Mar Del Sur Varadero

Mar Del Sur Varadero

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See why so many travellers make Islazul Mar del Sur Aparthotel their hotel of choice when visiting Varadero. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Rooms at Islazul Mar Del Sur Aparthotel Hotel offer a refrigerator, a kitchenette, and air conditioning.

Guests of Hotel Mar Del Sur are also welcome to enjoy a pool and free breakfast, located on site.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Varadero 60, La Casa De Al, and La Gruta, which are some seafood restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

Should time allow, Iglesia Santa Elvira, Artecru, and Parque Central are some popular attractions that are within walking distance.

At Islazul Mar del Sur Aparthotel, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Varadero.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Parking
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Outdoor dining area
Poolside bar
Water park offsite
Nightclub / DJ
Kids club
Airport transportation
24-hour security
Convenience store
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Clothes rack
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Refrigerator
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City view
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Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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2.5 of 5 stars
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English, Spanish

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Calle 30 / 3era y Autopista, Varadero Cuba
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Club Karey P wrote a review Apr 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a great hotel, I had low expectations but I received a huge surprise. They are two stars, but the service is really great, the rooms, the food and drinks, and we know they work really hard to please their clients. The Entertainment is fantastic!!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded Aug 17, 2023
Thank you very much for your comment, it will help us improve and it will be of great help to customers who want to visit us. We are a group that we like our clients to leave satisfied during their stay in our facility. Thank you so much
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eloragirl wrote a review Mar 2023
Elora, Canada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
very cheap and that is what you get. Fairly clean but most stuff doesn't work or only does so poorly. Beds were ok pillows terrible sometimes no towels and we didn't have sheets the first night. Toilet was repaired 3 times and still .... Sometimes out of glasses sometimes out of beer. Line ups to get into dinning room for meals and usually no glasses or cups and no coffee. Bread was very dry and stale. Buffet was filled with a lot of recycled food. Staff is very friendly and try their best. lots of cats but no dogs. Very very noisy.
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Date of stay: March 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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We are sorry that this is your opinion and that we have not been able to change it during your stay, in the same way we appreciate your comment as it will be of great help to improve our services.
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loosehead p wrote a review Aug 2005
Quispamsis, New Brunswick
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Where to begin?

A buddy and I travelled down to Cuba in March to check out Varadero. We were sitting around one day and thought, "Man this Winter is way to long" if you've ever been to the Maritimes you'll know what I mean. So in the course of a couple of hours and a couple of good Alpine we booked a trip on a last minute deal to the Mar Del Sur.

Now to be honest we did check out the reviews here first before booking and they were extremely helpful. And they ranged from Excelletn to Terrible, so I figured it must be somewhere in between then. From my experience it was better than the middle.

First off, lets get the standard disclaimers out there.

1. This is Cuba, Not Canada, Particularly not Toronto.
2. If you don't like Chicken, Fish and Pork don't eat it.
3. If you are looking for people to run after your every whim, your in the south Man, forget it.
4. Its a 2 star resort, what were you expecting.

Now for the good rules.

1. You can't drink all the Beer in Varadero on your first day, but try anyway.
2. The weather is always beautiful.
3. The people are proud, friendly and fun.
4. Treat people with respect and you'll get it in return.
5. The Beach is terrific.
6. Crystal is a great beer, so is Buccanero and that Miabbee one.

Things that were fun.

Rent Mopeds:

There is a place right across the street that rents them to you for about $25 for the day. But really its too hot to drive all day so if you wanna just see the peninsula, rent it for 3 or 4 hours. Oh one other thing. They give you the moped empty. They will point you to a gas station up the road. Don't fill the tank. I put $10 of gas in and probably used a dollars worth. They don't refund you on the gas.

Go to Havana:

There is a bus tour that goes into Havana. Its worth it, beautiful architecture, amazing scenery but its an all day thing and about 6 hours in a bus. We didn't do the tour and decided to go on the bus. Much cheaper but we missed it. So a nice Cuban Gentleman then offered to taxi us into havana for $80 return and show us the sights. It was great but one note of caution, This is not a government sanctioned taxi and they take the back roads. But it was beautful up through the mountains and I'll tell ya, pulling into this little roadside cantina in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of locals standing looking at ya, well you have to wonder at that point, "Am I about to be Robbed?" I think that was the best part of the trip. Nice people really and a lot of fun. But be careful, a couple of other people we met down there did the same thing and got stopped at a checkpoint and ended up spending a couple of hours in the Police station while the authorities fined the driver.

