Melia Peninsula Varadero
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A great resort in Varadero for families with children. There is a kid's club and baby club available for families with children. The staff really go out of their way to ensure that kids are well entertained here. There is also a nightly 'mini-disco' that kids can partake in, which adds a nice touch to the resort. Great pool area both for adults and kids. Good entertainment that are well-suited for families. There are OK buffet items to choose from. The a la cartes however, offer a lot more than the buffet restaurants (make sure to check out the Japanese Style restaurant)! Leave your electronic devices at home, as the Wi-Fi is a little spotty in many areas of the resort, which doesn't make for great value if you're looking to use the internet while on vacation.
We stayed in this hotel approx. 12 years ago and our experience was great. Today however it was absolutely rundown and basically disgusting. The shower in our room did not work nor did the tv, the safe, air conditioning and the patio door did not even have lock on it was broken off (ground floor room). The room was over run with cockroaches. The bedding was all frayed and well used. The golf cart the staff used to get our luggage to the room was very dirty, seats were all torn apart. There is a decorative pool up by the with a palapa bar in the middle. The pool was a filthy and stagnant, a great place for breading mosquitoes, which there were plenty of. They claim they're a five star hotel but actually they're a two star if that. I do not recommend anyone to stay there.
Ground floor room with view of the back of another resort. Room definitely needs to be refurbished. Several things in disrepair on the grounds, ex. broken light fixtures, small wooden bridges. Very dark on the grounds at night. Several items missing in the room upon check in. We had the "elegant package" which included several amenities none of which were in the room and we were told that we would be receiving them only the next day. Had to call several times for items missing in the room, ex. toilet paper, kleenex, towels. Shower drain not working properly with water overflowing on the bathroom floor. We complained about it 3 times and it was never repaired during our 10 day stay.Food at the buffet just OK, very repetitive. The Bistro was excellent, the Cuban restaurant was average but the Italian was not very good. On the positive side, the beach was beautiful, very spacious.
After booking we emailed the hotel with a request. Due to an injury I'm walking on wonky knees. I requested a room on the ground floor. They never answered even though I resent my request a few days later.When we arrived at the resort they assigned us a room on the third floor. Sigh..I inquired about my email. They informed me they had had no record of it but would change my room shortly. Three hours later, Despite my reminding them of their promise, all,I got back was apoloGies but not my room on the first floor. Finally after about five hours of sitting at the lobby, I asked to speak with the manager. Ten minutes later I had my room key. One beach day lost. Good thing ISpoke with the manager.The room was nice and big. Unfortunately quite dirty there appeared to be insect eggs inside the drawers.I called room service and asked for the drawers to be cleaned. No such luck. Nothing happened until I bribed the cleaning lady to take care of it.I needed to stay connected online for my business. I only needed about half an hour a day. They were doing a brisk business selling internet cards but as I discovered, the card didn't always work. In fact, the first five days I had the card it did not work. Staff who sold me the card just shrugged their shoulders. At the end of day five, it finally came on...for about 3 minutes. Then it disconnected. If Internet is a must forget this resort. Even though it was obviously out of order, they continued selling these cards. Refunds I was told was not an option.The food was plentiful but not very good. My favourite was the grilled sea bass. There was some nice breaded chicken and fish as well. The food wasn't hot. No major complaints here but nothing exceptional. The Cristal beer served promptly and I've cold was great. By the way everything is extremely salty and the chefs at the station did not understand no salt.The beach was lovely. Plenty of chaise lounges which were arranged quickly for you on arrival whether you wanted sun or shade was great.Will I go back? no way.
Disapointed not to have king bed as we had requested. Chicken was no where on the buffet menu. Bread bar was fantastic. Would like to see more breakfast food variety (no waffles, muffins). Fruit was limited and servings of meat was poor. Entertainment was lacking as well. Overall experience was positive.
This resort was wonderful for Cuba. The Air Transat rep, Martha, really put it into perspective on how different Cuba is. This is not the Palladium in Mexico, and Cuba does things it's own way. Unfortunately there were things like broken toilets, out of order bathrooms, worn chairs, tables, etc. However, as the hotel is owned by the government there is a lot of bureaucracy that is involved in getting things fixed. There is not a Home Hardware down the street to grab things to fix something. Parts take months to come to fix something. There is one laundry facility for every resort in Veredaro. They need to facilitate towels for thousands and thousands of guests at every hotel. WI-FI is relatively new here, you will need to buy a card for 1.50 CUC that gives you one hour, it has very poor connectivity and available only in the lobby. After supper, forget it. It is impossible to log on. So let the young kids with phones know to be prepared to do something other than be on their phones!So yes, at times there will be some hiccups as far as broken toilets, no towels, etc. The best thing anyone can do before they visit Cuba is do their research!If you plan to visit this resort make sure you bring some extra towels in your suitcase just in case.This resort had an absolutely amazing beach. It was white clear sand with the most amazing water I have ever seen. The beach is not crowded and you can easily find room. We were expecting to have to get to the beach before the crack of dawn to get a hut on the beach. We arrived at around 10am and there was still plenty left. The a la cartes have amazing food. The buffet is a zoo during breakfast and the food is ok for people who are not afraid to try different things. I do not suggest the buffet as a place for kids to eat during lunch and dinner. The snack bar by the pool is open 24/7 with French fries, burgers, sandwiches, etc. foods that kids like and for non-foodie people. The staff were amazing if you learn to be patient. There were not enough servers or bartenders to compensate for the amount of people in the hotel and they were VERY busy. If you learn to be patient, nice, and sometimes tip your server they will always come check on you. We had the same housekeeper, bartender, and server for almost the entire trip and they remembered us every time we saw them. They were extremely friendly. So yes, Cuba isn't like other Caribbean destinations and there will be some hiccups along the way. I was just very appreciative to not have to cook, clean or work for an entire week.
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).
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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
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte restaurants w/reservations
- Wine with meals
- Unlimited Local and International drinks
- Free admission to the Disco (drinks included)
- Lounge chairs and towels (pool/beach)
- Hobie Cat sailing
- Pedal boats
- Pool table
- Board games
- Daily activities
- Nighty entertainment
- Banana boats and Waterskiing subject to availability (up to 3 times/adult/week, reservations required)
- 466 renovated rooms in one main 4-storey building with elevators
- Restaurants including a la carte restaurants: Chinese, Italian and Grill (dress code & reservations required)
- Snack bars
- Bars including swim-up bar
- Lounge chairs and towels (pool/beach)
- Selected watersports
- Massages (fee)
- Beauty salon
- Car & motorcycle rental (fee)
- Golf course nearby (fee)
- Scuba diving (fee)
Junior Suites include:
- 1 king or 2 single beds
- Satellite TV
- Full bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V (adaptor required)
- In-room safe (fee)
- Balcony or terrace
Kids Deals - Available, please inquire for details.
Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade and late check-out, (based on availability at check-in) flowers in room on arrival, welcome cocktail, romantic dinner for 2, one breakfast in room morning after arrival. Request at time of booking, requires proof of marriage certificate at time of check-in.
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 Peninsula VaraderoVaradero,Cuba
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Parque Natural de Punta Hicacos Matanzas, Varadero 42200 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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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
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