Melia Las Americas
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The Melia las Americas is a great resort for couples who are looking for a luxurious resort getaway in Varadero. Plenty of food options to choose from with regards to buffet items. The a la cartes are fairly decent as well. The staff are amazing. They go out of their way to ensure that all of your concerns and needs are accommodated. The beach is always the best element of the resort. It stretches out for miles and you'll never have an issue reserving a lounger. This is a resort more suited for older clientele and couples who are wanting a quieter and more relaxing resort experience. There is very little night life here.
Location: Beachfront, 25 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes to Varadero.
So I stayed here at the beginning of January and we didn't get good weather all week, it was hot and sunny but we had strong winds that made the ocean and pool very chilly to swim not anyone's fault just bad timing maybe to go to Cuba? The resort is stunning! seriously one of the better ones we have seen when booking although it typically caters to an older crowd my friends and I in our 30s had so much fun! The entertainment staff was so so good! Ildemar taught me salsa and I didn't even know I had it in me to be good at it now I am signing up for salsa classes! Every show they did at night was amazing and the Cuban Day BBQ was really tasety! I rarely write reviews on tripadvisor but I wanted to tell you about this little gem.We pain 50 pesos per person to go to Havana for the day and it was beautiful but the restaurant they took us to was pretty expensive so it came to about 30 pesos per person for lunch (we paid for our guides lunch too). You can organize these excursions at the hotel, I wished we stayed in Havana one night because it truly is a beautiful city, made me feel like I was still in the 1950s. The wifi is almost non-existent in Cuba at all hotels, you cannot get it in your room and it is only available in the lobby of most hotels as it was here.The only suggestion would be to make the ladies at the reception smile and be more friendly with staff, the men are always so nice but the reception ladies are a little bitter I found. Also when we checked in no one told me about the resort an information session as part of the welcome when guests check in would go a long way! :)
Generally there have to be some exceptions made when reviewing most hotels in Cuba given the circumstance. However even by Cuban standards this stay was fairly disappointing.FoodProbably the most disappointing. Nobody really goes to Cuba for the great food but this was a let down. There were 3 a la carte restaurants for dinner which require reservations, as well as the main buffet restaurant. For our 3 night stay we made reservations at the Japanese restaurant for 1 night, the Caribbean restaurant for another and we ate at the buffet for our final nights stay. The international restaurant which looked the best was fully booked for the next 6 nights. The restaurants themselves were ok. The food was nothing special but was adequate, cooked well and had a good temperature. No real complaints. However the buffet was very disappointing. Luke warm to cold food and limited options. There is a live counter with a chef cooking up chosen meats/fish in front of you but the queues were usually long for this. This same restaurant also serves breakfast and lunch and just like dinner it is extremely poor.RoomsRooms are fine. A little outdated but no real issues. I booked a double room but it was just 2 single beds pushed together. Both dressed with single bedding too. The curtain in the room was hanging off at the end. Bathroom is fairly large with a toilet, bidet, and combined bathtub and shower. The room had a nice view with the ocean in the distance. The mini bar is stocked with just 2 beers and a couple of cans of soda.ServiceGenerally lacklustre. Many give the impression that they are being put out when you ask for something. Prepping tables at the buffet restaurant was very slow. Cannot remember a time when a table was ready without having to prompt somebody to prep it. Don't expect anybody to go out of their way for you.InternetLike all of Cuba, you need an internet card for access. The hotel sells cards for $2CUC for one hours use and Internet is only available in the lobby. This internet worked absolutely fine. However for the last 24hrs of our stay the computer that issues the cards was out of service so we were unable to buy cards and therefore couldn't get on the internet. NOTE: do not expect any level of service from the lady who sells cards. Borderline rude. However I'm not sure whether she actually works directly for the hotel.All in all I wouldn't return to this hotel. But then again, I probably wouldn't do an all inclusive again in Cuba anyway
Our vacation started well and just kept improving! Upon check in we were excited to be upgraded to a bungalow for no charge! This was my boyfriend's 1st all inclusive experience and he found it a wonderful introduction. It was my 4th inclusive vacation in Cuba and by far the best. To begin with, it is adults only and the atmosphere of the resort is calm and somewhat refined while still fun. The place must have been close to full but we never felt crowded in. Any lineups were only ever a few people deep and there were always lots of loungers available by the beach and pools. I love the way the resort is laid out.... you can see the ocean from most areas on the resort and there are many little areas-pools and bars- to hang out in when not on the beach. If one is so inclined, there is a lot to do - ranging from free or paid water sports and the entertainment club on the beach, cards and games at the lobby bar, and shows in the theatre and around the common areas in the evening, to off-resort tours and busses a short walk away to tour the area in one way or another. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to try that, and the golfing. Next time! As in previous comments, there are many sets of stairs or steps, but beside most is a ramp so that didn't bother us unduly.There are also many ways to get from one place to another and a little exploring often yields a "better" way :)On the whole I found the resort to be very clean and well appointed and we had a wonderful stay. I think it speaks well that Bernard, who I believe is the manager, is frequently to be seen chatting with guests and inquiring how things are going. Any issues we had (and there were a couple of small ones) were dealt with immediately and without question. (Special thanks to Angela for sorting out our a la cart reservations so efficiently and quickly! Recommendation: when making online reservations, be sure to verify them upon your arrival at the resort!) Contrary to my previous experiences in Cuba, the food at Melia Las Americas is quite good;, the a la carts especially (we had all four, Arcadia being our favourite), but the buffet is good as well. We appreciated having more than one restaurant option for breakfast and lunch, as well as supper, and we found favourite items at them all.The only things I would comment on (and this is just actually trying to think of things that could be improved) are some of the service was a bit slow and the odd time even a bit grumpy (but we got over it lol); also, the currency exchange counter couldn't keep up to the demand for single pesos for tipping. In the end we had to slow down our tipping to conserve this valuable resource to last to the end of the week but in truth we didn't notice any change in service whether we tipped or not.We just felt bad we couldn't express our appreciation for those servers who gave the best service. Also the bathroom in our room was quite dated and a bit shabby....but the room was quiet and kept spotless so it wasn't much of an issue for us in the end.We very much enjoyed our week - were sorry to leave and are planning to return again next year - hopefully for two weeks this time!!