Sit in a Cantina:

There are a bunch of great Cantina's along the main road. You can sit at them for hours drinking cold beer for a buck a piece and watching the world go by. Try it, its very relaxing.

Catamaran Tour:

Absolutely a must. Its an all day trip where they pick you up at the hotel and you sail out of the main port, the boats are amazing, the crew is grea and they will take you out to the Reef and you go snorelling and then its off to the little island where there is a sandy beach that is a couple of miles long, they serve you Lobster Tails and shrimp which are Delicious, and then its off to swim with the dolphins. Oh and its all drinks included and its $75 a piece for the trip but worth every penny. and wandering along the beach with a Poor Wee Beautiful Portugese Girl didn't hurt the trip either.

The Beach:

Its excellent, but get there early to get a lounger, the Beach Bar runs out of the free beer by mid afternoon. But ther is always more at the hotel. The water is warm, the sand is hot and the view is incredible.

The Clubs:

Calle 62 is an amazing place that in the evening has live shows and the local cuban people show up and dance. And man can the women move. Its just a great place to sit and relax and watch the goings on. Afterwards you can walk up the street to the Havana Club which is a big dance club and is primarly for the Younger crowd but its a lot of fun. It is primarly all Tourists. Now if you wander a couple of blocks over you will find the Campisitro. Its a Cuban Club and its locals dancing and drinking and its an incredible spot. It is an open courtyard with stages for dancing and a roof top patio. Oh and I forgot to mention, all these clubs are all inclusive except for Calle 62. The Havana Club is $10 and Campisitro is $7. And that means its all you can drink. Just remember tip the bartender when you order your first drink and from then on, they'll reach over the cheap peole to hand you a drink.

Reastaruants:

Tons of good ones. There is a park up by the Calle 62 that has four great restuarants with amazing food and good prices. The cuban restaurant was my favourite and dinner was only $10 and that included, appetizer, soup, entree, and desert and a drink. All the little burger joints on the street are great and oh if you want the best Pina Colada in the world go to the park with the restaurants and there is a little bar on the lake that serves them. You can't miss it. It was the first time I tried one of them sissy drinks but it was great, even bought me a blender when I got home.

All in all its a great place, the hotel is decent, Nothing fancy but adequete and hell if your going to Varadero to sit on the resort, cough up the $2000 and go to sandals or beahes, If not save your money, stay at the Mar Del Sur and leave the resort and wander the streets.

