I have mixed reviews of this resort. The positives-great beach, nice, clean resort. The negatives-the food, some of the staff. The food is not horrible, and we certainly did not go hungry, but it's pretty much the same choices every day. And everything is tough, either under ripe fruit, or overlooked meat. Wished I had brought a steak knife, but you really shouldn't need one for pineapple or roast beef. The specialty restaurants weren't a whole lot better, except La Arcada, which was very nice. Had steak at Roblenza, was about 1/2 inch thick and tough as nails. The staff-most were good, the hostess at the buffet restaurant made us feel very welcome every meal, our maid Nancy was very nice and helpful (she actually hugged us whenever we saw her) and most of the waitresses were good. When we got there, we were given a horrible little corner room, despite the web site stating all the rooms in our category had a balcony or terrace. We went to the front desk the next day to ask for a change, and though we were given an appropriate room, they were not very nice about it, and we had to go back 3 times because the room wasn't ready. Oh yeah, you can't use Canadian electrical appliances without an adaptor, which I didn't know despite researching this hotel extensively. Apparently they have an adaptor at the reception desk they will supply you with. They assured me they would send it with a porter, and never did. I just gave up on using my curling iron.
The rooms were clean, the furniture and decor a bit outdated, but OK. Every room I saw had two twin or doubles pushed together, and the mattresses were old and hard. They should have forgotten about putting bidets in the rooms and splurged on new queen or king sized beds.
But,oh the beach!!!! Best beach we've ever seen with clean blue water and white sand. Never had a problem getting a beach lounger, or moving to another spot on the beach to follow the sun. And no annoying vendors on the beach, hawking products. Few items for sale, but in little huts and very non aggressive. Nice and quiet, too, they have some activities if you want to participate, but very low key. Pool was very small, never bothered with it.
If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, lie-on-the-beach holiday, and you're not too fussy about the food, this is the spot for you. No kids, lots of couples and elderly folk, and best of all, no screaming American teenagers on Spring Break
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Meliá Las Américas is the premier Golf Resort in Cuba and it is also the only one with direct access to The Varadero Golf Club. Located on The Varadero Peninsula, a tropical paradise jutting into the clear waters of the Caribbean on Cuba’s northern coats. Poised between the beach and championship golf course, the 5-star hotel is an upscale all inclusive adults only (over 18 years). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Las Americas Hotel Varadero
- Melia Hotel Varadero
- Melia Hotel Las Americas
- Melia Las Americas Varadero