Hotel Acuazul

Hotel Acuazul

Primera Avenida e/ Calle 13 y Calle 14, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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Welcome to Hotel Acuazul, your Varadero “home away from home.” Hotel Acuazul aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

Nearby landmarks such as Parque Central (2.5 km) and Iglesia Santa Elvira (2.7 km) make Hotel Acuazul a great place to stay when visiting Varadero.

Hotel Acuazul is a family-friendly hotel offering air conditioning in the rooms.

Plus, guests can enjoy a pool and free breakfast, which have made this a popular choice among travellers visiting Varadero.

While visiting Varadero, you may want to try some crab at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Salsa Suarez Restaurant y Bar.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than Artecru (1.8 km), which is a popular Varadero attraction – and it is conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel.

Hotel Acuazul puts the best of Varadero at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Primera Avenida e/ Calle 13 y Calle 14, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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RaeOsborn wrote a review Mar 2015
Erieau, Canada283 contributions134 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked in from Feb 16-26th 2015. My travel friend and I booked this resort to be a home base while in Cuba and it was perfect for what we wanted. We actually only spent 5 days there as we spent the other nights in Remedios, Elguea and Havana. We read that this was a budget hotel and it is exactly that. The lobby, bars, restaurant and pool are "nice" but nothing fancy. It's authentic Cuba and I liked that. The staff is super friendly if you engage them, try to speak some Spanish to them and just be courteous and friendly. Cubans are very polite just like Canadians and their social etiquette is quite close. Tipping is not necessary but appreciated of course. You can tip in Pesos or little gifts... ANYTHING is really appreciated!

Money: GO to the bank at the airport BEFORE you get to your transfer bus or taxi. They will not leave without you! Make sure you do this!!! I cannot stress this enough. The International bank is only open certain hours and once we went early in the morning to beat the 2 hour line and still were left in a 45 min line. There are other banks but some days they accept foreign currency and some days they don't. It's a pain and super frustrating. Bring money to exchange; you will have a very hard time getting money out of your account. They have a cash machine but have low withdrawal limits ($200) and one guy we saw had his card eaten by the machine. He was devastated as he hadn't brought cash and then didn't have a way to get any. CUC is the tourist peso, and the exchange to a Cuban peso is about 1-24. If you go off the Veradero strip or eat at "locals" places ask if prices listed are in CUC or Cuban peso! We got these huge yummy meat and cheese filled pizzas at the market for 1 CUC where others thought they were expensive because they thought they were listed in CUC when the posted prices were in local pesos! When in doubt, ask a local! Make a friend and they can get you beer, pops, food etc at THEIR prices. The Cuban people are just so happy to help if you are polite, friendly, genuinely kind and ASK!

Transportation: It is $5 CUC per person for the double decker bus for the entire day (9am-8pm) You can get anywhere in Veradero.. Go to all the markets, see the sites, very cheap! $5 CUC will get a cab from one end of the strip to the other - don't let them charge you more and discuss price before you get in! Old classic cars are $5-$10 depending on how far you go. They have to charge more because they are gas guzzlers and lastly horse and buggy. $5-$20 from a few minutes to the entire shopping strip. We went all the way to Don Quixote for $20 CUC and felt it was a fair price.

Rooms: after reading other reviews and recommendations we asked for a corner room on the pool side when we checked in and were given just that. It was a very spacious room with good water pressure, hot water, quiet at night etc. It was on the second floor and unfortunately the elevator cannot be called to that floor so we did a lot of running down the stairs but the one working elevator took us up okay. The beds are typical for Cuba, hard and the pillows are flat but personally I am perfectly okay with that. BRING YOUR OWN TOILETRIES and a cloth! The balconies were small but great for going out to check the weather and applying sunscreen. The maid service was great - Cecelia was friendly and took very good care of our room. I felt our belongings were safe and secure and our room had a good safe.

