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.
We had a good week with ups and downs.Some of the services were great while others were lacking.For examples at lunch or breakfast the line up for either eggs or orange juice were way too long.If you need to change your money for cubans pesos they don't have enough small change.If you want to have a good coffee , the best bpkace is in the Lobby Bar.You won't be deceived,Also very beautiful beach and entertainment is fantastic as well as most of their night shows
the Grand Memories was disgusting good thing we were staying in the Sanctuary part or we would have insisted on changing resorts. Pools were green, waitress wanted us to sit at a dirty table when there was clean ones, we told her to wipe the bird poo off the chairs in the snack bar she did then proceeded to wipe the table with the same cloth out we went. Went to go to the buffet waitress could not be bothered to find us a table just totally ignored us so again out we went. Bathrooms around resort well good luck with that either broken, no seats, holes in walls and of course no toilet paper or hand soap.
My husband and I traveled to this resort April 15th for 7 days. Being the Easter weekend it was filled to capacity. The main lobby bar was closed and part of the quiet pool was closed and green. I was a little worried, but after a day they had the pool opened and clean and the main lobby bar reopened. I noticed a lot of painting and upgrades going on while we were there. We had booked diamond club and had no complaints. I wonder where some of these people stayed! The food was really quite good. The snack bar was lovely. We never waited longer than 15 or 20 minutes. Our maid Julia did a great job of keeping our room clean. It is a very large resort but very clean. The staff were always courteous and helpful. The beef was actually really tender and tasty. I do prefer a smaller resort but would certainly return.
Just came back from our trip on Monday, April 24th (3 nights, 3 friends). The resort is situated on a large, beautiful campus fairly close to the beach. Staff is friendly for the most part. The grounds are relatively tidy; however, the pool could use some further cleaning. The food was significantly better than we anticipated it to be. There are a variety of options at the Snack Bar (near the pool, open 24/7) and other restaurants, even for vegetarians. Tons of activities happening in / around the pool (dancing, music, games, etc). Beach area is fantastic -- highly recommended. Charcoal-grill restaurant by the beach is a must-visit. Rooms had a few mosquitos / bugs but nothing out of the ordinary. Running hot water available. To ensure your expectations are properly aligned, you have to leave your "North American" standards behind. Suggestions for improvement:1) Keep swim-up bar open past 6 PM2) Wifi?3) More towels in the roomOverall verdict -- great trip and certainly recommended for a quick getaway.
As a frame of reference: we have lived in the tropics, are on vacation with family - enjoy a drink or two but are not on vacation to party.1. Resort is large, but even at the far end you are only 750m from the beautiful beach - at most a 10 minute walk. Very welcome exercise after eating at the buffet most meals.2. There is a party pool and a quiet pool, when you choose the pool that suits your needs you will be fine. Our preference is for the quiet pool, away from the noise and excessive drinking. When we arrived one of the pools in the quiet area was closed, but they worked hard and had it up and running in a couple of days. The maintenance man complained that there were a lot of ping pong balls that had ending up breaking the pump. Pools were treated and vacuumed daily - we were often at the pool before it opened until it closed.3. Food - We mainly ate at the buffet: breakfast was excellent (omelettes every day, and usually had sausage heated up too, the boys really enjoy the wide selection of rolls and croissants). Lunch was always good: there is a pasta station, fish grill, and meat grill. Boys enjoyed grilling hotdogs / hamburgers on the panini press. Supper: mainly the same options as lunch but with some additional items: lobster on 3 nights, roast chicken another, and the best roast beef ever. Nice selection of desserts, fresh fruit, and 500ml containers of Nestle Ice Cream. We do not tip regularly and still received good service - I think being polite and making an effort to speak Spanish definitely helps.4. We were in the 15 block, top floor. The room was clean, the beds were comfortable, the pillows were not musty. I do not expect clean sheets or towels daily. Pool towels were delivered to the pool hut daily, they were open for most of the morning, very few people came to exchange towels. 5. Check in was fairly quick - all of our rooms were preassigned, so they just needed to check us in.6. Shade / loungers - like any other resort that we have stayed at, the early bird gets the lounger.
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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
- 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
Weddings - Packages are available. Please inquire for more details.
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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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