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Blau Varadero Hotel Cuba
Ranked #3 of 63 Hotels in Varadero
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“We truly enjoyed it”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

This hotel was great. Service was great. Food was good for Cuba. Would I go back. Absolutely.
The beach is great. Coffee I loved. It was extremely quiet in May since I am assuming it is too warm. The pool is well maintained.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bathurst, Canada
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

Everybody was saying the food at cuba is not good....But we where advise wrong !! Because the Blau the food was amazing!!!! The staff was excellent a big thanks to Teresa at the front desk she was the best , and evilio and estrella at the breakfast and lunch buffet coulnd't ask for more excellent service!!!! Nothing negative to say about the Blau, beache ,staff and food was just amazing...stayed from Feb 20 to the 27 with my mom for my 40 th birthday coming in March...Love it so much returning april 3 with my husband and son for another great week at Blau to see back all the staff !!

People that complain about the food , must not eat much at home either because their was something for every taste!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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José M P, General Manager at Blau Varadero Hotel Cuba, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Dear Chiffon74,

We want to thank you for choosing Blau Varadero Hotel to spend your holidays in Cuba.
We appreciate the lovely review about our food. We are glad to read that you enjoy our variety of food.
Thank you for the good comments about our staff and facilities in general.
We are happy to see that you are coming back soon.
Thank you for sharing your experiences with tripadvisor readers.
See you soon.
Warm regards
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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2014

We travelled at the beginning of January to the Blau for my wedding, everything was wonderful. The hotel was more than I expected and I was a little nervous about having my wedding in Cuba, as we had never been and wasn't sure what to expect, but I couldn't be happier with the decision to have my wedding there. The staff was exceptional, everyone was so friendly and helpful. The wedding coordinator was beyond what I could expect, she truly wanted to make the day special and it really was (the photographer that the resort gets is also amazing, even though he's not part of the resort). The beach was beautiful, and very well kept. Actually, we found the whole resort to be very clean. The food was good. We had over 30 guest in our party from ages 5 to 65+ and everyone truly had a wonderful time, I didn't hear any complaints from my kids (or anyone, but kids can sometimes be hard to please) about anything, there was always something we could find to eat and to do. The nightly entertainment was ok, although not all the shows were appropriate for the kids. The elevators were a bit slow, we were on the 11th floor, but we did end up taking the stairs a lot (which isn't necessarily a bad thing when you can eat and drink all you want lol). The resort really was beautiful and we would definitely go back (the kids are already asking when)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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4 Thank PinkLady184
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José M P, General Manager at Blau Varadero Hotel Cuba, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Dear PinkLady184

Thank you very much for choosing Blau Varadero hotel to celebrate your wedding in Cuba.
We want to thank you on behalf of Blau Varadero Hotel management and staff for your warm review. We really appreciate your comments.
We are happy to read that you had a nice wedding here. We will forward your comments to the wedding coordinator. She will be very happy.
. Thank you very much for taking your time to share your experiences at Blau Varadero.
We will be happy to welcome you back.
See you soon.
Warm regards
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Yarmouth, Canada
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

Second time to the Blau (April 2013) and it was great, just like the first time:) The beach is perfect, lots of shade and loungers. Beach bar is open 24 hrs and serves grilled sandwiches all night. The pool is clean and refreshing.
The main bar is very comfortable and only gets crowded during the evening show. The shows were not the best I have seen in Cuba, they were just ok.
The buffet is excellent, the variety of food was wonderful. Lots to choose from and very good for the most part.
The animation team works hard and there are a variety of games being played every day. Lots of fun to participate in or just to watch.
No complaints, we love this place!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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José M P, General Manager at Blau Varadero Hotel Cuba, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Dear Afrances
Thank you very much for choosing Blau Varadero Hotel one more time to spend your holidays in Cuba.
We want to thank you for the nice review about our variety of food. Thank you for the time invested in writing this review.
We will be very happy to welcome you back at Blau Varadero.
Warm regards
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Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Taking 26 people to Cuba for our wedding should have been a bit of a pain, but this place is just too amazing for words! Us and several of our guests had previously stayed at the Blau. This was our third time and this time we got married! The resort has made some upgrades since our last visit. The bathrooms were finished by the beach bar so no more long walks. Coffee makers in the rooms, toilet paper in every stall and kept clean (this used to be a huge issue!) Food selection was better as well. I don't know if it is the new manager but that man was everywhere! We saw him checking on every little piece of the property! His dedication showed in the way every detail was taken care of this time around. As for the wedding....well Sabina is a miracle worker. We gave her our information and a little baggie of decorations and she turned the wedding area into paradise! Everything was perfect from the cake to the apps to the music. You name it, it went right. The photographer was amazing, the video was great. Kind of hard to have bad pictures with this place as your backdrop. We can't wait to visit the Blau again. In fact most of our group want to return next year for an anniversary party for us and honeymoon for friends who will be married later this year. Do not hesitate to go here. You will not be disappointed. Any questions from worried brides I will answer you as soon as I can. I really appreciated the help from previous brides who helped me out. We missed out on some of the wedding perks we were supposed to get (upgraded rooms, service in our room on wedding night, etc.) but we had such a good time we never missed anything! We loved the Blau yet again and will be back soon! Oscar, Adelys our favorite servers, we will see you soon! The addition of the DJ at the beach bar was great too. We will be back Hector! Thanks to all the staff of the Blau for a great week!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Fredericton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Food was great, beach was awesome! Rooms were good but the beds were super hard, typical Cuba. Slept on cushions from the chairs in the room. Thankfully, we were located on the 1st floor so did not have to ride any elevators. The resort was beautiful. Very pleased with the Blau. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

The Blau resort may not look like much from the outside, but it's better then expected. It's a bit older and has many many floors of rooms.

There were 2 elevators to accommodate an entire resort of people. So needless to say it sometimes took awhile going up or down to your room. The elevators were quite fast though.

The rooms were okay, fairly basic but we didn't spend a ton of time in our room anyways. Beds weren't so comfortable for our liking.

The main area of the resort was filled with tons of beautiful plants and vines which I think looked spectacular.

There was lots of entertainment at the resort, shows, bands you name it.

Great drinks and great friendly service as well.

Pool was nice, lots of chairs but we preferred the beach area, which is the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. Not a ton of chairs, it fills up fast!

There are motorized trains which can take you from the resort to a little shopping mall area just a few minutes away from the resort which was handy. Also not a far drive from Varadero which has great shopping markets as well.

Food at the resort was okay, we found it fairly bland but that's just our opinion. One of the best cappuccinos I've ever had here though.

The shopping at the resort is very expensive, so if you plan to buy coffee or anything like that..go into town.

We did notice that a lot of the locals hung out at the resort and out front.. I don't know if that's common in Cuba..it didn't bother us, but some it may.

Overall, a good stay.. Would probably try a different resort next time just to switch it up.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Blau Varadero Hotel Cuba
Address: Carretera de Las Morlas | KM 15, Varadero, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Matanzas Province > Varadero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Varadero
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Varadero
#3 Luxury Hotel in Varadero
#4 Romantic Hotel in Varadero
#5 Business Hotel in Varadero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Blau Varadero Hotel Cuba 4*
Number of rooms: 395
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 
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