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.

This 4-star resort is situated in the best beach area of Varadero. The 358-room property features spacious and tastefully decorated accommodation with great amenities.

Location: On the beach, a short 5 minutes walk into town and 25 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • GuyMP : Ottawa, Canada
Not a 4 star ,,,

We came In Late around 10 pm ,,,the first night was realy Bad ,,,the AC was not working,,,No Convertor available for Tv Channels,no Ocean View RM available that we paid for !!! Everything close except The beach Resto for Hot Dogs or Burgers Or Beer Only,,,The Next Day We Paid §§§ The Front Desk ,,,then we got a Great room with AC ;Converter and Ocean View that Works within 30 Minutes ,,,,No Pool Bar ,close for repairs,,,,,,only one Bar open ,,,close at 11 pm everynight Ho, if you don't tip , Nothing Happens YOU just wait and wait INFINIMENT

  • rachelrgc : Toronto, Canada
Stunning Beach! Amazing Staff!! Best location in Varadero!

Staff are amazing!! Food was the same as every other hotel in Cuba!! I've been everywhere in cuba 20 times to be exact so I know! Will go back! Best bang for your buck! Hotel is old but that's every hotel in Cuba lol Best Staff!!! We normally stay at brand new hotels but it's the exact same thing so why pay more???????? This hotel has one of the most amazing beaches in Cuba!!!!!!Thank you for a great week!

  • Jason W : Boston, Massachusetts
An American in Cuba

Stayed here over Thanksgiving with some Canadian friends.Great property, perfect location. Close to town, on the part of the peninsular with very wide beaches.Expansive buffets, wide selection of fresh foods. Several stations for cooked to order options. As an American suffering with factory made food, it's always great to get real food in non-corporate run countries. Ask if it's grass fed beef? Chickens free range? LOL I dare ya! It just tastes so much better! Several A-La-Cart restaurants. The seafood one had an Entree one night for an additional $15CUC. 3 lobster tails! So good! Spanish wines I really liked. Service was top notch. Some noticeable wear, walls that could use some fresh paint, some cracked concrete. But you have to look for it. If you want perfect, Four Seasons in first world countries. Have a blast, you can have it.I had suite 1462. Just amazing! Big Jacuzzi tub, bath and a half, big sitting area. Two balcony's with views of the property, pools and beach. A little kitchenette. Perfect for making tea in the morning and reading on the balcony before my friends woke up. A little refrigerator kept stocked with beer and soda. So nice to come back to the room after a fun day and relax on the balcony with cold Bucanaro before venturing out to dinner. Very comfortable king bed. Two TV's (channel selection and resolution reminds me of being a kid 40 years ago. LOL ) But you won't want to hang out in the room. Beach is just beautiful. Pure white sand. Crystal clear warm water. Beach bar close by for all you can drink cocktails. Get a fresh coconut from the guy next to the bar for 1CUC. Tree to beach chair fresh and healthy.Best part is it's a very short walk to town. At night, have a Bucanaro and listen to the Salsa band at Challe 62. Enjoy the locals and tourists dance Salsa. I took a bunch of lessons a year ago but still suck at it. The first night I met a really nice Canadian gal. Was supposed to meet up again the next night be we had a late dinner and I was too tired. So blew that as usual. Would have been nice to make some new friends. Next time.Short walk up the street is Josone Park. Used to be Fidel's summer residence. A couple restaurants there that I was told are very good. A bar next to the man-made pond serves the best Pinacoladas I've ever had. But I can't wait to go back to the Solymar. Perfect place to chill on a beach.

