First time for me and my wife in Cuba. March 26 to April 02, 2013. We were a group of 7. We asked to be close proximity to each other and the front desk personnel were very accommodating and made it happen. Most of us enjoyed the food, some enjoyed a little less. The property is very clean, well landscaped, good animation and excellent night shows and a nice size resort, very close to the beach and the beach is well maintained. We were unfortunate to have 3 days of colder weather (17-18degrees Celsius) and it was harder to enjoy but once the heat came back we were happy again. The bar waiters and waitresses were always coming around to make sure we were well "hydrated". They were very respectful and polite.
The $5.00 all around bus trip to Varadero was fun...very crowded however and had to stand the whole way there but made the best of it and had fun. It is not much more expensive to take a cab if 4 people split the fare and you don't have to make all the resort stops, I would recommend the cab, its a few dollars more if you want a 1950's vehicle for nostalgia's sake! The prices downtown are very reasonable.
I have a recommendation to the hotel, "Please allow the Pool Chair cushions on the beach". The beach Lounge chairs are very hard plastic and its uncomfortable lying on them for a while. We liked the fact that we were not solicited by local peddlers on the beach which is different than Dom Republic. Our friends did a Small catamaran tour and really enjoyed it. Excellent quality-price ratio. As most Caribbean countries...things happen a little slower and ya gotta be patient...you will enjoy your trip if you do. Book your 'A la carte " restaurants upon arrival to not be disappointed...the most popular ones are always full. We ate at Japanese, Mexican, and Caribbean...enjoyed every one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a beautiful stretch of Varadero's Beach. Approximately 160 km from Havana and 20 min. from downtown Varadero. 814 rooms allocated in different buildings, 24 are suites and 8 are for handicapped. Reception 24 hrs. open, currency exchange, internet 24 hrs. Buffet restaurant with show cooking and 4 a la carte restaurants and Ranchón near the beach. Lobby bar, Cigar bar, aqua-bar, and 2 snacks bars at the pool. Conference rooms, SPA, gym, and beauty salon, 2 tennis and paddle court. Ice cream saloon, animation theatre and disco. 5 outdoor swimming pools. Miniclub (4-12 years). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Laguna Azul Hotel Varadero