Villa La Mar

Villa La Mar

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Looking for a place to stay in Varadero? Then look no further than Islazul Villa La Mar, a budget friendly hotel that brings the best of Varadero to your doorstep.

Rooms at Islazul Villa La Mar Hotel provide air conditioning.

In addition, Islazul Villa La Mar offers a pool and free breakfast, which will help make your Varadero trip additionally gratifying.

Travellers looking to enjoy some fish and chips can head to Don Alex. Otherwise, you may want to check out a seafood restaurant such as Varadero 60, La Casa De Al, or La Gruta.

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

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Islazul Villa La Mar as you experience everything Varadero has to offer.

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Calle 30 Y 3Ra .Ave, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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manfredz wrote a review Jan 2007
Kentville, Canada4,852 contributions53 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
When we booked the Villa La Mar( local rating - 2-1/2 stars) for $610 end price for one week all inclusive incl flight from Toronto, we were worried we may have to upgrade, and based on food complaints for more star hotels, it was a given for us that we would be eating out all the time.
Boy were we pleasantly surprised. We were in a building around the corner from the main complex called la Delfin. Our room had 110V with North American plugs. Rest was pretty standard - AC, shower (hot !!), cable TV, balcony. Water pressure on toilet was kinda low so sometimes had to flush 2 or 3x. Daily cleaning was good.

We ate almost all our meals in the restaurant. Nothing fancy but good solid food. Breakfast had a guy making omelets in corner - only plain cheese and/or ham. (one day no ham, another day no cheese). Meals generally had a chicken, ham and beef dish, sometimes fish, with rice, potatoes etc. Some days glass of wine and live entertainment.

Included bar was open 10am - 10pm. nothing fancy in drinks. Some bartenders were wicked, trying to make sure you were feeling no pain by 10pm so you wouldn't have to spend money on one of the hotel's 24 hr bars.

Clientel was 99% cubans. Found we neither got preferential treatment nor were we neglected. Met many an interesting cuban there.

Location is off Calle 28, so you're just where the"downtown" core starts but still about a 20-30 min walk to the "real" downtown.

Hotel is 2 blocks from beach but does have a beach bar. No umbrellas or chairs - they have to be rented for 1 CUC/day from next door. Hotel complex has a nice pool.

Every second or so evening there was a show but definitely geared towards the Cubans. Next door was a disco but closed.

Will post more when more comes to mind or answer questions.

Bottom line - both absolutely and relative to the price paid, we felt the Villa La Mar was the right choice for us - but will probably not appeal to anyone but the budget traveller or those wishing to interact with Cubans.
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Date of stay: January 2007
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sarah J wrote a review May 2012
Quebec City, Canada1 contribution24 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
How often we heard the words 'Oh but we are just a 2 star", or 'You're in Cuba". Sorry but there is no excuse, we've been to Cuba before and stayed in lovely 2 star hotels which were clean, the pool worked and which had fun activities day and night.

How disappointed we were to find that there were no daytime activities at Villa la Mar. Not unles you liked rowdy volleyball on the beach, or darts. The animation team were lazy and just sat around drinking beer and chatting up Russian women. A couple of them went so far as to proposition these women for a fee of 40 CUC. "We only charge older women' bragged one little guy who had to be delusional to think any woman would pay him/

The only member of the team to make any kind of effort was Alberto who put on a great show at night and played some good salsa.

The other two just strutted around proposititoning women. Sure it's common to see older men check in young women each night but they go to the room. To actually have staff soliciting guests in a family hotel is out of order.

As a black woman I was ashamed to see so many black Cubans offering themselves up for money. The hotel was full of them, and all with large women.

Our room was truly shocking. It overlooked the pool, and a motorway where cars roared up and down preventing sleep. It was in serious need of painting. The walls were streaked with dirt.

After three sleepless nights from loud music and traffic we were moved to a room on the first floor overlooking the lobby bar. It was more modern but we were kept awake by the drunken revellers who shouted and talked loudly all night. I kid you not they were still there at breakfast time. Most Russian, however there were a few fellow Canadians who were just as bad and availed of the free booze round the clock.

One grandma from Novia Scotia arrived with her 22 year old daughter, a mom of two young children whom she had left at home with relatives. "We here to party" she yelled, and she meant it, carrying a plastic carrier bag full of rum into the disco with two young Cuban men.

