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The Melia Varadero is a really great choice for those looking for a luxurious stay in Varadero. The food choices in this resort is fresh and better in quality than what you'd usually experience in some resorts in Cuba. Really great a la carte restaurants to choose from. Make sure to make a reservation at the steakhouse! The staff is what makes the resort great. They always tailor their services to each and every guest and always remember names. The attentive and personable nature of the resort team is what keeps guests returning. While the resort does appear to be a little dated, the constant maintenance and renovations, ensures that the Melia is making strides to improve the experience of the resort.
Location: Access to 2 beautiful beaches, just a 5 minute walk to Las Americas Shopping Centre, 10 minute drive to downtown Varadero, and 30 minutes from the airport.
Arrived here feeling very nervous having just left the sister hotel in Cayo Santa Maria, but we were pleasantly surprised, in all a much better standard of hotel. Food was still not great, but can recommend the Japanese restaurant but, you do need to book. The bar staff are great and very switched on and the waitresses are lovely.
We had a great time at Melia Varadero for a number of reasons. Staff can make or break your experience, and in this case, the staff were fantastic. Special thanks to Mercy for taking such good care of our room. At the buffet, Judith reserved a table for us and made sure we had everything we needed, especially the decaf coffee! At the pool side bar, Eva was the absolute best, ensuring that our drinks were cold and full. At the piano bar, Yada was super attentive. And Henri at the cafe made sure there was no shortage of champagne during our stay. No matter who we approached, be it lobby, restaurant, bar, pool, beach, etc, we were greeted by very helpful and friendly staff. Not to mention patient, as we practiced Spanish with them! With respect to the food, we managed to get in to all of the a la carte restaurants and they were good. The buffet and cafe were also good. We were able to find something to eat every day. A special mention to the outdoor restaurant, La Paella. This place is awesome. It's well worth the wait to try the savory paella. The chef and servers were great! They had a Cuban festival during our stay and they served traditional Cuban food, which was awesome. The view, beach and water are beautiful. The grounds are well kept. Plenty of activities are offered during the day by fun and energetic staff. Music played by the pool and beach was great - we liked this! During the evening, there was plenty of entertainment such as jazz, fashion shows, carnival performers, and dancers. But we best enjoyed the singing trio consisting of two guitar players and an amazing lead singer. Make sure to buy their CD - Soles de Cuba! Our room was plenty good -- we came to Cuba to be outside in the sun! No issues with hot water. Our safe didn't work despite the hotel trying to fix it. The AC is a little on the loud side, so we put it on when necessary. Pools are not heated, but are refreshing on super hot days. We did contemplate upgrading to the Level, but didn't feel like we missed out when we didn't. We travelled with our 3 year old, and she received the royal treatment no matter where she went. She left Cuba with gifts from staff and asking us to return as soon as we can. That's a great way to end a great vacation!
First time to Cuba, so likewise to Varadero. Did my reasearch for months prior to booking last minute. (Will never book last minute again, waited too long for a great deal. But well worth what we paid. ALL of the staff were great. Ovid in the Piano bar, Javier our tour guide to Havana. I might have drank them out of Stoly. Carlos and His partner in the pool bar were great. After my first day i never had to ask for a drink or what kind again. Key to success here people, tip generously. Makes your stay much more efficient and easy going when you get that extra bit of service. Hell they didn't serve stoly at the pool bar and Carlos did the 10 min walk to bring me back some from inside the piano bar twice!The Hotel is well kept. I wasn't fond the convenience store hours, they seemed to made up day to day. Opens at 9 but closed at 10 for an hour of cleaning then open at 11 to be closed for an hour for lunch. It sucked when you're jonesing for a snack like Mr. Potato. (chips like pringles, get the hot and spicy, its really not but super tasty).We booked a Room on The Level. We will come back next year for two weeks and book an ocean view suite next time on the The Level again. But I think we'll also rent our own car to go out and do things next time around. Lots of things to do around the resort. The excursions were fun, we did the colonial havana tour, tour guide Javier was funny and well versed in current events in the USA and Canada to poke fun at everyone which people didn't mind. Gave us a very welcomed historical representation of our entire trip to Havana. The walking tour was great. The lunch stop actually was a decent size meal but the duet that played music kind of killed the conversation ability because they were quite loud. We also went