Blau Marina Varadero

Varadero, Cuba
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Our Opinion

A very pleasant resort in Varadero. The Blau Marina Resort is a great resort that offer luxurious amenities. Tons of food choices. The buffet items are probably the freshest of the lot. There are also plenty of a la carte restaurants as well. OK drink choices. The bars very rarely keep top-shelf items, so the drinks taste rather watered down. Great rooms that are well-maintained and cleaned regularly. The service from the team can vary. However, the majority of staff members are pleasant and attentive. There are plenty of activities offered, so you'll never have a shortage of things to do. Amazing beach location with plenty of loungers. One of the better choices to stay in Varadero.

Blau Marina Varadero

The Blau Marina is located on a beautiful two-kilometre-long stretch of white-sand beach and turquoise waters; nature lovers will enjoy strolling the beautiful gardens throughout the hotel's spacious grounds. Located across from Marina Gaviota, the most important Sea Point in Cuba and minutes from the Punta de Hicacos Ecology Park.

Location: Directly on the beach, 35 min from the Varadero airport.

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    TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

    yuck

    our room had no water for two whole days and then no hot water for one day after that. we had an extra cot in our room the whole time and they would not take it out. Our view of the ocean was... Read Full Review


    2015-08-01 - Reviewed By : Pamela P - Armstrong, Canada
    Great, clean, relaxing, funfull

    What else to say than Gracias to the staff over there, show a little bit of interest into the way they live and the language they speak... have a smile on your face... you are on vacation afterall... Read Full Review


    2015-07-21 - Reviewed By : David302957 -
    Great place!

    This hotel is for people who love being in the open, in the tropic, in the Caribbean. Their suites are spacious, very clean and comfortable. Of course you do not have the same luxury you could have... Read Full Review


    2015-07-18 - Reviewed By : Goyia2015 - Mississauga, Canada
  • Blau Marina Varadero Hotel Reviews

    Star Rating Rating: 4.0 - 5 reviews

    Rating: Star Rating
    "Our expectations weren't met with the Blau Marina Varadero; we would go back to Varadero, but would try a different resort.
    *** COMPLAINTS *** - BROKEN WASHROOMS: in each washroom across the resort, only 1 sink and 1 toilet would be working out of the 4 available. This was consistent across the hotel, and showed that only the bare minimum was ever repaired
    - DARK GROUNDS: Although pretty during the day, the grounds were dreary and minimally lit up at night; none of the pools were lit, and very few lights were available. Because the grounds was so wide-spread, this meant you were walking in the dark at night to go to dinner
    - MOSQUITOS: Damp, swampy grounds meant tonnes of mosquitos! We were eaten alive and swelled up after each evening, even though we drenched ourselves in bug spray!
    - LIMITED FOOD: We knew what to expect for Cuba, however clearly the resort filled up half way through our stay and the resort got a shipment of food; for the first 5 days of our trip the food was VERY limited, clearly because the resort was not as full of people so they didn't put out more options (we would still like the options, though!)
    - ENTERTAINMENT: Nightly entertainment was not good; although this may have been because due to our arrival date we missed the water show, and it rained the night of the beach party. Every other night was sub-par singing and dancing arrangements. Never did they engage the audience and have some fun.
    - STAFF WAS SELECTIVE: Inconsistencies with staff and how nice they were across the resort. The maid staff was not up to expectations, even though we were consistent to leave $5-10 PER DAY for her. At one point we came back to the room to find the door wide open and no maid in sight – we were in the room for a good 5 minutes before she returned; clearly could have been raided by then. We also found the lobby bar tenders terrible except for the select few who would cooperate if you were consistent with a $1 tip per drink.
    - “COURTESY” ROOM UPON CHECK OUT: Air Canada Vacations tells you to save your money and use the courtesy room to change and shower before you leave for the airport. This is because at this point you are already checked out of the room. We got the room for 30 minutes to shower and change, and we all felt dirtier upon exit than before we went in! It was the most disgusting arrangement I could have asked for – no soap, no towels, and the floor was soaked and muddy. Clearly they had let people come and go all day and never looked at it once. It would have been cleaner to go to the fitness room/spa to shower and change before leaving.
    *** POSITIVES *** - DECENT ROOMS: The rooms were decently sized, and once we asked to change them in the morning of Day 2, we ended up getting everything we requested (higher floor, adjoining rooms)
    - ROOM TO RELAX: Good selection of pools and beach to relax at. Both noisy and quiet options available because the stretch of land was so large; could enjoy music and entertainment, or pick a more relaxing option.
    - FOOD TASTE: The food wasn't terrible, and it's not as bad as others sometimes make it out. It is more bland than usual, but the hotel does carry salt, pepper, and ketchup. We got the usual upset stomachs, but who doesn't when eating different foods than usual and drinking alcohol consistently throughout the trip? Overall the food is Cuba-average in my opinion.
    *** OVERALL *** Overall, we had a great time, but it was our attitude and the other guests that made this a great vacation. There were some key problems with the resort which influenced our overall taste of the hotel (as it clearly was just not well maintained, although fairly clean in common areas). I’ve stayed at the Brisas Hicacos (previously Sandals) before, and the Blau Marina is not even close to comparable (obviously). We would not try this resort again, but then again, we got what we paid for. We ended up with a great price on this apparently 4.5 star resort--- and perhaps for Cuba it was what to expect. " [...]
    Reviewer: reviewer7837
    Date: Feb. 24, 2014

