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.
I have been in Cuba too many times to count at this point. Love being in Cuba very much, best beaches, people. Stayed at Barcelo Solymar with family, two adults and four kids. Definitely will not go back to Solymar and any Barcelo hotel, or probably Varadero in general. Be honest, I have never written a review, but this hotel is so bad that I just felt I had a duty to warn fellow travelers to stay away from this place, especially when traveling with young family. I think this hotel has significant management issues. Level of available services, space and personnel is totally insufficient to the number of people they are booking and trying to serve. Personnel is overworked and therefore indifferent, sometimes just plain rude. Pools are literally green because of algae and sediment on the bottom. It is well known and commented that one does not go to Cuba for good food, but this hotel takes this idea to a totally new level. First you need to wait to find a table to sit, after you have to wait again just to find plates, and after that good luck standing long lines and finding anything decent to eat. Wait times are so long and frustrating that people clean their own tables, eat standing or just leave. This was by far the worst hotel I have ever stayed, Barcelo chain should be ashamed.
Friends and I stayed in the hotel in June and ate at the Linda Mar almost nightly.Although the room is older, it is well air conditioned and large enough to cater to the many guests who visit three times a day.Dress code is casual although gentlemen may not wear sleeveless shirts during the supper sitting.There are lots of great staff on hand to handle drink orders and any special items you may need, wine bottle service is very well priced and we found that the staff were always friendly and helpful, even when busy. Once they got to know us, they were quick to invite us to a seat and always brought what they remembered we liked to order. Their friendly service is quite unlike my experiences on cruise ships or in Mexico, much more enthusiastic and fun.Although we had been warned that the food was very bland in Cuba, and that they lacked basic condiments, that was not the case.Linda Mar serves a wide variety of food, pasta, seafood, soups, salads, fruits, deserts. The food is certainly different than what you might expect on a cruise ship or Canadian style buffet; not as many prepared dishes, no lasagna, casseroles, or complex baked dishes. Instead look for lots of basic foods, beans, rice, pasta, burgers, fries, vegetables, chicken in sauce, fish, seafood, beef, (we even had rabbit!) and plan to visit the whole restaurant as you plan to fill your plate! They have lots of familiar condiments and some great local ones. My guests and I found the best tasting, and freshest dishes to be had at the several chef's grills around the restaurant. Here you could request seared fish, tossed pan-seared pasta, shrimps, lobsters, and grilled steak or burgers. As these specialties changed daily, we found asking the chefs about what's available to be very helpful. Of particular note is a local white fish (we snorkeled through hundreds!) that is delicious, pan fried, lightly in butter. Add to that some sides from the buffet, and a healthy serving of fresh fruit, and you're all good. Because the Linda Mar serves so many guests each day, the buffet is quickly destroyed by an onslaught of hungry people. Staff refill everything on an ongoing basis but the presentation is nicest when they open so I have included some pics.
went for a five day visit with my teenager (17) and parent(72)was pleasantly surprised - yes the hotel is a little older and our rooms in the hotel were like retro hunter green tiles, red walls and a bidet that was rusted and no one knew what it was cause if you turned it on it would have shot straight up like a water pistol ! fancy aside- food was great, people great, lobby with all its foliage beautifulbed was hard but comfy for me-- towels are a huge issue!!!!! pack some to save stressand pack face clothes-- disposable from dollar storeyes a bit of a party hotel - but here was plenty of ages from young to old so did not feel out of placelarge resort -- plenty of restaurant options-- not all fabulous but not bad to write a negative review Luis is the main dining area ( buffet) looked after the 3 of us nicely almost every day he was wonderful wine there is the best I have had in the Caribbean and coffee - better than Jamaica, Bahamas, Dominican beach stunningbeach sports guys awesome ( cant remember his name- maybe Miguel)we had a driver take us to a local restaurant we could walk in to Veradero we took a day tour HIGHLY recommend to Havana with Tropicana night show - goodweather amazing decent value for the money , great location , drinks good -- wifi pain - but can do in lobby not very expensive but no wifi throughout like every other country-- vacation and enjoy cant complain - just about towels-- all kinds and sizes - the little condo styles around the property are being nicely refreshed and look good and well kept
I was supposed to stay their for a week at the end of August but after my mom went 2 weeks ago I am so glad that a change for another hotel. Usually I don't really write reviews about hotels, I feel like some people really exaggerated, but this time people have to know because every complaint that are written on this site are true. I went to Cuba more times than i can count. I know that the food is not the best and that this hotel is cheaper than the others. However I went there with my mom 5 years ago and I cannot even believe that this hotel is still rated as a 4.5 -4 stars. Like seriously it's a joke !! So let's start -ALL pools are broken and just by the color of the water this is definitely not a 2 weeks problem-More than half of the rooms don't have a working A/C-Food is terrible. We even had to bring my mom to the hospital after her stay because she was really sick. She contracted a bacteria that usually lives in food that is not fresh-The shower door was broken-The room was very dirty and again, it was not a 1-2 weeks of negligence-No clean towels in the room when she arrives (took 2 days)-She only had one sheet for her bed and even when she called client services they didn't brought any. She had to cover her self with beach towelsLike I don't know much about the "hotel business" but i traveled enough to know that this is not even closed from a 4 stars hotel.Also, if you pay for a view I strongly suggest you call your travel agency now since there is a huge construction site in front of the hotel and there's a lot of construction at the hotel as well. In sum, I strongly suggest to everyone to not go there ... we work so hard to pay ourselves vacation and I find it pretty frustrating when you were been told that you paid for a 4-4.5 stars and you arrived to this ... It's insulting. I don't know who the manager is but seriously OPEN YOUR EYES
We travel to Cuba 3 times per year and been to Solymar/Arenas Blancas 3 times. We understand the hardships and that things are not always in supply. Barcelo does a great job with the food, and the property.The room is another story..My wife has COPD ,so I contacted the hotel a few weeks before arriving . The Manager responded that it would be no problem and that we would have a memorable experience. After arriving, the Bungalow looked really nice inside but the air conditioning was not working so after 2 days they moved us to another. This one worked for about 4 hours then quit and we slept with the doors and windows open to get some cooler air. I can sleep through most noise ,especially with windows closed but this was impossible. There are people that have no regard for others at night. Yelling and some arguing and screaming at the top of their lungs.There was one man that could not handle his alcohol, bullying a person with them, his friend, wife I don't know. I'm 7th degree Master in Taekwondo and for the first time ever, outside the ring. I wanted to teach a bully a lesson. Thank you Solymar for letting us see the ugly side of your night life. Finally after 4 days we are given a room in the Main Hotel that had A/C but no hot water, which is nothing to compare to 33 C, sleeping in room with 29 at night . We won't be back. I have been to Barcelo Tucancun in Mexico 5 times and never anything like this.
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- 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.
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Barcelo Arenas BlancasVaradero,Cuba
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Carretera Las Americas, Km. 3, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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