Grand Memories Varadero

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Our Opinion

In our opinion the Grand Memories Varadero is a solid 4 stars, not quite 5 star as some suppliers rate it. It has an active pool area with lively entertainment staff, as well as a nice white sand beach. Rooms are spacious but just average in terms of decor and maintenance. Service is good, tips go a long way. For larger families, Royal Master Suites can accommodate up to 5 adults and 1 child or 4 adults and 2 children. An attractive price points makes this resort a popular choice in Varadero. If you're looking for a nicer option in Varadero, take a look at the Iberostar Varadero.


Overview
Grand Memories Varadero is located facing one the best beaches the Caribbean has to offer. White powder sand and turquoise waters are the perfect setting to try a variety of water sports or simply to lie down and enjoy the privileged surroundings. This modern, 5-star complex has excellent sporting facilities (tennis, multipurpose field, gym and a golf course nearby), great restaurants and a wellness centre.

Location: Beachfront, 10 min from downtown, 40 min from Varadero International Airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • raj01 : bucks
2 week vacation

disabled thompson booked a ground floor was given the furthest room clean room basic 2 beers 2 soft drinks then went to 1 then nonehot water none last lady said it has been like that 2 weekslost a few nice wife clothes kicked off on day 6 called a man about a dog next thing upgraded to sanctuary main 5 star adults side other disabled people all complainingseems no tips you get nothingfood all cold sloping main restaurants beach not accessible for disabled peopleinternet 2 pounds 1 hr very very slowcanadians pay 700 pw for sanctuary we pay double as usual brits ripped offcastro dies we are all on 9 days mourning terrible no music internet nothingrooms clean basic grounds large well keptin sanctuary area in restaurant was looked after mileydis very well and cesar hard worker and able at main desk very well spoken person nice guyclothes stolen from room designer stuff i go 3-4 holidays a year this one never againwas glad to step on thompson premium class jet to get back brilliant airline and crew gardeners worked hard all the timeweather was good only 1 day rain

  • pondplace2015 : Parksville, Canada
Stayed with fiancé

Our stay was very nice.the grounds were very well kept.Joe and his entertainment staff were totally awesome.We loved the music. The Aqua classes by nrg2go were fabulous,as we'll a small he stretched classes. We would defiantly go again ..Was an awesome vacation.

  • GPRhodes : Vancouver, Canada
Varedero Beach & Sun

Been to Varedero 3 times in a 1 star and 5 Star . For our group , Grand Memories tops them . Loved the place , people & variety of food . Only one disappointment. Specialty restaurant was not to our liking . Same food at buffet . Went to buffet after dinner for extra food . Entertainment was different every night and not disappointed at all .Unfortunately the weather was windy and cold that week . Can't control the weather . Coming back with more friends next year .

  • Mikey K : Swindon, United Kingdom
Lovely complex and friendly staff

Almost faultless. Stayed here early November 2016 for 10 days. Room was clean and facilities including entertainment were superb.Other peoples expectations were higher than our, this is a 3rd world country and they are doing their very best with the limited access to external resource as a result of the embargo. The only problem we encountered was the food was often not hot but warm. The fresh griller offered a great alternative though.

