Hotel Bella Costa
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The Hotel Bella Costa is a great resort for those looking for plenty of day excursions and activities to do. Much like other resorts, this one is situated amongst a beautiful strip of beach. The pool is good. However, during some parts of the day, it does have a tendency to get really busy and packed with kids. The staff is incredibly friendly and personable. Most of them would remember you by name. Plenty of food options available for buffets and a la cartes. Make sure to make a reservation at the Italian Restaurant. The property is a little outdated, but still well maintained and cleaned. Overall however, this is hotel is great for its value.
Location: Beachfront, 30 minutes from the airport, 5 minutes to downtown Varadero.
We returned to Bella Costa, but booked with Sunwing (due to a credit they owed us) instead of Nolitours so we could not book directly into the villas. I will never do this again. I quite enjoy this resort, but will never sleep a night in the hotel again. I did one night with next to no sleep and begged to be moved to the villas. Here is where things got better. The front desk moved me with very little problem as they did with my friends who were there as well. We had lovely rooms in the bungalows. Had I never checked into my room in the hotel, I would not had a clue what others complain about. It is night and day!Food was similar to our previous visit. My son, the pickiest eater I know, survived the week and, in fact, never complained about a meal. For me, the food was repetitive, but I have no issues with that. I could eat eggs every day of my life and so I did for the week I was there. We had pizza every day for lunch and we switched our dinners up with a trip to Varadero, some a la carte meals, and the buffet for others. There were hits and misses in all meals, but c'est la vie. I can get a miss for a meal in Canada too . . . just sayin'.Most food servers were stand offish as they were on our previous trip. We actually tried to tell our one server that my son had spilled some juice and were going to ask for something to clean it up (besides a napkin), but he wouldn't even look at us. He just kept shuffling through the spill. Front desk, guest services, entertainment team, and most bar servers were great. We never walked through the lobby without someone calling us by name and asking how we were doing. I really did start to feel like Bella Costa family. My son was treated like a king and enjoyed himself immensely. The pool liner is damaged, but the pool is still clean and swimmable. It is cold, but this is welcome when the sun is hot. We never had a problem getting loungers or towels. Toilet paper is still hard to find in the washrooms. I had one evening where I went to the main loo, the loo by the workout rooms, loo by the pool and eventually just booked it to my villa to use my room bathroom to find tp. This is the first time I have repeated a visit to a resort and, depending on what changes come to it in the future, I can see myself returning.
Bella Costa Hotel tips (This is not the Hilton)Best rooms: are the bungalows #701-765 - Exclusive to AirTransat (Garden, Family, Oceanview) are newer, quieter and hence better => do not get a room in the main building!Best beach spot: toward end of peninsula (fewer sales people and more private and quiet) Best Coffee, cappuccinos, etc: coffee bar (Lobby bar)Best Mojitos: gentleman pushing a cart (Mr. Mojito) => a must to try!Best lunches: grill outside El Mirador Best cigars: do not purchase on the beach (plantain leaves); get in HavanaBest rum: purchase at duty-free at airport on way backWater: from tap, ok to drink and brush your teeth with (we brushed our teeth with this water but didn't drink from the tap)Collect pool towels early in am and commandeer beach lounge chairs Restaurant reservations: line up early3 restaurants: 3*El Mirador (Cuban), 2* Munasen (Japanese), 3* Mirabel (Italian)Tips: 1-2 CUC per service (~$120Cdn) => very important!! You will be treated like royalty!Havana tour - ok but very long (~11hrs)Bring: Extension cord (not 3 prong), tea, your favourite spice, your favourite hot sauce (optional salt&pepper and ketchup), toilet paper, wet wipes for toilet paper and hand wipes Bring to leave with staff: Pantyhose, school supplies, clothing, toiletriesTips: some hotel staff make ~300pesos/mth (includes transport + meals), cooks, gardeners make fraction of that. Note that products are purchased in CUCs and pesos are a fraction of that. Hence tips are very important to them; generally 1/4 of tourists tip => should tip tip 1-2 CUCs per service (~$120-$150CAD for a couple in 1wk) -> if you wish to give a tip to a specific staff member, place it in an envelope
The reviews I read before I went were accurate. Beach is amazing Hotel is small bungalows with great space and gardens around. Food is similar to most of Cuba all inclusives...not good. Prepare to eat omelettes or waffles with fruit and great homemade buns, some salad food with pasta and for supper go to the Italian restaurant or go into town for a meal Hot dogs at beach bar and occasionally a pizza Avoid any sauces and bring some dried peppers to spice up any food it really helps.Rooms are dated but clean and adequate. Bring facecloths if you use them Beach towels provided. Entertainment is ok. Pool is clean and there are 4 hottubs. Front desk day clerk is a piece of work and not at all helpful. Bartenders will serve you but most are not that helpful. Serving staff is very good as are the maids. I had a problem with front desk clerk and customer service rep was excellent and solved the problem If you are not happy ask for her. Overall a good property small and easy to get around and no kids so you can relax.
