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Hotel Acuazul

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Please note that hotel standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other Sun Destinations. Unless travelers are familiar with the resort or Cuban hotels, we typically recommend that travelers book a minimum 4 star resort when traveling to Cuba. 

Situated in historical downtown Varadero, an ideal inexpensive vacation spot.
Location: 2 kms from downtown Varadero, 15 minutes from the airport and across the street from the beach.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Piesek V :
Huge Disappointment the TOILET HAD NO SEAT

Definitely not a 3 Star hotel - not even 1 star. Despite numerous complaints the TV never was fixed. The shower had no head, The bath room was continually flooded because of the lack of a proper shower curtain, and the TOILET HAD NO SEAT. Every morning we were killing hordes of mosquitoes breeding in the bath room. No lamps, no bedside table, no place for suitcases and no key to the safe. The A/C was like loud like a tank. Only 1 out of 3 public toilets in the hotel worked, but it never had paper. Coffee machine in the dining area always broken - Terrible place, do not stay here!

  • Anthony L : Britt
Good Time Great friends

I recently spent 9 days here at enjoyed every day and night. This place is all about the people you will meet. The food was better than I expected. Road noisy, but you get used to it. Pool/bar are excellent. Lots of great local food very close by.....Beatle's Bar...Pullman Hotel for Rock & Roll.......its Cuba.....relax and enjoy

  • chantalp675 :

The food was pretty good. The spread at New Years was fantastic. Bring light bulbs and toilet paper. The hallways were dark and the toilet paper was sparse. Only 2 small hotel towels for showers which were cold to warm. Strong smell of pétrole from the plants between 4 and 5 am. Bring earplugs because the bar in front of hotel is noisy. We were there just to sleep and eat. Location was great. Beach was even better than imagined and the sun...priceless.

  • Mirrrcat : Florida
1960 called...

This was our first trip to Cuba and the first hotel, on our first night. This hotel, like all the hotels in Cuba, is owned and operated by the government. The first room we were led to was in the adjacent "apartmentos". The elevator was slow, pitch black (broken lights) and dirty. Hallways smelled like roaches. If you don't know what roaches smell like, imagine the smell of wet cardboard mixed with elmer's glue. The room was dirty and damp, had windows and doors that did not close, an old rusty refrigerator, cardboard taped around the A/C, broken tiles in the bathroom, and two small (both short and narrow) sagging dingy beds with no pillows. That room was $119. Next we were led to a room in the main hotel that was $16 more per night and a bit better, although still very old and dilapidated. There was a small balcony almost completely occupied by the A/C, but we managed to cram out there both mornings with our cafe con leche. Nice view of the main street and ocean. The hallway was less terrifying in the main hotel and we were on a low enough floor that we could avoid the elevator. A word about food and drink. The food was disgusting. The dinner buffet smelled like dog food. Flies everywhere, dirty tablecloths, lukewarm dishes of varying shades of grey slop. The chefs are basically cooking in prison, so I don't blame them. But be warned. We only ate breakfast at the hotel, and even that was a challenge. You can't technically have coffee in your room, although we worked around this rule by promising to return the cups. Get there early for breakfast. They don't change the linens on the tables, and the best items go fast. Also the flies... The alcoholic drinks, which are included, are served in small plastic specimen cups. After draining the two gulps of liquid, guests left cups and straws to blow around the facility, making the already run down resort feel even more like a literal garbage dump. We stayed at another hotel in varadero at the end of our trip and it was only marginally better. Both were overrun with loud, drunk, ill-mannered tourists. We overheard conversations and spoke with several people, whereby we learned many were from Quebec. I was appalled at how disgustingly they behaved. There was no attempt to throw waste in garbage bins. Plastic cups strewn across the beaches, mistreatment of the staff, drunk and just stupid. The environment was run down and our fellow patrons acted (appropriately!) like pigs. Some of them come for months at a time to just throw themselves around the slum-like hotel, eating food that smells and looks and tastes like prison food and getting drunk off a thousand tiny plastic cups of rum. Quebec must be awful if this is their idea of vacation. Sadly I can't recommend any casas particular in varadero since we booked (and paid) in advance at these two hell holes. But I did see several CPs on our walks around. Our wonderful experience at an independent casa in Havana convinced me that is the only way to travel! Prices might be a third to one-half of what you pay at the govt hotels and facilities and food far superior. Guest reviews of the more expensive hotels down the beach in Varadero indicate they may be incrementally better, but still far short of US standards and costing upwards of $300-$400 per night. In Varadero there are a few decent places to eat past Calle 30. La Bodeguita del Medio is one of the more consistent restaurants within walking distance, "consistent" being used in the Cuban sense of the word. By US standards, note that they may run out of 40% of their menu and close hours early. But hey, this is Cuba, folks.

  • Dan D :
Hotel or shelter?

Worst hotel in my lyfe. Doesn't worth 3 stars. Stinky, dirty, broken. Big bugs in the rooms. Only single bar opened for the customers. Elevator- klaustrophob's nightmare-no light. Never again. Highly not recommended.

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).

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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

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Unlimited domestic drinks from 10am to 10pm at the beach & pool bars
  • Selected daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 78 rooms recommended for those looking for a budget hotel
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beach & pool bars
  • Lobby bar open 24hrs (fee)
  • Massages (fee)
  • Gift shop
  • Close to shopping, restaurants & bars in downtown Varadero
Standard Rooms include:
  • 2 twin beds
  • Air-conditioned
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Balcony
  • Max occupancy per room is 3 adults
Kids Deal - Kids under 15 stay, play and eat free. Pay a special rate including airfare and transfers when sharing a room with 2 adults. Maximum 2 kids. Special rates available for 2 children in an adjoining room.

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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Hotel Acuazul
Primera Avenida e/ Calle 13 y Calle 14, 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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Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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