Food/drinks: My friend won't explore Cuban food or other options but Breakfast and Lunch and the snack-bar were great for her. Tons of fresh bread, Pizza, hamburgers, pastas with sauces and ice-cream kept her happy. For breakfast there was always fresh eggs, omelets, some hard pancakes and french toast. ALWAYS fresh fruit. I am much more adventurous with my palate and really enjoyed the rice and beans, fresh fish, beef, chicken etc as well as croquettes, fried plantains, sliced meats and cheeses for breakfast. The Cuban salad is always a hit on my plate too. By the last day (we only actually ate there 5 days) we had figured out making egg, ham, cheese sandwiches on the panini press for breakfast.. they were so so good! We also brought our own condiments so we were quite comfortable. We never made it to the dinner buffet as we always went out on the strip. We found some lovely little gems out there in Veradero and that was our plan when we booked this hotel. We did not drink a lot at the hotel. I am a beer drinker and there was a free flowing tap at the pool bar which I appreciated. The beer tasted good, cold and was not watered down. They had a good selection of booze at the main lobby bar but would give you cane rum if you didn't specify which one you wanted. Drinks were not watered down. I was quite shocked at that but thought it was great.

Beach: Down the road there is a lovely beach but there is a lot of sharp little shell bits so keep your shoes on til you're close to the water. Someone had wrote in another review they found drinks. We didn't see where but didn't spend much time looking. The water is absolutely breathtaking and people were kite surfing. It looked like a fun active beach that stretched on as far as you could see either way. Beautiful.

Location: Location Location Location. This hotel has it! I had friends to visit in Santa Marta and it was across the bridge in walking distance. There are restaurants in either direction in walking distance. A great handcraft market is one block over perfect for souvenirs or just meeting some locals. People are friendly and little gifts from home - from a towel to a pair of cleats to vitamins and tylenol go a long way! Bring anything and everything from your donations clothes closet and junk drawer, they appreciate it more than you can imagine. I do NOT hand out things to beggars but I do like to throw some items in a good haggle. I don't try to "sell" them my items but just ask for a few dollars off (which they would give anyway) for some stuff from Canada! It is appreciated and goes a long way. Remember - they only make 15-20 CUC per month plus tips. There are some dance clubs on the strip but we did not check them out so I cannot elaborate.

Tips: There is a guy at the market beside the hotel that speaks incredible English. He is at the farther back set of shops before the drink stand. It is a little leather shop right in the middle of the shops. His name is Henry - ask for him, everyone knows him. He loves ANYTHING Canadian and has a huge family he supports (older people, little kids etc). If you can spare anything, please do and stop for a chat. For presents, gifts, clothes, toiletries etc. he will help you around with the vendors and show you how to haggle and eat some amazing food for only $1 CUC!!! Ask about the Pizza and Croquette sandwiches! Our leftover household items, electronics, sports gear etc mean so very much to them and go so very far! Do not stay at your hotel! GO OUT, EXPLORE! Cuba is safe and the Cuban people are friendly! The hotel catered to a very broad group of travelers from an array of countries so you could meet people from all over - but me personally - I was there to meet Cubans and I did! If you need to travel to another city, don't bother trying to book a taxi at your hotel.. go to the bus station on Calle 36 and check bus prices then haggle with the taxi drivers after checking. You can get to Santa Clara for $80 early morning or $70 later in the day, Havana for $50 early morning or $40 later in the day. Don't be afraid to haggle with the taxi drivers, you can haggle/trade for old cell phones or good used electronics, good sports gear or even brand name clothes and shoes. Of course you will still pay a fare but you can pay a lot less. I would assume if you are staying at a budget hotel you are a budget traveler and these are some ways we found to get around a little cheaper. Feel free to contact me if you have specific questions and have fun!! Cuba is amazing!
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Corner room facing the pool.
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Cubaparacristo wrote a review Jun 2012
Florence, Alabama2 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have visited Cuba 27 times over the last 8 years. I have stayed at multiple hotels in Varadero and I have to say, unless you're looking for a 4 or 5 star hotel, this is my pick. I stayed at Acuazul in January and June 2012. It's a clean hotel. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. If you want a more "laid-back" environment with the pleasures of the beach, pool, bar, etc. you've still got that but not all the noise and racked that you find at the larger hotels. Also, the rooms are good sized.

