MarAzul Playas del Este

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Cuban style hotel located across from the beach. It is not in Havana but in Havana del Este, about 40 minutes east of Havana. The only good thing is its proximity to the beach.

Please note that hotel standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other Sun Destinations. Unless travelers are familiar with the resort or Cuban hotels, we typically recommend that travelers book a minimum 4 star resort when traveling to Cuba.


Located 30 minutes east of Havana's historical centre, MarAzul Playas del Este offers a wide range of services in a genuine Caribbean atmosphere and is ideal for those wanting to enjoy the beach and be close to the excitement of Havana.

Location: Across the road from the beach, 40 minutes from Havana International Airport.

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  • absunguy : Alberta
Under renovations

I am a repeat visitor to Cuba of likely 30 visits. This visit was Jan-February 2018 for 14 days.Tropicoco is an older facility that is currently under renovation. My first room didn't have a safe that worked, bed was like sleeping om a floor and the washroom was in need of serious repair. I was moved to another room on the 3rd floor at the very end of the hallway. Again bed was extremely hard and firm. It was a long walk to the elevator only to find out that it wasn't in service most times, so a long walk back to the stairs. The outside patio and pool deck are good facilities, however. both lack garbage containers and are a long walk from the bar service. Bar service was ok, but very few options for mix with your drinks. Bar and kitchen staff were great. Desk staff, not so much. Beach offering is very good, but across the street from the hotel. Other than going into Guanoba or Havana, there is little to do in this area. It is an "adults only" facility which comes with some benefits. However, my stay was with a majority of very senior (75 year old plus) guests, which of course comes with some disadvantages. If you're looking for an adults only facility, I would suggest you spend the extra money and go to Varadero. Tropicoco is "ok" but it would have to be a smoking hot deal before I return.

  • CubaCrazyPaul : Windsor, Canada
My 2 Star Adventure !!!

What to say about The Tropicoco? Well Let's just say, you can really have a Great Time, as long as you have a Game Plan.First of all, the Proximity to Old Havana is Primary, it's almost impossible to find an all inclusive, bargain hotel on the Beach this close to Havana.Just spend the 5 C.U.C. and get the T3 Bus into Old Havana and spend 2 or 3 Days, exploring Havana, with it's rich culture, history, customs & beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture.On your down time the Beach (across the street from the Tropicoco) is Beautiful, the Locals from Havana & the area also use this beach, making it all the more interesting & enjoyable!Time at the Hotel is best spent in the Huge, Open Air Tropical Lobby, Lots of places to sit & get comfortable, while making new friends with people from your Home Town, Country or from around the world !The Hotel itself was a creation of some concrete crazed Russian, with Blueprints from Ikea (for a LEGO warehouse). Management has made the Lobby a warm cozy focal point and is constantly renovating, painting and repairing the building.The History of the Tropicoco makes for some good stories too !!!!For many years, it catered to Old ,Hugh Hefner wanna be's, The Frisky Geezers would entertain their little Cuban Cup Cakes, oblivious to how ridiculous it appeared.Management (for the most part) has gotten rid of all the trade, working the Lobby.Occasionally an older die hard Jezebel, will leap out from behind a potted palm tree & try to ambush you, but the staff will shoo her off real quick !Grandpa now has to Prowl far from the Hotel to find a Little Princess, to add insult to injury, Gramps has to dig up an additional $50.00 C.U.C. out of his Pension money to entertain his victim in his room !!! The rooms are VERY BASIC, (but clean). NO trip to Cuba is without a Glitch or two or a little inconvenience, don't spend your holiday complaining, just tell the staff of your concern & let them help you. Almost all the staff there, will try their best to make your stay comfortable.As for the Food, BE SAVVY:I noticed many people would go for Breakfast, have a freshly made Omelet, then make their way to the large selection of sliced meats, cheese and bread, most would make a couple of really good sandwiches, then head off for Havana or the beach, (Lunch in hand). Most of the Hot Pork dishes are delicious, rice & beans are fine too, but the Chicken is more like Old Buzzard & the Beef !!!!!. (Really Strange), sort of a stringy meat mush, with carrots? It looks exactly the same on your plate, as it does in the toilet, (6 hours later).No worries with dessert, most are good.The Tropicoco is a different kind of place, but mostly a place that is changing fairly quickly.The dedication of the Management & Staff will see the Hotel become better & better.It's well worth a visit.

