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This is another great resort for families in Varadero. While the hotel grounds are old, they're well-maintained and it doesn't take away from the aesthetic of the resort. The rooms however, are all top-notch. You'll never have an issue with the amenities or ensuring that your room is well stocked. Incredibly attentive and friendly staff will always be there to address your concerns and needs. There are OK food options with regards to buffet and a la carte items. Be advised though that the food in Cuba isn't as comparable to those of other resorts. If you're looking for a place with plenty of activities to do, this is the resort. The beautiful beach offers some of the best snorkeling locations, and there are many options with regards to other out-of-resort excursions.
Location: Beachfront, 30 min from the airport, 15 min to downtown Varadero.
We stayed at the Tainos from the 13 - 27 January, first time in Cuba and what a fantastic time we had. The hotel is undergoing some refurbishments but we didn't let this spoil our holiday, the staff are very helpful and friendly and made sure we enjoyed ourselves. Definitely a place to go.
This was our third trip back to Tainos . As always it was a great trip .The food is good , rooms are clean , beach is wonderful and the staff is the best you could ever ask for . I don't think you can have a bad time at Tainos . We will be returning in 2018 ( # 4 ) .
Realistically it's not going to give you a particularly Cuban experience with the exception of fairly indifferent Wi-Fi (worse than dialup) which is a characteristic of Cuba. That said the hotel is reasonably well appointed, close to the sea and its clean beach and life guard offer nice walks past all the other hotels (all hidden by trees thankfully). Bars are sited in the main reception, by the pool x2 and on the beach and allow the insulated cup brigade (I kid you not) ample opportunity to fill up periodically with rum and coke.. Its all clean and the pool area is rather pleasant and the animation team were lovely. They work hard to try and coax the tourist to exercise and engage in a variety of activities throughout the day, then during the evening put on a show which changed every night we were there. It's not West End, but it's entertaining. Elvis has to get a special mention as his facial expression is and camp demeanour are frankly hysterical and well received by the guests. Music is always a feature and is one of the better aspects of the stay with live bands playing beside the pool, and at night's in the entertainment centre.The only 18 hole golf course is no more than 10 minutes away by taxi and although expensive provided a very welcome experience. The ninth and the 18th are a particular joy and once finished sitting outside the 19th hole is just superb. diving in Cuba is relatively cheap and is available from the hotel. Having dived in a fair number of lovely spots it's one of the best priced. Overall 3.5 - 4 stars..
Arrival at this hotel was a bit of a culture shock after a couple of weeks touring Cuba where some food supplies were no where near as abundant as here.In general the food was OK but typical of a holiday hotel. The best food of the day was cooked in the open at the pool bar.The rooms above the main hotel were noisy compared to those in the 'bungalows' which are actually 2 storey buildings. The bungalows closer to the beach where we were are very peaceful and neighbours permitting allow a good nights sleep. Double beds,fridge stocked every 2 days (free) and beach towels that can be changed daily.Quite a way from the old town, nice walks in either direction on the beach, free 1/2 sit on top kayaks and Hobie Cats with skipper.No decent snorkelling but daily trips out to a decent site on the Hobies with kit included for 20 CUC for 2 hours (inc. 1 hour return journey).WiFi available in several areas and the price of the national WiFi cards is cheaper than Havana.Nice bar a short walk across the main road with a lovely view of the coast on the opposite side of the peninsula. Dodgy looking dolphinarium also a short walk.Don't use taxis booked by the hotel, walk out of the hotel complex and its road as they stop any taxis not booked from coming in. Here you will always find a couple of parked taxis with whom you can negotiate a cheaper price. They are allowed in on your return.Lots of entertainment and activities within the complex if you're interested.
Kudos to the staff at the Iberostar Tainos in Varadero, Cuba, every single person. From those behind the front desk to the servers at the buffet and bartenders and waiters in the reception area, the people who work at this resort were consistently friendly, helpful, of the `nothing is too much trouble' sort. There was never a line atthe front desk. We were able to change money very quickly. We received an unexpected upgrade to a bungalow on arrival and were given the use of a room off the reception area the day of our departure thus easing a very long day.We had a large room with one king size and one twin bed. There was a table, dresser, luggage bench and several chairs. The bed was comfortable but the pillows were long and hard (as if they belonged on a couch) and most uncomfortable. Everything looked a little old (the blanket was very old) but the place was cleanand most quiet. The bathroom had only a shower and the water was often not hot, but it served the purpose. We paid 16 CUCs for the use of an in-room safe for our seven day visit, though we never once worried about theft. We tipped in line with what we had read, at least one CUC every day for the maid, but the one day I left a CUC without a note, the maid left the coin in the room. There was an electrical outlet in the bathroom that accepted North American plugs and had a 110 to 220 volt switch, so our chargers and hair driers worked just fine. We were told the tap water was fine to drink and one of us drank from the tap most nights without ill effects.The buffet was adequate, though not at all to North American standards. Our chief complaint was that the food was often not hot and the coffee wretched. The two a la carte restaurants (one night in each permitted, with reservation) provided verystrange experiences. In each case, there was a real hurry to get us out within 60 minutes and an unexpected charge for wine. The Japanese restaurant featured four 18-seat rectangular tables surrounding a cooking surface where a cook prepared our food. Only one of those tables was occupied that night we went and only 14 of the 18 spots were taken. Yet, the couple beside us had wanted to dine with friends who were told that afternoon that no further reservations were possible. Strange.
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- 24 hour snacks
- 1 a la carte dinner/week, w/reservations
- All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine)
- Lounge chairs and towels (pool/beach)
- Pedal boat
- 1 Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool/person/stay
- Tennis with instruction
- Exercise room
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- 272 rooms in eighteen 2-4-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 2 a la carte restaurants: Cuban and Brazilian, International, dress code & reservations required
- 5 bars including Lobby bar, Bar and restaurant, Snack bar, Beach bar
- 2 outdoor pools
- 18-hole golf course 10 minutes away
- 2 tennis courts on-site (2 lit)
- Shopping on-site
- Fitness facilities
- A range of non-motorized watersports available
- Internet (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
- 1 king or two 3/4 beds
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Balcony or terrace
- Full bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V (adaptor required)
- Max occupancy 3 persons
Kids Deals - First kid 2-12 stays and eats free when sharing room and existing beds with 2 adults. Second kid pays kid's rate. Max 2 kids.
Single Parent Saver -Single parent travelers pay double rate when sharing a room with 2 children. Children pay child rates.
For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities 10:30am-12:30pm, 3pm-5pm at the Kids' club, Playground, Games room, and Kids' pool. Babysitting service is also available. (fee)
Honeymooners - Receive a room with matrimonial bed and beautiful view, bottle of champagne in the room, Iberostar Gift, minibar with drinks on arrival (stocked once per stay), romantic dinner in the specialty restaurant and late check out without additional charge (on request, subject to availability). Request when you book. Requires proof of marriage.
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.
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Las Morlas, Km. 12.5, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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