Just returned from a week in Cuba and 2 days at this resort as part of a US organized group trip. Place is right on the sea and has a beautiful sand beach. Food is great at the buffet and it has specialty restaurants also. We tried the Italian restaurant which was excellent. Also tried what is billed as a Seafood restaurant but the food was mostly beef and pork on a skewer and was the toughest meat I have ever eaten. The help were very friendly and place has multiple pools with swim up bars with included drinks freely flowing. I enjoyed it so much I am seriously considering returning next year.
We stayed at the all inclusive resort from Dec 26,2016-Jan 9, 2017. We chose this resort because it is adult only and includes golf. My husbands golf clubs didn't show up for 4 days and the fellows at the clubhouse were kind enough to loan him a set at no charge. We did pay $94CAD per day for our golf cart for the two of us and found that you can golf as many rounds as you like and only pay for the cart once. We enjoyed the course and found that tee times are disregarded. They also do a cross over so the back nine was often backed up with multiple groups. Sometimes we would golf the front nine at 7 or 8 am and come back for a full round at 2 pm. Our resort was nice, we stayed in room 4101 and overlooked the golf course. We enjoyed watching the sun rise from our room every morning. We found the staff very accommodating and pleasant to deal with. Our chambermaid Julia was a lovely lady and we bumped into her on a few occasions and enjoyed a nice chat. If we needed something for our room we usually had to leave a note or track one of the staff down. There seem to be different staff for towels, mini fridge and toiletry items. Overall we were very happy with the service. We were happy overall with the buffet too, we found ordering from the grill meant your food was cooked to your liking and always served hot. We stayed two weeks so we were allowed to book the 4 restaurants twice. Sakura was our fave, then Arcada, Limoncello, and Robleza (sp?). My dinner at Robleza was undercooked so we didn't return for a second visit. We really enjoyed the entertainment, there was always something happening in the afternoons on the deck outside the lobby, however unless you were there early you wouldn't get a table. We spent a lot of time on the golf course, but also managed to get to the beach nearly everyday we were there. The water and beach is absolutely amazing. The first day we were there we witnessed one of the catamaran sailboats hit a swimmer in the head while he was swimming. He was bleeding and tended to by a first aid attendant. I think maybe some signage could be posted that it's not safe to swim between the buoys where the sailboats and kayaks go. Also if the sailor was paying better attention the accident could have been prevented. We hired a private car and driver and a translator to take us to Havana for the day, Fernando was our guide and we had a really great time with him. We did some of the touristy things in Havana but most enjoyed him taking us to a local community that our driver was from and we wandered around for a while on our own. We really stood out as foreigners and I suspect the locals don't see many tourists. We would definitely return for another vacation, mostly for the golf!!
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 Meals daily plus snacks
- All Drinks (Domestic beer & cocktails, select international brands, house wine with meals)
- 24 Hr room service
- Daily Activities
- Introductory SCUBA lesson
- Paddle boats
- Beach volleyball
- Putting green
- Gym/fitness centre
- Dance & Spanish lessons
- Shuttle to Plaza Las Americas commercial center
- Nightly Entertainment
- 340 rooms rooms in one 4-storey main building and several bungalows
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 5 a la carte restaurants: Gourmet, Seafood, Steakhouse, Italian and Japanese, dress code & reservations required
- 1 BBQ/Grill
- 2 snack bars
- 5 bars including Lobby bar, Piano bar, Pool bar, Beach bar
- 5 Pools
- Kids' pool
- 18-hole golf course on-site
- Meeting facilities
- 4 lit tennis courts on-site (fee)
- Shopping on-site
- Sauna (fee)
- Fitness facilities
- Scuba diving nearby
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Medical services 24 hrs (fee)
- Laundry service (fee)
All accommodations include:
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Balcony or terrace
- Full bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V (adaptor required)
- Mini-bar (fee)
- Max occupancy 3 persons
Standard Hotel Rooms:
- 1 double or 2 single beds
- 1 double or 2 single beds
- Living area
Free Wedding Packages - Please inquire for details.
Honeymoon Bonus - private check-in, welcome cocktail, room upgrade and late check-out (subject to availability), flowers, fruit basket & bottle of rum in room upon arrival, romantic dinner for two, turn down service, and honeymoon breakfast in room morning after arrival. Marriage certificate dated within the last 3 months is required upon check-in.
Golf Bonus - Subject to validation, please inquire for new rate.
Shuttle service - Complimentary shuttle service to Melia Varadero, Plaza Las Americas, and Sol Palmeras. Dining at these facilities is an option for a fee.
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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Melia Las AmericasVaradero,Cuba
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- Extra Info
Playa de Las Américas, 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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