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Hotel Playa de Oro

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Our Opinion

A really great resort. The hotel is run by incredibly attentive staff, who ensure that you're getting the most out of your stay. The rooms are well-maintained and modern. The only issue that's been reported by guests, include trying to operating the air conditioning. OK buffet and a la carte choices to choose from. There are other resorts that offer better choices, so if you're looking for a resort that is known for their food, it's best to look elsewhere. There aren't any alarming issues with the food however. Much like other Varadero resorts, the beach is the best element of the hotel.


With its unique architecture, Hotel Playa de Oro is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and is just minutes from the town of Varadero and next door to the Dolphinarium. Beach lovers will enjoy the great location right on Varadero Beach, while golfers can tee up at the nearby 18-hole championship golf course. Couples, singles and families alike enjoy the four-star value, the outdoor dining with spectacular ocean views, and the variety of activities - including salsa lessons and Cuban culture courses.

Location: Beachfront, 35 minutes from Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport, 10 minutes to downtown Varadero.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • olganorman2017 : Lumsden, Canada
'don't sweat the small stuff

Stated at this resort April15-22 2017 had an awesome trip with my family. This resort is small which made it very easy to get around and you get to know the staff,yes it's dated but nothing a coat of paint wouldn't take care of. Our room was good had no problem sleeping,the food was good you find something you like and stick to that never hungry. Orlando from the main buffett is "The Man" very friendly and always made sure we were taken care of and spoke very good english..Thank you so much Orlando.Hebert from the entertainment team tried to teach me how to dance made my holiday he spoke very good english too..they work the longest hours and still makes time to entertain you..Thanks so much Hebert.Had a wonderful vacation at this resort and would go back for sure I never had much to complain about. Good food, great staff,beautiful beach and hot sun..perfect!

  • sahibamini : Calgary, Canada
Don't go if you don't look Canadian!

We stayed here for a week's span. The resort has nice beach location with good pool. Late night entertainment shows were very nice. The rooms definitely need upgrading. Also, the sheets weren't changed everyday. In fact, it was changed only once in our 7 days stay. Wifi is a big problem, the connection isn't very good. Food is good, but repetitive which is understandable since it's three time buffet. The biggest problem we had was that we were mostly never helped by the buffet staff (since they thought we are natives, because of our Indian origin), whereas everyone around us was. At times, we kept asking for help, only to have a seat, but had to wait for almost 15 minutes, and even then my husband had to go and grab a person for it. Not all the staff is included in this comment, few were very helpful, but 80% of the staff was like that. Other then that, we liked the resort, the beach and specially barbecue buffet. Staff there was nice and helpful.Also, we weren't on family trip, it was just me and my husband. This resort is more of a family place, and isn't peaceful as we expected.

  • Jill B :
Great small resort/ don't go for the food

My boyfriend and I both 30 stayed here April 15-22 this was my 4th time to Varadero and his 1st to Cuba. I loved this place. It has a very convenient size your always close to everything. I only eat eggs, pasta and bread in cuba and found this resort had the best I've had yet! Always a line but worth it. My boyfriend ate alot of fish and said this resort did not cook it and he didn't eat it alot. We found better food outside the resort. The restaurants weren't any better then the buffet but you don't come to cuba for the food. Other then that this resort was great out maid Lazara was awesome and always smiling. We found the staff at the pool bar nicer then the staff at the lobby bar. We didn't tip till the last day. Staff at the coffee bar were the best and make amazing coffee.I drank alot of coffee and I'm not even a huge coffee drinker. Animation staff were at the beach in the morning and pool in the afternoon. Always playing games, stretching, and dancing. There is music in the lobby at 8 and it gets really loud, you can here it everywhere in the resort. Nightly entertainment at 10 was late but really good shows, best I've seen. I really liked this resort and I would stay here again!

  • LeslieN1969 : Clark's Harbour, Canada
3 Rd time in a year

Have visited this resort 3 times in a year period. Resort is small which is one of the perks. We return because of the staff. Sisi Doris yamel and the rest of the crew treat us as family. True the resort needs repair and updating. But as I looked around grown adults too lazy to clean up their own mess. You will see sand in the pool but as you watch said adults walk by the outside showers and wade through the pool to clean off. We look forward to seeing Felix the bell man who can answer anything or fix any issue for you. Orlando in the main dining room is amazing. And once again Sisi who takes amazing care of the guests with always a laugh or smile. We always talk a different resort but the staff keeps us coming back. Ps. We miss Sara who is no longer at the resort please bring her back. See you soon !!!Greetings from Nova Scotia

  • Chris B :
Generally Pretty Good

We stayed at Playa de Oro as a family of four with two young kids (9 and 7). It was pretty typical for a Cuban all-inclusive.Things we especially liked:Coffee Bar: excellent coffee and serviceEvening Entertainment: better than average qualityAbundance of live Cuban music: at lunch time a band plays a couple of sets, then from 8-9 PM, the lobby band plays some quality tunes. Dance lessons were also accompanied with live music. Well done.Size: nice size resort. Not too big. Everything is close.Lunch area: under a shady tree near the beach made for a great lunchtime dining spotThings that could be improved:Beach and pool chairs: not enough! You must wake up very early to grab a spotMy bed: my bed was old and uncomfortable, though I've read from other reviews that some were new and very comfortable. Just my bad luck.Hot water: seemed to always run out before dinner.I'd return to Playa de Oro if the price was right.

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
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  • 3 buffet meals daily plus snacks
  • 2 a la carte dinners (reservations and dress code required)
  • Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited house wine with dinner, domestic beer and drinks 24 hours
  • 24 hour lobby bar
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Catamaran
  • Pedal boat
  • Pool scuba clinic
  • Tennis with instruction
  • Use of bicycles
  • Archery
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Gym
  • Spanish lessons
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Evening entertainment
  • Manager's cocktail party
  • 385 rooms in two 5-storey buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 2 a la carte restaurants: Cuban and International, reservations & dress code required
  • 5 bars including Lobby bar, Beach bar, Swim up bar, Main bar, Pool bar
  • Snack bar
  • Disco (fee)
  • 1 outdoor pool
  • 18-hole golf course 3 kilometers away
  • Meeting facilities
  • 3 tennis courts on-site (not lit)
  • Gift shop
  • Internet service fee)
  • Sauna (fee)
  • Fitness facilities
  • Exercise classes
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • A range of watersports available

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or two 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • In-room safe
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer 220V (adaptors required)
  • Mini-fridge
  • Balcony or terrace with garden, pool or ocean view
  • Max occupancy 3 persons, only up to 2 adults

Kids Deal - Kids 2-3 stay and eat free when sharing a room and existing beds with 2 adults; pay only airfare. Kids 4-11 pay kids rate. Max 1 kid.

Single Parent Saver - Single parent travelers pay double rate when sharing a room with 1 or 2 children. Child 4-11 pay child rates. Maximum of 2 children.

For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' club, Playground, Games room, and the Kids' section of the pool. Babysitting service also available. (fee)

Honeymooners - Receive an upgrade to ocean view room (subject to availability), flowers or fruit basket, and a bottle of rum. Request when booking. Proof of marriage required.

Weddings - Packages available. Please inquire for 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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Mercure Playa de Oro
Carretera Las Morlas Km 12.5, 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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

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.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.