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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.
The food in any country is never as good as home, but it was pretty decent here. Beans and rice, can't get sick. I enjoyed it here, long beaches, close to the town and so on. A few knuckles heads, but that's expected. I will 100% come back here. The pool jamming was great, and if you wanna get away from the crowd, you can go back to your room or to the beach and spend time alone reading. The resort was a bit dated, but it's all-inclusive, under $1,100, I think you get what you pay for and the value for the price you pay is good here.
My friend and i stayed between 16.10.17-21.10.17 in apartment 3063. We traveled with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick airport to José Martí International Airport Havana and booked a transfer with UK based company Holiday Taxis. Our driver who met us on time and spoke little english was so kind and fun playing some loud reggaeton (which we loved) and offering us local sweets to ease our 2 hour and 30 minute journey. Upon arrival to Barcelo Solymar we experienced some racism from one of the english speaking guests asking if my friend and i were "Fresh off of the boat" but we just ignored him and continued to check in. Check in was swift and staff were kind explaining how to access wifi which could only be done by purchasing a card at reception which allowed either 60 or 30 minutes use for 1.50CUC and wifi only worked in the lobby area. Our one bedroom apartment with two double beds was decent it included a flat screen television, balcony, large bathroom although the toilet had a stale urine smell which eventually disappeared and a shower in a large bath tub. Bedroom also had a large wardrobe in the room had an iron, hangers and a safe with a telephone on one of the bed side tables. Downstairs there was an open plan kitchen with a dining table that seated four, television, couch which was big enough to be used as a bed if necessary and a separate toilet that included a vanity mirror inside with no funny smell. The furniture was old and made out of natural dark wood which gave an authentic cuban style and experience. There is also a small fridge in your room that is stocked with local soft drinks and bottled water which is restocked everyday by the friendly housekeeping team. (On one day they came to clean too early and we arranged for them to come back later in the day - they kindly did so). The food at the resort was good especially knowing you had the flexibility to choose from either Barcelo Solymar or Arenas Blancas to have breakfast, lunch and dinner. We preferred breakfast at Barcelo Solymar which ranged from cereals, yogurts, pastries, fruit (we slaughtered the fresh Guava), hot meats, baked beans, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, uncooked meats, pancakes, juices, teas and coffee etc..almost everyday we had BBQ lunch on the beach and dinner at Arenas Blancas. Both restaurants are buffet style. The hotel also has chinese, mexican and seafood restaurants that are open on certain days that you book into as well. The beach is absolutely AMAZING with you having the access to use it morning, day and night. As i mentioned before there is a BBQ held every lunch time around 13:00 - 18:00 and whatever meat or fish is on the menu it is cooked in front of you, accompanied with fresh salad, sauces and burger buns. Alcoholic drinks throughout the resort are all local as well as the soft drinks but taste good non the less. The hotel entertainment was okay..the costumes were a bit dated and the bar in the performance room carried an awful smell that came from the bar in there but i appreciated the dedication, high energy and enthusiasm from the performers. They also played local music that turnt into a disco once the acts was finished and that was cool. We didn't use the swimming pools as we were always at beach but they seemed clean as other guests were using them. For things to do you can go into town which is literally 10-15 minute walk away depending on your speed, a local taxi or ride a open roof double decker HOP ON AND HOP OFF bus which allows you to buy a ticket for 5CUC and you could literally use it all day with the bus taking you from one end of Varadero to the other stopping at flea markets, restaurants and local bars. Riding the top deck of the bus allows you to view other hotels as it picks up other guests along the way, it also stops off at the marina. If you need medical attention or to buy tampons, over the counter medication i.e diarrhoea tablets please visit Policlinico Internacional which is also in the town and they will be able to assist you. I found it very handy when my mosquito bites had swollen with a temperature around them. I bought rubbing alcohol and applied it to my bites with cotton wool and also bought antihistamine tablets which helped a lot with my itching. THANK GOD. Instead of going to the local clinic as they will be unable to help you but were very kind to redirect us. Night life in town for us was a bit boring unless you enjoy 60s, 70s early 80s music which you can find at the famous Beatles club where they have a statue dedicated to the British band. That was pretty cool to see. You can create your own bar crawl and try each bar's Pina Colada's and i found local bar cocktails were much nicer than Barcelo Solymar. You will feel very safe travelling at night with soilder's and police person's visible and present.
The best part about the Barcelo is how close it is to downtown. You can easily walk to a bunch of bars or nightclubs. I would recommend this resort to young people who plan on going out at night.The food has gotten much better than the last time I was here about a year ago. They've widened out the buffet and added many more fresh options.I had a great time here. This is the only hotel I stay at if I'm ever travelling alone as this hotel normally had more people staying there than any other hotel on the strip.
Food was good. I eat fish and it was always good. My kids had a pastas and never complained. You can always find something that is good. Beach is excellent. Staff were friendly and if you missing something in a room they will bring it to you, just have to ask the maid. There were a lots of students and they were a bit out of control but did not bother anybody, just way too loud. All in all great experience.
Food was horrible and stay in the buffet from the breakfast to the evening. We have been sick. The rooms where old with mold. Beach was clean with a lot of the chairs and the pool was ok. There were also rats close to the pool
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 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
- Lounge chairs & towels (pool/beach)
- Daytime tennis
- Hobie cats
- Banana Boat Rides
- Boogie Boards
- 1 Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool/person/stay
- Use of bicycles (1 hour/day)
- Game room
- Exercise room
- 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
- 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
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe
- Balcony or terrace
- Full bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V (adapter required)
- 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.
Resort Location Map
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
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.
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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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