  • Jimmy T : Toronto, Canada
Decent vacation for the price

Visited this resort in November 2016 for 7 nights with my wife. Overall the Grand Memories is an OK resort. I would recommend it as a budget-friendly vacation and you get what you pay for.BeachThe best part of this resort is the beach. It is simply beautiful. White sand with turquoise blue water. Plenty of chairs and umbrella huts for guests. The sand is not rocky and there are water activities that you can do (paddle boat, catamaran), however, we did not have a chance to use these services due to high winds on certain days. They did not have a beach volleyball net which was a bit disappointing.PoolPools are clean for the most part. The pool close to the Italian restaurant was quiet most days and was nearly empty most of the time – note: the pool bar was not open. The other pool had more going on with the pool bar open and entertainment staff. We spent most of our time either at this pool or the beach. The pool bar staff did a great job at coming by frequently to guests relaxing around the pool to take drink orders.FoodThe food is very good for Cuba standards. The main buffet has a good selection and certain items are changed daily. There is an omelette station for breakfast and meat grilling station during lunch and dinner. Great selection of meats (seafood, beef, pork, chicken). The fruit and dessert selection was good as well. There is also a snack bar that is open 24/7, however, the food and selection is not as good.For a stay of 7 nights, we were allowed to book 2 a la carte dinners. We chose Cuban and Gourmet. The food at these restaurants were just as good as the buffet.The drinks choices are okay. Good selection of mixed drinks (cocktails). However, there is not much choice when it comes to ice blended drinks as the bars did not have blenders. Basically only pina coladas and lemonade in the slushy machines. We’ve been to other resorts where each bar had blenders and the bartenders were able to create a great variety of iced drinks. They did have a coffee bar which offered a variety of coffee, espressos and teas.RoomThe rooms are decent sized but are pretty dated. The beds and pillows are ok. One of the electrical outlets in the room did not work. Two out of the seven days, there was no hot water in our building and we had to shower in cold water. We asked reception about the situation and they let us know the maintenance crew were fixing it but did not seem sympathetic to the situation. The mini bar in the fridge is not stocked as fully as other resorts we have been to, only 1 cola, 1 beer and 1 bottle of water were refilled each day.CleanlinessOverall the resort and facilities are pretty clean. The bath and beach towels could be updated though. Many of them had stains on them and looked pretty old. Before going to the resort we read some reviews that some guests were not able to get their towels changed some days. We did not experience this and received fresh towels every day. My wife told me that some of the women’s public washrooms were not clean, no toilet seat, no toilet paper, no soap and some smelled like cigarette smoke. Some of the stalls also did not lock.ServiceSome of the staff were very friendly and helpful but there was also an equal amount of staff that were neutral (not unfriendly). There is no free wifi at the hotel but wifi cards can be purchased for 2 CUC per hour at the lobby.EntertainmentThe nightly shows were pretty good and entertaining. There were also daily pool/beach games but they were not as interesting and fun as other resorts we’ve been to. They did have a foam party in the pool one day in the week which was great.We took the double decker public bus to Varadero one afternoon (5 CUC per person roundtrip). According to the staff, the bus runs from 9 AM to 8:30 PM every day. There are lots of shops and restaurants. The souvenirs can be purchased in Varadero for cheaper than at the 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
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • 3 meals daily
  • All drinks (Domestic and select Imported beverages, 24 hours)
  • Drinks at disco
  • Windsurfing
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Daily activities
  • Evening entertainment
  • Entrance to night club and drinks
  • 1110 Rooms
  • 1 buffet restaurant and 6 a la carte restaurants
  • 7 bars including Pool bar
  • Disco
  • Pools
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa (fee)
  • 2 tennis courts
  • Games room
  • Sports pitch
  • Gift shop
  • WiFi in lobby (fee)
  • Varadero Golf Club nearby (fee)

Hotel Room has:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • CD player
  • In-room safe
  • Iron
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee maker
  • Max occ. 4, up to 3 adults
Superior has 1 king or 2 double beds, Ceiling fan, Sitting area.
Royal Junior Suite has 1 king or 2 double beds, Ceiling fan, Living area and Full bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.


For the Kids - Splash pool and playground. Kids club and Teen club for ages 14-17.

Adults Only Section Amenities:

- 150 suites with a private reception
- Complimentary 24hr room service
- Closer to the beach
- Exclusive pool
- Exclusive access to International restaurant
- Club house and cigar room
- Butler service

Weddings - Packages are available. Please inquire for more 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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  • Grand Memories Varadero
    Varadero,Cuba

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Grand Memories Varadero
Km 18.5 Autopista Sur Parque Natural Punta Hicacos, 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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