Oh by the way, as to how safe it is, We could walk the streets at 4 in the moring with no problems. Of course were all fairly big Rugby players so that may have helped. Oh and we even played a game of Rugby while we were there. As this was officially the Canadians Rugby Football Club First ever tour of Varadero. Next years should be even more of a blast.
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Date of stay: March 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Samantha M wrote a review Jan 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Horrible experience. We were all inclusive. I went with my dad. EVERYTHING was missing, when I say EVERYTHING. No water for 7 days, the two first days no cola's for rum coke. Some days no more rum. No sugar. We had to buy everything out of the hotel in the other bars/stores. Our sheets and towels were changed one time in the whole week and it's because we gave the lady 5$ and told her to change everything. Sheets and towels were stained. Staff were very rude. People that weren't from the hotel came in and out as pleased. People taking loads of food out of the buffet into bags or even straight into plates to their rooms. People bringing loads of food and bottles of alcoohol to people that were not from the hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Do not go there.
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Response from Lázaro Alberto Rodriguez Santana, Director General at Mar Del Sur Varadero
Responded Aug 17, 2023
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Maria211096 wrote a review Apr 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great time in Mar del Sur .This is our 5th time and we will come back for sure ,it has become our second home. The staff is so nice and professional .We received a great service at the buffet ,the food was really good and everything so well organized .The location and all the facilities around ,right at the center of downtown ,make of it a priveleged hotel Animation was outstanding,the shows by Randy and Yunior definitely are the best.We want to thank this wonderful team .
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Lázaro Alberto Rodriguez Santana, Director General at Mar Del Sur Varadero
Responded Aug 17, 2023
Thank you very much for your comment, it will help us improve and it will be of great help to customers who want to visit us. We are a group that we like our clients to leave satisfied during their stay in our facility. Thank you so much
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Tarta37 wrote a review Mar 2020
Frankfurt am Main
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is in a good location near the beautifull beach. 2 stars hotel with much work and less workers. Room clean but sometimes not towels ... and very small too. Very old ppl make there holiday since years... not good for young generation. I was thinking im in a hospice. The reception make big different treatment between cuban guest and tourist
.. we are all the same if we pay a service. Animation was not always good... very boring. At the beach also i was thinking im not on caribbean land. Varadero is beautifull but better rent a room.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Suset Lisvet L wrote a review Jan 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Hotel is centrally located in Varadero which is really convenient. The satff is really nice and always willing to help the clients.
The food and the services are pretty good for a 2 stars category hotel. I got more than I was expecting for. Really happy with my stay, I will come back soon
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Just visit and have fun
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Response from Lázaro Alberto Rodriguez Santana, Director General at Mar Del Sur Varadero
Responded Aug 17, 2023
Thank you very much for your comment, it will help us improve and it will be of great help to customers who want to visit us. We are a group that we like our clients to leave satisfied during their stay in our facility. Thank you so much
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Sunnyskies wrote a review Apr 2005
Alberta, Canada
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great third trip to Varadero, Cuba (all in the last 1.5 years). The two previous trips I stayed all inclusive at the Brisas de Caribe (fantastic hotel... don't be fooled by some of the negative reports!!), but because I was staying long stay (one month) this time, the affordability of the Horizontes Mar Del Sur Hotel and Apartments caught my eye. Trip was booked with Sol y Son out of Toronto and flight to Cuba was via Havana. Yes, it took a little longer to get there, but the savings were incredible by going Edmonton to Toronto to Havana to Varadero.... total savings of over $900/person to take this route rather than direct from Edmonton. Besides when you are staying for a month, who cares if you use a full day for travel and $900 is a lot of spending money! Sol y Son representative was at the Havana airport to meet us. There was a gal with a Sol y Son sign, very visible to us as we got off the plane. She told us to go through the aduana (customs) and she would meet us at the baggage pick up area. She was there and took us right to the Sol y Son stand and then went and got the taxi driver to the stand and we proceeded in a taxi to Varadero. (Was expecting a bus... but the taxi was great, much quicker). Arrived at Mar Del Sur Hotel around 6:30pm and checked in. Hotel staff very friendly and accomodating. No elevators in this hotel, so the bell boy (Michael, speaks very good English) carried our lugguge up 2 sets of stairs.

Our room in the main building of the hotel was old with the living room sofa (a wooden bench with no cushions) incorporated in the kitchen area right near the table. Bedroom was okay, the bathroom very small and dingy. Also the slat windows in the kitchen were right over the lobby foyer and the noice from the Italian card players was funnelled up. (God love them they are great people, but they are loud and have a great time holidaying). We could not hear each other talk at the kitchen table because of the noice. We would have made do, but as fate had it the safety deposit box (which I paid 56 convertible pesos for ($2/day) because I was not all inclusive) did not work and the staff said I would have to move to a room with a working safety deposit box the next day...... thank goodness the safety deposit box didn't work, or else I may have not known the difference in some of the rooms. Anyhow moved to another building away from the main hotel (building 18) and had a fantastic little apartment type accomodation, nice wicker furniture with cushions, much larger bathroom, fantastic large balcony area, air conditioning. Kitchen provided refrigerator, hot plate, toaster, and microwave. Pictures attached. So remember to check the rooms out as each building (I believe there are about 6 of them) are quite different.

Stay was great..... most vacationers were from eastern Canada (mostly Quebec, who do not speak English, so not a lot of visiting around the pool area!!... you know how well us Western Canadians speak French!!) Did meet a lady from Ontario who has been going to Cuba for 32 years in a row. Her and her husband have stayed at the Mar Del Sur for the past several years. She was very knowledgeable about the area, markets, etc. She was an interesting old gal and her husband fished every day at the beach with their "adopted" Cuban son. A lot of the customers at this hotel are long stay and return year after year.