  • Mary Pat M :
Nights in Havana

Last March I had the opportunity to spend five days and four nights at Hotel Tropicoco in Havana, Cuba while traveling with my high school spanish class. In was not a luxurious vacation, we were there to learn, so we traveled on low cost carrier airplanes and stayed in modest hotels like this one. I also spent a few nights in Hotels in Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, and Trinidad. Out of all the hotels I stayed in during the trip (and throughout the rest of my life) Tropicoco was certainly the most memorable. The rooms came with aesthetically pleasing teal-colored wristbands that allowed us all-inclusive access to three meals and two open bars. My room in particular also came with a gecko that we could not catch for the life of us, a shower that with zero water pressure that only drizzled, the loudest air conditioner you could ever imagine, dirty blankets, and great cable television. The hotel had all three key elements: sea, sand, and sun since the room also had a beach view, pictured below, that was pretty. However, at night a few homeless men camped out between the hotel and the beach. The beach was private, however it had “no swimming” signs. There was a full sized indoor swimming pool as well, but it had been emptied and was not in use. The service at the hotel was pretty good. I loved talking to the bartenders were all very outgoing and kind but, it took me over an hour to get towels from the front desk staff. There was not an enthusiastic hospitality spirit that I could point to, except for among the bartenders. The meals were buffet style and extensive in variety and options. I remember eating a lot of cereal, bread, and cheese. There were regularly several prostitutes at dinner that were staying with other guests. One night there was a dance show advertised, that turned out to be ten to twenty strippers! This hotel was definitely designed for local or domestic residents. It provided a great opportunity for locals to work as cleaning staff, front desk men, bartenders, or even exotic dancers. It also gave us a great opportunity to make fond memories together and bond over the bad times. Our spanish teachers also impressed upon us that even if we were less than impressed with the quality of the hotel, the poverty and unemployment rates are so high in Cuba that for any average citizen to get to stay in this hotel would have been an incredible luxury and a big event. The hotel was listed as three stars, but it is important to recognize that three stars in the United States of America clearly means something different than three stars in Cuba. If I had to estimate, I would say that a three star Cuban hotel like Tropicoco would be equivalent to one star in The United States of America. Towards the end of our stay we began to affectionately refer to the hotel as “Tropicaca” instead of “Tropicoco” since “caca” in spanish is an informal way of saying “poop.” The hotel was not the best, but we were not there for the Hotel, we were there for the country.

  • Erwin C :
improved quite a lot

i have stayed here before it was called tropicoco, now it ia marazul. the new management has done so much to improve the place.elevators: now are fully funcional. it does not smell like vomit anymorerooms:safe is now free and a working ac. with working hot water.dining:look for esteban or ozmany. they are the best. food:they will kill you with eggs and cabbages. there are other choices of course. you will not starve.reception:while i was there, they have been wearing a smiletaxi: always outside. look for osvaldo. he is an honest driver. AVOID THE TAXI DRIVER WITH PROSTHETIC LEGS. He charges double.Poolnice and cleanBarsbeers and other drinks in a cup . look for Ruben.Entertainment:They try their bestOverall: worth the price. you are NOT staying at the RITZ anyways.TIPs Go along way

  • AuroraSky : Ottawa, Canada
Mixed Review but I'd Stay Here Again

This hotel seems to have two names: Tropicoco is the old name and MarAzul Playas del Este is the new one. The hotel presents very well as the lobby is spacious, attractive and newly renovated. When I walked into my first room I was more than a little disappointed. It was on the 2nd floor and the ocean view room I had paid for had a building blocking the view. The room also looked tired and in need of serious renovations. Fortunately I got a room on the 4th floor the next day and it had a large floor to ceiling window with a lovely view of the ocean. I was happy. The location of this hotel can't be beat. It is across the street from a beautiful beach, about a half hour from Havana, and you can take their free shuttle or a local bus to the city. I enjoyed the nightly entertainment they put on but I also had the option of the Havana nightlife. I must say I also enjoyed the meals and staff members throughout the hotel were welcoming and helpful. So, that's why I'd stay here again.

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Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 3 Meals daily plus snacks
  • Domestic and international drinks (domestic beer & cocktails daily from, 7am-2am)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • 188 rooms
  • 1 Buffet & 1 a la carte restaurant
  • 1 Snack bar
  • 3 Bars
  • 1 Pool
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Massage (fee)
  • Medical service (fee)
  • Tour desk
  • Shop (fee)

Hotel room with:

  • 2 Twin beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower only
  • Satellite TV
  • Max occupancy 3 persons

Bonus - Free shuttle service daily to Havana.

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Hotel Tropicoco
Ave Sur y Las Terrazas Santa Maria del Mar, Havana Cuba

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.