There was a problem with two of their water pumps during my recent trip which left us with little to no water on our half of the hotel for a couple of days. But they allowed us to change rooms and others of us to use showers in other rooms for those who didn't want to bother with changing rooms.

As with most of the hotels in Varadero, the food in the restaurant is not much to write home about, but there are some very good restaurants in the surrounding area. The location is good. The largest tourist market is just one block away.

I will surely stay at this hotel again. I have stayed at others where the rooms were dirty, the staff were rude and they were infested with mosquitoes. Not at Acuazul!!!
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Date of stay: June 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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M F wrote a review Jul 2015
Kitchener, Canada71 contributions60 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm surprised at some of the negativity here. What do people expect when paying bargain prices for a resort. Where can they travel even in Canada for these rates. I paid $750 for 10 days which is a solid value. If people really want luxury, or to be waited on hand and foot by staff, they should try getting one of the pricier resorts past the golf course, where you'll pay as much as double the price.
Yes, this resort is an ugly older concrete high rise (6 floors) which does have cracks and peeling paint here and there. The only issue I had was the elevators (a common issue in Cuban high rises); one was totally dead and the other quite a few times throughout my visit. You may want to get a lower floor if you're older or have mobility issues.
The rooms and basic but the water is hot and the air conditioning is cold. It's basically clean though. The maids are pretty slack though, and they may need reminders to turn your room, sweep up, or give you toilet paper or towels. Mine did try to do "towel art" on two days, but they were pretty pitiful: one looked like a Band-Aid and the other may have been a wilted flower. There was some noise one night from across the way; if that's important to you, you may want a pool-side room. Speaking of which, the pool looked fine but slightly worn down as well. Varadero is not exactly a party town and you may be disappointed if that's your thing. Apparently there are wild pop-up parties organized by the locals; check with the hotel staff for details.
I didn't notice any pests like mosquitos apart from a small iguana (?) crawling up behind my bed on the wall which I actually thought was cute.
The food is standard for Cuba, and there are sandwiches at the pool bar available from 10:00-5:00. Bar staff are pretty slow-moving though; stick with the female staff who seem to be more on the ball and are capable of making cappuchinos.
The location is fantastic, right downtown, and within walking distance to the Craft market (Calle 15), Castel Nuovo Restaurant (Calle 10), and much more.
The beach is a short block away down Calle 13. You can also take the double-decker buses ($5CUC for a one-day pass) which takes a large loop through Varadero, and is worth taking at least one.
It's an excellent beach, with fine white sand and good depth. Every day in the summer Cuban do flock to the beach by the busload (as well they should to escape the interminable heat) but it's a large beach and doesn't seem crowded. The palapas and lounges on the beach are reserved for Hotel Acuazul guests and there's always enough of them. You'll appreciate the shade from the blistering sun. Towels are a complicated issue as they are at many Cuban reports; you'd be advised to bring your own for the beach. The only downside was the cans and garbage the Cubans threw everywhere, so do watch out for them even in the water.
Regarding the Cubans staying at the resort; they actually made up the majority of the guests. It's not really fair to judge all Cubans based on the behavior of those staying at the resorts, but they tend to be more stand-offish, status-seeking, aggressive and sometimes rude to the hotel staff then other Cubans I have met. Many of them also seems to have ballooned in weight to American-size; strangely enough, Cubans seem to think being larger is better as it shows their wealth as they can afford to eat beyond their pitiful libreta rations. The resort staff didn't seem to favor Cubans at the bars as sometimes happens. Perhaps those who experienced this need to put aside their Canadian niceness and stand their ground.
There are several trips available, and many have discounts during the summer off-season. You can also take a bus to Habana for $10CUC each way and take a self-guided tour. For the adventurous, you can also visit the small village of Santa Marta and visit their market (on Saturday) by cab for $4CUC. Matansas is also an interesting visit by cab or bus, and they have a larger Sunday market.
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Date of stay: July 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Higher rooms have better views; people with mobility issues may want a lower room if the elevator...
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Debbie_thai wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
this hotel is just in one word AWFUL. we had paid a booking sonce last November for all inclusive room.when arrived ,the staff had us esiting for more than an hour ,because they didn't have an empty room.then,told us that they re not working any more as all inclusive via internet reservation,and were trying to find us a different hotel in the same price.finally we accepted to stay with breakfast and dinner.we got to the room .bathroom and toilet was dirty from the previous customer .no water in the room.they told us that they were repairing the swimming pool.all this in the morning.late in the night ,still no water ,staff told us that it was the only room with no water and they didn't have another empty room for the next days .when we started get angry with all this (the staff was really UNFRIENDLY),they finally put us in the bungalows they have on the opposite road .when we gave our passports, the lady asked us where were we from,because 'she didn't know any other country except Cuba' the hotel was full of Russian ,Australian and Canada customers. the hotel is old,floors are dirty (the same rubbish on the same places for 7 days ).no words for the unfriendly ladies in front desk.just stay away.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jackie Gould wrote a review Jan 2015
Woodstock, Canada84 contributions21 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is beautiful, clean and the rooms are perfect. My room, 313, had 2 balconies ... one with a partial pool view and the other with a view of the main street and all the activity at the bar/restaurant across the street. One big plus for me at this location is I always had HOT water!!!
The lobby reception area is large enough to accommodate arrivals and departures with comfortable seating and the 24hr all inclusive lobby bar is located here as well. Walk right through from the street to stained glass wall that separates the lobby/bar area from the hotel pool.
The beach bar is new and updated across the street (well...Cuban street) from the beach. No more "rickety" stairs to climb as one other reviewer mentioned. It is actually quite beautiful and surprisingly quiet at the beach bar where I spent early morning and later afternoons reading. The beach bar is open from 10am-5pm. The beach bar does not serve beer. Only rum based drinks. There is a store around the corner that sells Cristal if beer is what you want. Also, while I was in Cuba at this resort a golf cart drove up and down the beach with all kinds of drinks that you could purchase if you didn't want to make the walk up to the bar or store (perhaps 1-2 minutes max).
The beach is a walk from the hotel and across the street. Yet no further than 4* on the beach I have been at. I timed it one day and it took 3 minutes to get from the lobby of the hotel to the entrance of the beach. Walking across the street to 13th street and straight up, turn left and "voila" the beach bar is on your left and the entrance to the beach is on your right.