On the two previous trips I was in Varadero, my time was spent strictly at the hotel and taking a couple of tours (Havana and sugar cane fields) This trip I experienced the real Cuban lifestyle and tested the restaurants and visited many local businesses in the downtown area. The restaurants and snackbars on 1st street were excellent. La Vicaria was an outdoor restaurant (some booths under roof) and was very good service, good food and cheap Christal beer. Here you could have 1/2 of chicken, creole rice, french fries and a soft drink for $3.75.... couldn't buy the groceries for that price!! add on a Cristal beer ($1) and a good sized cup of icecream drizzled with caramel ($1) and total meal cost was under $6!! Fantastic.... this restaurant also offered beef steak for $4,; Fried pork chunks or pork steak for $3.75; Fish Filets $4.95; all with the same trimmings as the chicken! La Vicaria located at about 34ave and 1st street, west side of street... Little restaurant across the street from the La Vicaria, called 36, offered great 8" pizzas..... most pizzas were under $2; we had the special with cheese and lobster for $2.95 (yummy). Another restaurant across from the La Vacaria and under thatched roof that had promotional old cars throughout and checkered table cloths (forgot the name) was also very good food, great garlic lobster for $14, prices on other dishes ran around 7--10 dollars a plate. Then there is the Chinese restaurant, Lei Lei, for those that need that chinese food fix..... absolutely great meal (sweet/sour pork and fried rice) for $8.... beer was a little more expensive here at $2 a bottle. Lei Lei is located on 1st and about 23 ave. On first and 27th (east side of road) there was a good snack bar (some radio station # was the name), served good hamburgers and right next door was a little green and white house restaurant that had very good lobster for $10. So lots of locations to choose that provided a lot of good meals. Great opportunity to experience all types of Cuban cuisine. We also purchased some of our groceries from a little store in the area.... but really found that the cost of the groceries was higher than what we could eat out for. Boiled our water at our hotel room and contrary to most reports I've read on Cuba...... did not experience one queezy moment because of the food!!

Back to the hotel.... Mar Del Sur. Would definitely recommend it for a long stay. Very economical. I did not hear too much good about the buffet there though, but cannot verify that as we never ate any meals there. The snack bar by the pool had good french fries, hamburgers and pizzas. The best deal at this hotel is the MASSAGE, can you believe you get a full body 1 hour, twenty minute massage for $15 cuban convertible pesos. For that you can afford to tip the guy $5. It was fantastic and very professional. Had two of them, but never tried them until the 3rd week down there otherwise would have definitely had a weekly one! The rooms, even the apartment ones, are cleaned daily by a maid. Ours (Margurita) was great and we tipped her each day with makeup, lotions, jewellery, clothes, etc. etc. The animacion staff at this hotel were very friendly.... but did not seem overly enthusiastic about creating recreation opportunities for the people. This though may have also been because they were entertaining generally a much older clientele of vacationers (there are a lot of 70ish people here staying for 6 to 8 weeks) and they may have catered to more that age group. The week the students arrived on reading week break they did become more enthusiastic with dance lessons, ping pong, etc. They played BINGO everyday for those Bingo lovers.... I prefer the pool and the tanning... but also got in a game of chip golf with one of the animacion staff on their little nine hole mini golf course. Not very professional, but fun and a good way to practice your chip with a nine iron!!

Hotel has 2 computers with email accessibility. The cost was less than most hotels.... $5 for one hour internet service. Hotel is well secured with two main entrance gates, the front gate is manned 24 hours and the side gate which is open from about 7am to 9pm is manned during those hours. The downtown area posed no more danger than staying right at the resort. What a safe place to visit.

We telephoned the Sol y Son office (hotel staff kindly provided the number) in Varadero the day prior to our departure and a representative came down to the hotel and took our information and told us what time to catch our ride the next day. Thought we were booked on a Cubanacan bus, but the next morning a taxi showed up with our names for pickup, so once again had a taxi ride back to the airport. No problems at Havana boarding airplaine, did lose my tweezers from my makeup bag, whoops forgot to pack those in the checked on luggage. Amazing what those detectors pick up..... the lady held up my tweezers and said "no fly"!! A minor mistake (all mine). Cubana Airlines flight back was good, meal provided and arrived on time.

Would definitely use the Mar Del Sur again for long stay and who knows maybe even an economical way to get a few short trips in per year.

Adios amigos
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Date of stay: March 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Firefly68 wrote a review Feb 2006
Nova Scotia, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from a week at this Varadero hotel. My spouse and I got a package deal through Go Travel Direct for $699 CAD pp for two, the lowest price we saw for a week in Varadero. We figure we saved about $1800 over what a five star resort would cost, and hey, it's the same beach. Mar del Sur is good value for the money.

Flight - cheap packages get inconvenient flight times. We arrived at the hotel at 4:45a.m., two hours late. Return flight was 30 minutes late leaving, 3:15p.m. Bottles of booze are 1 peso cheaper at the duty free in the departure lounge over the duty free in the terminal.