  • mich :
Great Time at Arenas Blancas December 2016

My husband and I planned a quick 5 day 4 night get away and we chose the Arenas Blancas based on the price as well as the prime location to walk into Calle 62 and to the Beatles Bar. We went during the 9 days of mourning that the entire country of Cuba was in due to the death of Fidel Castro. So the resort had no music or animation/entertainment until our last full day there. Which we were not informed of the resort being shut down to those things. I knew the country itself would not be participating in many fiestas/parties, for example going off the resort to party or have drinks, would be questionable if this was happening or not. But for the resort to have no music, and entertainment was frustrating to a lot of other people that we did meet. Not the fault of the resort, peoples complaints were going to be to the Canadian companies that booked them to their destination and were not advised prior to vacation. We managed without the animation and music, as we always bring our own Blue Tooth as many other guests do, and we had music most of the time around the pool until one shift change and a security guard that started work did not like that we had the music playing so we were told to shut it off out of respect for Fidel. We explained to him that we understood respect, however we had the music playing for approximately 4 hours prior to his arrival and the other security was ok with it being on. We were not by any means trying to be disrespectful, we were allowed by one security guard and not by the other. We did end up shutting it off, and then we made our own party with friends we met there in Varadero. We went to a bungalow on the Solymar side and had our own dance party!MOST important was the resort still had the BARS OPENED!!!!! :-) So lots of drinks all around at resort, and making our own vacation fun was wonderful!!!We honestly were not expecting the HILTON as we read reviews and knew that we were booking a cheap Cuban vacation. This hotel is rated a 4 star and if you stay at the Solymar it is rated higher star, some people are saying a 5 star, but I am a travel agent and NO WHERE do I see the Solymar rated a 5 star resort. I would have to say that Blancas is a solid 3.5 and Solymar is a solid 4 star. Needless to say we enjoyed all aspects of our stay. We are not picky eaters, and honestly if you are expecting a wide variety of food on the buffet then you have chosen the wrong country to come to. First of all, Cuba is a very poor country and to come to Cuba in "off season" which typically until the middle of December it is still considered "off season" and to complain about not a large variety on buffet, then you simply have not done enough research on the country that you are coming to visit. Yes there was a lot of fish and chicken and beans and rice on the buffet but they also had many other choices as well. They had pizza and pasta and pub chips daily. I found that the food was acceptable and we always managed to find something that was good to eat. We did not book any of the A la Cartes, as we love to go off the resort and have a night out for supper.We were in room 4427 in the Blancas building, we over looked the main road, and we could see the Palma Real hotel. The room was prefect. Mini fridge that was stocked daily and room cleaned daily and nothing missing. Tipped our maid daily and left her a few extra things on our last day. Bed was king sized and extremely comfortable.Service at lobby bar, and around pool and beach was hit and miss. But I think this was due to the mourning of Fidel that the resort did not have full staff. But we were satisfied when the servers did come because they were polite and we always had good drinks and service. The coffee was amazing, as usual in Cuba.We have stayed at 4 other resorts here in Varadero, and this was the nicest resort we have picked. I would have to say that most definitely we will be back to this hotel. Thank you to the Blancas and Solymar for making our quick get away an enjoyable one!Cheers

  • DalKatt : Vancouver, Canada
Bang for the buck

Located at the end of Varadaro strip, nice:) This was a Cuban 4star which is definitely a BIG difference from the 3 star hotels there; mainly with the food. The only food minus is they overcook most the seafood (as do most places in Cuba). Between the two exercise spots you can accomplish enough to keep fit. The use of both hotels facilities and restaurants is a bonus. They provide a hospitality room for your last day; late check outs are expensive but you can get them. Safes are included and beach towels in the rooms. Varadaro downtown area in Cuba, you'll do ok here as it is located at the end of the strip; The Beetle bar is a 5 min walk. 3 elevators (that work) They are making the hotel more "wheel chair" friendly by adding a ramp to the beach restaurant. I stayed in the Arenas Blancas hotel and found it had smaller lineups at the main restaurant than at the Solymar. Pool and beach had plenty of new chairs that didn't have the bottoms touching the ground, definitely a plus. Simple, a big step up from the Varadaro area 3 stars.

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).

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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
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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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)
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamarans
  • Pedal boats
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Daytime tennis
  • Volleyball
  • 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)
  • Cafeteria
  • 4 bars including a 24 hour lobby bar
  • 1 large free-form pool
  • Tennis courts (lights extra)
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Beauty salon
  • Massages (fee)
  • Boutiques
  • Car rental
  • Internet access (fee)

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 2 double or 2 twin beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • 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.

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Barcelo Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort
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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

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.