I have travelled to Varadero 35 times in 33 years and this was a first time stay for me at this hotel although very familiar with its location and style over the years. I was travelling with a friend on short notice trying to budget travel this time and booked two separate single occupancy rooms for a weeks stay. The single room is tiny, but workable and very clean with pleasant hotel and support staff,,,,,,,except for one server in the restaurant with a bit of bad attitude when you want more than the two 2/3 full small cups of coffee included with your breakfast. Breakfast itself was very good. Not a big deal, but check the attitude and communicate with the tourist as to why you are not getting another cup of coffee, it would save a bad memory of an otherwise decent product. I must say that I found the room a bit noisy from street traffic and hallway noise but am a light and sensitive to sound sleeper at best. It's a short block to the beach and I was surprised at how pleasant the beach itself was except having to pay for chairs which is likely customary in a place such as this. Two cuc's per day per person. Beach staff was good, not pushy once they figured out if you were drinking on the beach or not, otherwise very comfortable and safe. Great location in town, pleasant walking distance to most anything in either direction and a good menu for general meals not included with the room at very reasonable prices. I ended up changing to a quieter all inclusive hotel in town after the third day and the front desk staff was cooperative with this and arranged to contact the company I booked the rooms through for a refund of the unused nights. This was Cuba Travel Networks used to book the rooms and my hats off to Karla and Nelson there for their professional and cordial help and communications. The room credit was posted to my card by the time I got home last night (Feb 26th). If you want more, then pay more, but if on a budget or a short stopover, other than the coffee incident I would not hesitate to recommend this so long as the limits of service or convenience are explained beforehand and accepted at a bit of your own risk. I will likely not stay there again only for the reasons of being sensitive to noise while trying to sleep, but for most people this is likely very tolerable but be prepared for a single room single bed stay to keep your luggage packed as there is little place else to put all your junk you brought and may take back home with you from your trip. PS,,,,if there was a real complaint beyond the coffee and noise, it was the lack of any decent pressure to the shower on the 2nd floor and perhaps elsewhere in the hotel. Hot water took a few minutes to get to the room but the shower was like watering a plant with a small spout and after a hot sticky day on the beach or a wanting a fresh shower in the morning took a bit of patience and creativity to get squeaky clean:).
Give it a try,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there isn't a lot to lose.
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- Islazul Hotel Varadero