On her fist night she staggered into the disco with her mom and two of the lifeguards who looked embarrassed to be in the company of these two very loud tipsy women. They woke everyone up at 5am when they returned from the club drunk as skunks.

There was a serious lack of hygiene throughout, the lobby bar ad reception was washed with a dirty rag, no cleaning fluids used, then we saw the maid tip the dirty water into the bar sink used to wash the glasses.

This hotel attracts lots of rowdy revellers because of the cheap prices, we spoke to some who had paid little more than $350 for a week incl. accommodation and flight. But cheap attracts a certain type of low life too who have no regard for fellow tourists are are hell bent on getting hammered 24/7, diisturbing fellow guests.

Staff did their best under difficult circumstances. We really liked two of the older ladies in the buffet restaurant who were helpful always welcoming and always had a big smile and warm welcome. Claudia in the beach bar was also charming, as was the man in the pool bar.

The food was bland and repititious, same menu night after night. The fish tasted like it had been fried in Clorex. It had a strange metallic taste and smell.

The weather was great, so hot, but we could not chill out in the pool, it was closed all week. So no entertainment, no pool, filthy rooms, loud drunken guests who kept us awake all night did not make for a pleasant stay.

It's also a shame to see so many young girls sell themselves to elderly men. Surely there are better ways to make a living.

Che would turn in his grave if he could see the sleaze in Vardero. Is this what he fought a revolution for? so that lazy pampered 'animacion' men can solicit themselves to Russian women and pretty girls who should be in college walk hand in hand with senior citizens. Very sad.

Not once did we see the manager. The public areas were swarming with mosquitos, we were badly bitten. Did they never spray? "This is Cuba' we were told.

On a more positive note, we did love the beach, we also liked the location as it was down town. We won't however be returning to Villa la Mar.

For a few bucks more there are far better hotels in Varadero.
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Date of stay: May 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The rooms in the block across the road are quieter if you can get one.
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Vanita25 wrote a review Jan 2007
Toronto9 contributions12 helpful votes
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Villa La Mar from Dec.28.06 until Jan. 4.07. The hotel was ok. The only problem was that the food really sucked. Rooms were ok and there was always a security guard under the building plus the maid would come and clean the room every day as well The staff was very nice, had no problem communicating with any of them.. they were very friendly..... also the hotel was in the city... so it made it easier for us to find other places and you could walk around the streets to the nearest restaurant or market. Everything was walking distance. There was pastry/cake place opened 24hr. and some restaurants were open until late or 24hr. The hotel was in great location. I enjoyed it very much… just only one complaint is just the food. Everything else was GGGRRREEEAATTTTT... ENJOYED IT FULLY.. LOVED IT...........GO FOR IT..ITS WORTH THE MONEY .. :D:D:D:D:D:D
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Date of stay: January 2007
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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cindy d wrote a review Dec 2011
Calgary, Canada1 contribution22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been to Cuba probably about 15 times in the last 6 years. I always look for the best deal, and usually stay at the sunbeach. I prefer to stay somewhere central, then you do not have to pay a taxi every time you want to go into town. I had never stayed at this hotel before, but I will try almost anything once!! I liked the hotel right away. It was smaller, more personal, and I found that everyone was generally more friendly than at the bigger hotels. The food was good, as far as cuban food goes. I find that no matter where I eat (except for cubans houses) that the food is all the same more or less. They are very limited with their resources, and make the best out of what they have. After the first few days you get to craving the fatty foods that we have in Canada, with the preservatives etc etc, but once you get over that hump, and realize that you're in cuba for the culture, beach and a nice break, you think differently about food, and hopefully realize that cuba has so much more important things to offer besides food. (Even though the food is all basically organic, fresh, free of chemicals etc etc.) One thing i cant understand, if people are so concerned about the food, why go to a poor country where their resources are so limited, and not a cruise ship??? That is part of the reason why cubans are very rarely over weight and in such good shape!! It seems that they eat to live, not the other way around... if you wanted, you could even walk on the street, talk to locals, and ask them if they know someone who would cook you a cuban meal in their house, and they will always hook you up... mmmmm!! The hotel was great value for the money. If you make a bit of an effort to talk to the staff, they will treat you like gold. I will absolutely be going back to this hotel.. Its central, inexpensive, clean enough, smaller therefore a more personal experience all around!!
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Date of stay: November 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: my advice is to ask for a room away from the main lobby area. Everything is cement, therefore the...
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kristenLA wrote a review Oct 2011
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada138 contributions22 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Let me begin by stating that I am NOT a picky person. I enjoy staying in hostels and don't mind 2 star hotels or resorts. I have been to Varadero 6 times before and am well aware and accept that things aren't the same in Cuba as they are in North america. My rating is based on comparison to my 6 previous experiences in Varadero in the past 5 years.

