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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
  • juanz564 : Miami, Florida
NOT bueno

Stayed at this hotel for one night since I was leaving the following day, but to my surprised the hotel is in shambles my wife even found a roach in the shower. To our understating the Cuban government is in control of the property and that's the reason why it's a bit destroyed.

  • Gisele G : Moncton, Canada
Arenenas Blancas

I will make this short and sweet. I stayed at this hotel from April 20th to 27th. I stayed on the arenas side but also had access to the solymar side. The arenas side was very quiet great for ppl who just want to relax in a quiet resort. If you like to party i reccommend the solymar side. I found this resort didnt have much entertainment during the day. Nothing really to do for kids either. Food : was great. Great selection and great snack bar by the beach.Rooms: We had a renovated room which was very very nice. Clean.Beach: amazing anwhere in CubaGrounds were kept nice and clean. Very nice landscaping.Staff: good serviceWould I come to this resort again? Yes for the location and food no for entertainment.My favorite show at night was the "Greace" show!! Awesome!!

  • Pattyfll :
Great experience

When my husband and I arrived at the hotel, we found a great and kind staff. The people at the front desk were very helpful and professional. Every question that we had during our stay at the hotel was addressed promptly. We saw smiles on every face that we talked to. We felt like we were at home.The food was delicious. I strongly recommend to visit this hotel if you go to Varadero

  • powerchord77 : Grand Falls Windsor, Canada
Arenas Blancas - April 18th - 25th - Great Time

3rd time to this resort. we come back cause you cant beat the beach in Varadero easily. we have stayed at other resorts further down by Plaza Las America. sand is more rocky and beach is narrower.3rd floor room 4328 was a real quiet room. AC worked great. drinks restocked everyday. maid service was great. fresh towels and sheets for bed.breakfast buffet was great in blancas. we ate at the lunch at the beach outdoor buffet. rotisserie chicken really good. supper time we ate out every night. Kikis, Dantes, Barbacoa, Pizza Nova, all superb!resort was real clean, bathrooms well kept and clean.service in lobby bar was great. Pool bar is still closed on Blancas side !on arrival crystal beer was 3/15$ CAD or 3/10 CUC on the bus. i went upstairs at the airport before going on the bus. Crystal was $1 CUC. 8 cans = 8cuc** note: if u bring back paintings/wall art. do not put in your luggage, u will get called back to customs to open your luggage and take it out. they will see it scanning your luggage. it only cost $5 CUC (7CAD) to get it stamped & cleared. so carry your poster tube with you outside your luggage and get it stamped on the way through the airport. several people got nabbed on our flight.will come back for sure

  • fsist : Toronto, Canada
10th Year going to Arenas Blancas

Well this will be our 10th year this June going to Arenas Blancas. The Friendly Staff is what brings us back every year also the location is great only 5 minute walk into town and the Beatles Bar. From the front desk staff to the Bar & waiter staff and management everyone is very friendly and helpful if you give them a chance and some respect for the work they do you will get it back.We have never had a bad meal there is always something there for everyone to eat.The Rooms are always clean and comfortable.The entertainment is great every night but the pool bar closes a bit to early.once again these are two different Hotels put together so when you write a review say which side you stayed on as on is geared more to a younger party crowd and Arenas side is more Family quiet side.The massage lady on the Arenas side is amazing I recommend using this service.Go off the resort it is very safe meet the locals go to the Beatles Bar.People that complain about the smoking in Cuba should not go to Cuba as it is known for its Cigars so you will not get away from the smoke. And I have seen some people complain that they had a bad time at this Hotel because of bad weather well its not the Hotels fault they do not control the weather. We can't wait to get back there and see our extended Family and be Home again.See you soon.

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.