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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.

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  • Maryeve C :
swimming pool is nice and quiet

small hotel with possibility of meeting peoples and make aquintances. Overall i liked it,i would say its an ok hotel. there are free bicycles and scooter rental right in front of the hotel. That was nice.

  • SPFREQUIRED : Calgary, Canada
Getting better all the time

I have visited Playa de Oro on three separate occasions and enjoyed each one. The resort is getting better every time. Customer service, amenities and activities have improved with each visit. Is it perfect, no... I recommend you research anywhere you visit in the world. Could you find a nicer room, probably... a nicer beach... probably not. I would weigh what you are looking for in a vacation and book accordingly. I am not a high maintenance traveler, nor am I a fussy eater (the barbeque by the beach is my favorite place to eat, and I love the addition of the little coffee shop). The staff are kind, the beach is beautiful and resort is small enough that you won't get lost or need a trolly to get you from one side to the other. When you make new friends, you'll find them again. It's relatively cheap to taxi into Varadero for a night, so round up your new friends and head out for the evening! I always enjoy the Beatles Bar for the live band.I haven't heard a bad thing about any of the excursions, I've personally done the catamaran twice, though in hind site I would skip the dolphins as this isn't a tourism I wish to support. It's very easy to arrange a trip to Havana in an old car, chat with staff and they'll steer you in the right direction. I think it is preferable over taking the excursion from the hotel on a bus, arranging your own visit allows you to customize your visit and see what you want to (for as long as you want to).Felix the bellhop is the absolute best, he is very helpful and kind, he can help you with anything. I met a couple celebrating some special occasion that said he made arrangements for them to go a lovely restaurant in town with all the bells and whistles. He's definitely your go to guy! The front desk can be a little frustrating to deal with at times, but give them the benefit of the doubt that they work long hours and are incredibly busy.Sunscreen and bug spray are a must! I was eaten alive during my first visit, but had no issues on the next two as I made sure to stock up. Make sure to reapply sunscreen, the cool breeze at the beach or on a boat is deceiving! The shows are typical of a resort, they are entertaining and enjoyable. The activities at the hotel are pretty typical as well, Spanish lessons, aqua aerobics, dance lessons. You can always find some type of activity to do if you look. One day the filled the pool with bubbles and had a foam party, which was a blast! I wish there more daily activities like this. The disco... well, it closes pretty early and I'm not sure if it's even open every night. It's a great spot, it's too bad it's often empty.I spent New Years Eve at the resort and they did an amazing job! It was a lot of fun, they really went all out with goody bags, champagne, singers (they brought in some opera type singers that brought tears to your eyes), dancers, etc. I'm a fan, and will definitely visit again. With any review, take the good and bad with a grain of salt. Research and find something that feels right for you. In my opinion you can't go wrong in Varadero, I spent another Christmas in Holguín and while it was beautiful, the beaches were rocky there wasn't a lot to do off resort and I had wished I booked in Varadero where the beach is clean (or clean-ish depending on how respectful the tourists are) and knock on wood, I have not seen a jellyfish or anything else lurking in the gorgeous waters!

  • Kevin D :
No more Reviews needed!

This was such a great Cuban Resort. We arrived to the hotel fairly early and like usual our room was not avaliable due to being before check in time. As we were putting our bags into the bellhop area, one of them went personally to check for us and in fact our room was ready. NOW, THAT IS CUSTOMER SERVICE! So many people that travel have unrealistic expectations of their destination. You need to remember where you are and this is not North America. ROOMWe unfortunately were put on the first floor and I'm sure you have already read that the first floor rooms have a musty odor to them. Well this is completely true. The rooms were very clean and bathrooms large and updated. We did not have a huge problem with the smell but did want one without. When we approached the front desk about the room they said they would have no problem moving us but it could not be today as it was completely full. We ended up getting moved on day 3 to a higher room. FOODThe food was really good. There are always going to be people who complain about food in a third world country. This resort did cook with spice and always had fresh meats and fish going. Pasta was great as well. Obviously feel free to bring your own spices as well as hot sauce or ketchup. They monitor the door to the buffet so that the lines don't get so out of control and congested which we found great. The beach grill was AMAZING, we ate there everyday at lunch. Who does not like a fresh charcoal grill. Always lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Live band at the beach grill as well. BEACHOf course the beach was amazing. It's Varadero! It was very busy there so chairs were limited. But it did seem like the workers were finding chairs for people who asked. POOLIt was clean and refreshing. Was cleaned every day in the am and a guy constantly monitoring it. Chairs were scarce there as well. BARSThree Bars, all great. We spent more time at the beach bar, but did frequent each one of them. Pool bar offers food as well, good snacks to help soak up the liquor. The lobby bar was open all day into the night. All three had great service and friendly faces. COFFEECuban coffee is one of the best coffees I have ever had. The coffee bar in the lobby is the place to go. So good. The bars also have coffee makers and are good as well. However, the coffee in the buffet is not even close to the good stuff. I'd steer clear of that one. STAFFWe can't say enough about the staff. Everyone, and I mean everyone was full of smiles and Holãs when we came close to them. And super appreciative for anything done for them as little as cleaning up your own cups to a tip or gift. ENTERTAINMENTEveryday the entertainment staff would engage people for games, conversation, and sports activities. Not pressured when said no but fun banter. 8pm every night in the lobby has a live band. Very good authentic music. 9pm had some competitions in the same place of the lobby. 10pm had shows of some sort out at the stage. We saw a magic show, a circus show and there was a number of dance shows. Then the disco open till 1am.

  • rhpmmasoud : Toronto, Canada
Not a 4 star hotel

This hotel is definitely not a 4 star hotel as being advertised. I have been to Varadero many times so I know food is not the best in Cuba but this hotel needs some renovations and to be maintained properly. Hallways, room doors, and rooms are not in the best condition.

  • LatinaPeroGringa :
Amazing Experience

My husband went to Playa De Oro for our honeymoon from August 19th to the 26th. First off, people who go to a different country should keep in mind that they have different standards and expectations. Our overall experience was incredible. To start the bus ride from airport was 30-40 mins long but seemed shorter because Javier the guide kept us distracted with great info about every place we passed. When we got to the hotel our first impression wasn't the greatest. The hotel rooms could be upgraded a bit because they are a little worn out and the door was hard to open and close but the balcony was Beautiful and the room was cleaned everyday and they left little notes and put the blankets in decorative positions. The pool was kept clean everyday and was a lot of fun. There are 4 bars on the premises and they all have delicious cocktail options and soda and water and of course beer. 3 restaurants as well. "El Dorado" is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Decent buffet options. My favourite "El Ranchon 'Las Caletas'" great meat, pasta and rice and beans options. Only open for lunch. If you want dinner there you have to make reservations. They provide you with reservation slips. "Restaraunte Varadero" only open for dinner with reservations. All the staff was attentive and helpful. We made quick friends with the staff and got great service. The beach is absolutely stunning! There are various boating options for free and snorkeling is only 20CUC. Totally recommend going here.

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)
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  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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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.