Barcelo Solymar

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Our Opinion
In a great central location, close to local shopping and nightlife. The Barcelo Solymar 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. Merged with the Arenas Blancas Resort to become one resort complex with two sections. A good 4 star resort because of its location, pool and beach area.


Couples and families alike will experience an unforgettable holiday at the Barcelo Solymar. A wide variety of daytime activities await you at the beach or around the pool. Then relax and enjoy the nightly entertainment. As the first Barcelo hotel in Cuba, this property offers both hotel room and bungalow accomodations, and is within easy walking distance to the cafes and shops of the town of Varadero.

Location: Beachfront between the Arenas Blanca and Hotel International, 25 minutes from Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport, 5 minutes to Varadero and 2 hours from Havana.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Brettski2014 : Edmonton, Canada
Beautiful location Poor service

Beach was beautiful, weather was great but those are really the only good points. Room was left with bed unmade, toilet paper in bathroom empty(but the house keeping staff still took the tip left!), one day the resort ran out of clean room towels all together. Most guests did not receive body towels instead were forced to use small hand towels the entire 7 day stay.Public washrooms never had paper towels to dry hands, they did not run out they just didn't supply. Only able to book 2 a la cart meals per week stay, but resort was so busy was only able to book 1. Then had to Wait 2 hours for our meal.

  • Nikoletta_86 : Budapest, Hungary
Warning! This place is a nightmare!

We stayed in the beginning of November and were really disappointed with our stay.When we arrived long queues were standing at the reception, it was clear that more reception staff would be neaded for a Friday afternoon.The main restaurant was the worst: every time very crowded, rude waiters, uncleaned tables, empty trays. When I tried to complain at the reception, the front desk agent told me that "every weekends are like this, we are on full house". All soft drinks were disgusting, made of a sweet syrup and their color was totally artificial (neon-green, neon-blue etc). The room was in a really bad condition, scale in the bathroom everywhere, even the picture on the wall had mold under the glass! Blood spots on our sheet - no comment. They said we were in the 5 star building - do not beleive them, I would not even give this old, not well-kept building a 3 star rating. The beach was nice. I have to mention the few kind members of the staff: the guy at the restaurant booking desk and the staff of the Spanish restaurant (by the way also the food was much nicer here than in the main restaurant). Also the evening show was entertaining, but still would never ever book this hotel again and would not recommend it even to my enemies.

  • jorgebc : Miami, Florida
Worst Mattress !!!

There was not music... The hotel is old and in need of a big renovation... I couldn't sleep... the worst mattress ever... it was a disaster... the only good thing here is the beach... i do not recommend this hotel... PS.Barcelo no te elijo más para mis vacaciones en ningún lugar del mundo... Thanks

  • Denise M : Edmonton, Canada
Excellent time as usual

This was my 9th year in a row staying at the Solymar. The staff is always excellent and more than friendly from the hotel lobby-reception to the bar staff, gardeners, and food service staff. They try to be as helpful as they can be and to solve any problems or concerns as quickly as possible!!The rooms are clean and tidy. We always stay in a bungalow maybe not quite as nice as the hotel rooms, But we find they are quieter and more privateThe only downfall of this resort is the evening entertainment which is in my opinion very very poor. Would recommend a deck or cards and or card games be taken along in your luggage when staying at this resortOtherwise would highly recommend to excellent place to stay!!

  • chrissabillon : Satesboro
Great Experience

My wife and I had an awesome experience on this resort. The first day that I arrived I had about a pound of shrimp and beef fajitas on the regular buffet restaurant for dinner. If you want to dine in an a la carte restaurante, you have to reserve before 4 pm and they are always full for the same day. Thus, you have to reserve at least one day in advance. My wife and I stayed for 3 nights and just got to try the Spanish restaurant. Attention there was superb and food was delicious. Overall, your best meal is going to be dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks were what you can expect from an all inclusive within this price range.Drinks were great too! Unlimited draft beer and cocktails like daiquiri, flavored margaritas, caipirinha, tom collins, bloody mary, cubanitos... you name it. Additionally, they offer a great variety of coffee with liquor to have a jump start in the morning. I do recommend that you take a thermos type cup for your drinks because the cups that they have are only 10 oz and ice melts quickly. They will gladly serve you on your own cup and that will allow you to spend more time inside the pool or on the beach area. They have bars on pool and beach areas, but they don't serve directly into the pool. They have several waiters, though. Make sure to be informed about nighttime activities. I specially liked a beach party that they hold on Wednesdays. If there is no particular event, you can always grab a drink from the sport bar or disco. They close around 2 am. After that, you have a minibar with a couple of beers in your room. You just have to ask and they will refill it for free. Want more party? Walk to the Calle 62 or The Beatles Bar. Varadero is a safe place to walk around.My room '5224' had some minor issues with the curtains and the faucet. Curtains were not as dark as I like, but that was good because I didn't get to over sleep. The faucet splashed water if you opened it too much. Mostly insignificant issues...

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
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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • 24 hr snacks
  • 2 snack bars
  •  2 a la carte dinners per week w/reservations
  • All drinks (Local and selected International drinks, 24 hours)
  • Mini-bar includes: water, soft drinks and beer only
  • Whirlpool
  • Lounge chairs & towels (pool/beach)
  • Daytime tennis
  • Sailing
  • Hobie cats
  • Catamarans
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Banana Boat Rides
  • Boogie Boards
  • Boccie
  • 1 Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool/person/stay
  • Use of bicycles (1 hour/day)
  • Volleyball
  • Archery
  • Game room
  • Billiards
  • Exercise room
  • Aerobics
  • Dance lessons
  • Disco, drinks included
  • Daily activities
  • Evening entertainment
  • 525 rooms in one 4-storey building and 2-storey bungalows
  • 2 buffet restaurants
  • 3 a la carte restaurants: Italian, Cuban and Seafood, dress code & reservations required
  • 6 bars including Beach bar
  • 2 free-form pools
  • Golf nearby
  • Meeting facilities
  • 2 tennis courts (2 lit)
  • Shopping on-site
  • Sauna
  • 2 Jacuzzis
  • Fitness facilities (fee)
  • Scuba diving on-site (fee)
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • A range of watersports available
  • Kiddie's park

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or two 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • In-room safe
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer 220V (adapter required)
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Max occupancy 3 persons

Junior Suite Bungalows

  • 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Pay safe
  • Balcony with pool, garden or ocean view
  • Max occupancy 4 adults, 2 adults & 2 children or 3 adults & 1 child

Kids Deals - 1st child 2-12 stays and eats free when sharing a room with 2 adults.

For the Kids - Kids from 2-12 enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' club, playground, and kids section of main pool. Babysitting service also available, (with a fee, and based on availability.)

Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade, (if available at check-in) fruit basket, bottle of rum, Gala dinner in a la carte restaurant, breakfast in bed day after arrival. Request when you book. Requires proof of marriage.

Golf Packages - Available, please inquire for details.

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.