I stayed at the Sol Sirenas Coral from Feb. 2nd to 9th. I traveled with my girlfriend and another couple (25-26 years of age). I have been to a lot of all inclusive’s in Mexico, Jamaica (twice) and Cuba (once before). I read reviews before going to this resort and expected a beautiful beach, alright food, and rooms that were in pretty bad shape. That’s what I got.
We knew the Coral side was a younger crowd and more of a party atmosphere. Even though we are young(er) and enjoy having a good time, we were sure to request the Sirenas side for the slightly better food and quieter nights. When we got there, we were put on the Coral side. We said we requested Sirenas but at that point there were "no rooms available". When waiting to check in, an employee approached an older couple and told them they should be on they weren't supposed to be on the Coral side, then he led them to the Sirenas check in desk. Anyways, long story short, our first room was TERRIBLE. I refused to stay in it for one more night. We tried getting moved to the Sirenas side the next day but, again, "no rooms available". The resort didn't seem too busy to us so we weren't sure what to think. We believe just cause we were younger, we were stuck on the coral side. Anyways, we ended up upgrading to a "suite" - $15 a night. We checked out the room. It was better. So we booked it. Later found out the AC didn't work but that wasn't a huge deal as the room didn't get too hot. We did see some buildings on the resort which looked better maintained and less grungy. If you are traveling here, know that they PROBABLY have some decent rooms, but also some REALLY bad rooms (the shower head in our first room was just lying on the floor, the elevator didn't work, etc.). Hope and pray for a decent room - from what I hear, they DO exist...
Being English speaking, we were a huge minority. Lots of French Canadians, Argentinians, and other Spanish speaking people. This wasn’t a big deal but it was always nice hearing another group speaking English so we could chat with them.
BEACH - Best beach I can ever remember being to. Beautiful white sand. Clear blue ocean. No rocks, seaweed, nothing. Just blue ocean and white sand. Beautiful. They pump music on the Coral side until about lunch. Almost always a game of beach volleyball happening. They ran out of cups at the beach bar almost every day. Took about 20-30 mins for them to get more cups.
FOOD - It was alright. It's Cuba. I wasn't expecting much. The a la cartes are OK, better than the buffet. Go to the Sirenas side buffet. It is much better. The food got boring near the end of the week though. Cappuccinos are fantastic! Payaya served near the coral side beach everyday was pretty good. Italian is good. Mexican is good. The resort actually had no chicken for a few days...
STAFF – Honestly, I found it really hit or miss. Mercedes at the Beach Bar is awesome. So is Juan Carlos at the “Club House” on the Sirenas side. Some staff seemed to be very friendly but others seemed like they hated life. We went to Havana for a day with Juan Carlos, he offered to come with us, so we had a small group of 4 and a personal guide for the day in Havana. It was great. $37.50 per person (won’t find a better price). Awesome time. Thank you JC!!
ENTERTAINMENT- Nightly entertainment was OK the first 3 nights… then it got boring. All they do is dance and sing. I understand some people might love these kind of shows (I didn’t mind it the first few times), but if you’re like me, you want WAY more variety in the shows. It got to the point where I knew the show would just be (pretty good) dancing and (not very good) singing so I didn’t really look forward to them in the end. Just remembered… the first night was a “Magic Show” where they did throw in a few magic tricks in the mix of all the dancing and singing. Needs more variety!!
FACILITIES – The girls we traveled with mentioned a few times there was no TP and no toilet seat in the public washrooms… Being a guy I didn’t have to worry about that but I’d be pretty pissed if I was a girl. The rooms are just old and dirty. Even the “suite” we “upgraded” to. The towel rack in the bathroom was hanging on for dear life. The sliding balcony door took ALL of my strength to open and close it. All the rooms we saw needed a major cleaning. Again, I hear there are “good” rooms but I am not sure where they were, and I am not sure what the standards were of those guests who said their room was good. The cleaning ladies were around every day which was nice.
Bring bug spray – they come out at night.
I have a hard time believing some of the reviews saying they have been to the Sol Sirenas Coral 3, 4 or X amount of times… if it’s true, you should really cough up a couple more hundred bucks and go to Mexico, or the DR. I can only think the people who keep going back to this resort have low standards.
Cuba is a cool country with lots of history and great culture (go to Havana). The Beach is AMAZING!
If you are young, and just want to get smashed and party everyday, sure, this resort will probably satisfy you because food will be food and you probably won’t remember what the rooms are like. But if you are looking to spend $900(ish) for an all inclusive, relaxing, not a worry in the world, vacation… I’d take my money somewhere where they have toilet seats. I won’t be returning to the Sol Sirenas Coral.
- Also Known As:
- Sol Sirenas Coral Hotel Varadero
- Sol Sirenas Coral Hotel
- Sol Sirenas Coral
- Sol Sirenas Coral Resort Varadero
- Sol Sirenas Coral Varadero
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All Inclusive Four Star resort with 651 rooms. Located alongside the beach in Varadero. Hotel complex surrounded by tropical gardens which convey an informal atmosphere. The property excels for its superb entertainment program. Recommended for families traveling with children.Guest Rooms651 rooms: 505 Standard, 63 Standard Ocean View, 10 Standard Superior, 55 Junior Suite, 6 Suite, 12 Family SuiteDining7 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet), 1 Cafeterias, 8 Bars ... more less