What can you say but everything with hotel was fantastic, from reception to gardener, all staff was polite and chatty. Hotel was a wow factor inside, very clean.
If you greet all staff with a Ola, how are you, they smile and have a chat with you and dont expect a tip. we did not tip much till end of holiday, so if you complain about staff at this hotel, your doing summit wrong.
You need to know a bit about cuba to understand it, Like the Full Trade EMBARGO placed on cuba by President Kennedy, which restricts import n export still today.
Their is a sightseeing open top bus thats runs to valadero all day hop on, hop off, but it was a walk to main street for it, but from hotel their is a Train bus on wheels that run every hour to valadero from hotel door n back, you must try it. cheaper than bus,
The hotel is very spacious to say how big it is, no problems with seating or beach.
Rooms was bigish, lack of drawers, bathroom clean, Free safe in room, tv, The mini fridge comes with ! water n 2 cola n 2 beer which is replaced free everyday. we did leave maid a little tip n make up.Towels was made animal everyday.
Dinner time we went around 8pm cos it opens evening at 6.30, buy 7pm their was a few people trying to get in, the food was bland but their is spices n sauces for you to add, not bad to say how many international people they cater for, big on canadians. few russians. so for variety of food available it was good. one of best I have had. seating is split in to small sections, with 2 staff to fetch your drinks.
Their is 2 restaurants you get tickets to book, but we did not try these as we was happy in main restaurant.
Pool side bar, If you like a pint, take a travel mug, as all drinks are served in small 5" plastic cups. you see all canadians with big travel / thermos mugs. Kids have a fenced of area with playground n small pool.
Pool was freezing, sea much warmer.
Pool side toilets are small, to cater for Pool and beach, runs out of tiolet paper by afternoon, but the cleaner thier dont speak good english,
Garden sunbeds is where we sunbathed as usual its quieter, some activities around pool, when we seen the 2 gardeners we fetched them a drink, and they made us animals out of palm leaves, they was happy to have drink as no Staff is allowed to eat or drink, so when you go for yourself get on for staff, weather is beach attendents or waiters or gardeners.
Beach was clean The sunbeds belong to hotel, but beach is public, so we used to get sunbeds in garden n stroll to sea as they cant protect you valubles on beach. watch out for red jelly fish they do sting, but it was not a problem. Life gaurds on beach and activties is free,pedal boats ect,
The only complaint we had that lets this hotel down is Beach bar, Its small and its open 24/7 out of hours it serves hot toasties, Not like our toasties, 2 plain bread with either tuna, ham, cheese filling, or small pizza, alright at end of night if you wanna snack.
It has spa free, massarges you pay, and good keep fit room and weights ect.
this hotel has everything, did not take kids but we heard from parents it was good for children.
We saw at this hotel a few weddings on beach n in garden it was fantastic.
Overall we enjoyed this hotel n cuba were going next march.
" night clubs either side hotel or taxi to valadero.
We split our gifts to various hotel staff when we left, shoes clothes sun lotion as they think more of gifts because they cant get what we get due to Embargo.
we took crayons n plain books, make up, nail varnish, extra sun lotion, toothpaste +brushes, chocalate, up to you.
Telephones are expensive and internet no broadband so its very slow. mu pay as u go mobile worked n cheaper. O2.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just on the shore of the magnificent and famous Varadero beach, the Hotel consist of a 13 floor modern building, completely new.Ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauty and the atmosphere of the most well known beach of Cuba, with the best facilities and a wide list of activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blau Hotel Varadero
- Blau Varadero Cuba