Grand Memories Varadero
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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.
Its always hard to get an idea from reading other holiday makers reviews as every body's expectations are differentSo here we go with mine,We booked this very last minute with Thomson's as needed some sun and ended up at Grand Memories Varadero,This Hotel as mentioned by other holiday makers does need a good referb but still has some life left, The pools are all adequate especially the adults pool very nice, the rooms other people we met had problems with such as damp smells and leaking air conditioning but ours was OK clean but needed updating which was good for us.The food was good, plentiful and i feel lots of choice especially with having the option of al acarte restaurants, plenty of bars to get drinks and coffee, the staff was very helpful, The entertainment wasn't as good as Mexico but good enough for a bit of entertainment the bands and late music held between the dinning hall and the entrance was very good.They offered a few keep fit classes which i attended and was ok enough for your hols.The Beach was great kept very clean and loved not being able to see any buildings behind me .Now for the bad bits The trips that we booked with Thomson;s we felt as did others were very expensive for day trips, especially as the tipping has got out of control with every port of call expecting their tip and big tips which made the day even more expensive.We also ventured out the hotel for food and drinks and generally found it the same price as ukAll in all a Cuba was a good experience with great weather
The food was excellent but the rooms were not very good. The first room we were booked into had no hot water and the was mould was so bad there were mushrooms growing on the bathroom baseboards. The hotel was very good about us switching rooms and our upgraded room was a lot better but it still had issues like we had to flush the toilet manually taking off the lid and the shower head was so corroded it fell on my friends head while she was showering. With that said we still enjoyed our trip and their buffet and service was very good. I heard from other guests that the superior rooms were very nice so I strongly suggest upgrading.
When in Cuba, this is a comfortable place to stay. The food is plentiful, the rooms are clean (yet a tad run down), the swimming pools are nice, the bars are overflowing with rum! The ocean beach is beautiful to stroll on and very safe for a singe female. Don't get me wrong, the men are appreciative of women sending cat calls your way and willing to help out with any need...but they are respectful and kind.
We travelled to the typical AI resort in Varadero with thoughts of notto spend all 7 days on thesandy beach, but rather experience something different.There were 2 families (3+2 all adults) in our party. Hotel with all grounds was very nice with typical to Cuban AI buffet style restaurant with a decent selection of food. I would add more fruit to it, otherwise food, service, cooks were great. What definitely helped was the extra money we spend for a Club. Hotel was fully occupied therefore lineups for breakfast and dinner were quite extensive and tiring. Club allowed us to avoid lineups, likewise have beach chairs ready for us.I truly recommend to take the old timer taxi to the Varadero city. We've done it on Sunday and experienced fest with life music that was awesome.At the other day we went to Havana with organized trip (Cuban govt sets it up). We strongly recommend to do it differently.Trip was all about Fidel's influence, Cuban History etc, giving very little time for cruising around old Havana, restaurants etc. I believe it would be better to use private excursions that allow for you to choose where to go. The programmed guide doesn't allow for any changes. Also organized lunch takes too long and is not really Cuban. So for that trip research other options.The best though waited for my birthday. In the morning we went to Varadero new marina that is quite modern. People from my party organized a fantastic day on small yacht that had 2 crew and 5 of us. We could believe what a snorkling experience it was! All kinds of fish, colorfull reef and amaizing sandy beaches on islands close by! Although we've had lunch included,captain offered us something different. One of his crew were caughing langustas with us looking at it. Then they brought food from the restaurant, cooked those langustas and served vino! Experience was amaising. Pricewise things changed in Cuba. I havent paid for that trip but I think it is close to 800 CUC for a day.If taken by 2, 3 famileis it could be a fantastic experience.
From arrival till the day we left the staff could not do enough to help, the atmosphere in the hotel was fantastic, bars open early and close late. cocktails are a must,but be aware of the water, you are advised to drink bottled water,tap water does give you a few problems , the rooms were cleaned everyday by cleaners who like a laugh , but dont forget to tip them , the wages arnt the best . the food wasnt the best to my liking , but a lot of people said the enjoyed the menu. Atrip in the old American cars is a must, 57 belairs 54 belairs, plymouths even pink cadilacs fantastic. The beaches are clean and NO looky looky boys to be seen. our room was 100 yds to the beach , with 3 pools inbetween , 2 of which had swim up bars . all in all a good place to visit, as i said .
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- 3 meals daily
- All drinks (Domestic and select Imported beverages, 24 hours)
- Drinks at disco
- 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
- 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
- Satellite TV
- CD player
- In-room safe
- Balcony or Terrace
- Coffee maker
- Max occ. 4, up to 3 adults
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
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Grand Memories VaraderoVaradero,Cuba
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Km 18.5 Autopista Sur Parque Natural Punta Hicacos, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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