I loved the location and really everything about this 3* Hotel. If you want any further information regarding Hotel Acuazul don't hesitate to email me I will respond asap.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: I liked my room on the 3rd floor (313) with the 2 balconies. I heard that pool side rooms were...
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steve w wrote a review Jul 2014
Montreal, Canada6 contributions15 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is ok
i was there from march 29 to april 01, 3 nights.
Location not too far from varadero center, neither the aiport. Like i bought a one way ticket to varadero, cab driver charged me 35 cuc to drive me at the hotel. There is a way to pay less with viazul depending on the time arrival.

At the hotel i got a bracelet and got help to put luggages in my room.

Room was ok, not a big deal, standard one, as you can see on the already uploaded pictures by other reviewers.
Bathroom was clean, clean white towels handwash soap, toilet paper, but the toilet flush wasn't that good. i had to flush twice for the thing to go away. Since i was there for 3 nights just to party, my firsts one in that city, but been in others cities before, i didnt pay attention on that
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The room is big, with a safe(free of charge) big closet, small table, ashthray, tv with cable, phone(working in some rooms) and a small balcony with a street view. very noisy but like i was drunk every nights the noises didint get me.

The hotel staff is good. Medium service, nothing to complain about. the beach is 2 to 4 mins walk from the hotel, with a beach bar(no beers, just drinks).

the beach is an average cleanliness, all the stuffs around are free, beach towel(with a deposit).

Food... Hum i'm not picky, i can eat every thing, but there, and like most in the publics areas: i was carefull. I was doing the rounds 3 times before finding something to eat. Everything looks good, it's up to you to decide. Otherwise there are full of cheap restaurants nearby.

