Travelled during the first week of July with wife and 3 yo daughter. This is our third trip to this resort. Check in was busy but we were able to get this done and in our room within 20-25 mins. No problems, just quite a few groups on our flight were also staying here. Front desk were quite friendly, we also booked our a la cartes at this time. The rooms are quite nice, especially by cuban standards. There is a shower and separate bath, flat screen tv, safe, umbrellas, robes, slippers in the room. You need to remember that staying in cuba is not like being in the dominican, or mexico. Unfortunately cuban ratings are a little high compared to dominican, ie 5starcuba = 4 star dominican.with that being said, the ib varadero is one of the best resorts in varadero imo. We stayed at paradisus in the past. I would rate ib a little better due to newer rooms, amenities, food would be comparable. The depth of beach at paradisus is longer. Staff at ib are very friendly in all areas, ie restaurants, aanimation staff, front desk. If they do not understand english well, they will try to accommodate you by trying to get someone to help translate. So you may think they are ignoring you, they are most likely trying o figure out what you want. Food was good, there was always something to eat. Breakfast wa s pretty standard, assorted fruit and juices, eggs, toast, cereal, pancakes. I didn't like the bacon, but that could be said for every resort in varadero that i have stayed. Lunches were at the restaurant, a variety of pizza, pasta, cold cuts, cheese, fish, meat - pork chops, burgers, hot dogs, etc. I wasnt overly impressed with the beach bbq hut. Also another restaurant for lunch and afternoon snacks near the pool where they had roast chicken, burgers,hot dogs, salads, pasta. Not bad, pop machine and bar. It was renovated recently but just didnt do it for me. Dinner in the main restaurant had a variety of choices, roast turkey, pork roasts, chicken, pizzas, pastas, fish,veggies, etc. Lots of desserts, cakes, ice cream, fruits. Tipping was encouraged but i did notice that most europeans refrained from tipping. It didnt seem to change much of the servers attitude towards diners ( tip or not) which is a good thing. The kids show - minidisco was every night at 8. Kids were put through a 1/2 hour of dancing which was pretty well organized. During the day there is a kids centre near the pools where kids could do activities. The beach is nice but can be a little rocky depending where you are. Beach has short depth so when waves were in, our beach chairs were getting soaked. It looks like they were planning an excavation project to lengthen the beach. Very hot weather during our stay. Overall a nice trip, but as i have mentioned, this is cuba so do not expect north american type standards. It is what it is and enjoy your trip. There is a duty free shop at the airport after customs. Otherwise, if you buy booze prior to customs, you would need to pack youe booze in your check in luggage. Funny thing, during our previous trip we were allowed to bring bottles of water and pop through our customs inspection, this time, they took all liquids from passengers including cosmetics, perfumes etc. Needless to say, there were a lot of angry and upset female travellers returning home and a few female cuban custom agents with new make up bags and fragrances; it is what it is.
- 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