Common areas - the lobby, pool and buffet areas of the hotel are quite nice, lots of the charming, open air spaces so common in warm climates. (We had two nights, though, where it was too cold to sit outside, even with a sweater, and there are no indoor bar options at the resort). The pool is slightly colder than the ocean, not too cold to swim. We had no problem finding sun loungers in direct sun at the pool or the beach, but the thatched umbrellas at the beach filled up by 9:00a.m.

Room - we had a second floor room in building 32. Buildings 31 and 32 are closest to the beach, perhaps a 3 minute walk across Ave. 1era, the main drag. They are just outside the main gate, but we had no security problems whatsoever. Our room had one wall that was all glass, with a sliding patio door out to our balcony and air con we only needed for 1 night. It had a really high ceiling - 12-15'. The rooms all have two 3/4 beds (I think), no doubles or larger. The mattress was a little bit uncomfortable and the pillows tiny, okay for us, but maybe not for someone who has difficulty sleeping. The bathroom has a shower stall, no tub. We could hear our neighbours on one side in their bathroom (and I assume they could hear us). Our room smelled strongly of smoke when we arrived but it aired out in a day or so. I would describe the room as timeworn, reasonably clean, and acceptable to us. It had old dorm-type furniture and a tiled floor.

Some of the rooms overlook common areas and would be quite loud until 11:00p.m. when the entertainment ends. Other rooms have only high, narrow windows covered with wooden slats.

If I was going again, I'd request a room on the 2nd or third floors of building 31 or 32 (quietest, closest to the beach), with a glass wall and balcony with a metal bar facing the street (sunniest).

Small tips left on a pillow for cleaning staff (a peso or two, small travel shampoo, etc.) will be rewarded with towel art.

Bars - the hotel has six bars, a lobby bar, buffet bar, two pool bars and two beach bars. One pool bar and one beach bar are all inclusive; the rest are for long stay guests, though all inclusive guests can also purchase drinks there. The all inclusive bars serve only Cuban drinks, not International brands, and don't have all types of drinks (no bottled water, mojitos, or daquiris for example) but these can be had for 1-2 pesos at the other bars. We drank almost exclusively Cristal beer and Cuba Libres (rum and cola). Service is quick and friendly and bartenders are very free with the alcohol. We brought insulated travel mugs that kept our drinks cold. The bars close early - 5:00 for the beach, 10:00 for the all-inclusive at the pool, and 11:00 for the other pool bar. The lobby bar is open 24 hours. There is no disco, which was a plus for us, as we prefer to dance elsewhere and ensure a quiet room. I wouldn't characterize Mar del Sur as a party spot. (The disco La Red next door to the hotel is mentioned in Lonely Planet but was closed the whole week we were there).

Entertainment - So so, some talented singers and dancers, otherwise, nothing special. Starts at 9:30p.m., ends around 11:00p.m. There is a slate of activities all day but we didn't partake of them, so I can't comment.

Guests - This hotel attracts about 50-60% seniors. The other 40% are couples in their 30s, mostly from eastern Canada. There were only a handful of 20-somethings and families with children, even though the resort has a playground and would be fine for kids. Lots of diversity and different languages spoken; maybe half the guests speak English, the rest French, Italian, Portugese, or Spanish.

Food - The hotel has an all inclusive buffet and pay as you go snack bar by the pool, serving things like omelettes, hamburgers, pizza and french fries.

As for the buffet:

Breakfasts are fine: toast, eggs (hardboiled and an omelette bar), juice, yogurt, fresh fruit, so-so coffee, some other bizarre items, like neon-orange chicken nuggets.

Lunch: we generally skipped lunch or ate a hamburger at the pool bar.

Dinner: hit or miss. Cuban night offered pretty good ropa vieja (shredded beef); one night they had roast turkey. Often, the food was unattractive by North American standards but tasted okay. For instance, I tried a spoonful of gloopy, light gray stuff at the dessert bar that turned out to be a lovely fresh coconut pudding. I was less adventurous with the meat but my spouse said the same held true there. Some of the food was under or overcooked and frequently it was lukewarm rather than hot. I think the buffet has only small heat lamps, no heat from underneath, so getting to meals right when the buffet opens would probably help with this. We got lukewarm food in restaurants, too.

We heeded the advice of another reviewer about meals. We'd take a look at the buffet, and if we didn't like what we saw, we went for dinner elsewhere and returned to the buffet for cappuccino and dessert. A complete dinner with a drink can be had in Varadero for 3-10 convertible pesos, and there are more than a dozen restaurants within easy (15 minute) walking distance of the hotel. The restaurant food was usually better than the buffet, but still very average at best, the kind in Canada where you wouldn't send it back but would probably resolve not to go there again. Keep in mind that tourists eat far better than many Cuban families. There are no a la carte restaurants at this hotel but the close proximity of so many other restaurants and the inexpensive price make going out for dinner a worthwhile option.

