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#1 Blau Varadero
#1 Blau Varadero
Varadero
Cuba
732 reviews
Relaxing, enjoyable week
This was our second time to Blau Varadero, last time was a year ago. The check in was very quick and efficient, the room was clean and spacious, we purchased the upgrade to ocean view which was fabulous. Always had hot water, great water pressure, tub, shower with 2 shower heads. The staff are just amazing and hardworking. The beach is one of the best we've ever visited, and we've been to, and we've been to many. No seaweed, just a few pebbles and small sea shells on edge of water, perfect for long walks in either direction. Always felt very safe, no one hassled or harassed anyone on the beach. This is the number one reason for returning to Varadero. There are shortages, worsened at the moment. No eggs two days, no problem for us and everyone was kind and understanding, there were lots of other things, like ham, cheese, croissants, and other breads, lots of papaya, guava, pineapple. There was even chicken and vegetable, always sweet potatoes, sausages, even liver in gravy. Anyone going to Cuba will have read about these shortages and should make their decision with no expectations. Lunch and dinner, had lots of braised meats, salads, tomatoes, cucumbers etc Small selection of desserts, home style squares and cookies. Some food is over cooked, the grilled beef is very chewy and they don't have a lot of spices, but always found choices we liked. And their ice cream is delicious. Also, grilled hamburgers, chicken and fish, by the pool. Next time we will bring our own oil & vinegar for salad. Also, no ketchup, mayo or mustard if it's your thing, we don't use it. The drinks we had were good. Pina coladas were the best at the piano bar. One day there was no coke, also not a problem for us. Any tips are so greatly appreciated by the staff. We tipped one us$ when we were served our drinks, and in the morning at the beach for beach chair setup.And $5 Canadian daily for room cleaning lady. We did not buy any pesos, as we didn't buy anything there, and they accept US$, just have the correct amount. There is a hop on hop off bus that takes you to Varadero. We took some used, good condition T-shirts and other clothing, bandaids, nail polish and hair elastic and asked one of the servers if she could use it. She was thrilled, and said they will accept anything and would share with the people in her village. Also take any meds you think you might need, they have shortages in the pharmacies too. We are already planning our next visit next year.
#4 Sol Caribe Beach
#4 Sol Caribe Beach
Varadero
Cuba
23 reviews
Loved Sol Caribe Beach Varadero!
We had a great time at SOL Caribe Beach Varadero on March Break 2024. Overall we were happy with everything. It took a few days to find the food we liked but we eventually were able to. There was a ton of food selection but it wasn't very good! We finally learned that waiting for fresh cooked omelettes, pasta, chicken, or anything else you could see them make was decent! We didn't experience many shortages until our last day. They ran out of vodka at all the beach bars, no eggs, pasta, or cheese - but that was just 1 day for us. All the other days we had no issue. We also didn't think about the A La cartes until our 4th night and it was DELICIOUS! So thankfully we could get in to 3 different a la cartes for our last 3 nights! The beach was BEAUTIFUL. We went down to save chairs around 7:30 am to get front row chairs that was close to the beach bar boardwalk. No issues. Our last 2 days we sat in chairs by the other boardwalk. It was much quieter over there and tons of free chairs - didn't even go down to save any early on. This spot was just further from the bar but we didn't mind as we only stayed at the beach until 1 most days. The sand is SO soft and the entire beach is just so clean and wonderful. They always had music on the beach. We didn't use the catamarans or paddle boats this time. Entertainment on the beach was fun - aquafit and salsa dancing. People were always playing volleyball too. There was security in the section that is close to the beach bar area. The pool was great. Never felt packed. All the bartenders (beach and pool bar) were amazing. The kids loved when the beach bar staff rang the bell if they tipped. Pool always had entertainment going on and music. Fun atmosphere. There is a smaller “deeper” pool that was very quiet and away from most people. We tipped in American dollars because they don't like having the coins. Everyone was very friendly except for the front desk staff. A lot of the staff could speak some sort of little English - except the front desk staff which was interesting! I feel they should be able to speak English for if we need help with anything! It was very clean and everyone worked very hard at the resort! We had a wonderful time and definitely would go back again!!