I booked Villa La Mar because the price was unbeatable ($420 taxes in) and was okay with the resort being so-so. I spend most of my time on the beach so really as long as the food is edible and there's no roaches I'm good.

When I arrived I was pleasantly surprised with the grounds. The pool is clean and pretty, there are plenty of chairs for sunbathing and there are lots of beautiful palm trees everywhere. Our room was up 4 flights of narrow staircases and was clean and well kept for the most part. The first thing that annoyed me was having to have the key to lock the door from the inside as well as to unlock when you wanted to leave the room. This caused alot of excess noise all night long. The walls are honestly paper thin. I'm young and like to party and can handle noise but not when I can hear my ignorant neighbours having sex and screaming at 4 in the morning as well as banging doors and yelling non stop. You can hear every single person who walks up or down the staircases as well as everything going on at the lobby bar. Turning the air on and the TV up didn't work either. The location sucks.. you are not in walking distance in any sort of nightlife. Have to cab to get to any bars. Lobby bar is DEAD every night.. even on the weekend.

Food - I am well aware that Cuban food isn't great, trust me. I always bring snacks and sauces to put on the food and have never had a problem going hungry. The buffet is very limited. There are usually 2 meats, potatos, rice, cucumbers and eggs. Normally I could get by on this. However, the first night my boyfriend woke up in the middle of the night shaking, sweating and puking after eating a stringy beef in sauce. The next night after eating chicken, I started feeling like I was going to die and also got shaky and puked for an hour. After that, neither of us ate any meat and pretty much survived on a burger joint near the beach (La Casita! - great place) You shouldnt have to pay 10 CUC a day to have lunch when you have an all inclusive package.

the two incidences that put me over the edge;
1) When my boyfriend was hauling our luggage down the cement stairs he fell and almost broke his back because the maids had poured a bucked of soapy water down the stairwell and failed to put some sort of warning up.
2) We tipped our maid well. I gave her 3-5 CUC a day as well as nice dresses etc. After checkout we were tracked down while waiting for our bus by a man who said we were missing one of the small white towels from our room. Okay, maybe we accidently put it in our suitcase? We checked, no sorry, no towel.. they have to be in the room as we brought our own beach towels. They insisted the maid said there was one missing, so whatever, I wasn't going to argue and waste my time so I agreed to pay for the towel so we could escape from this horrid resort. They then let me know the towel would cost 18 CUC!! WTF?! for half a towel!?!?!? Yes I paid it. I didn't want to but I just wanted to leave. That was a slap in the face after all the money I tipped and after having to pay for my own food all week.

Honestly.. spend the extra and stay somewhere on the Northern end of the peninsula. I love Palma Real and Sol Sirenas. They are affordable and beautiful and right in the middle of the nightlife.

This place was hell for us.. the only good thing was the beach and pool. NEVER staying here again!
That's all :)
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Date of stay: October 2011
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Keefucious wrote a review Feb 2007
Ottawa8 contributions31 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this hotel thinking it would be nice to be in town and amongst the locals. That part would have been nice if this weren't such a penitentiary like experience.

We found the staff to be ignorant, and we seemed to be "imposing" whenever we approached them, even after tipping, getting any service was nearly impossible.

The hotel is very old and in severe need of repairs. Upon arrival, we were escorted to our room on the third level, which was four stories up the stairs (no elevator here). When our room was opened up, we were floored at how basic and decrepid it was, but we had expected the worst and it was yet to come.

First off, the hotel is NOT steps from the beach, it is at least 3 city blocks. Our room was as close as you can get to the highway, and unless you are use to constant noisy traffic, you will not sleep a wink.

