This resort is located on the East end of a beautiful white sand beach area of Varadero. It is horseshoe shaped and very well laid out with all buildings (with the exception of two) being linked inside. All are within easy access of all pools and the beach area. There are two large "quiet" pools on the East and West sides of the buildings and even these have a snacks and bar areas. Ample loungers for all with the pool side loungers having cushions. Unfortunately, even thought there are lots of cabanas on the beach, these loungers do not have cushions. Some people brought inflatable cushions which we will definitely bring next time. Early risers tend to get the front rows of cabanas, but even those who do not venture out until noon will find cabanas a little further back.
Buffet areas are large and food is constantly being monitored and replaced. Good selections of local foods, but for those who still enjoy pizza, fries and burgers, these are prepared regularly. Fruits, breads and desserts were most enjoyable. For those who love seafoods, lobster was served at least three times during the week. Please keep in mind that this is a warm water lobster and does not compare to the cold Altantic species that Canadians are used to getting. Shrimp, calamari and mussels are also regulars at the buffets.
A la carte restaurants fill up very quickly, so I suggest you make it a point to be there on your first day to book your reservations. The Japanese restaurant is a hugh hit and well worth the visit.
If you do not like your room, please be patience. The staff will do their utmost to accomodate your requests depending on availability. However, it is hard to find a bad room. We were in building 11, 2nd floor, facing the gardens and one of the quiet pools. Rooms were very large with a king bed and sitting area. Hugh corner soaker tub (with shower) in the bathroom. Bathrooms have hair dryers, with shampoo and lotions being refilled daily. The in-room mini-bar is restocked every second day (water, pop and beer). Maid service is wonderful with the rooms being immaculate. Room service is also available with reasonable good selections.
Loved the nightly entertainment in the lobby. The piano player was awesome. Usually from 8-9 pm, followed by local musicans until "whenever". The theatre shows were well done although the smoke could be a nuisance for "non-smokers". However, this is Cuba and one of the main attractions is cigars!
30 minute Internet service is available for 5 pesos with speed not too bad actually.
Staff were friendly and accomodating and loved to "practice" their English. Certainly if they had difficulty understanding you, they would find someone a little more fluent to assist.
If you are not too adventourous, certainly take the red double decker bus (5 pesos) and "do" the Varadero Loop. Takes about two hours if you don't get off but is a good way to see the various resorts along the way, plus downtown Varadero. One of the safest places we have ever visited and we were quite comfortable strolling around. People are friendly and love to chat with you.
We loved this resort and will certainly make a return visit!
- 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