and Shelley Ontario, Canada

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        claire123Lancashire
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “nice surprize ”
        Booked here for some winter sunshine, not quiet knowing what to expect.Like most people looked through the comments on this web site which were very mixed.First I will have to say I agree with most people the Hotel is described as a 5* and I would say more 4* .But star ratings abroad are very different from the UK.Saying this, for two of us we had a new two bedroom apartment with tv in lounge and bedroom with a few English channels, kitchen ( not sure why as the hotel is all inclusive). bath and a very powerful shower.All fittings excellent quality, with a very modern feel.Also nice seating area on a balcony.All in all spotless and modern.The hotel is modern also, with minimalistic feel.Staff pleasant, but do remember some only speak a little English so can not always under stand, so have a little patience.All staff smart and clean.The food is typical of a hotel,with air conditioning not always that hot,but great fish, and if you don't want self service, then book into the restaurant where we found the food hotter.The grill by the beach was good with great service, go for the fresh grilled tuna.The beaches are fantastic and in my view better than the Barbados.The island is windy, so watch out you do not get burnt.If you do not want to get the shuttle bus into saint maria,then you walk along the beach and pass on the way some beautiful clear blue waters. OK remember,this is an unspoilt island and this shows in st maria, a few bars and basic resturants very expensive, £15-£20 for tuna salad.Sun cream from one shop £20.Every thing is imported so at the moment expensive.Beers not that bad, but on the whole basic.Would not recommend self catering as no supermarkets as yet.Local crafts but not much else.This is a beach holiday,there is not a lot on the island so relax and read a few books.If you want to do a trip think twice, rip off.The hotel is all inclusive so the unbranded drinks were fine.Cava on tap.A good modern hotel, great spa but do feel overpriced, basic massage £80.Gym small but good equipment (Techno gym).Will go again, but I found a week was enough.The only down side was the flight, Thompson class this as a mid haul flight. For a 6 hour flight no films or any entertainment,rubbish food,and very small seating.I was told we could book extra leg room on board, my partner is 6'5, we were told by cabin staff a big fat no, even though there was a spare seat .This is a totally no frills flight, but might improve in time.Take euros, not many places take cards.Change your euros a bit at a time into escudos.Just remember this, at the moment is an unspoilt island but I am sure it will change in the next few years, so enjoy it while you can.

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        ugogirl07
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “A little piece of Heaven”
        We spent January 19-26/2012, basking in the sun on the Varadero Beach by the Villa Tortuga Resort. Seriously, I truly felt like I died and went to heaven while I lay in the sun on this spectacular beach listening to the peaceful sound of the ocean. The Villa Tortuga Resort, while being rated a 3 star at best, suited all that we required. The resort is very old, much like most places in Cuba, however, this is a very clean resort. The staff are very friendly and were very quick to assist with anything we needed. The room was a bit small but due to the person prior to us taking the safe key home, it was necessary to change rooms. The next room was great! I don't know if all the rooms have twin beds but we put ours together and it worked out just fine. The food, well, we believe there is something for everyone! You cannot be a fussy eater here as the choices are often similar in nature. For a change we did go to a Restaurant called Kiki's, it was awesome! They make fantastic pizza and very reasonably priced. We lucked out and our waiter "Joe" spoke English well and was able to convey to the chef that I have a severe shellfish allergy. We ate without worry and enjoyed the early evening atmosphere on their outside patio. We met a wonderful waiter by the name of "Roberto" in the buffet restaurant. A true gentleman! I hope you are as fortunate as us to have had the pleasure. Although there are many wonderful staff working in the Buffet, we only got to know Roberto and Marielle. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Tortuga. The pool was very clean and there are lots of chairs available. The Bar Cafe is fantastic thanks to the wonderful gentleman who makes the best "special" coffee. (Unfortunately, I cannot remember his name). My husband is not a big coffee person but we both went every day and enjoyed 2 cups, sometimes 3. Cuban coffee is by far the best I have ever tried. We brought home 3 bags. Tips are very appreciated. If you are planning to take extras for the people, we were told by various staff, they are in need of clothing and shoes. They will share with others if what is given them does not meet their needs. We are already planning our next trip and cannot wait to return.