on the Yumuri Jeep Safari, It was a long day of driving but it was fun to be able to explore (although a planned route). Did the cave swimming, lunch at the ranch, boat tour (wasn't that long). But it was nice to see things on our own in a sense because you tend to observe things more without someone telling you whats coming up. We met new friends from Belgium, Germany, Russia, Canada (Alberta, Sask, MB), USA (Chicago, NYC) and Argentina. Was certainly fun to hang out with so many new faces. So the big topic everyone is always concerned about is the food. We only found 1 item out of the entire buffet that needed some salt, the mashed potatoes. Thats it. Steer clear of the Civiche, bleh, i cant stand the taste. but thats just me. Plenty of beef dishes that were well done with pasta. great salad options. the Sushi night was awesome. We did do reservations at a couple of the other restaurants, the steakhouse for lunch was done just right. Sakura wasn't anything new, typical cook in the center cooking in front of you, the food was excellent. entertainment not so much. Then last but not least FuerteVentura Internationale. Mushroom bombs, i could have eaten those all day all night for the rest of my life. Ordered the lobster at first, wasn't cooked properly at all, I'm no professional chef, but I know how to cook lobster, they did not de-vein it, guts still intact and raw, half (of the half tail) of the meat was still raw. i sent it back, ordered the tuna steak instead, 2/3's of the meat had sat out in open warm air too long and turned bad prior to cooking, its distinct rotten flavor like old sandwich meat gets. couldn't eat it. ended up finishing side items and ditching to buffet to get more meat to even the night out. All around amazing service and staff, though one suggestion for cigars, shop around. You're next door to a mall (literally 6 min walk from the front of the hotel) with an actual cigar store, every other store sells cigars. buy them either from the hotel or from the cigar store. write down prices see who offers best deal. the Cigar store shows premium cigars but if you know what you're looking for chances are its in the stock room. It took some arguing to get the lady to get off her you know what and go look. because i knew exactly what i was there for. they only want to sell premium and what I like is premium but not the normal brand that most are there for like cohiba or montecristo, i was there for H.Upmann. We had a great time, i'm sure we could have used another week there.Now pieces of advise, if booking through travel site, do not get the private transporation, just use the shuttle bus, you're pretty much 15 mins from the airport and are the first resort off the bus. I'm presently arguing with my travel site for a refund because our private transport didn't show up at the airport and at the resort for the ride back to the airport.Part 2: Smokers if you're jonesing bring nicorrette gum or a patch. or you can book the vip lounge at the airport (for when you go home). the lounge gives you free snackfood and canned pop and sandwiches. there's a smoking room. BUT everything about that lounge was disgusting, it wreaked like cig smoke throughout the entire lounge. the chairs felt sticky. the washrooms were very clean as a bonus. but otherwise not so great, the departure terminal has lots of shops and duty free stores. Also be prepared for rip off exchange of money system. 500 CDN got me 355 CUC, then 50 cuc should have been 75 cdn, they gave use 60. we argued the exchange rate and got $5 more. so be advised they follow their own exchange rates policies not like international standards do. Also, if you get a room on The Level, you have a private check in desk where you can exchange money at. Makes it easier so skip the airport exchange, the lady behind the glass wasn't pleasant to deal with.All around prices for things were reasonable, the trip was genuinely needed and welcomed. Airport was fast and smooth to be processed through immigration and customs both in and out. less than 10 mins either direction.Melia Varadero, we will be back, after 3 days I felt like I wanted to move there.
No more Mexico, Dominican or Hawaii for us. We spent 2 weeks at the Melia Varadero, March 6-20. The most amazing, kind people i have ever met. The entertainment staff and entertainment is the best we have experienced...special kudos to Pompa and Josh for their hospitality. We had a 4th floor ocean room the first week, which was great, but decided to upgrade to the level for the second week. We would not upgrade again, just not worth it...i guess we don't like how the rich and famous like to live lol. For us the only perk for upgrading was the a la cartes every night and lunch everyday at the steakhouse if you wanted. The buffet was pretty good but there is much room for improvement. If you like to fish, be sure to bring a rod and fish with the locals, either in Varadero or right at the hotel. The drinks are plentiful, the best pina coladas are at the pool hut with Papito.The beach and ocean are the best i have ever seen. We would return but for one of my biggest pet peeves....the pool, even at this time of year is too cold!!!! The cold pool is my main complaint, but everything else was fantastic.
