Barcelo Arenas Blancas
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In a great central location, close to local shopping and nightlife. The Barcelo Solymar Arenas Blancas is a good choice for couples and singles looking for a lively vacation as there a few nightclubs within walking distance. A great beach and nice pool area. The rooms could use some updating. Arenas Blancas merged with the Solymar to become one resort complex with two sections. A good 4 star resort because of its location, pool and beach area.
Location: On the beach, a short 5 minutes walk into town and 25 minutes from the airport.
Arenas Blancas was a great place to be and all the staff try very hard to make your stay a pleasant one. Be prepared for bland food, no spicing and overcooked meat dishes. Very salty in taste.Maid service is good but not as good as it could be. Bottom bed sheet not changed during my 4 week stay. Music in afternoon and evening at pool side is much too loud.Fantastic beach and Pool. Need more beach or pool side service.
This was our second visit to varadero & the Barcelo Solymar and we couldn't be happier!! This hotel is great!! Service, food, rooms, pools, beach, staff.. Everything is amazing!! We will deffinately be returning again. And since we were returning guest we received a special dinner & a gift in our room ! Highly recommend this property!
PROS: - young age group (22-32)- you'll meet a lot of people as the guests are very friendly- you'll meet a lot of Canadians- definitely a party resort (pool bar is open until 11:45pm and they always play good music, beach parties are fun too) - hotel is an open concept and is very spacious- the lobby has a bar as well and sometimes live music- beach is super clean, no fish in water- water activities are included, they play nice music - you have access to two hotels (my friend liked the food and pools at arenas blancas WAY better)- location was good, Havana Club was down the road (less than 5 mins walk) and was close to a lot of markets and bars CONS: - staff is extremely rude, every time we needed help with something, they weren't helpful a lot and they simply didn't care - our room's door wouldn't lock and we asked them to fix it and they didnt- the maid stole food from our room and we heard some stole shoes and money from other people, so make sure you lock up everything before you leave the room!! - our shower was also broken- we stayed 7 nights and they cleaned our room twice. the rest of the nights we had to request them to clean it several times a day.- only gave 1 water bottle per room to share which is not enough and sometimes they didnt give us that either- the staff only work on tips, if you want anything done, you HAVE to tip- the wifi isn't the best, it is not guaranteed service - the food was absolutely terrible. I would suggest bringing your own pasta sauce and spices- AC also stopped working near the end of our stay- also theres no privacy in the hotel room. many times hotel staff would come into our room while we were sleeping. or wake us up early morning.- you have to exchange your own towels and the towel service closes at 5pm. so if you are in the pool or beach past 5 with a wet towel, you cannot exchange it Overall, my friend had a lot of fun because of the people we met at the hotel and the excursions we went on. However, the hotel was absolutely terrible. Their service is not even close to a Canadian hotel. We had a terrible experience with their management as they were unwilling to help us get water, clean towels or clean our rooms. It was my first time going to Cuba but I do not think I will return. It is nice for a one time experience and if you like to party. But please do not come to this hotel if you are expecting good food or good service. This hotel is simply a place to meet fun people and party. Would not recommend it for anyone that wants a relaxing and quiet experience because it is loud at night.
This was our second time in Varadero, first time at the Barcelo Solymar and we will most definitely come back. We had a great time and were treated fantastic. We had a poolside bungalow which was spacious and private. The air conditioner did not work our first day but the maid was quick to have maintenance come and look at it. The food was not fantastic but it was better than other resorts in Cuba. The snack bar had pizza and poutine, hot dogs and burgers that were quite tasty. There was not a lot of poolside or beach entertainment but there was a lot to do up town. The resort is beach side and the beach is amazing! White sand and very clean. It was a younger crowd at this resort (late 20's-late 30's) which we enjoyed and everyone was very friendly, made friends for life :) The Beatles bar, Calle 62 and Havana night club are walking distance and were lots of fun and we spend most every night there. All in all we really enjoyed this resort and this trip. We have been to Cuba four times and this time was the icing on the cake for us. Cannot wait to return.
We had booked into this hotel to check it out before bringing a friend who had never been to Cuba before. Glad we did it was horrible. From out of date rooms, not stocked with what the was advertised. To run down resort, only one in five resort lights working (had to use flashlight on cell phone). Worst of all bugs in the food! Also constant power and water outages. Had to get water from the pool to flush the toilet. If you want a good holiday avoid this place.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
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
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- 24 hour snacks
- A la carte dining w/reservations
- Unlimited House Wine, Domestic beer and International drinks
- Lounge chairs
- Beach towels (fee)
- Pedal boats
- Daytime tennis
- Use of gym in the daytime
- Table tennis
- Spanish lessons
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 358 rooms on Varadero Beach
- 4 buffet restaurant
- 5 a la carte restaurants: Cuban, Italian & International (dress code & reservations may be required)
- 4 bars including a 24 hour lobby bar
- 1 large free-form pool
- Tennis courts (lights extra)
- Beauty salon
- Massages (fee)
- Car rental
- Internet access (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
- 2 double or 2 twin beds
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe (most rooms)
- Full bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V (converter needed)
- Balcony with garden, pool or oceanview
- Max occupancy 3 persons
Kids Deal - First child 2-12 stays and eats free; pay a special rate including airfare and transfers when sharing with 2 adults. Max 1 child. Kids 2-12 staying in separate rooms pay special discounted Children's Room rates.
For the Kids - Kids' Club for ages 4-10.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Resort Location Map
Barcelo Arenas BlancasVaradero,Cuba
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Carretera Las Americas, Km. 3, Varadero 42200 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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