Well I don't even know where to start with my review of this hotel as we had such a good time so I think it's going to be a long one!
We stayed here from 4th-18th October and had requested rooms close together and preferably not on the ground floor. We were given rooms on the 1st floor with adjoining doors, of Block 18 which is a good location & not far from all the facilities. The rooms are clean & spacious, one room had a king sized bed and the other had 2 doubles. Our maid Nelys was lovely and always left us lovely towel art and little notes to accompany them on occasion.
The grounds are well kept, pool was lovely, absolutely huge and always warm. On the occasions we spent at the pool we never really had any trouble getting sun loungers, but mostly we spent our days at the beach. The beach was beautiful, and you are pretty much guaranteed to get a sunbed as they have them piled up. I'm probably one of the minority that actually liked the skinny beach, but it was given some new sand while we were there which wasn't a problem as there was always part of the beach open and it was actually quite interesting watching it develop into the wide beach it is now.
Food was all reasonably good, always had a wide range at the buffet, we only really went here for dinner though, normally went to the snack bar for breakfast & lunch. Restaurants are all nice, the Japanese was probably my favourite as it was a great atmosphere. Both the other restaurants offered really nice food as well.
All the bar staff at the resort were really friendly. In the theatre in the evenings we mostly had Fernando as our waiter and he was amazing. As soon as we were getting to the bottom of our drinks he'd be on his way over with more.
Moving onto entertainment it really was 'super excellente', all the star friends were fun & friendly - in particular we liked 'Chocolate Nestle'! There were always activities going on but you weren't pestered into doing them if you didn't want to. The only activity we did was bingo, from the comfort of our sunloungers! The evening entertainment was the best i've ever seen at a hotel, the professional dancers & singers really are outstanding. So much so that when we went to see Tropicana in Havana we weren't that impressed because the standard at Iberostar is so high. I was happy to see Danza Kuduro as the hotel song as I loved that song already, although we saved our joining in the dance until our last night after a few too many cuba libres. We also hit up Gaz 53 most nights which was good fun!
We did 2 trips whilst here through Cubanacan as we didn't actually see our rep for the first week! We did the jeep safari which was fun - this involved driving your own jeep offroad, speedboating, watching an aborigine show, snorkelling, lunch, horse/bull riding, holding an alligator and a swim in Saturno Cave. We also did Havana Overnight with Tropicana. Personally I wish we'd just done the day trip as the second day we didn't really know what to do with ourselves and as this was our last full day I feel like we wasted it slightly.
Anyway, all in all we had an amazing time and actually looking at coming back again in May! :-)
P.s Just to point out this hotel has european plug sockets, our last 2 caribbean (Cuba/Domrep) trips were american adapters so I just assumed the same and we had to borrow an adapter off one of the technicians!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the beach of Varadero. Iberostar's first 5 star hotel in Cuba. Luxury and comfort in an elegant atmosphere. Top gastronomy and excellent service. Equipped for every kind of meeting, gala dinner, party, etc.. Ideal for groups & incentives. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Varadero Hotel Varadero
- Iberostar Cuba
- Iberostar Varadero Cuba
- Varadero Iberostar