Melia Marina Varadero
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Visited this resort from Feb 1 - Feb 8, 2017 with friends. We booked Elegance package, however when we checked in, our room was definitely not as the ones advertised online. Rooms were very dated. We did get building 25 however, which is facing the pool area and not far from the beach, so good location there. Main complaint about this resort is that it is severely understaffed. Breakfast buffet not great, long lineups, staff in absolutely no hurry at all to cook or serve. Difficulty finding any clean tables which had cutlery on it. Servers non-existent in the buffet, or too busy chatting amongst themselves rather than serve you. Walkways at night are very dark. This hotel is certainly showing it's age! Yoyo at the pool snack bar is absolutely amazing! Definitely search him out if you visit this property. This hotel used to be TRYP peninsula, and some of the old signs are still around the property. Beach is great, however there is a large drop off from where the palapas are, versus the lower area. Watch your step!!! Otherwise, nothing much else to review here, I tried Varadero 10+ years ago and decided to try again, unfortunately I will not be returning there. I stayed at a Melia property in Cozumel, and this one certainly is sub-par!! Not a 5 star by any stretch!
It was a great Vacation, we had a blast! We went for a wedding and it was beautiful the staff did an amazing job. We really enjoyed our selves. Everyone we had interactions with were very friendly and sweet!
Stayed January 21-28th. Lovely grounds great for walking however not if you have nay kind of mobility issues, and the beautiful beach is very hard to access for anyone with walking difficulties. The paths need to be marked lite better and marked better, signs on ever corner showing where the room #'s are, hard to find especially and night and after a few. Maid service was okay, but wow could not get towels (hand) for the life of me....took about 4 days. No consistency with towels and re-filling of your mini bar.Pool entertainment was just music played too loud and inappropriate for a family resort. The buffet was absolutely gross even for Cuba avoid it!!! Pool hut is the place to get breakfast and lunch and supper at an A La Carte. I ate at Japanese, Cuban and Italian and all were very good, heard the French was good as well, the Beach Barbecue night was just okay, didn't try the lobster heard it was very dry. Staff for the most part are friendly and are obviously working hard, muti-tasking could go a long way...I think putting YoYo in a few different spots he could teach all the staff a thing or two...YoYo and Beatrice were the best!I would try another resort along this strip before returning to this Melia or unless I got a really good deal. Over all not bad...the fantastic weather helped!
Stayed here first week of Feb. 2017, check in was fast and no complaints on the room we were given. Room was a touch dated but all in all ok, plenty of warm water , mini fridge stocked daily, same for towels etc.Grounds were decent and main walkways ok, but the wood walkways in some areas were in severe disrepair and dangerous (fix them). Walkways were poorly lighted at night. Main pool area was nice and clean. Beach was decent too as most Cuban beaches are.Staff for the most part was good and friendly , kudos and a thumbs up for Goddy the main pool bar guy and Sergio at the snack bar, the girls working at the outside lobby patio bar were very friendly too. The staff making drinks at the main lobby bar was a joke though and very disorganized , more training needed there for sure. Staff seemed to be able to speak french fluently but this did not help us as we speak English and for the most part staff seemed to have a hard time with this at this resort.Now for the food, the al a cartes were all good, the 24 hr snack bar was decent but never seemed to have any hamburgers that were on the menu. The buffet just outright Sucked!!!!! The meat was Never cooked all the way through and even if u asked to have it cooked more they seemed to rush you away from the cook station, yes I know its Cuba but come on cook the meat for your guests please!!!! The only buffet meal at this resort we enjoyed was at the buffet that was located by the beach and only open at lunch time and only on the day they barbequed chicken wings, sausages etc. Only seen that one day. If they served food like that day in the main buffet then this resort would of passed but sorry to say it does not at this time. All in all resort is not bad ,, no 5 star maybe a 3 by mex standards, and because of the food we would not pick this resort again or recommend it to friends. Yes we know its Cuba and have been at others in Cuba , this resort needs work in the food department period.If it had not been for friends that accompanied us on this trip it would of been a longgggggggggg week here, thanks for the good time.Enjoy Your Trip :)
Loved this resort. It was my first time to Cuba. No complaints. It's a big resort so the only thing I would say is that its a long walk to the Beach if you are in the roooms next to the kids pool. The Bus into town was only $5 and took you there and back as many times you want during the day. We spent most of our time in the kids pool as there was no kids there using it. Nice to use our floats in it. Food was good. Evening shows were good. No bugs. Were flies in the evening but just bring bug spray.
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- 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
- All meals (buffet breakfast, daytime and late night snacks)
- Unlimited domestic and select international drinks
- 3 a la carte dinners/week (reservations required)
- 24-hour snacks
- Mini-bar restocked daily (water, soft drinks and beer)
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Selected non-motorized water sports
- Introduction to scuba diving in pool
- 549 rooms
- 1 buffet and 5 a la carte restaurants
- 1 snack bar
- 8 bars
- 4 pools
- Fitness centre
- Spa (fee)
- Salon (fee)
- Climbing wall
- Wi-Fi (fee)
- 24-hour front desk
- laundry services
- 1 king bed and 1 sofa bed OR 2 single beds and 1 sofa bed
- garden view OR pool view
- Jetted tub
- hair dryer
- alarm clock
- iron/ironing board
- ceiling fan
- Wi-Fi (fee)
- max # adults: 3, max # children: 2, maximum # of guests: 4
- Reservations, transfers, etc.
- Bath salts
- Bathrobe and slippers (in room)
- Concierge Service
- Daily turndown service
- Early check- in subject to availability
- Exceptional luxury postcard (in room)
- Exclusive Vip Bar Lounge
- Express laundry service
- First pressing service free (two pieces per person)
- LCD TV with USB in room
- Lift/elevator with direct and/or exclusive access
- Luggage packing and unpacking
- Personalized attention during your stay
- Personalized Check-in and Check-out
- Personalized welcome and description
- Pillow menu
- Reservation of Sports Fields (priority)
- VIP bath amenities
- Welcome cocktail with champagne refreshing towels
- 1 Green fee included per person per stay
- 1 YHI Spa hydrothermal circuit per person, per stay
- 30% discount on YHI Spa massage
- Beach bag for towels (complimentary)
- Diving reservations (priority)
- Free 24 hours Room Service
- Golf reservations (priority)
- In room a la carte dinner service
- In Room Spa Service ($)
- Late check-out until 14:00 hrs
- Pool towel in room
- Priority when making reservations at the YHI-SPA
- Reservation guaranteed in a la carte restaurants
- Tea time and snack service
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Melia Marina VaraderoVaradero,Cuba
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Parque Natural de Punta Hicacos Matanzas, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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