Second, there is no "beach" bar, there is a very small bar on the way to the beach that serves shot glass size tap beer, and the cheapest cuban rum and fountain cola. There are no fancy drinks here folks!
The beach is NOT manicured, it is a local beach, littered with trash, broken glass and empty beer cans. There are NO chairs or towels. It is NOT tourist friendly.

The pool was nice, but the bar once again leaves a lot to be desired. One type of beer on tap, one type of very cheap rum and fountain cola...that's it, no othe types of liquor, no other mix,no nada!
The Hotel has NO extra filtering for the water, so DO drink bottled water, and use ice at your own risk. You can buy the bottled water in the lobby bar only.

The food is a whole other story. The "buffet" is held in a jailhouse cafeteria like room. The food was not only extremely basic, but it was usually unrecognizeable. Be ready to spend money on eating out daily.
Calling this hotel all inclusive is pushing it. The supposed beach bar and pool bar close at 5pm, and thereafter, you must pay for drinks in the "lobby bar" which you must pay at all the time, but it is open 24 hrs, so that you can pay to get drunk and forget all about this ---.

The money you have to spend to eat and drink proper food outside your cellblock, is well spent on upgrading to a better proper hotel, it is NOT worth $5 a day to stay at this penn! We have travelled much of the carribean (even Cuba), central and south America and I have yet to stay at a "hotel" anything like this. Many youth hostels are cleaner and better spent than this spot was, so unless you were a very seasonned backpacker, I would not reccomend this to anyone.

This hotel really should not be rated at all.
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Date of stay: February 2007
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alistair B wrote a review Jan 2012
Delta, Canada41,905 contributions4,685 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I enjoyed my stay it was between January 1 to January 8 2012 all the staff were very helpful and happy and it's unbelievable how little the trip cost me.It was cool to run into people from Quebec,Ontario,New Brunswick,Amsterdam in Holland and many other spots from all over the world and share and enjoy the location with them over very many Cristal beers i can't wait to visit Cuba again some time down the road! Al B
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Date of stay: January 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Afcan wrote a review Jan 2014
Ottawa90 contributions109 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am so puzzled at the negative reviews here. Our third stay at the Villa La Mar during Christmas 2013 was amazing again. What makes Villa La Mar so unique is its people. They are the most welcoming, warm, hospitable and kind bunch always with smile on their faces.

The location of Villa La Mar is second to none as it is a stone throw away from the main street (1st), near restaurants, markets, bus stops, internet place, and much more. I bet that the 5 star hotels can’t match its location.

The other amazing aspect of Villa La Mar is its evening entertainment. They put on amazing shows every night by Cuban dancers and groups so make sure you check them out at the pool area and you are guaranteed to enjoy Cuban culture and music. Mr. Santa Cruz (Manager of Animation Group) is always working hard to make sure guests have the best shows every night.

The food was amazing with Christmas theme during our stay and the regular buffet always has plenty of option with fresh fruits, desserts, ice cream, chicken, beef, pork, fish (fresh on the grill) and so much more to choose from. In the morning you are able to order fresh omelette, French toast and much more. I am not sure what the expectations of some of the reviewers who complain about the food were. It is by no means a 5 star food but it has a great variety for its level. The restaurant manager (I didn’t get his name) and his staff including Barbaro (excellent waiter), Jose, and so many others were working so hard to make the dining experience of the guests very special. Thanks everyone. You really did impress us.

We really had a blast at Villa La Mar again and we met both local and fellow tourists and the hotel met our needs for a short get away for a centrally located place, with plenty of food, booze, and staff catering to our every need so we were very happy with our stay at Villa La Mar and would recommend it to anyone (lone travellers, couples, friends, and families). The bartenders at the Pool bar area so friendly and always catering to your needs and their names are Alejandero, Alfredo, Galego, and “Guadenga”. What an amazing group of people who are so hard working, decent, and fun to be around. These guys work long shifts to support themselves and their families and do anything to make your stay pleasurable. Please don’t forget to tip as the wage is bad even though it is all inclusive, the tip is not included.