A group of 5 of us went to Bella Costa from Dec 26-Jan 2. We spent a lot of money knowing that we were going in the most expensive time of year. If we were to book this place in July - September, it would have been less than half the price. As a Canadian, we knew we were paying to get away from the cold. The room was fine! The TV was great quality with good channels and the view from our balcony was very nice. Our only complaint would be that the water pressure in the shower dwindled quite quickly, even when trying to take a quick 1-2 minute shower. One more thing about the rooms was that you could hear kids running down the hallways early and the doors to the other rooms slamming. We never really heard the slamming at night though. Compared to other all inclusives I have to in Cuba, the food was great! The buffet always had good options and the food staff were very friendly. The A La Carte's were quite good as well. We never went hungry or not looking forward to getting food. The snack bar had some good food to tide you over meals as well, but it did tend to get busy between 4-6:30 when food would take a long time to come sometimes, but that wasn't every day. For Cuba, their food was good. People need to keep in mind that this country doesn't have access to the food we have in Canada or around the world. I found most people just needed to check their expectations. If you want michelin star food, go to Mexico and pay triple the price. The bartenders were good and quick to serve you all the time. We tried to go to the Resort's disco but it was always empty. It's too large of a space for the resort I think, but there were a lot of close bars/ dance bars to go to. We went to the bar at the resort next door which was fun, as well as The Beatles Bar and Club 62 which was a 10 CUC cab ride away. The beach is amazing! We found on the right side of the beach (which was more narrow) there was a lot of large rocks when you walk in the water. So we went to the other side of the beach where it was much wider and there were no rocks at all. You have to find and move your own beach chairs, but people were getting up and leaving all the time so we were able to get 5 for our group pretty easily. The resort offered free paddle boats and kayaks. The pool's liner was broken at the stairs but I was okay when your in the pool. There was plenty of room for kids to play and adults to throw a ball around too. The nightly entertainment was quite good as well, we always enjoyed watching it after dinner before going out for the night. The resort had plenty of areas around the lobby, pool, restaurants to hang out. They had an internet cafe, souvenir shops, mini convenience store, and liquor store. Overall, we had a great time and no problem overlooking the little things. I would return to Bella Costa.
Staff was friendly and helpful. Our Maid Mabel was awesome! Hotel itself needs lots of work. Room was ok, bathroom was terrible. Ceiling was leaking in the bathroom and shower was terrible! Advertised on Tripcentral as a 4 star, I realized I might have to lower my standards a little coming to Cuba but this was rediculous. The beach however was beautiful! The food was ok. The service was terrible in Jimmys buffet,dirty tables all the time. The others restaurants were ok. This was my families first trip to Cuba. Would come back but not to this resort.
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- 3 buffet meals daily
- a la carte dining, 1 per stay, reservation required
- 24 hr snacks
- Unlimited House Wine, Domestic beer and select International brand drinks
- Lounge chairs, towels and umbrellas (pool/beach)
- Tennis (day time)
- Exercise room
- Pool table & ping-pong
- Dance lessons
- Spanish lessons
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- Wedding Package
- 394 rooms in one 6-storey building and 2-storey villas
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 4 a la carte restaurants: Italian, Caribbean, Cuban, Steak House (dress code & reservations required)
- 2 snack bars
- 4 bars including Beach bar
- 2 outdoor pools
- Golf nearby
- Meeting facilities
- 2 tennis courts on-site (night lit, fee)
- Shopping on-site
- Gym, massages (fee)
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Internet access (fee)
- Non-motorized water sports available
All accommodations include:
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Mini-bar (fee)
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V (adaptors required)
- Balcony or patio
- Max occupancy 3 persons
- Super Saver Rooms have no balconies
Standard Hotel Rooms
- 1 king or two 3/4 beds
- Standard Hotel Room Balcony also available
- 1 king or two 3/4 beds
- Living area
- More spacious and located in the villas
Kids Deal - One child 12 and under stays and eats free when sharing room and existing beds with 2 adults.
For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' club and Kids' pool. Babysitting subject to availability. (fee)
Honeymooners - Receive a fruit basket, welcome cocktail and a romantic dinner in an a la carte restaurant. Request at time of booking, proof of marriage required at check-in.
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 Bella CostaVaradero,Cuba
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Carretera de las America km 3 1/2, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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