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        I A
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Very Comfortable Stay ”
        This place really met my expectations in terms of service, room quality & cleanliness, food & drinks: you definitely get what you pay for. So don't pay $500-$600 & expect North American style services, amenities & luxuries. Personally speaking, I find it rather ridiculous behaviour from travellers, when they go to other countries & expect to get all the little luxuries that they are used to at home & forget that they are visiting a different country & culture, so travellers may have to adjust their expectations! -The rooms were airy, well maintained & clean- there were some ants & mosquitoes but turning on the A/C and leaving the room cold takes care of that. -The shower was low pressure & we didn't have hot water for a few days, but as soon as we let the reception know, they promptly took care of it. -Yes the room does smell like an oil spill at night-time (didn't happen everyday), but we found out that Varadero (and Matanzas province where Varadero is located in) is a major energy & oil producing center of Cuba & there is an oil refinery 10km away. So at night-time they turn on the gas valve: hence the smell. Even Varadero town has a hint of gasoline in the air. I'm sure Cuba's gasoline needs are high, considering the gas hogging 1950's style American cars that most Cubans drive - There were a couple of bars: a small pool bar, where one could get delicious pina coladas with coconut shavings & cinnamon sprinkled on top; a pool-side drinks & snack bar (had delicious hot dogs there); a Lobby bar; and the Beach-side tiki hut/bar where you could get coconuts to drink, as well. Only downside is that most of the bars close after a certain time & only the Lobby Bar stays open till late into the night, hence the Lobby bar would be packed at night & getting our drinks would take some time. Also, the hotel seemed to run out of Mojitos most nights. But we still got our supply of unlimited drinks whenever we wanted & the staff were most obliging. Especially go visit 'Arnaldo' at the coffee/espresso bar, he makes some delicious coffee & cappucino & is very friendly! - The Beach is very very nice, the waters warm & clean, volleyball courts & a massage center. The lifeguards are always roaming the beach & they put up signs to let you know when the waters are too rough for boating/wind-surfing. Some people complain that the sand on the beach has too many shells & pebbles, which makes it uncomfortable to walk on & how other resorts clean out the sand on the beach. Well if that's the case, then please stay at a 5 star resort or better yet, don't leave home. - There is only one pool & the waters are not heated, so couldn't do swimming. That's ok, since this is the difference between a 3 star & a 4.5 star resort. - The food was pretty good, considering that I didn't have high expectations of Cuban food. Some lunches & dinners were particularly good. I really liked the meat cooked on the grill, their fried chicken, their brown rice with beans, pumpkin, mince meat, turkey, sweet potatoes & corn. The food was mostly repetitive with only one or two items changed up each meal, but still I found the food tasty. The desserts & fruits were always the same. The A La Carte restaurant food (Neptuno Restaurant) food was ok, although the soup was really delicious! Overall, I was well fed & satisfied, but we did go out to Varadero town for some lobster, just to add some variety. - Calling internationally from Cuba is very very expensive, so I mostly used the internet right on the resort. You can get a 30 minute card for 5 CUC & use it for your entire stay. However, I found the computer rather slow & one day there was absolutely no internet. - The staff were very friendly, helpful, up for talking to you & obliging. We left them very good tips. One of the staff people even gave a baby who was in our group a toy as a gift! A special mention to "Alain" who is part of the night entertainment team, but you'll see him at the beach during daytime. He speaks very good English & is one of the more popular staff members. He also organizes private tours to Havana & Matanzas City for only 50 CUC in classic vintage cars. He gives a lot of history, takes you to parts of Havana which the tourists never see & takes you to a rum/cigar factory. - They have a desk in the front lobby that sells excursions, however, they aren't pushy & aggressive about selling you excursions. As can be expected, the excursions are pretty pricey for the budget traveller & you are better off going on your own or with Alain to see Havana. - Since the hotel has a more airy open concept design with a lot of verandahs, you are likely get bitten by mosquitoes, so make sure to have insect repellant & Cortisol cream on hand. - A clinic was very close by which is most convenient! You can also walk over to Varadero town & eat at the restaurants there if you want some variety. "Kiki" serves really good Italian food & was literally 2 mins away by walking - If you left a note on the door for the chambermaid to clean your room, they do clean it up really well & immediately; leave freshly laundered towels & toilet paper roll & make your bed. If you give a good tip, she will do designs with the towel & leave it on your bed. Ours did a sail-boat with water design with the towels. - Its a safe, secure, resort, felt comfortable walking about by myself, nothing went missing from my room. They do charge for the safety deposit box, so if you don't want to pay that but still want to secure your money & travel documents, then bring some locks with you & lock it up in your luggage. I did that & nothing went missing. - I loved the design of the resort. Rather than a behemoth of a hotel building with marble floors & carpets which I would expect in North America, it looked more like a Cuban villa, with brightly coloured paint (yellow & orange), verandahs & hallways so lots of air & sunlight coming in & each room had their own balcony. - If you do come in the afternoon, they don't give you your rooms until 4pm,so you can leave your luggage in a courtesy room, change & head to the beach/lunch/drink to kill time, until you get your rooms. Which is exactly what we did. - Maybe it was the time of the year, but we mostly came across couples & families, so the resort was more quieter & didn't have much of a party scene. The beach also doesn't have a night-time bonfire & party. But there are many great clubs in Varadero & if you find "Alain", he can tell you which clubs to go to & what days are good days to go. We went to 'The International' on a Thursday night & had a crazy good time! I'll say that I had a very good & comfortable stay which made my vacation. If I were to come to Cuba again on a budget, then I would most definitely stay here again.

