Melia Marina Varadero
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Beautiful resort, we loved our experience, lovely beach, lots of activities for adults and childrens, shows everyday, staff very polite and attentive ... A large buffet is offered morning, midday and evening, and in between meals there is a snackbar oppen 24h that offers ; hot dog, burgers, pizza, etc ... the hotel is very family friendly, very safe and full of family with childrens.
A pleasant resort. Check-in was quick and efficient. My room was clean and well maintained. Food at the buffet was hit and miss, one night everything would be great, and the next night everything would be cold and nasty. The breakfast omelette woman on the right side of the buffet was ALWAYS amazing. Great beach, great sand. It's a good resort, but nothing there Wowed me. I would not object to going back, but I also would not make any effort to go back.
I'm going to list the Pro's and Con's of this resort.We stayed during January 8-15, 2018. There was 7 adults in total almost all over 45 years old, so not spring break party type, but we do like some entertainment. The staff were the best and so very friendly. The Cappuccino's at the lobby bar were superb! My husband and I stayed in room 1456 and my mother and sister stayed in 1443 the next balcony over and 1 floor below. The building is right beside the lobby and buffet restaurant so it was pretty convenient for my 72 year old mother to walk back and forth. Our junior suite had a brand new King size bed and it was comfy! The mini bar was stocked daily and our room was cleaned whenever we were out of the room usually after 10:00am. The pool is quite far from the lobby area so be prepared to walk a distance to the beach and pool. The towel stand is no where near to the pool either. The pool was cold and the pool bar was not opened everyday, however the snack bar right beside it was open all day and all night. The Japanese restaurant was quite good and the Cuban as well. The buffet was the same almost everyday, however they changed the main items 3 times at dinner. We had a roast 1 night and a turkey dinner and fish. If you like ketchup or vinegar with your fries bring packets too! There was very little people staying at this resort. On one day I saw only 10 people in the pool and that included 5 of us! The beach is BEAUTIFUL and water was warmer than the pool. The lounge chairs need some improvement for sure but there were plenty. With a little improvements around the resort it could be rated better. Add some artwork in the rooms and around the lobby, get rid of all the plastic chairs at the fountain bar, paint the stairs and fix the hand rails, new towels, add face cloths, get rid of the frosted/transparent glass bathroom door for privacy, a solid door would be better...not everyone is a couple. The safe didn't work and we had 2 IPADS in our room and we still have them so that's good! Solar lighting all over the resort, its DARK everywhere. We had to call the lobby to ask to turn on the stairway lights because it was so dark! There is no music playing in the lobby all day so its boring. The evening entertainment did their best but it was the same most nights. NO WIFI or very low signal. Bring bugs spray you will thank me! Overall this vacation was low key and I slept a lot!!! zzzzzzzzzzzz
We just arrived home Jan 15, 2018 we travelled as 2 families 1 with 2 kids the other 3 kids. We booked Airtransat the Elegance 1 bedroom family room for both of us. The flight and option plus perks were great. But once getting to the resort the perks were not great.We arrived at 3pm and only one room was ready were told to come back in an hour but kept the passports because they needed them until the room was booked. Was not ok with that but they were not giving them back. So we all went to the 1 room available only to find it was 2 conjoining rooms and one bathroom had no door. We were disappointed that we did not receive the room we paid for the Elegance 1 bedroom family room . There was no sitting area as the wicker couch had the table pushed right up to it and the bed pushed up to it. We decided whatever we do not spend much time there even though we paid extra. The food was fine alot the same everyday but ok. Kids loved the ice cream. Our server at our meals was great she was always checking how we were. The Japanese and Italian a la carte we fabulous. Water in the rooms good luck. We got 1 litre a day for 5 days and none 2 days and we have 2 kids. It was pulling teeth for water in the room. We had our family in the lobby and a waiter came and asked if we needed anything. I asked for water and he said NO. I laughed and said no water like aqua and he said NO again I was like wow really!!!Entertainment in the evening was good in the lobby. Most drinks were watered down I found. Beach was amazing it was ultimately what saved the vacation. This is not a resort I would return to with my family as it was claimed to be a 5 star and really I expected 3.5 star from reviews but feel it was more a 3 star maybe. And the guys a few doors down that decided that drinking, cursing and throwing furniture around to ruin others vacation was extremely rude. The security was called in both nights we were there and they were rude to them also. They tried to control them but they were very disrespectful to everyone. The language was terrible and my kids and many others had to listen to them. One thing was they were a good example how not to act as adults. They should be ashamed.
It was the first time my family has been to Varadero. It was the first week of January and the weather was extremely windy and cold. I wish that I would have packed warmer clothing!!! We have stayed in Cayo Santa Maria at the same time of year before, and it was glorious. Upon arrival at this hotel, the ladies at the front desk seemed less than welcoming... and with later dealings with them, they were really quite negative! I had requested a room in the newly constructed section of the resort before our arrival...the buildings in the higher 20's. We were in building 25. The room definitely needs a little design work ...there were no lamp shades on our lamps! The room itself was very clean and was maintained well by the maids/cleaning staff. The one thing that I found to be very disgusting, was the cleanliness of the pillows. They were very stained and old. There was only 1 thin pillow case covering them. We ended up using our towels to cover them. The washroom was newly renovated and quite lovely. We didn't have a wall mounted blowdryer, and there was supposed to be one in the suite. I visited the customer service and was told that there would be one delivered to my room... I waited and called the front desk again. It fell on deaf ears. I called again the next day ... nothing. Then I spoke to the Air Transat rep, Lourdes ( lovely lady) and finally something was done! A maintenance worker came in and installed one for us.With the weather being so horrible, many of the activities were brought indoors. The animation crew, especially Jadi did a fantastic job of keeping things really fun and upbeat since everything had to be brought into the building. There were numerous servers and staff that worked extremely hard to make things wonderful. Always very pleasant and kind. Ariel, Carlos, Brian... just to name a few of the outstanding waiters. Then the cooks.... Fernando and Henry.Unfortunately, while on the beach my son ate a chocolate bar with peanuts in it (given by a fellow traveller). He had an allergy attack. We rushed to the security, Christian, and he was INCREDIBLY helpful, ensuring that we got to the medical building in the resort. I appreciate his empathy, diligence and compassion while dealing with my family at this time and for the remainder of the trip. Luis and Leonitis were also incredible at making us feel very safe and cared for. I guess long story short.... the resort is overall very clean, many of the workers work very long hours and try their very best to work with what's given. I feel that the higher up management needs to figure out ways to help the staff get better organized and become more efficient. Internet works intermittently in the main building.
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- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
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- 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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