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.

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  • 938gladys : Vancouver, Canada
Beautiful people!

My husband and I enjoyed some days at this hotel. Even though, the weather wasn't the best (some rainy days) the warmth of the Cuban people and the staff of the hotel, made the difference. We know for sure that there are many restrictions on the food supply, but what we had was very pleasant and we were able to enjoy black beans, yucca and potato in the Cuban style. You have to remember what Cuba is ... We did not expect a 5 star stay. But, the music, the people and the atmosphere are worth the trip.

  • Anne S : Ipswich, United Kingdom
Beach great but...

First time in cuba and probably the last. Hated the stay at the hotel. Initially in Arenas Blances. No hot water for first 2 days. We needed to complain several times, then offered room in Solymer which we took because we wanted a hot shower. It was raining every day and heavily too, so we were getting pretty muddy wandering around. The room in the Solymer was dire. Hadn’t been cleaned since the last occupants when we arrived with our luggage. Phone broken, so another trip to reception to complain. Above the buffet area so constant smell of food. Beds were broken with the filthiest threadbare mattresses. Bathroom was pretty mouldy with broken fittings. No bath towels for 1 day. Room not cleaned for 2 days. 1 day without any electricity or light. Both buffets were horrendous - queuing to get in, then tables weren’t cleared. Shortage of knives, forks, cups. Drinks machine frequently empty - try to get cola or orange juice and end up with discoloured water! Food always cold, no matter whether you went in at opening or towards the end of the service. Food choice also very limited - a variety but its the same variety every day. One good point, though, the omelette man in the Arenas Blanca at breakfast - well cooked, with ample fillings - gold star to this member of staff! Other members of staff were less obliging - some were polite but others appeared to ignore you. Must say they did seem to be under quite a bit of pressure in the buffets - just seems to be too many customers for the dining facilities. It has been one of our worst holiday experiences and so doubt we’ll go back to Cuba. We really didn’t feel welcome or appreciated as paying customers

  • mpcrozier : Red Deer, Canada
What can I say! It's Cuba!

This is our 7th time to this hotel and 21st time to Cuba. We were worried about the shape of the hotel and Varadero after the hurricane. Nothing has changed at the hotel. Despite management's statement that we would enjoy our visit things remain unchanged as far as the hotel goes. We had hot water once in the week we were there and on one day we had no water at all. The towels in the room were see through and not much bigger than hand towels. The food is the same as always...yes there is always something to eat but the food is not very palatable or even presentable if there is any. We often found the food tables at the buffet empty or near empty. This includes both buffets and the beach bar restaurant. Our meal at the Mexican Restaurant was absolutely horrible as was the service. The Seafood restaurant and the Spanish restaurant were OK. We have never been sick in our 20 visits to Cuba. Unfortunately this time we were horribly sick for almost 3 days. The pools were green with algae as other people said. There were people cleaning the pool but the algae is a problem. Best drinks and best coffee, see Mabel at the pool bar on the Arenas Blancas side. The beach is as beautiful as ever but on the Arenas Blancas side there are no palapas. There is some shade in the trees. This hotel on both sides is supposed to be a 4 star. I would't rate it much more than 3 due to the shape and quality of the rooms. It is often more expensive that other hotels on the strip. The staff do try, for the most part, very hard but they can only do so much with what they have. Onay at Public Relations will do his best to help you with booking a la carte restaurants, some hotel issues and anything to do with phones or the internet. We go for the staff and the people we have met and not the hotel itself. Not sure we will go back to this hotel unless the price goes down!Our once was beautiful house that is my profile pictures at 4801 1st Avenue is gone! Sadly no more Casa De Alice!

  • Emerson K :
Place to enjoy the beach

The hotels is an all inclusive like many in the region. The food at the buffet restaurant are not so great, only the pork and ice cream were great. My wife and I preferred to have our meals at the beach bar that offered good barbecue and seafood. The rooms were old furnished, and the beds not so comfortable, the room was clean. It offers many pools and activities, however the jacuzzi and the kids pool were not working.

  • Ewelina M :
Nothing special

Big resort with a lot attractions . The property was nicely located by the beach . We had bungalow which was the best option in my opinion. When we change our room - we have two different reservation ( because one person leave befor us) we must waiting 4 hours on new room !Disgusting and unfresh food . Very dirty shower in our room , awful. Drinks with not good quality alcohol e.g pinacolada made with milk from powder, mojito without yerbabuena . Me and my friends have a problem with stomach after food in this resort.

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
  • 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.