Many of the rooms for long stay guests have kitchenettes but I went to one Cuban grocery and found very little that would make a meal there. We often self-cater or picnic when we travel; we didn't find a practical way to do that in Varadero.

Our rep told us the hotel water and ice are okay; we drank both all week and had no tummy trouble at all. The best place for bottled water is the little gift shop at the hotel (open only 9-5); it sells room temperature 1.5 litre bottles for 1.5 convertible pesos. Best places for good coffee are the pay as you go pool bar (decent cappuccino for 1.5 pesos) and the little 24 hour hamburger stand at Calle 31 on the way to the beach (1 peso). (Hint: anywhere you see an espresso machine probably has decent coffee).

There were a number of day trips available, including trips to Havana and a catamaran snorkelling trip to Cayo Blanco that included a (very!) brief swim with dolphins. We found them overpriced (60-150 convertible pesos) compared to hotel and restaurant prices in Cuba and while they were fun, not worth the money for travellers on a budget. We probably would have had just as much fun on the beach for free.

Shopping: there is little to buy in Varadero, just a handful of markets selling the same souvenirs. We didn't get to Plaza America. The major market has moved down to Calle 13 from it's previous location up around Calle 45.

Couples not doing any day trips or golfing should bring about $300 - $400 in spending money. It is possible to get by with less if you're on a tight budget. If you are doing two or three activities or golfing, bring about $1000.00. The best way to bring money is to get Canadian dollars before you go and change them as needed. You can change money at the airport, hotel and banks. There is a commerical bank 1 minute from the hotel on the way to the beach - Calle 31 I think. The rate was the same at all three places. $1.29 CAD = 1 convertible peso. There are no ATMs and using a Visa will attract an 11% surcharge. Each room has a safe to hold valuables and extra cash.

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Date of stay: February 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Safari22934 wrote a review Jan 2004
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
First let me say that if I wanted a 5 star hotel I would have paid the extra grand.

Airport: First things first, go find the tourist bus for your resort or you'll end up paying 25 bucks U.S. for a cab.

Food: Breakfast-ok, who can screw up an omelet right in front of you?
Lunch- just a snack if youre even there anyway. Dinner- forget it, go enjoy the local restaurants, youre on frikken holidays. I ate lobster 4/7 nights at a little corner cafe just down the street, ten bucks.

Maids: Great, leave the poor girl a dollar/day or your pocket change and they are nothing but helpful, remember they live there and can tell you things to see you never even thought of.

Location: Fabulous, right in town where the action is. I spent most of my time off the resort watching the Cuban world go by. Beers were always under a buck just about anywhere so go live a little.

Safety: Cubans are the friendliest people I've ever met, they're not out to steal from you like where I live, maybe the odd one will ask you for a t shirt but hell the average salary is $8.00 a month!

Hints: Bring little shampoos, toothbrushes, things with canadian flags, band-aids, (geez go to the dollar store and drop twenty bucks) extra clothes you havent worn in six months. This stuff is gold.

Bottom line: For me the room was a place to hang my hat, have a shower and sleep. Clean - No Bugs.
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Answer from Monctonguy
Moncton, Canada3,217 contributions49 helpful votes
I didn't get an answer and I didn't end up going..cancelled last minute.....wish I could help you more. Hope someone can give you an answer as this hotel is still on our list for the next visit!
Amal H asked a question Jun 2017
Laval, Canada21 contributions18 helpful votes
Is there a beach view from the room ? Thank you
Answer from Elvira G
3 contributions6 helpful votes
No beach view
Samantha M wrote a tip Jan 2023
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not go there."
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Chantal S wrote a tip Feb 2022
Barrie, Canada15 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Read my review lol"
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Suset Lisvet L wrote a tip Jan 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just visit and have fun"
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mario s wrote a tip Jan 2019
Cambridge, Canada3 contributions12 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"no good view u can view water across highway"
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Miguel Lara Hidalgo wrote a tip May 2018
Nova Petropolis, RS176 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"To ask for the block 33 (newest) or the aparments far from the Reception."
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Nearby attractions include Varadero Street Market (1.2 km), Parque Central (1.2 km), and Casa de la Musica (1.0 km).
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