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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.

Overview

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
  • coco1806 : Toronto, Canada
Had a great time but...

I did stay last week of August with family .It is very hard to rate this property ( stayed Solymar side) because it is not consistent and it can be 5 stars to 1 star:5 stars: staff is fantastic, nice and helpful. The all staff in Solymar is friendly and always recognized us. Same for the all bars on Arenas side especially Cactus bar. Some guests are pretty rude with them and it is a shame because they are hard working people and they really deserve recognition.4 stars: beach is nice but can be cleaner. The pool was clean and in good condition. The problem is coming from the guests who leave every where cups and cigarettes.3 stars: The food is good ,more choice at the buffet can be great but always find something good and fresh. Did try Spanish restaurant and have a good food with live Spanish musicians, pretty romantic :). The best buffet is lunch at beach "El Rancho" on the Arenas side. Every day barbecue with fresh chicken, fish, sea food .This one is a 5 stars for me.3 stars : entertainment is kind of hit and miss . It seems to be better at Arena Blancas for night shows .More communication about animation needs to be improved. But I loved the salsa group playing around 7pm at the Solymar lobby bar, They are so good and so nice, loved ,loved!!Honestly forget hotel night shows, just go to Calle 62 after 10pm and you will have a great evening.2 stars: general cleanness of the hotel need improvement. The young crown around is not really respectful with the facilities and it is visible with the general maintenance. Need more staff working on that.Our room was basic but cleaned and fresh towels every days. A/C was working enough for us.1 star: The bathroom especially the shower. Please ,do something asap because I never see a shower in so poor condition. Just remove theses sliding doors an add a fresh curtain. It will look better and will avoid so many negatives reviews.Overall , I had a great time . I meet people from around the world, fantastic weather, great Cubana cafes , drinks and fantastic sea food.This place is not for everybody and I will not suggest to book if your are looking for relaxing 5 stars experience or if you are family with young kids. But if you go with an open mind, want a fun party time, enjoy the beach and sun , be downtown Varadero and understand it is more 3 stars north American standards, it will be a good experience.Last thing , we did a fantastic tour (cenote ,snorkeling the coral reef Playa Coral, local market and lobster lunch local restaurant) with private car/guide and it was a fantastic day. I really recommend them : facebook@voyageracubaenfrancais

  • MattJP90 : Stafford, England, United Kingdom
it needs work on it

well we got back home yesterday after 11 days in cuba we were orginally in a hotel in cayo guillermo but we were evacuated after 5 days there after a 8 hour coach journey to the Barcelo we arrived at 23.30 on thursday 7th and the hotel kept us safe a few people criticised the hotel like the mattress were damp and they had ants in the room and bath was disgusting i said hotel kept us safe from hurricane irma if we stayed in our old hotel we might of been killed so i wont say single bad thing about the hotel or staff who worked 36 hours to help the hotel and looked after us during that hurricane the staff have a heart of gold. hotel did get damage quite a few balcony roofs did fall down but no-one got injured. the pools were murky but you can swim them food quite bit of choice and sea were crystal clear beautiful. would i go back yeah but not for a few years because of the hurricane

  • cormegconcreteltd : Calgary, Canada
horrible experiance

I do not know where to start.My wife and I travelled here 3 times and booked our wedding at this resort in Jan 2016.We had 65 people accompany us to Varadero for this event.It was an event.The trip was horrible starting with Sunwing. Overcharged for trips pre ordered months in advance, you can get 10% off if you buy on the plane.We were promised all sorts of things by the wedding planners and the hotel.We were suppose to get the honeymoon suite with a rooftop patio to entertain our guests but apparently someone paid extra to get it and we were stuck in a bungalow. Our guests were promised 3 and 4th floor rooms with oceanview and guess what most were looking at a construction site on 1 and 2 floors no ocean view and of course this was promised numerous times over the year by Antonio the customer service person and wedding planner. I have emails that say this is no problem and will be done.NOPE.Customer service was a joke people wait in line at front desk for 20 min to get told they are looking into the problems Hah.The day before our wedding, one of the people in our wedding group drowned in the ocean.The hotel did nothing. I had to yell at the people to cover the young mans body so others would not take pictures and stand and look at his body, This was after about 4 hrs on the beach.The so called lifeguards were not doing thier jobs. 1 was hitting on a lady in our group, 1 was selling cigars and rum on the beach(blackmarket) it was a good day to do so because security was not arround(his exact words)1 was busy talking to his buddies. A lady from Halifax had to run about 30 yards screaming at them to get thier attention and of course by the time they got there it was to late.The hotel did nothing to help us or our group,Not even a mention of this by anybody. When we cancelled our wedding plans they were more concerned about cancelling it than helping us out.The sunwing reps that showed up were very helpful and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.The Barcelo Solymar let us down on every angle and I recommend you dont spend your money here.We went 2 times before to organize everything telling our guests how great it would be and everyone left dissapointed leaving us feeling like liars as nothing we were promised came true and they would not even try to make anyone happy,could have moved people up to better rooms everyday or at least offeredI have friends in Cuba but the Barcelo has left us feeling as if we never want to go back and spend 1 more cuc there as long as I live. We live with this experiance every day of our lives THANKS FOR NOTHING

  • Rayza C : TAMPA
Would not go there again.

I was there last week with my family. Half from the US. Half from Cuba a total of 8 rooms 16 ppl. Im Cuban born but rised in the united states. I can not tell you how disapointed I left this hotel. The hotel itself is not but, Is not a 5 start resort like there were selling it on their website but the worse part of this hotel is the service. Employees dont care about the customers at all. The front desk was a horrible, then in our rooms the AC was off. Around 10 PM 4 out of our 8 rooms still had no AC. Around 11Pm we were finally moved to another rooms. The buffet/restaurant was also horrible. You had to get up yourself to get water, juice, forks,knifes etc..SERVICE WAS HORRIBLE.. in the other hand the beach was great the pool was ok but there was no Ice for the drinks so we had to drink beer everyday. I was there for 5 days and honestly made the best out of it but I rather go spend my money somewhere else.

  • topmodel4life : London, United Kingdom
TERRIBLE!!!!! DO NOT GO HERE!

ok where do I even begin? my family/friends and I stayed at the barcelo solymar for a week in August and it was awful. Starting with the terrible TERRIBLE service, the people were so rude I couldnt even believe it!. Also the AC was down in half of our rooms it was awful so hot all the timel, and then they ran out of towels wtf?! how does a hotel runs out of towels! to top it all off there was no ice for the drinks! so we were forced to drink beer, and all of this would of been whatever if there was some kind of entertainment but the whole resort was legit DEAD. no show no club no MUSIC like ever!? the pool was quiet the beach was quiet I couldnt believe it! what a dissapointment I have gone to other barcelo hotels in the past and have always had a great time! never again!

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  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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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
    Varadero,Cuba

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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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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