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4.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Varadero Cuba, Varadero, Cuba
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Hotel Riu Varadero
Ranked #27 of 59 hotels in Varadero
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided to go to Riu Varadero based on the Riu name... We read some of the Trip advisor reviews before leaving..we were surprised and hesitant..at the end since we were 5 families traveling together.. We said we are going to have fun no matter what... And after all it' s a RIU.... 2 days after our arrival and knowing... More

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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was my family's first time in Cuba, and we stayed at the Riu Varadero for 1 week. Stayed in one of the superior rooms and it was pretty nice. Everything is quite far apart so you'll need to do a bit of walking. The beach was gorgeous. Only one pool was open while we were there (other than the... More

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Montreal, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was my second time staying at the Riu Varadero! I've been 2 years ago and I just returned. We stayed from August 16-24. I had an amazing time!!!! The food, the people/staff, the beach and weather! I really don't have any bad remarks about the resort other than the beach was a little shelly and so sometimes it was... More

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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Riu Varadero from July 26th to August 2, traveled with another couple, arrived around 10:30 pm no other people checking in so it was fast and easy. We were upgraded to the deluxe section which was nice ,closer to the beach but much further from the actual hotel but we didn't mind the walk.As many would... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed at the Riu Varadero in April 2012. We had never been anywhere tropical so had nothing to compare it to. I was slightly apprehensive as the reviews weren't great and everyone said the food in Cuba is terrible. We had an amazing time!!! We upgraded our room (upon booking) to the Diamond Club (I think that's what it... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We returned home from the Riu in Varadero on August 13. I will start with the positives. The resort is gorgeous, the beach is fantastic, our rooms were beautiful (block 24 superior rooms). I would recommend you upgrade to the superior rooms or even better the adult only section. The rooms are spacious, very nice and very clean, the maids... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

August 7-10th (planned trip from August 7 - 21st) - 3 days only at the Riu as we moved to the Iberostar I am writing about my recent experience staying at the RIU Varadero. I am a Riu class member and have stayed at 4 Riu resorts in Jamaica and 1 in Mexico Mayan. I continue to choose Riu Resorts... More

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Thornhill, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall, a better than average resort in Cuba. I was not impressed with the food at the buffet nor the specialty restaurants. Entertainments in the theater during the evenings quite well done especially the Michael Jackson show. Very large sized beach with nice sand and warm water. Good sized rooms and clean. One hour of free WiFi per day, however... More

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Havana, Cuba
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

2nd time visiting Riu Varadero with my wifeand kid and most definitely not the last. Of all the two times this one was the best hotel I have stayed at by far.in Varadero, no comparison with others... Considering it is part of the Riu chain, the buffet had lots of variety great entertainment both during the day by the pool/beach... More

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

3rd time visiting Varadero and most definitely not the last. Of all the three times this one was the best hotel I have stayed at by far. Considering it is part of the Riu chain, the buffet had lots of variety (heavenly desserts! But don't recommend the restaurants), great entertainment both during the day by the pool/beach and at night,... More

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Address: Varadero Cuba, Varadero, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Matanzas Province > Varadero
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Riu Varadero 4.5*

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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#21 On the Beach Hotel in Varadero #23 Top resorts Hotel in Varadero #23 Luxury Hotel in Varadero
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