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When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

Kuujjuaq, Canada
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for Prince Edward Island
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When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

Just noticed in my routine search/obsessive search that Barcelo Marina Palace is listed as Blau Marina Palace. This must be a new change is it not? Interesting to see if Blau turns things around.

Barrie, Canada
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12 reviews
1. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

Ya ...Just noticed myself....The travel sites list 3 Blau resorts in Varadero now...

Blau Varadero, Blau Marina Palace and Blau Cayo Libertad..

Vancouver Island...
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14 reviews
2. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

They changed hands July 1st. The Barcelo group has also left Cayo Santa Maria as of July 1st.

Too many name changes these days with different hotels.

Barcelona, Spain
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163 reviews
3. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

Let's see if the Blau changes up the Marina Palace, From what I have heard it was in desperate need of change!

Sherbrooke, Canada
5 posts
1 review
4. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

I was there when they changed name. They changed officially on 1st July. I did not see change... Blau is Cuban = hotel will be worst.

Barcelona, Spain
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15,713 posts
163 reviews
5. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

Blau is actually a Spanish chain and it actually has a much better track record in Cuba than Barcelo ever had..

Calgary, AB
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36 reviews
6. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

Both Blau and Barcelo are Spanish hotel chains.

Denholme, United...
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95 reviews
7. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

I just returned from the blau varadero and thought the place was fantastic. I have also stopped at blau natura park in punta cana dom rep and again thought it was a fantastic hotel. So I'd say things will prob change for the better.

Newton Aycliffe...
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for Cuba, Rafael Freyre, Guardalavaca, Holguin
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57 reviews
8. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

So many hotels have changed hands in Cuba in the past year it's almost impossible to keep up with them. Indicates to me that something is wrong. My guess is they had disagreements with Gaviota, who own the other 51%.

Toronto
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9. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

I know Gaviota own Sol Sirenas and Coral now, what are some of the other resorts they own?

Barcelona, Spain
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163 reviews
10. Re: When Did Blau Take Over Barcelo Marina Palace?

Gaviota owns 51% , Melia owns the other half..