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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.


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
  • Sandra N : Ottawa, Ontario
Nice beach and good service!

We just came back from our family trip yesterday... This resort is older but clean. The food was ok and there was alot of choice with access to two buffet restaurants and about 5 à la carte restaurants. The beach was exceptional with plenty of shade and newer beach chairs for tanning.We learned alot about Cuba by talking to the staff working at the resort.Varadero is close by (walking distance). It's very safe to walk in the town of Varadero and there are lots of little markets, shops, restaurants and things to see.

  • Ikeg256 : Oxford, United Kingdom
January in Barcelo Solymar Hotel

Trivago (part of the Expedia group) gives the Barcelo Solymar Hotel 4 Stars and it was on that basis that we booked to stay there fro 4 nights in early January. BIG MISTAKE!This a hotel that just doesn't care: it doesn't care if you report problems as no one will attend to them and it blatantly doesn't care for the condition of its building. Management will not intervene to quieten down boisterous youngsters who insist that everyone listens to THEIR music.On the first 2 nights we were allocated a room on the first floor with no bath towels, no TV remote and a dripping ceiling. The remote and the towels arrived 24 hours later - the towels were torn!The room was large and beds were comfortable but it was above the buffet with a noisy air-conditioning unit outside the patio doors which did not lock.On the second night, soon after midnight, we were woken by a slush of water that cascaded down the walls of the bathroom, that run through electric units and created a flood on the floor. We reported it immediately - "we will send someone up, señor" but no one came. We mopped up the floor.We were moved the following day which was a slight improvement.Access to the internet is very weak at this hotel although the cards were being sold cheaper than anywhere else. All very good if they could be used regularly.The beach is fantastic - a saving grace - but it needs to be cleaned and the sunbrellas repaired. Kitchen and restaurant staff produce immense quantity of food of reasonable quality.$ Stars - what a joke. Final advice? Ignore it like the plague.

  • Enrique1993 : Mexico City, Mexico

it was the worse experience i have had in long time, this hotel looks like 2 stars, perhaps is very chip but trust me, you would regret if stay there, in my 4 days there were no clean towels, the room was not cleaned well, (sand under the beds), hair over the bed, simply disgusting, and very bad attitude from the staff, the bathroom was really old and dirty, i could continue describing but i think thats enough, i just add, stay there under your own risk.

  • Ileana P : Miami, Florida
Never again

I book this hotel (Barceló Solymar) for two nights but I decided to stay only one because it was a nightmare. The food, that is all inclusive, is terrible, cold and awful quality in the buffet. The best is the breakfast because of the little croissants. In the Italian Restaurant, the spaghetti at least were hot. There were birds and flies near the food. You need to have a green bracelet in your wrist all the time to indicate that you are allowed to eat in the hotel. The staff in the front desk is rude:- When I check in, in front of me I have some young ladies trying to make a reservation, and the man who assisted them called a friend and asked him to solve a problem for some "jevitas" (slang Cuban expression instead of ladies) - The remote control of the TV wasn't working, and I was trying to call the operator from my room, but nobody answer. Then, i called a customer service number with the same result. When I went down to speak with someone in the front desk, she told me that the person who should answer the operator line had left two hours ago, and she gave me another number for customer service. Two hours later, I have the remote control replaced.- I wanted to enjoy the show because I read that it was about Broadway, but then the show was changed, and finally there was no show inside the hotel. I tried to get information but nobody was able to answer my question. The staff in the restaurants were much more polite.The room was located in the first floor and the size was OK, but the pillows or rolls were very hard, and it was difficult to enter in the bathtub. Another problem was that it was near to the pool and it was very difficult to sleep with the terrible noise after the midnight and also a very noisy Cuban family who was screaming in the hallways frequently.Good things: - The hotel is near to the wonderful beach, and the pool is clean and plenty of chairs.- You can take a hop on hop off bus near the hotel for 5 CUC a day to make a tour of Varadero city. The bus stops in front of the hotels.After I took the bus, I noticed that the best hotels are in the end of the peninsula. So, my recommendation is to book in a different hotel.When I decided to leave the hotel and the man in the front desk cut the bracelet on my wrist, I felt completely free and very happy.

  • kelli g : Spruce Grove, Canada
Spend the extra money stay at the solymar

Nobody knew anything about the hotel first person said yes wifi in the second person no it's just free in the third person said oh no you have to buy a card. When you stay at arenas hotel you have to go to solymar to book a la carte restaurant. Front reception not helpful nor very friendly grant it the location is perfect.

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.