This was my first time in Varadero but I am well travelled in Cuba and have stayed in over 10 different hotels around Cuba from 1* to 5* as well as casa particulares.
I chose this hotel because it is on the edge of town, a short walk away and is a smaller resort. My goal was to discover the town while staying in a comfortable place on the beach during my short 4 nights stay. Las Morlas delivers. I loved this little resort. So much so that I barely left the resort and never got to see the town! That is ok because I will return for a longer stay in the near future and do just that.
The staff was very attentive and friendly in most areas of the hotel. I found it was hit or miss with the waiters at the buffet, specially in the morning and lunch. Yoel and Johnny gave excellent service though. The cooks were also very nice and entertaining. Thanks Abdul for your excellent breakfast and smile. Food was very good at all time at the buffet. I really enjoyed the selection, variety and taste or everything I had. No lineups, no waiting at the cooking stations. I liked that there was a good variety of Cuban food offered such as Yucca, congri, ropa vieja, rice and beans, etc. I must say that I ate better here than my regular 4.5* hotel buffet.
Pool was clean and nicely designed. I loved the shading mechanism installed around the pool when you can control the shade your want. There is a swim up bar but no one seem to use it while i was there. The bar by the pool is excellent. Yvan and Pedro are wonderful bartenders. They take good care of you. The lady during the day was great too.
Beach was beautiful. A man will bring you a lounge chair to wherever you want to be. Security guard is posted right at the entrance of the beach at all time and same at the lobby entrance of the hotel. Loved to watch the man feed the pelicans each morning. The sand is nice and the beach is wide. There are enough palapas for the size of the hotel although I found they were a little close to one another.
I spent my evening in the lobby bar enjoying the great service from Jorge and Yulian (not sure of the spelling). Most other clients were Europeans, many from Germany and Russia. I found it challenging to strike a conversation with others as not many spoke English. A huge difference from others places like Cayo Santa Maria that caters mostly to Canadians and UK folks.
Shows and other entertainment I found were lacking but I am not one to partake in those anyway. The disco bar area was nice but was only busy on the night where the show was taking place there because of rain. There is a pool table and ping pong table for you to use.
I often saw the manager Pedro walk around the resort and talk with the clients. I never had the chance to talk with him but he always smiled and seemed very approachable.
I always had great service from the reception desk in all my dealing with them (check-in, information, changing money, etc)
The store on site does not have much but the essential drink and snack was available. I bought a big bottle of water on my first day and was charged 2 CUC by a younger lady. The following days I was charged 1.50 CUC bu another older lady. Prices are not marked so beware.
My room was near the reception desk on the 3rd floor, close to the elevators and stairs. It was mostly quiet, I never had a hard time sleeping. My balcony faced the pathway to the pool although I couldn't see the pool. Room was clean, hot water and water pressure was very good. So was the air conditioning unit. I was very happy with it. I loved the way the hallway goes around the rooms with big windows all along that you can open. Great views of the neigborhoods around and the pool from there.
Grounds were clean and well taken care of.
Overall, this hotel although small in size, is nothing short of great in amenities, service and food quality. I highly recommend for a quiet stay in Varadero close to town. I will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be Live Experience Las Morlas is ideal for enjoying a dream holiday in the Caribbean. Its facilities are also perfect for holding events like weddings, because of its heavenly location on the beachfront, surrounded with gardens and the tropical vegetation native to the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Morlas Hotel
- Resort All Inclusive Las Morlas