In the main bulding Acuazul(Acuazul/Varazul/Sotavento) there is a lobby bar, open 24h hours. They work hard, very hard, because peoples drink, and alot.

Alot of seniors snowbirds, few young peoples, one activity each night.

Night life is crazy. Many clubs full of north americans and europeens lol.

Viazul station not to far from there 3 cuc taxi drive(5 mins) and 10 cuc(viazul) to havana. you can even share a taxi with other travellers, faster and cheap, peoples love to visit that city.

I hope this helps, i spent a great time. Sure will go back again. if you know cuba a little bit, know what your looking for, want to spent a few nights in an all inclusive resort, and pay less this is a good place. But at night better go out, beacuse; alot of mosquitoes lol.
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Date of stay: March 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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salsera wrote a review Dec 2007
Toronto Canada16 contributions35 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been to 6 different hotels in Varadero and Acuazul was an excellent choice. It is only a 2-3 star hotel but it had all the amenities we could ever need. There is one buffet restaurant that had a varied selection of meat and seafood, pasta, bread, fruits, salads, and desserts. All are typical of Cuba and are not the most amazing meals you will ever have but you will experience this at a 5 star hotel too. We never went hungry. The restaurant had musicians every night that played through dinner. The tables had clean linens and waiters who quickly removed the dirty plates. There was a snack bar with grilled sandwhiches and good hamburgers. There was a bar open almost 24 hours with lemon and pina colada slushies as well as other great drink choices. The hotel has a nice sized pool surrounded by lounges and table/chairs. At any given point in time you can find a shady or sunny place to relax in the pool area. The pool was sparklingly clean, they cleaned it every morning at 7 am. There was a games room with a ping pong table and 2 pool tables. It was a popular spot. There were great shows every night, better than many of the 4 stars we have stayed at!! The hotel is a 6 storey building with 2 elevators that were very prompt and safe. Our room was quite large and accomodated 4 people comfortably- a rarity in Cuba (most only allow 3 to a room) The room had 3 beds and a sitting area. There was a TV, phone, and AC. We had 2 balconies which afforded us a great view of Varadero city and the bay of Cardenas. The bathroom was nice, the toilet flushed and the shower head was adjustible. Water pressure was not great but it has been bad at all the hotels we have been to in Varadero. The people that worked at the hotel were friendly and accomodating. The beach is 2 blocks away from the hotel and is a very short 5 minute walk. It is physically closer to the beach than many of the mega resorts in Varadero. The resorts have huge properties and the rooms are a long walk to the beach. At Aquazul the beach is right there! We often went accross the road to Varazul or the cafeteria and bought Nestle icecream bars, the cheapest one is 55 CUC and the most expensive about 1.50 CUC. Well worth the money on a hot day! The beach has lounges, a bar and watersports. The beach was very nice and we enjoyed swimming and lounging there each day. There were many guests at Acuazul who had transerred from Villa Lamar. They were very happy at Acuazul and said it was far better than this other lower end hotel. Overall we were very satisfied with Acuazul and would return in a heartbeat.