Please feel free to check out the pics from our trip we have posted and we would highly recommend for folks to stay at Villa La Mar if you are not too stuck up and wish a nice place located downtown and near everything with a walking distance to all amenities. Ask for Dolphin section of the hotel for your room, check out the 24 hour restaurant across the street if you wish to mingle with locals, try a dirt cheap but excellent restaurant nearby call Don Alex (located Calle 31), banks are close by, if you run out of money, ATMs at the bank will let you take cash advance on your Canadian or non-US visa cards, save $25CUC for your return tax at the airport, check out the clubs on Calle 62 on Thursday, Friday, Sat, or Sunday, and for your rum to take back, they are cheaper at the airport duty free, $5CUC all day bus tour of the city is available if you want to go sight-seeing, and finally Varadero is a safe city so have fun and enjoy the beach and your vacation! Happy New Year everyone!
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Date of stay: December 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: As for a Dolphin side either on the main floor or any of the floors.
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krigana wrote a review Mar 2012
Winnipeg, Canada16 contributions19 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my friend stayed in Villa la Mar Feb 27-March 5. I am not a picky person, and after reading reviews here, I expected it to be pretty good (I believed that bad reviews were written by 5* spoiled tourists). Both me and my friend had tight budget (we payed $1000 each from Edmonton) and we didn't want to add extra 200$ to upgrade to 4* or 5*. That was a wrong decision.
First thing that shocked me, and which noone here has mentioned before- this hotel is beloved by Russian tourists. As we discovered on our first day, there were just us and another 5 or 6 guys from Canada. Everyone else spoke Russian. For those of you who never experienced it: drunk screams in the middle of the night, being pushed back while standing in the queue at the bar, absolute impudence (they spoke just Russian and got very mad when staff or other visitors could not understand them). After we asked reception personnel if it was always like that, the lady answered that those days it was not the worst she'd seen about Russian tourists, and that it was hopeless to fight about peace or keeping them quiet. Watching young guys running and plucking beautiful flowers from bushes at the pool was real heartache for me.
SERVICE: Staff looks tired and angry (maybe for a reason above?). Everyone awaits tips as soon as you enter the hotel. First, we didn't exchange any money and we didn't have change on the first day. But the guy who helped us with luggage, refused to leave a room without tips! We told him we need to go to bank, and this was the answer: "Are you from Canada? You can give me your money". All we had was 50c, and he refused to take them because "Noone exchanges coins here". Outrageous! Did he expect us to give him 5$??
Second, we knew about a-la carte restaurant and tried to sign up for it on Tuesday. The receptionist refused to help us in an impolite manner, explaining that she was busy. We came in couple of hours, and registered for Sunday. You can't imagine our surprise when we've been refused to be served on assigned time. We've been told we were not on a list!Waiter looked at us with a smirk as if we were beggars who sneak in to have extra dinner in their pitiful restaurant. I was close to leave, it was really humiliating.
Room service is another question. During those 7 days we had our towels changed TWICE, only after I requested it and gave 1 CUC tip. I needed iron, and chambermaid brought it only after another 1 CUC. She said she will pick it up the next day, but in a few hours she came and demanded it back! I didn't iron my clothes by then but she couldn't care less.
FOOD: Eat it on your own risk. The buffet was full of flies, and I saw roaches now and then. I really believe people lose weight there. I could safely eat only fried eggs for breakfast, bread (which was really fresh and tasty), and maybe some really hot veggies or meat. When it is +30C all those mayonnaise salads and creamy cakes look like mockery. Also, it was usual to see same food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A la carte restaurant was really dull, same food as in buffet, but being served by waiter. If Italians saw that overcooked watery spaghetti called Pasta Carbonara in menu, they would be surprised.
About mentioned above beach grill- we have never seen it, though we spent a lot of time there. Burger place near the pool had no schedule and usually worked 1-2 hours per day, moreover they were changing daily.
SLEEP QUALITY: The resort is located 10 meters from the highway, and has net fence separating it from pool area. We had room facing the road, and this plus broken balcony door made sleep almost impossible.
LOCATION: 2 blocks from the beach, which is not too far. A beach in Varadero is beautiful but there are not enough sunbeds. If you come later than 8.00-8.30 you will have to lie on your towel. There are enough spots around the pool to get tanned though.
