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Our OpinionBreezes Varadero is a great resort that has all of the elements of a solid luxury resort. The rooms are pleasant and have very little issues. They are also well-stocked and maintained daily by great attentive staff. The layout of the suites is perfect. Everything that you'd need is within reach and not terribly far to get to. There are plenty of food choices available with regards to buffet items. While some complain that there's very little variety, they did change up the items regularly. Good a la carte restaurants as well. Make sure to make reservations at the Italian Restaurant. Great pool area with a nice bar. A beautiful beach area with plenty of activities to do. Make sure to check out the catamaran tours!
Location: Beachfront, 35 minutes from Juan Guadalberto Gomez International Airport, 2 hours to Havana and 3 minutes to Varadero.
I stayed in Breezes Varadero from 7th - 17th November. This was my second time in Cuba having stayed in a different hotel in Varadero before. The hotel itself was nice, decent facilities and above average rooms. The buffet restaurant offered a good selection of hot and cold food, freshly prepared for breakfast lunch and dinner. The Cuban a la carte restaurant was particularly nice however the Italian was a bit of a let down. Staff were friendly and helpful and the lobby bar was open 24 hours. The pool area was generally quiet with most people opting for the beautiful beach. The pool itself was quite cold and the hot tubs were very very warm. Overall enjoyed my time here although it probably wasn't to the standard of my previous stay in Varadero. Would recommend this for a relatively chilled out and not overly expensive break.
Upon arrival we were brought to one of the buildings where our room was located. As soon as I arrived in the entrance of the hallway leading to the rooms, the smell of mold hit me real bad. At the door of our room there was mold on the outside frame as well as on all the other door frames on the first floor. I was not anticipating our grand entrance into this room I'll tell ya. Once inside the smell was even worse and there was mold on the walls and along the bottom of the walls. Needless to say, I was out of there as quickly as I was in. Long story short, I was fortunate enough to get another room on the second floor which was a thousand times better. My two other travelling companions were not that fortunate, nor were others until the next day when they were relocated into new rooms. The entire first floor is to be avoided at all cost! Two days after many complaints to the front desk by arriving guests to the first floor, they decided to paint over the mold.Other than this horrible aspect of the trip, the food was surprisingly good, beach was wonderful, grounds had beautiful vegetation, service was great at the buffet, and the Italian, but the front lobby bar some of the ladies were really long faced and did not belong behind the bar, if this is their regular attitude.Even though Cuba was in mourning for their Commandant Fidel Castro the entire week were vacationing, our stay was very nice. Even without animation, music or shows, the place was relaxing and the Varadero had plenty to offer to keep us busy. The beautiful weather an the travelers we met were the animation, music and sometimes the show all week. Under a beautiful sun on a nice beach with nice people, who can't have fun.The grounds are very accessible for someone with a handicap and the buildings, pool, and beach are all in close proximity to each other.I travelled with Transat, therefore did not benefit from the nice rooms (suites) that Sunwing travelers were entitled to. I'll know next time I go to this resort. We were greeted by mold but the resort definitely grew on us.
The staff were lovely and welcoming. The room was were dated and a little grungy, as was to be expected, but comfortable enough to do the job. The food was pretty good, especially if you stuck to things like fresh fruit and fish. And the beach was just absolutely gorgeous. Perfect for our quick getaway.
Traveled as a group of 3 couples, all first time to Cuba.....chose the resort based on price, "star rating" and reviews. A good location, good beach, close to golf course or to < 1 hr walk to Varadero along the beach. Buffet has a good selection overall...eggs, meats, fruits, veggies, smoothie / sandwich station, cheeses, breads. The grill station (eggs/omelets @breakfast and pasta @ lunch/dinner) very popular for good reason, they might consider relocating it as being in the centre sometimes creates a line in front of the other choices. If there were issues of food not being hot, there was never an issue with the cooks tossing it onto the grill for a bit. Be aware if planning to arrive 15 minutes before closing....you may find some selections perhaps not available but that is only because the selection ran out and based on the timing the tray wasn't replaced....bacon, cheeses, calmari. Figure it out the first day and plan accordingly. But there is no reason to walk away hungry or dis-satisfied with the selections. We had some great interaction with some staff at the buffet meals. Has 2 a la carte restaurants...Italian and Cuban, both good in regards to flavour choices and serving sizes. There is also a bar-b-que option, held at the beach side grill...same comment. The "grill" provided a decent offering of burgers and hot dog. Bars in the lobby, pool-side and at the beach grill...quite often the staff seemed indifferent,however a few were service oriented if were I to compare it to any of my Mexico vacations where most are service oriented. Things like running out of Diet Cola and not going to the other bars to get some, or using the rum they decided to pour rather than what was ordered. Our room was in the mid 520's (on main floor)...consider the odd numbers as they face the courtyard , easy walking distance to the beach, pool, buffet, lobby, .......very clean and everything functioned well. Bed comfort