March 18-25th, 2017 : my husband and I's (both in our 30's) fourth trip to Varadero in the past 6 years and so far our favourite! We did not book The Level and we don't feel like we missed out on anything. Room: We had room 4506 (on the fourth floor) with view of the ocean. 2 double beds pushed together = one enormous bed with comfortable pillows. The bathroom was nice and we had hot water. We just had to let the water run for a few minutes before getting it. The maids would do up the room everyday sometime before 1pm. Our fridge always had beer, soda and a big bottle of water.Buffet: The trick is to get the out-of-the-oven or off-the-stove food for it to be hot and tasty: the fresh croissant, the eggs, the omelettes, the grilled fish (mai-mai is good!), the ham or turkey and the pasta were our favourite. The desserts were amazing! Thank you to Sylvia, the fruit lady, that made wonderful special smoothies every morning. À la carte: We got to eat at an à-la-carte restaurant 4 times. We would reserve in the morning (next to the buffet) at 8:30 without any problems. The only one I did not enjoy was the Fuertuventura. Our favourites were the Japanese, Las Brisas ,and the Trinidad (seafood). But by far, the TRINIDAD had the best food and service! Janet and Henry: thank you very much for such a professional, attentive and friendly service! You made it that much more special for us to stay at the Melia. The shrimp appetizer, the hot seafood broth, the shrimp and rice, the mai-mai grilled fish and the seafood brochette were delicious. The view of the ocean from this restaurant is amazing. We made sure to not only tip our waiters here but also the cooks.The Guantanamera 24hour cafeteria: Good pizzas and cappuccinos anytime of the day/night. Thank you to Tanya and Adianet for your friendliness. I got to practice my spanish with them since they don't know a lot of english or french.The piano bar: The spot to be after supper! Diverse entertainment every night: Saxophone, piano, cuban trio band, acrobats, dancing with the animation team, and even a fashion show! Abraham at the Gin Cart (4 or 5CUC for a specialty Gin drink) is very nice. You must try one of his drinks at least once. Luis and Iris were our favourite waiters here. Great Pina Coladas, Mojitos and Cerveza beer served to you.Beach: We would go at around 10am and there would be no problem getting chairs. Walking down to the Xanadu mansion and down where the rocky cliffs were was our morning ritual. Great spot for photos. Beautiful turquoise waters. The outside Agua Blue Party at night on Thursday, by the pool was amazing. Fashion show around the pool + Cuban singers and dancers + acrobatic swimmers + Music. Wow! Finally, this resort is very well situated. It is right next to the Plaza America Mall where you can catch a taxi. If you want smaller change (1 or 3CUC), bring your passport and go to the bank at this mall. If you keep walking 2 minutes passed the mall and turn left, the hop on, hop off bus stop is right there. 5 CUC each person and it's good all day until 8pm. If you decide to take a taxi, it is 10 CUC to downtown Varadero one way.Thank you Melia Varadero for such a great week. You work very hard at continuously maintaining the hotel. We have made new friends and we recommend this hotel to all.
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- 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 & dinner daily
- A la carte restaurants, limited to 4 visits per stay
- Unlimited local drinks, selected International drinks and House Wine with meals
- 24 hour room service
- 24 hour snacks
- Hammocks, beach & pool chairs, beach umbrellas
- Towel service
- Pedal boats
- Aqua-bikes & banana boats (every other day)
- Lit tennis
- Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool
- Dance lessons
- Cooking demonstrations
- Spanish lessons
- Cocktail-making lessons
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Complimentary shuttle service to Melia Las Americas, Plaza Las Americas and Sol Palmeras hotels
- Concierge Service
- Exclusive floor with 70 rooms and suites
- VIP Bar Lounge serving a la carte snacks and continental breakfast
- Complimentary Wi-Fi connection in common areas and rooms
- Early check-in subject to availability and late check-out up until 14:00 hrs
- Guaranteed reservations at the hotel's a la carte restaurants
- Free 24-hour room service
- Personalized bar in suites
- Priority bookings for golf and sports courts
- Three green fees included at the Varadero Golf Club
- Free sauna in the gym
- VIP bathroom amenities, bathrobe, slippers and pool towel in the room
- Express laundry service at no extra charge and first ironing service complimentary
- Pillow menu and nightly turndown service
- 490 rooms
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 4 a la carte restaurants: International, Seafood, Steakhouse (reservations required, dress code in effect)
- Beach BBQ
- 2 snack bars
- 24 hour Room service
- 24 hour cafeteria
- 5 bars
- 2 swimming pool
- 2 lit tennis courts
- Golf nearby
- Gift shop and Jewelry shop
- Beauty salon
- Massage service (fee)
- Internet access (fee)
- 4 meeting and banquet halls for up to 450 guests
- 24 hour medical service
Standard Hotel Rooms include:
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer 220V (converter needed)
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Mini bar (fee)
- Max occupancy 3 persons
Oceanview Rooms same as above but with ocean view.
Superior Rooms same as above but with larger balcony and ocean view.
Kids Deals - 1 child 3-12 years pay special all-inclusive rate. Please inquire for further deals.
For the Kids - Children's pool, Babysitting service (fee)
Honeymooners - Private check-in and late check-out, room upgrade, (based on availability at check-in) breakfast in room the morning after arrival, flowers in the room on arrival, fruit basket and bottle of wine on arrival, romantic dinner for 2, welcome cocktail. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage certificate required at check-in. Valid up to 6 months after the wedding, a minimum 6 night stay required.
Free Weddings Packages - Minimum number of guests required, please inquire for details.
Golf Specials - 1 round of free golf per person per week is offered. Golf is based on 18 holes, Caddies and carts are mandatory. Golf should be pre-booked to avoid missing preferred tee times. Minimum 7 night stay applies.
Seniors Specials - Guests 55+ receive special discounts. Proof of age required 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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Carretera de las Morlas Autopista Sur Km 7, 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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