My wife and I just had an awesome week at Memories Varadero. We had read reviews so were not expecting the Ritz, and this was also our first holiday - (other than Disney Land) so our expectations weren't super high. We arrived at 1:30 am and requested a king size room...should of specified that ahead of time. The front desk person at that time could have been a little more accommodating -but it was the middle of the night So the first night was not the best however the Sunwing rep did his thing in the morning and we had a king room.by the pm . The second room was more inviting and had better working toilet.. :).. We spent very little time in our room but it was more than adequate, air-conditioned and well cleaned. The bed was about as hard as we expected.
The maid service was excellent. We did tip her with gifts we brought every morning and she did some amazing towel art for us every day. We ran into her just before leaving and she was so appreciative. The Hotel property was great .The ground keepers were welcoming and I had some great sign language conversations. The beach was beautiful. The kayaking and catamarans were great.
The pools were very nice and very clean.
The buffet was as some others have mentioned - the biggest issue was food temperature. The foods that should be hot tended to be luke-warm and the foods that should be cold could be colder. Cuba is not known for it's food - so it is all quite bland. However, we always found food that we could enjoy. The Fruit and fresh veggies were great as were the fresh custom made omelets made in front of you in the morning . The custom grilled fish and chicken for lunch and supper were good but the beef - not so much. The ice cream was addictive. Deserts I describe as fair. The waiters and waitresses were all awesome. Japanese was the best a la Carte . The others needed help. The snack bar served some really nice fried fish with fries as well as good salads.
We tipped quite generously but sat in different areas so had different staff.
The bar service was awesome.
We did the Havana and the jeep excursion and felt that they were both great days although long and tiring. . That is where you see the real Cuba.
The resort is a place where I would take my grandsons without hesitation. It seemed very safe with lots of kid activities.
The night shows were very entertaining.
The trip to town on the double-decker bus was painless and made for a good afternoon. We wanted to go back for supper at a restaurant but ran out of time.
The standards we found were not as they are in Canada but when we faced the challenges with a smile we were treated well and had a great time. (FYI - while in Cuba it's a good idea to carry toilet paper with you in your pocket) Also there doesn't seem to be any designated 'smoking areas' which means that all areas are 'smoker friendly'. We found that somewhat annoying as often people were smoking at the table next to us as we were eating (or whatever we were doing)
All in all this was a fun vacation for us and we would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pamper yourself on the pristine white sand beaches of Varadero, Cuba with a stay at the luxury Memories Varadero Beach Resort. The resort offers incredible value and impressive all inclusive features and is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a fun family vacation. Guests will be dazzled by the elegant rooms and suites that feature rich wood furnishings, luxurious amenities, and stunning décor. Relish a culinary trip around the world at the buffet restaurant and several à la carte restaurants, which offer sumptuous global cuisine, including Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and more. Spend your days basking under a golden sun on one of Varadero’s most beautiful beaches, or revel in an array of fun land and water sports and activities. Children will also have the time of their lives at the Kids Club and Baby Club with supervised games and activities. Memories Varadero Beach Resort ensures fun for all ages and helps create unforgettable vacation memories for the whole family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirenis La Salina Varadero Beach Hotel Varadero