First of all I would like to say that I have read many of the reviews and have just came back from spending a week at Memories (January 6-13). I can honestly say that there is nothing wrong with this hotel. Many people have complained about towels, things wrong with their rooms, long check in lines....really is this going to make a bad vacation! I travelled with my husband, two children (11 and 14) and my 65 year old mother. We all had a blast.
The food at the main buffet was not the greatest but we still found things to eat. There are 3 other restaurants for breakfast, 4 other restaurants to eat at for lunch and for supper you can attend an "a la carte" or one of the two snack bars. I travelled with 2 very picky eaters and they both found something they liked at each meal.
The lines may be long, but what can you expect when the resort may have over 1,000 guests at any given time. The resort is very big and yes the walk to the beach from the lobby is about 10 minutes, bring good walking sandals.
We took the bus to Varadero and drove by many of the other hotels along the way, they looked pretty grungy. Some of the hotels that indicated were a 4-star, did not even come close to looking like they met the standards of Memories.
Many people complained that the pools and bathrooms were dirty - I saw both cleaned every single morning, but it is the hotel guests that dont respect the place and leave it dirty. At the end of the day the beach is littered with plastic cups, even though there are signs posted not to litter and garbage pails along the beach. It is because of the hotel guests that the grounds are dirty, the staff try hard to keep up.
We had a room that faced the gardens on the outside of the hotel, we regularly saw security walking along the perimeter of the hotel (all hours of the night). I felt very safe there.
Other people expressed an opinion that the walkways were not well lit at night, this may be "sort of" true, but you could always see where you were going. If you think this may be an issue for you, bring a flashlight.
One of the reviews underneath this one indicated "We were supposed to receive 2 ala carte reservations and didn't even try after we heard other people say there were no spots available." Really, you are going to complain about that---they didn't even try to book a reservation, just took someone else's word. If you want to make sure you get your reservations with the ala carts you want, then book them as soon as you get there.
Some people just like to complain and therefore I suggest that you take the bad reviews with a "grain of salt" before letting them sway your decision on whether or not to stay at this hotel. I definitely would return to Memories. I thought that this resort was great value for the price I paid.
- 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