    Rating: Star Rating
    "They start loosing on details like clean beds when we got the room, no soap in dispenser, drawers Brocken, blackouts -power on and off pretty often, warm water in the shower hit and miss, very unpleasant smell from residual water canals.., the personal is pleasant and really friendly, somebody coaches them in the right way. A good inspection on the aspects mentioned above would really help them, because being superficial in their duties doesn't do good for business. At the phone they reap you off with no shame. Even if you record the time of your conversation they come up with excuses and numbers that make you angry. They got wifi internet at Melia but is hard to get in possession of the cards, and they think they do you a favor and is only for high class tourists. Here they need some coaching too, we are tourists, customers and pay for services and is not a privilege or gift what they offer." [...]
    Reviewer: reviewer3408
    Date: Jan. 13, 2014

    Rating: Star Rating
    "Everything was beyond our expectations we had after reading reviews about Cuba. The hotel was clean and had all the needed features. Some problems with toilet but fixable. Food was awesome. Beach and water beautiful, people very friendly and they like to be tipped. Nothing to complain about. Maybe one thing I would like to mention. A la carte restaurants are under the offer you can get at the buffet restaurant. That was disappointing. Anyway you don't have to go this restaurants. Guides are friendly and very useful, travel rep. Can make more efforts to be up to date with what is really happening around. " [...]
    Reviewer: reviewer8194
    Date: Apr. 11, 2013

    Rating: Star Rating
    "Me and my family had a good time there and we would love to go back to Cuba." [...]
    Reviewer: reviewer8059
    Date: Mar. 07, 2013

    Rating: Star Rating
    "I had an enjoyable stay at the Blau Marina. The food was excellent, especially the pizza and pasta stations in the main buffet, much better than I was expecting from reviews I had read. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The resort is quite spread out so it does make for a lot of walking, but nothing unreasonable. Overall it was a really pleasant trip." [...]
    Reviewer: reviewer1733
    Date: Feb. 12, 2013

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Hotel Amenities

Facilities

  • 548 Junior Suites
  • Buffet restaurants
  • 5 a la carte restaurants (Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Seafood, International [exclusive to guests of the Cayo Libertad section only], dress code & reservations required
  • 1 BBQ/grill
  • Snack bar
  • Several bars including Pool bar
  • Disco
  • 3 pools
  • Putting green
  • Tennis courts
  • Gym
  • Spa with Shiatsu/Reiki massage services, sauna, Jacuzzi & relaxation area
  • Beauty salon
  • Boutiques
  • Central safety deposit box (fee)
  • Currency exchange
  • Post office
  • Photoshop
  • Car rental
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)

Accommodations

Junior Suites include:
  • 1 king or two 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-bar
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 2 adults or 2 adults & 1 child
  • 220V electrical current, adaptor required
Oceanview Junior Suites include:
  • Same as above with ocean view
  • Wheelchair accessible suites also available, please inquire

All Inclusive Features

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • 2 a la carte dinners/week, reservations required 
  • 24 hr Domestic & select International drinks
  • Non-motorized watersports, limited hours:
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Aquabikes
  • Catamarans
  • Diving clinic (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
  • Use of bicycles
  • Daytime tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Putting green
  • Board games
  • Fitness centre
  • Spanish lessons
  • Cuban cooking & Cuban cocktail lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment

Kids Deals

Kids Deal - 2 Children Stay & Eat Free 12 years & under. Applicable to Junior Suite Cayo Libertad only.

For the Kids - Children ages 0-5 can enjoy the Baby Club and Kids ages 5-12 can enjoy the Kids' Club, children's pool, and playground. Babysitting subject to availability (fee).

Bonus

Exclusive Prestige Club - All the all-inclusive features plus: Exclusive reception area and check-in/out, welcome letter, rooms located closest to the beach, bathrobes in room & bottle of rum upon arrival, in-room mini-bar restocked daily with water, soft drinks, beer & chocolate bars, 24 hr room service, in-room beach towel/umbrella service, nightly turn-down service, safety deposit box included, VIP amenities, 1 additional a la carte dinner per week at specialty restaurants, and Transat weekly beach party.

Upgrade Bonus - For a surcharge, upgrade to a Cayo Libertad Junior Suite located on a private island in an exclusive section of the hotel. Upgrade includes: express private check-in service, 24-hour Concierge service, unlimited a la carte dining for all meals, oceanview room with interactive tv, ice delivery service 24 hours, internal transfers 24 hours, private transfers from the airport, use of bathrobes, unlimited premium brand beverages, non-motorized watersports, turn down service, unlimited use of sauna, steam bath and jacuzzi, access to all facilities on Cayo Libertad Royal Island. Please inquire for prices.

Honeymoon Bonus - Receive a complimentary room upgrade to oceanview (subject to availability at check-in), express check-in, a bottle of rum or sparkling wine, romantic dinner for 2, late check out (subject to availability). Request at time of booking, Proof of marriage required at check-in.

Wedding Package - Package available. 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.

 

Extra Info

Formerly Barcelo Marina Palace. 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. Cayo Libertad Royal Island Section has recently been opened and vegetation is not lush. Clients in this section have access to 4 pools, 1 exclusive in the Cayo section and 3 pools at the Marina Varadero.
 
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.
 


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