This is my first time to send in a review. So here we go.
We picked hotel Barlovento by reading the reviews on this site. We had a few cheaper ones picked out, but, the reviews told the tail of rundown places.
Overall, I would most likely go back, and recommend this one to others.
ROOMS:Clean and modern as you can expect in Cuba. The only negative would be the beds are not very comfortable. HEY, your in Cuba!
THE POOLS:The front 2 were very nice, clean and well looked after. The back pool was older, with a vinyl liner (but clean). The water in the ocean was noticeably warmer than all 3 pools.
FOOD: I am a bit of a fussy eatter, so we had some issues here. Don't expect spices, they don't exsist. Bland is the rule of thumb in Cuba. (not just this hotel, everwhere) Lots of things to eat, but don't think about steak. Bring spices and peanut butter if you are so inclined. We went out to a little resturant that had been recommended by a lady at the hotel. She said the food was great. WOW was she from a different planet. Lobster that had no taste, and tough. Then there was the steak ! What a joke ! One glass of wine, 2 shrimp cocktails, 2 steaks, and one lobstertail, only $100.00 CDN.
THE BEACH: I would rate it 3 out of 5. Warm water.
THINGS TO DO: You must go to Havana !!!!!!!!!! A great city ! We took the Havana special that cost $135.00 pesos. Worth ever cent you paid. We spoke to a person that went on a 2 day tour for not much more, and we should have taken that one. Just more time in the city.
THE MARKETS: Boy are the Cubans missing the boat here ! Don't spend a lot of time going to different markets. THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME JUNK !!!!! Yes exactly the same stuff that you would throw out as soon as you get home. It is to bad they don't have some nice stuff. There's money to be made here FEDEL !
CIGARS: They cost a small fortune. After coming home, a friend told me how much cheaper CUBAN cigars are at the duty free in MEXICO !
TIPS FOR YOUR INFO: When you are booking your trip (in the comments box) specify a pool view room, kingsize bed. if you want it). If those items or any others are on your booking there will be no problem to get them. Take a watch, special food that you just have to have. ***** When you arrive, book the Mexican resturant that is included at the hotel. Booked about 3 days in advance. Great food, lots of fun, the staff there were the best !!!! We tipped well, as they deserved it.
- Also Known As:
- Barlovento Hotel Varadero
- Barlovento Cuba
- Gran Caribe Club Barlovento
- Hotel Barlovento
- Barlovento Varadero
- Barlovento Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Roc Barlovento is located on beachfront and just a few meters from town centre of Varadero only 25 km away from the airport.This large Caribbean-style resort is in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings along an extensive, fine white sanded beach and turquoise waters .Adults only hotel, over 16 years.Services Around the gardens, there are a tennis court, a solarium, three swimming pools and one jacuzzi. 3 Out Door Pools Sunbeds & Umbrellas Reception 24 hrsStores, shops Air Conditioning Tourism office GardensInternet, with charge Telephone and fax, with charg eMassage, with charge"All Inclusive" Services Buffet service for breakfast, lunch and dinner 3 á la carte restaurants (prior reservation required and upon availability) Fast food, snacks, grill y paellas. Cocktails, beverages: national and international brands. 24 hrs Service. Non motorized water sports (upon availability), snorkel, windsurf, kayak, pedalboatl, catamaran, windsurf . Voleyball, football, tennis, ping pong, billard, petanca, dards, archery and table games. Basket, beach volley, water polo- Gym Sunbeds andbeach/pool towels Day time entertainment programme: aerobics, yoga, dancing lessons, Spanish lessons, pool/beach games. Evening entertainment with a variety of international shows and theme nights (resident band and dancers)GastronomyThe All Inclusive offer includes, in addition to the three complete buffet meals per day, à la carte meals in the 3 specialty restaurants (with reservation) snacks, alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day. A great variety of gastronomical treats awaits our guests in the hotel’s 4 restaurants and 4 bars . The hotel offers a 24 hrs service. ... more less