was OK, could always be a better quality. Maids did a great job and grounds crew did a good job as the resort as a whole was clean. Wi-fi is available in the lobby, not great service but it exists. This is something the resorts need to figure out how to improve given this technology is so common place with today's traveler. The resort uses 1 hr cards ($ 2 CUC/USD)...be very clear on how to disconnect subject to the device being used ( http://220.127.116.11/logout ,.... not just log-out)....your device must disconnect for the timer to cease on the server. It's either the hotel or server to the hotel that needs enhancement....but it's very simple to sell "time" and place some added routers for the sake of providing enhanced service. Beach was quite clean, lots of loungers as well as the padded beds under the palapa's. Very powdery sand, fairly gradual water level, had some neat rolling waves at times but suitable to snorkel in if desired. You'll see jelly=fish washed up on the shore so just be aware they may be in the water. Bar is not right at the beach and all drink cups are 8 ounce at best....consider packing an insulated cup or buy one at the hotel store on day 1. We did the day bus- trip to Havana...some neat architecture in old Havana, the tour overall was OK but I'd recommend if a small group to find a private tour-guide...it'll be more personalized and not a herd of 45 people plodding down the streets all trying to hear the tour guide over the sounds of the street. You can then pick the type of restaurant(s) to eat at. Of note, we were there when Fidel Castro died. As the country entered the 9 days of mourning, we'd heard certain government run entities were shut down to residents ......liquor stores, restaurants, some stores? Nothing was affected at the resort other than the evening shows were cancelled. Respectfully, light conversation with locals specific to Casto's passing was interesting to say the least....they are thankful for the levels of education (basic and university education is supplied to every citizen) as well as the available health services. There seems to be an awareness of something different is needed but not what that is.....but in general very nice people.I'd consider going back to Cuba, as much for the water being good for snorkeling and the beaches are nice. Possibly further south towards the south or Caribbean side....possibly less wind.
Grounds were lovely,beach was excellent.Food was good, Service not so good,The only place for coffee in the am was at lobby bar unless you went to buffet breakfast. Did not know some rooms had coffee makers,ours did not and did not know you could request one at front desk.Rooms were tidy but needed TLC. Toilet was broken and constant drip above bathroom sink. Some mold around airconditioning vents, and very musty smelling.Hallway outside room had a drip from ceiling,and large wet area on tile floors was never mopped up and remained wet the entire stay.Room was cleaned each day around 2 in afternoon.Maid never left much toilet paper and when she did it was given in rolls that only had a quarter to half left on them. Managed to get her to leave me a small bottle of shampoo one day as these are not replaced unless asked for. As for the Bars, they were constantly out of tomato juice and other mix, but hey its Cuba. The glasses for drinks were very small so bring your own tumbler.The coffee bar was opened from 5:30pm until 7pm. Snack bar near beach had great hamburgers and hot dogs.Buffet was good, lots of fish chicken and pork.The staff did not seem happy to be there, more like a chore to wait on you. I know we were there the week Fidel Castro died, however having said that, there was no entertainment at the hotel, no music, internet was down for two days.Nothing going on in town as they could not serve alcohol and most clubs were closed down as well as other attractions.So eat drink and swim. Thats what holidays are for!
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- 3 meals daily
- Snacks 24 hours
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- Unlimited drinks (International brands, domestic beer, wine with lunch)
- 1 a la carte dinner/specialty restaurant per week (dress code & reservations may be required)
- Hobie Cats
- Pedal Boat
- Banana Boat Rides
- Introductory scuba diving lesson (reservations required, lessons based on availability)
- Tennis with instruction
- Use of bicycles
- Games room
- Fitness centre
- Exercise classes (Aerobics)
- Spanish lessons
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- 270 rooms in eleven 2 and 3-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants: International, Italian, Grill/BBQ, and Cuban (dress code & reservations may be required)
- 8 bars including Beach bar and Pool bar
- 1 outdoor pool
- Sun lounges & towels
- 18-hole golf course 5 minutes away
- Meeting facilities
- 4 lit tennis courts
- Fine jewelry shop
- 3 Jacuzzis
- Fitness facilities
- Exercise classes
- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
- Dive shop on-site
- A range of watersports available
- Internet (fee)
- Cable/Satellite TV
- CD player
- In-room safe
- Iron & ironing board
- Balcony or Patio
- Full bathroom
- Coffee/tea maker
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Sitting area
- 220V (converters needed)
- Max occupancy 2 persons
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Sitting area
- 110/220V (converters needed)
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Living room
- Sofa bed
- 110V (converters needed)
- Max occupancy 3 persons
Wedding Package - Free package available, please inquire for details.
Golf Packages - 3 complimentary rounds per person per week. Not included & at additional cost is mandatory golf cart between 7am-1pm, caddies, clubs, golf accessories, local taxes & transportation to/from the course.
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Carretera de las Americas, Km 3.5, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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