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.

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  • mpcrozier : Red Deer, Canada
What can I say! It's Cuba!

This is our 7th time to this hotel and 21st time to Cuba. We were worried about the shape of the hotel and Varadero after the hurricane. Nothing has changed at the hotel. Despite management's statement that we would enjoy our visit things remain unchanged as far as the hotel goes. We had hot water once in the week we were there and on one day we had no water at all. The towels in the room were see through and not much bigger than hand towels. The food is the same as always...yes there is always something to eat but the food is not very palatable or even presentable if there is any. We often found the food tables at the buffet empty or near empty. This includes both buffets and the beach bar restaurant. Our meal at the Mexican Restaurant was absolutely horrible as was the service. The Seafood restaurant and the Spanish restaurant were OK. We have never been sick in our 20 visits to Cuba. Unfortunately this time we were horribly sick for almost 3 days. The pools were green with algae as other people said. There were people cleaning the pool but the algae is a problem. Best drinks and best coffee, see Mabel at the pool bar on the Arenas Blancas side. The beach is as beautiful as ever but on the Arenas Blancas side there are no palapas. There is some shade in the trees. This hotel on both sides is supposed to be a 4 star. I would't rate it much more than 3 due to the shape and quality of the rooms. It is often more expensive that other hotels on the strip. The staff do try, for the most part, very hard but they can only do so much with what they have. Onay at Public Relations will do his best to help you with booking a la carte restaurants, some hotel issues and anything to do with phones or the internet. We go for the staff and the people we have met and not the hotel itself. Not sure we will go back to this hotel unless the price goes down!Our once was beautiful house that is my profile pictures at 4801 1st Avenue is gone! Sadly no more Casa De Alice!

  • Emerson K :
Place to enjoy the beach

The hotels is an all inclusive like many in the region. The food at the buffet restaurant are not so great, only the pork and ice cream were great. My wife and I preferred to have our meals at the beach bar that offered good barbecue and seafood. The rooms were old furnished, and the beds not so comfortable, the room was clean. It offers many pools and activities, however the jacuzzi and the kids pool were not working.

  • Ewelina M :
Nothing special

Big resort with a lot attractions . The property was nicely located by the beach . We had bungalow which was the best option in my opinion. When we change our room - we have two different reservation ( because one person leave befor us) we must waiting 4 hours on new room !Disgusting and unfresh food . Very dirty shower in our room , awful. Drinks with not good quality alcohol e.g pinacolada made with milk from powder, mojito without yerbabuena . Me and my friends have a problem with stomach after food in this resort.

  • Acadia1964 : Dieppe, Canada
Family vacation

It was my 3rd time at this resort. Sadly it has gone down hill since my first visit. Our vacation package stated Superior room which wasn’t at all.Cons: There was mold in the washroom including the shower. We found cockroaches in tub and small ants crawling all over the sink. The beds were stained and spring popping out everywhere.The food at buffet was always cold even if we arrived at opening.The elevators were often out of use (3 out the 5 were unavailable.).The front desk staffs were often very rude. Turning their backs whenever you wanted help from them. Internet unavailable most of the time due to their system of cards which for the most part were never available.The gift shop staffs felt it was alright to charge whatever they wanted on various items. When confronted they would suddenly lower the prices. IE: a friend went in to buy a bag of chips, he was charged 2pesos but when I went in, they were going to charge me 8. Which leaves me to believe that they must pocket the difference while ripping off the guests. Pro: The lobby bar staffs were awesome (Jorge, Felix, Lala just to name a few.LisBeth and Vivian at the buffet were also very efficient and welcoming.Having said that, I will not return to this resort again. I would hardly rate it at a 3 star level which is too bad since the cost of this package should have been at a 4 star level at the very least. It is too bad that the hotel administration doesn’t do anything with all this comments. This resort would have the potential to be great given its location.

  • Ryan N :
Would never go back there

Well where do I start we arrived and they are firm on there 4 pm check in. Get to our room and walk into stains on our beds cock roaches on the floor bugs in the bathroom. Tub so dirty we had to use our dangles to shower. Speak with guest services and they say nothing they can do until tommorow. So when we get a new room not any better toilet broken leak at the front of the room where the door is. Beds are old outdated more comfortable on floor. Now the pools are dirty stains on the walls seen one guy clean then one day out of seven. Concrete falling apart in pool and left there. Lights hanging out in pool. And no garbage cans around pool only one. Hot tubs beside pool are empty looks gross. Kids pool empty. Food is disgusting if you want somewhat decor to food go to blanca buffet it’s editible. Beach is amazing staff was amazing.That’s about it. It is a party resort. It’s no five star I wouldn’t even give it 3. Never any wifi cards for sale here so if u need internet buy it in town

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
  • 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
  • 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.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

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.