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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.
On a professional visit to Cuba, we stopped in Varadero for two days to soak up the sun and see the nearby Museum of the Slave, the Pharmacy Museum and a hand bookbindery, all of which were worthwhile.As we approached the hotel it seemed impressive. The first thing we noticed was the open center design. Although pretty, on hot humid days and nights all of common areas including hallways are oppressively hot and uncomfortable.The hotel was full of Canadians, Europeans and a smattering of Russians. The rooms are decent with a firm bed, a chair, a tv cabinet, mini fridge, and desk. The rooms were well kept, had good views and were comfortable. Very similar to all inclusive hotels in Mexico, just much closer.The bathrooms were modern in appearance but are not up to US standards. First they give you one bath and one hand towel per person- no wash cloths. Toilet paper is a scarce commodity and is rationed. We brought our own as a supplement. The toilets don't flush well. Best not to flush the toilet paper and put it in the small cans to the side like the Europeans do. Soap and shampoo is not luxurious. Body wash is green like Palmolive and combined shampoo and conditioner is yellow. There is no variety.The hotel had lots of fun entertainment at night, mostly musical. The staff was gracious and well trained.Unlike most all inclusive hotels, the specialty restaurants were not a cut above. The steak house served mystery meat. We preferred the cafeteria at night where we could get fish cooked to order. The restaurant under the thatched roof was fine for lunch.
I give this 3 stars if you compare to USA standards or a typical Mexican all-inclusive. But when we walked through some other properties nearby, this hotel was probably closer to a 4 star.The hotel is located at the end of a spectacular beach. It is not part of the 7 mile Varadero Beach, instead located around the point where the Xanadu mansion and golf course are located. It would be nice to have a pathway connecting the two beaches, but there is not due to the golf course. The hotel itself is somewhat dated, but the grounds and views are exceptional. They have a dedicated area on the beach with loungers as well as a beautiful pool. The beach sand is soft and the water is turquoise. We snorkeled around the hotel point and it was pretty good.The food is ok, somewhat institutionalized. Service was excellent, and all the staff was very friendly and accomodating.
The Melia Varadero is one of the most challenging reviews I have every written. I'm not sure where to begin, what to say, or how to say it because, like the politics of the land, it's just confusing and contradictory. Because it's so new to Americans, this hotel review requires more information.Getting there is super easy. The flight from Miami (about 25 minutes) is shorter than the taxi ride to the hotel . The Varadero airport terminal is something out of the 1950s (as are the airports in all of the other Cuban cities I have visited). Customs and Immigration is a strange process. Americans are now free to travel to Cuba with certain restrictions that the airlines can explain to you before you travel. The visa fee that all American travelers will pay is quite high and will ultimately turn off some travelers. Cuban- Americans born is Cuba will find entry much more expensive, restrictive and difficult to obtain.The Melia Varadero is all-inclusive which makes life much easier since US dollars are not taken in Cuba, nor are credit cards. Because international banks do not recognize the Cuban peso, credit card transactions are not possible. International roaming cell phone service is also not available so T-mobile travelers be aware that your phone won't work in Cuba, neither will AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or the lessee services providers. Internet is intermittent and very poor quality. It is safe to assume that just about everything you do is being watched so mind you Ps & Qs!If you try to exchange US dollars you will pay a 15% transaction fee. Cuban pesos are illegal in the USA so you have to calculate your money exchange property so as to not have pesos left after you leave. The best bet is to use an on-line exchange house with minimal fees then exchange your USD for Euros. Euros do not incur a transaction fee in Cuba so you'll save tons by doing it this way. Again, calculate carefully or you'll be stuck with extra Euros when you return.The property is located in an isolated area. I assume all tourist activities, hotels and alike are tightly controlled so being "in the middle of nowhere" is no surprise. Some travelers will certainly enjoy the fact that the hotel is secluded as the security is not an issue, and the area looks quite pristine. The ocean and beach are quite nice. Supposedly the water sports are all inclusive (hobie cats, sit-on-top kayaks, and water bikes) but I never saw anyone using any equipment and when I tried to take out a sailboat I was told it was closed for the day.Service at the hotel is as good as any place you will go. There is nothing more to say here. Five-Star service all the way.Food at the better restaurants is good, not great. If you eat at the buffets then the food is not as good as the better restaurants in the hotel.The gym is adequate at best. Poor cardio equipment, but acceptable free weights and machines.Rooms: I stayed on the LEVEL floors which are supposedly the best the hotel offers. The rooms, bed, linens are all ok, but nothing great -- barely 3 star. The style, architecture, art, flow and feeling of the hotel is not great either, not bad, just not great. The elevators are a joke. Walk the stairs to avoid lengthy delays.There are lots of organized activities available for guests including: zumba, exercise classes, shows, tennis, pool-side activities, etc. For the drinking crowd you'll love the way the staff will keep your glass full. For those looking to eat, you won't go hungry. But, for the seasoned North American traveler, you will be disappointed. There is absolutely no comparison between this property and the 4-star plus properties of Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean.Because Cuba is so close to the USA, and because of the relatively inexpensive all-inclusive price the island will attract some curious American travelers. You may find the Cuban travel business increasing a bit temporarily. In the long run, the hassle of money exchange, customs and immigration, the uneasy feeling of being waited on hand and foot by wonderful Cuban staff that can't afford the meal you just ate let alone the vacation you're on, ... all of this will turn off the average American traveler. My guess is the novelty will wear off and a few short years from now the only travelers will be the same Euro and Canadian clients as always.
Good hotel for Cuba with good choice of food and all inclusive drinks were plentiful. We found the staff very good and friendly. Night time entertainment ok, but could be a lot better.Positioned by the beach, but sea rough and therefore limited access.
We were moved to Melia Varadero as our intended hotel was closed when we arrived. We were less than impressed with our time there. While the beach access, pool and food options were all ok, everything else left us disappointed. There was a terrible smell in the room, that seeped into everything, including the bedding. The shower was leaking which meant the bathroom became flooded with water when someone showered. There is limited information provided to guests and the "entertainment" along with the service felt forced and disappointing. Everything about this hotel looked better from afar than up close.
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
- 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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