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        howard57
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “what a gem and the best staff as usual ”
        This is my third time staying at tortuga in the last three years.This place has never yet disapointed me.I dont know how some of you people can bad mouth this place.The manager has this place running like well lubes machine.The staff are all super freindly and even go out of there way to help you! I went from nov 17 to 24.Great weather not one drop of rain and nice and hot.I went by myself and got it for 545.00 everything included.This hotel waves the single supplement in november and april.All the staff no me there and when i checked in and the staff saw mer i had hugs and kisses from the female staff and hugs and hand shakes from the guys.Even a lot of us tourists from all over the world know each other there cause we come around the sametime so we all have one big party there all week. Remember guys you dont come to cuba for the food ,you come for the 5 star beach and great hospitality from the staff! Check inn, Was good.I got to my room with raul the bell boy.I checked everything out and i noticed that the air conditioner wasnt working.So i went back to the front desk and told her what happened.She told me to go back to the room and the maintanence guy will be there shortly.He came and could not fix it .So i had to get a room change.I went for supper first than i went back and one of my friends was working the desk and he gave me an upgrade to room 217-1.Its by itself over the gyme facing the pool and stage.It was a one bedroom apartment with a king size bed andfull bathroom with tub and shower.Alsowhen you walked in you had a sitting area with table and chairs and a futon.I had all the hot water i wanted cause i had no neibours!My room was well cleaned,always fresh towels. I got the maid a bunch of toiletries from the dollar store which i left a couple of things and a few pesos each day.She was very happy and thanked me! Food There was always something to eat.Ifound breakfeast the best.They had an egg station were they made the eggs any way you like them.Always bacon as well. I went to kikis club just to the right of the hotel.This place has the best food and very cheap as well as big portions!I had a shrimp pizza which was to die for.It was 8 slices with about 24 pieces of shrimp on it for 6.35 pesos.Its enough for 2 people but i finished it.You also have to order ther lobeester for 25 pesos. Beach 5star and amazing.The water was nice and warm and no jellyfish at all the whole week!Always lounge chairs available. Remember tip the staff especial a peso at every meal and you will be surprized at how they will takke care of you and remember you. The bars T he pool bar is good for beer and great hamburgers and sandwiches in the afternoon.You have the lobby bar that s open 24 hours.The serve coffee. ,and mixed drinks no beer. Excursions, The havana day trip is great,as well as the jeep safari,and swim with the dolphins.