Acuazul is worth a shot if you are flexible, unpretentious and looking to relax.
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Date of stay: December 2007
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Will S wrote a review Feb 2015
5 contributions11 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
After sifting through many reviews on TripAdvisor to try and find a reasonable hotel in Varadero, we decided to choose Acuazul. We were a little bit worried after seeing some nasty reviews about the place so decided to book with low expectations as we expected to not be in the hotel that much and instead be on the beach.
After checking in, we were taken to our room which was surprisingly big, clean and everything worked (even the TV!). The beds were reasonably comfortable and the shower worked well. If possible, I would suggest trying to get a room on the side which does not have a road next to it, as it was fairly loud at night with cars and there was mysterious singing at 4am in the morning?
The food really is not great but not bad, there is quite a large amount of choice and you can find something to eat. The snack bar food was not bad either and was made quickly. We ended up spending a lot of time in the hotel as the weather was cloudy for the 3 days we were in Varadero. Considering this, the hotel did a nice job at keeping us fairly entertained, with a nice casual party feel in the evenings along with the 24 hour all inclusive bar.
The service was a bit questionable but mostly good. We found it to generally be better when we spoke in Spanish rather than English but on whole the staff were fairly helpful when we needed them. The location is also close to the beach with plenty of shops and cafes nearby.
Although the hotel did not amaze us, it certainly was nowhere near as bad as others have portrayed it and for a reasonable price it allowed us to have a fairly enjoyable time.
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Cherie C wrote a review May 2013
11 contributions16 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my second stay at Acuazul. My first trip was jan 31- feb 8. The location is PRIME! Within walking distance to all the best shopping and small Cafe. During my first trip i made friends with lots of locals and kept in touch trough email and met up with them again when I came back in April. Some of the staff are not the most approachable, but if you talk to them and tip it's great. The rooms are nothing fancy, but most people don't go to Cuba to stay in their rooms the whole time. The food is average, so would recommend going out for dinner. Tons of great restaurants on the strip. The beach is amazing, and Is very short walking distance, compared to some resorts. The beach bar was moved a little out of the way compared to my first trip, but they are probably constructing a new one by next year. I love love love this hotel, not because its fancy, but because of my friends there and the location. If you go there, just smile and enjoy every minute, cause time flies:). I can't wait to go back again next February.
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Sean Y wrote a review Jan 2015
Toronto, Canada12 contributions71 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Was there Jan 17 - 24, 2015.

This hotel is small and old, but charming. Food is not the greatest, yet more than adequate. Staff are friendly, efficient. I stayed on the top floor. Other guests complained about leaking faucet. I didn't have the same issue. My room is of a very decent size with two balconies: 1 small, the other bigger in the shape of "L" that wraps around the building. I tipped the cleaning ladies, and was pleasantly surprised by a little gift back with a note from them:)

I will definitely go back if I can find another right price:)
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Date of stay: January 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from YerSister
Stratford, Canada20 contributions46 helpful votes
No hair dryers, some rooms have 110 voltage outlets throughout and all 4 rooms we have stayed in have had a 110V outlet in the bathroom, but I recommend taking a converter just in case.
donnycroft asked a question Dec 2016
Moncton, Canada
is there a 24 hour bar, and a 24 hour snack bar?
Answer from Daintry D
4 contributions12 helpful votes
Yes there is a 24 hour bar but snacks are not available 24 hours. There is as well as the café mentioned there is a 24 hour bar/restaurant directly across the street at calle 13.
joe d asked a question Apr 2016
Hamilton, Canada538 contributions82 helpful votes
Can anyone please tell me if Rolando, pool and grounds keeper, is still at this hotel?????
Answer from Robert Y
36 contributions21 helpful votes
yes, i just got back on Thursday March 21st
Robert Y wrote a tip Mar 2019
36 contributions21 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Motel is between 13th and 14th on 1 so it's in the heart of everything."
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fishrboy wrote a tip Feb 2019
Mississauga, Canada32 contributions24 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid 4th floor rooms"
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Anthony Laforge wrote a tip Jan 2019
Britt11 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"ocean side ...512 and 612 have great views...260 degrees"
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Alex P wrote a tip Apr 2018
Toronto, Canada126 contributions15 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Top floor, facing front of the building."
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Holly J wrote a tip Mar 2018
Sudbury, Canada2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If I were to return, I would try to get a corner room, you get two great views!"
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acuazul hotel varadero
LOCATION
CaribbeanCubaMatanzas ProvinceVaradero
NUMBER OF ROOMS
78
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Acuazul
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Acuazul?
Nearby attractions include Varadero Street Market (0.2 km) and Caracol Casa Del Tabaco (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Acuazul?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Acuazul?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Acuazul?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Vaca Rosada, Terraza Cuba, and Kiki's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Acuazul?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hotel Acuazul have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel Acuazul offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Acuazul?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cueva de Ambrosio (13.6 km).
Does Hotel Acuazul have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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