#8 Melia Internacional
#8 Melia Internacional
Varadero
Cuba
148 reviews
BEST IN VARADERO
MELIA INTERNACIONAL Absolutely beautiful. Super clean, very large. We had booked The Level, adults 18 which put us in building 9 which was a separate building from the main block of buildings. It had its own private check in desk, private restaurant, lobby bar, pool, and a beautiful top floor bar with indoor and outdoor seating. Building 9 was very quiet and not a busy area, but great for anyone wanting to relax and have quiet time. We had access to all the restaurants, pools, and bars as well as a separate area on the beach. The beach was probably the best beach in Varadero we have been on. Large, soft sand, and an abundance of lounge chairs with umbrellas. There wasn't any need to rush to the beach to save chairs. However, it would fill up by around 10 am, so if you wanted a good spot arriving earlier would be recommended. A note about the beach, safest we have been on. Life Guards, usually 3 patrolled the beach all day. We had heavy waves for a few days and they were strict with the people for their own safety. They were aware and alert, a thank you shout out to them. There was a very nice kids area, with play stations and pool area. Restaurants were all great. We used our private restaurant in the morning. Food was plentiful, real eggs every morning. With our 18 Adult category in building 9 we had unlimited access to bottled water and non-alcohol drinks. A La Cartes in the evening were great. Food was very good. They worked hard on presentation. They had BBQ's during the day on the grounds, there was food service around the whole resort during the day. We did go to 1 of the 2 buffet once at noon and it was good. Bars, there everywhere. They had evening entertainment usually in 3 different locations, so you had a choice and then the later 9:45 shows were in there theater. The Staff…… Super great, very tentative, truly happy to see you and genially grateful you were there. Grounds workers kept the grounds spotless and very tidy. In a nutshell, Melia Internacional would be an excellent resort for family's and adults. The Adult 18 would be great for the more senior guests. Being a large resort it never seemed crowded. Would we return, absolutely. Would we recommend this resort, absolutely. It is a bit higher priced then most of the resorts in Varadero but worth it. If you want to know more please let us know, I am sure we could add to this. Sincerely Eric and Tara
#17 Iberostar Bella Vista Varadero
#17 Iberostar Bella Vista Varadero
Varadero
Cuba
272 reviews
Hotel with potential, but….
Rooms need a lot of love and upgrades hallways need renovations, broken tiles and old Dirty chipped Paint and water damages everywhere, food and cutlery in halls left behind by guest, could be better kept.we picked the Iberostar chain because it accommodates a family of 5 with two connecting rooms. The beach was beautiful the hotel is nice but needs so much work! Out of all the elevators, only one worked and it took on average 5 minutes for the thing to get to your floor! We took the stairs all week 6 stories up, I didnt mind, but for people with mobility issues, it's a pain.Moldy bath, walls,sheets they all have stains, Smells like humidity and very musty! Air conditioning works ok, had to change room because the unit wouldn't stay on and room was damp sheets needed to be changed because of the humidity and bathroom faucet wouldn't work. Half Rolls of toilet paper in the rooms, better to bring your own, at least you know who else has used it before you.two glass bottles of water per room, not replenished unless you specifically ask! Sheets were never changed the entire 7 days, towels changed once on demand. We left over 160$ CAD and lots of new clothes,food,school supplies,toys,and basic toiletries/hygeine items every day. It didn't help the punctuality for the cleanliness of our room or the service we would receive in the room…. Food was limited, little to no variety in the buffet, had no eggs,pancakes,or even sliced bread.repetitive items like always same two fruits ( papaya and pineapple)in the buffet all week, same veggies all week, carrots,potatoes only. We had fried tomatoes on occasion. No soft drinks during the week for drinks,limited wine we had white one day and a”rosé” twice during the week. only fruit juice we had was guava and papaya all week, rest was all made from instant powdered sugar ( lemonade and orange juices). We brought our peanut butter, ketchup,toilet paper,towels,cereal bars,candy,cookies,gatorades,apple sauces as we were traveling with children. But we wouldn't have survived the week without the snacks we packed! The site itself is nice,clean pools and up-kept beach, only down side is the same CD playing over and over all day for the 7 days by the pool at a very very loud volume. I love loud music, but one Spanish cd all week blaring at the pool from 10:00am to 6:00pm was a little much they could use more chairs at the pool but there's enough room to lay on a towel. 1 bathroom stall per section was available all week, without toilet paper and toilet seat was mostly optional. So 1 toilet at the pool,1 toilet at the lobby, 1 toilet at the buffet etc, all week. We had to wait very often for the toilet because of this. With a 8 yr old child who unfortunately got a stomach bug on day 2 of our stay,this was a pain in the butt as she couldn't always hold it. Also, no hand soaps in the common area washrooms either! Entertainment,They could've posted more information for the entertainment planed per day, as it was a guessing game all week as to where and when their would even be any entertainment. Staff was mostly friendly, one certain barman at the lobby bar seemed to hate his job, no table service in the lobby we would wait at the bar to get coffee or drinks. the ladies tending to the washrooms would often ask for handouts, Tylenol,food etc.but they were nice to us and polite. Ladies in the buffet were so sweet and friendly! They would always reserve a table to accommodate our group of 11 people for every meal! Given the current situation with food I wouldn't recommend or go back until something changes. Even in the city, we went down to the stores to get more snacks and everything was bare and the prices are ridiculous.

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