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        Conway466
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Wedding February 2012 ”
        We first stayed at this hotel Jan/11 and we love it, so we returned Feb/12 to get married. Laudina you are the best and I still can not belive how beautiful you made our wedding. This hotel is right on a breathtaking beach, it is over fifty year old but well mantained and clean. It is in walking distance to all the makets, the big one 15 blocks away. We were a group of 42 and everyone was mostly happy, you can never please all the people all the time. Most of our group said they would stay at that hotel again. Most of the group were from Canada and it cost us about $950.00 per person for a week in paradise; for your flight,transfers,hotel,food,drink. We did not book as a wedding group,we just booked as a group, we paid for the wedding package at Villa Tortuga, which cost less than most wedding dresses. I would not pay more than $1,200.00 for a wedding dress. The rest of the group were from Ireland and their journey was longer (18hrs) but they loved it too, and I think some of them might do it again. They liked the hotel and the service. The first time we stayed at the hotel we ate at the buffet every meal and that can get very boring. This time we ate breakfast and lunch at the hotel and mostly when out for dinner. There is a Italian reastraunt a couple of blocks away on the corner, that had the best pizza for 6cuc. Down the road about 32 blocks a great place, forget the name something V with a flower in the sign, that had the best lobster, fish and shrimp plate for about 15cuc. All the reviews say Cuban food is not very good, but if you pay very little where the locals go you get great food. We also when to the Xanadu golf courses for dinner what a place, 35cuc for the lobster there but my god so worth it right from the sea fresh daily and huge. The food there was on another level. I will also go back to Xanadu for lunch so I can see the amazing view it was dark when we had dinner there. There is also a great buger stand around 30 blocks 5cuc buger,fries,pop. The thing people have to know about Cuba, and most of it attraction for me is things happen slower in Cuba, the Cubans don't get caught up in a rat race like us, they stop and smell the roses, it is part of the Cuban charm, and they are the most charming people. So if you are expecting instant service Cuba may not be for you. I will return to Villa Tortuga alot, and Cuba in general there are a couple of other part I would also like to see.

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        Melissa B
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Awesome vacation!!! ”
        We just returned from our 2 week vacation Feb 10-24 2012 We stayed at the Villa Tortuga Varadero. We absolutely loved it......as we are not into the party scene and night life, this resort suited us just fine. Small resort, clean rooms, incredible staff, AMAZING beach, decent food (btw I am the world's most picky eater) People must realize they are in different Country therefore the food will indeed be different. I stayed at a 5 star in Varadero a couple of years ago and the food was no better, but I was a happy Woman, as I was this time around. Why? Because I didn't have to go to work, cook or clean for two whole weeks!!!!! Amen. All in all......no this resort isn't a posh 5 star, but the service we received was 5 star in my books and we plan on returning real soon.

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        Abel
        Review about Villa Tortuga Hotel
        Average Average

        In the Varadero beach
        The Hotel and Villas Tortuga, located in a peaceful sector in Varadero Beach, provides guests with an excellent atmosphere to enjoy the comfort of a high-standard establishment. Equipped with all modern amenities, the hotel has roomy areas and green gardens whose color contrasts with the wide white-sand beach strip that covers the seashore, bathed by the turquoise blue sea. The hotel is 100 meters from the beach and two kilometers from downtown Varadero. It is 19 kilometers away from Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport, the main airway for foreign vacationers who travel to the world-famous beach resort.