Iberostar Playa Alameda
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- All Inclusive Features
The Iberostar Playa Alameda is one of the better resorts to stay in Varadero. There is quite a few buffet items to choose from. There are plenty of a la carte restaurants to choose from. However, be advised that you're only able to reserve to three of them per stay. Pleasant beach, with plenty of loungers available to relax on. There are scooters to rent on site, making it great for those who want to go beyond the resort strip. This resort is well suited for couples and children alike. A great stay in Varadero.
Location: Beachfront, 10 min to downtown Varadero, 35 min from the airport.
From the moment we stepped into this hotel we knew we had made a mistake. The grounds looked ok from a distance, but as soon as you walk into the lobby you can tell that the place is run down and very poorly maintained. We booked 2 nights here after travelling around the island for 8 days in hopes to have 2 final days to unwind and not need to worry about anything. We were so wrong...Hotel Facility: The hotel looks like it was probably great about 20 years ago, but no maintenance has been done in those 20 years. The fountains all over the grounds were 1/2 full (at best) and what little water was in them was a dark green hue and covered with a film of algae. Our room and all of the linens smelled like an ash tray and after contacting the front desk they informed me that all rooms in the resort are smoking rooms and would likely all smell the same. The air condition unit in our room worked great, but dripped water all over our luggage and covered the ground and shelves in the closet with water.Food: Part of the reason for booking this resort was the included restaurants in the all inclusive package, however after checking in and going to make reservations at the restaurants we were informed that only 1 of the 3 restaurants was open and they only serve 85 dinners/night. This resort has 391 guest rooms, assuming only 2 people are in each room that is almost 800 people to serve and with only 1 restaurant open they are serving less than 10% of the guests at this restaurant. The only other option for food is the buffet. I tried 6 different plates from 6 different stations to no avail. I was served a bowl of noodles in a luke warm sauce with the consistency, color and taste of plain skim milk. The fish was briny and inedible, the cook looked at me very suspiciously when I asked for my "steak" cooked medium-rare which also turned out to be so tough I had to spit it out after attempting to chew it for a couple of minutes. There were also children running around unattended screaming and spilling food everywhere (not necessarily the hotels fault).Security: I was told to bring my own bags into the storage room which was left unlocked and anyone could access from the main lobby. When I walked in to place my bags down before we were able to check in I noticed a pile of dead cockroaches in the corner. I was permitted to drop my bags off and pick them up with no escort or anyone even watching me. Needless to say we removed all valuables, passports, cash from our luggage and brought them with us.Beach: The beach was very pretty and I have little to complain about there. The staff was also mostly friendly, other than the sarcastic front desk person, and tried their best to accommodate guests with the resources they had.Long story short, in my 30 years of travelling I have never been to such a poorly maintained resort with such horrible food and a generally horrible travel experience. We left a day early and found an Airbnb just down the road that was $30/night and served us excellent breakfast and dinners for under $10 each.
I'm writing this review because I'm about to book another trip to Playa Alameda. This will be my third! A special thank you to my friends Yoyi, Peke Ani, Wendy, Yudith, Irina, Lara, KuKu, Bachaka, Yary, Choco, and our housekeeper the last time Adrialis. There are may others that I didn't get to mention, especially the wait staff who work very hard and long days we really appreciate them. This place is really amazing. The rooms are spacious and very clean and everything is in close walking distance, not like those big monster resorts where you have to take a shuttle everywhere. The food is going to surprise you too. People often say that you can't expect good food in Cuba however that's not the case at this resort. The staff are the best I've ever met. They are the perfect mix of friendly and professional. The staff keep the activities going all day long and into the night so at any time if you can pick up an activity of your liking. If you want to learn how to dance you can at all times during the day during the dance activities. Every night there is a live performance with singers and dancers, that's right they have two in-house singers. The patrons are very amenable and I never once saw any trouble. In fact my wife and I made two close friends that we stay in touch with to this day. Our next trip is to meet them again for a 50'th birthday that one will be celebrating at the resort. See you for your 50'th birthday party!!!
The hotel is not very good compared to other Iberostar hotels but the very friendly and nice animation team made my vacation wonderful (especially Gorki ;)) I would love to come back but only for the people (and to win bingo ;))Tip: if you want to participate in the games of the animation, you should go to the beach in the morning until 13:00 and then go to the pool for more (bingo) animation.Ciao ciao, Mickey Mouse
We traveled to this resort first week of August. Two families.Location was perfect. 35 min drive from the airport at the end of the peninsula. The beach was amazing. Very clean white sand and the water was clear. You could walk out about 150 yards before it becomes deep.The resort itself is small and everything is very close to get to. It's well maintained. Only 1 pool and no swim up bar which I prefer but maybe not everyone. The food was very good for Cuban standards, a lot of choices and they change it up every day. Outside of the buffets we only ate at the Italian restaurant which was excellent.The best part of this resort is the staff, very friendly and go out of their way to provide excellent service. Frank at the buffet restaurant (breakfast and lunch) was amazing to us, always made sure we were taken care of. Eduardo, at the omelette station is very nice to talk to, I think he speaks every language. Ernesto at the club house where the pool table and ping pong table kept our children very entertained. Nightly entertainment outside the lobby area was amazing - live band each evening followed by the theater show. The only setback would be the room could use some new furniture and better pillows. Pillows are very flat and the room had a slight musky smell in it.Overall I would recommend this resort, we had a great time there!
Absolutely fantastic place.. the ppl are so friendly and so accommodating.. we go every year. They are like family to us. Great food great service and great friends. Not terribly big but definitely not sms. The rooms are comfortable and clean. I just can't say enough great things about this place. ♡♡♡♡ 5 star..
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
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 buffet meals daily
- Unlimited House Wine, Domestic beer, International brand drinks 24 hours
- Lounge chair and towels (pool/beach)
- Pedal boats
- Use of bicycles
- Pool table, ping-pong, darts
- Exercise room
- Spanish lessons
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- Welcome cocktail
- 391 rooms in 3-storey buildings
- 2 buffet restaurants
- 3 a la carte restaurants: Italian, International and Seafood, dress code & reservations required
- 6 bars including Lobby bar, Snack bar, Disco bar, Theatre bar, Beach grill bar
- 2 outdoor pools
- Golf nearby
- Meeting facilities
- 2 tennis courts on-site (2 lit)
- Shopping on-site
- Fitness facilities
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Internet access (fee)
All accommodations include:
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe
- Full bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V (adaptors required)
Standard Hotel Rooms
- 2 twin beds
- Sitting area
- Max occupancy 3 persons
VIP Standard Oceanview Rooms
- 2 twin beds
- Living area
- Ocean view
- Max occupancy 4 up to 3 adults
Kids Deal - Kids pricing available, please inquire for details.
For the Kids - Kids 4 to 10 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' club, Playground, Kids' pool, Babysitting service also available. (fee)
Honeymooners - Private check in, Room upgrade based on availability, Welcome cocktail with sparkling wine, Bottle of rum, Flowers in room upon arrival, In room breakfast the morning after arrival, Housekeeping in afternoon, Exclusive romantic dinner for 2 in a la carte restaurant, Late checkout with out charges based on availability. Applicable up to 30 days after nuptials. Request when you book. Requires proof of marriage.
VIP Package - Includes an upgrade to Oceanview Room, (if available at check-in) fruit basket, bottle of rum, bathrobe or towel as souvenir gift. (minimum 12-night stay) Please inquire for prices.
Wedding 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.
Resort Location Map
Iberostar Playa AlamedaVaradero,Cuba
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Las Morlas, Km 19 Punta Hicacos, Varadero 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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