If you need to change money, there is no exchange service in the hotel, but there are 3 banks along 1 Ave. First, @32 street, then one @36 street, and the third 100m after you turn right on 36 street (the least known, so lines can be shorter). And yes, lines are usually VERY long, get ready to spend at least 1 hr there. It's always beneficiary to find people in the line, who are leaving, and want to change CUCs back to CADs. 1:1 rate would fit both sides.
ROOMS: When we arrived we were given keys from room in building 11, the worst one I guess. We've been told that other buildings are fully occupied. $5 resolved this problem and rooms in B9 and in El Delfin became available immediately. This made an impression, that all newcomers get the worst rooms first, and those who will not like them will have to pay.
CONCLUSION: If I go to Cuba again, it will be 5* hotel. Otherwise, you just risk to waste money and precious vacation time.
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Date of stay: February 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Insist on El Delfin or B9 room. Give tip if necessary. The higher the floor- the better.
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ilovecubansalsa wrote a review Feb 2007
ottawa54 contributions58 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived at the hotel no problem, the reception desk , they were very warm and receiving. Prompt help to our room, which is across the street. No Big deal. The beach is 1 block away, I am use to staying right on the beach with a view, since I will be returning, in February, this was not a concern. We got this trip all inclusive for $598.00, $700.00 total, and we were not dissapointed at all. There were a few things I would like to mention, at times, depending on the direction of the wind, a smell of the oil refinerey is pretty brutal. It only happened twice, we lit scented candles, it was ok, did not last too long. As well the food was Ok. not much to choose from, but I stayed at a 4 star, last year, and found absolutely nothing to eat. It is very very basic, but I never went hungry. I know no one that goes to Cuba, because of the food. Not to mention, many restaurants to choose from and the beach BBQ, fresh chicken, pork, fish, served with rice, cucumbers tomatoes, all for $2.50 pesos. That was our lunch everyday, eating by the ocean. Wonderful. This Hotel is 90% Cubans,enjoying a holiday as well. If you are looking for a grand hotel, with lots of tourist, go to Vegas. The appeal, for us was it was mostly Cubans who are very friendly , gracious, and have a wonderful sence of humor. That was the appeal for us, to learn about the culture, talk to the people, mingle, We met lot's of cuban families, with their children, so lovely, we danced and sang with them, gave them small little treats, they love chocolate, smarties was a big hit. They are so appreciative. The water pressure in our room, has been one of the best, I have been twice before. Plugs for blowdryers, 110 volt, we had 2 in our room. We were not facing the street, our room was quiet, except for the crazy rooster, cocka-doodle-dooing, thru the night, it was funny." YOU R IN CUBA"! No bugs in our room .
It is the people of Cuba and the beaches and last the salsa dancing that bring us back. I danced alot, no there is no disco, but talk to them, they will lead the way to wonderful hot spots to dance. Cheap to get in. Cuban style salsa, if that is your flavour. Lots to do outside the resort, markets, fresh fruit markets, etc, The location is perfect, we will be returning next year twice. We had a fantasitc time. Remember, the Cubans make 5 to 10 dollars a month, please tip the egg guy, he does just the eggs at the hotel, his name is Manuel, talk to him, he is so nice, a liitle for us goes a long way for them. Also Christian, he works at the cafateria, speaks very good english, very nice, funny and friendly. This hotel was just fine, this is not for the fussy ones!
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Date of stay: January 2007
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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gordon j wrote a tip Jan 2015
Vancouver, Canada43 contributions58 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for the new building."
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Joey H wrote a tip Sep 2014
Cornwall, Canada5 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose Second or Third Floor."
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Deborah P wrote a tip Mar 2014
Castlegar, Canada150 contributions87 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a quiet room away from the bars and public areas."
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Ginny B wrote a tip Mar 2014
Ottawa, Canada11 contributions21 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"We were on the back side of "El Delfin" across the street from the main entrance, on the 2nd floor - it was good and quiet for sleeping."
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Tyler M wrote a tip Mar 2014
Shenzhen, China22 contributions56 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Give the lady at the front a Beso (kiss) on the cheek... I made her blush lol!"
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Nearby attractions include Josone Park (2.3 km), Varadero Street Market (0.9 km), and Casa de la Musica (1.2 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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