Melia Varadero

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Our Opinion

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.


Overview
Part of the Sol Melia family of resorts, the spectacular Melia Varadero will meet standards of the most discerning guests. Glass elevators provide a panoramic view of the lobby and its inner garden. One of the many highlights is the simply stunning lobby and atrium for which this Melia is renowned.

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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • sarahoud1982 : Grand Bend, Canada
Fantastic, kid-friendly, visit

We have just returned from a week long vacation with our 7 month old and almost 3 year old. We were so impressed with this resort! The building shows some age in spots, but it's still comfortable, clean and well maintained. What really made the trip for us, though, was the staff. Gustavo, Lizbet and Osmany in the dinning room felt like family by the end of our week. The kids loved their greetings, high fives and attention to detail - and so did we. We met Margharetta (PR) on our first day and she helped take care of a room switch for us (we wanted to be in the same hallway with Grandma and Grandpa), and continued to check in with us daily. And our room attendant, Inaimis, was Fabulous!! She worked around all our in and outing, and was always friendly and warm. The room itself was fantastic - we lucked in to an extra large balcony, and there was ample room for the crib provided by the resort. The pool, though not heated, was very comfortable and kept the toddler entertained for hours. I was glad we brought a few toys along for added entertainment, as I didn't see any toys provided by the hotel (however, we never enquired and did not check out the kids club!). The beach at the base of the steps was rocky, but a small walk down the beach yielded a beautiful soft beach. We would highly recommend this resort and hope to return again!

  • KINGBOBOFTHENORTH : Orlando, Florida, USA
GREAT EXPERIENCE

First visit to Cuba and we were only able to stay for 1 night. The room was very nice with a large balcony and certainly similar to European standards. The furniture was old but in good condition and the mattress was nice and firm. With the short stay, we did the buffet for dinner and breakfast. Great number of choices to eat and you won't go hungry. I do agree that some items that should be warm such as french fries were cold. Hotel employees from Reception to Buffet to Housekeeping were all very friendly and helpful.The grounds are very nice too. The shopping center next door is 5-minutes walk and has most things a tourist would need. Taxi fare from VRA was 40 convertible Pesos each way. Sadly, with the passing of Fidel Castro, the hotel's shows were cancelled and all nightclubs in the area also closed. This of course is a temporary situation. I would definitely stay here again.

  • crazygalheather : Charlottetown, Canada
Love this resort

This is my second time at this resort . The first time was wonderful i stayed in a standard room and was treated great!! The food in this resort is perfect. This year i went i stayed up in the level and had the best trip if my life. The staff bendsOver backwards for you always with a big smile. Anuar lopez , luis were two of the staff that made our trip the best it possible could ,always happy. I love this resort and plan to go back every year to this resort if not twice a year. (;

  • Trisha O :
50th birthday

Hotel communal areas very good standard let down by out dated bedrooms and standard of food which I would rate as 3/4 star def not 5.Staff very friendly most of time.Beach on door step beautiful.Lack of entertainment at night time .

  • travelBme : Vancouver, Canada
Nice hotel, weird beach, food cold. Nov19-26

This was not our first time to Cuba, my 4th and friend 7th so we know exactly what to expect for food quality, drinks, environment etc. We did enjoy our stay as hotel was nice, sitting outside with cappuccinos, drinks with the tropical heat/breeze and loved the chairs overlooking the water so relaxing. We had a nice vacation! However, out of all the years and hotels we agreed this was at the bottom of the list. We understand hotels change and ones we went to aren’t the same anymore either, but I would have reservations about coming back here.HOTEL: very nice, clean, maintained, and centre area open air nice feel. The main 3 elevators were under maintenance so you never knew if it was coming- but they have small elevators scattered around the lobby walls which are convenient. Rooms good size, bathroom in great shape - except we had mild hot water at times but always no pressure: had shower in friends room as they had both! Beds (for us) bit hard. Safe worked great/friends didn't work but called guest services and he came right up and changed battery-great service there. Patio outside with table and 2 chair and oceanview was nice. Ask for South facing room as brighter. LOBBY BAR: They would bring in live music - piano and sax player etc and all really nice to listen to! at bar did good job to ignore you for awhile. Not enough seats during peak time/before shows/dinner and can easily add more. Always took out seats in 2 areas so always got kept getting same 2 staff who were really nice. I think they could have used another server to help out. DRINKS: First hotel bar I can recall here that had an extensive menu for you to pick from, nice so you can see what they have, some nice non alcoholic drinks too. Bailey's not our version but ok. We don’t drink rum straight but we did taste test of 3 year, 7 year and reserve rum. Reserve best. If you want rum/coke with this ask for Cubata! Cuba Libra is 3yr old and not as good. Best Pina coladas I’ve had yet are at this hotel, but they were better at the pool bar.POOL: compared to other hotels we were disappointed in the 2 small pools, and small shallow one for kids. Off season so always lounges but not seem all really close together. We expected bigger, we prefer bigger. Slight renovation to the bar/eating area roofs just beside pool; doing tar roofs so heat and machinery but not totally disruptive.BEACH; First everyone saying there are some rocks to walk over, and other beach on the other side (we didn’t go over there as with someone with cane) Unless the latest hurricane swept all the sand away this was the worst beach I’ve been to- I prefer 7 mile beach further at the tip.You can walk down stairs or go around ‘up top’ on the sand; the beach has a lot rock than expected, it was taken down to smooth level with grooves by machines. Overnight the waves brought enough sand to cover an inch and nicer. The cove itself is not that big and can walk back quick-golf course and lookout at other end have nice views and nice walk. Not easy to get into the water — recommend water shoes for ease, waves were more active where you had to step down a foot around the rocky area and can’t see where you step. Once out further seemed ok, too cold for us to go in this year. if you chose to walk ‘up top’ to the beach the chairs are there and he is quick too place them and sweep them off in the morning. It is on a slanted area, but steeper in others. see the pics and in the distance you can see a 6 foot wall. If you are a beach lover go further to the tip on 7mile beach not here. A LA CARTE: Steakhouse (just outside) and Japanese a la cartes were good (and hot). Lady who is there the most to book your dinner reservations was consistently rude/don’t care attitude.FOOD: I know what to expect when in Cuba - this doesn’t surprise me and I am totally ok with this. However all food here is cold.Even when you saw the cooks bring food from the back it was not steaming, I had some spinach he just brought out and still bit frozen in middle. I think they bring it from the fridge and hope the food warmers heat it up. Small area in behind walled area with arches to walk in but too narrow and always traffic jam. usual meat/cheese/fruit/dessert areas were fine./fresh veggie/fruit juices mixed up. Can ask to have meat/fish cooked fresh was nice but had to wait and then all food on plater colder. Fresh carved meat, pizza, omelette stations, pasta station too where heat up in pan for you with sauce and noodle-not warm by time get to table. sorry but worst hotel for food as cold, need a microwave. We didn’t like the food so actually went to Varadero one night, ate our snacks (rice crackers and nuts) for dinner another night after a day in Havana.

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
  • Bars
  • Sunbeds
  • Hammocks, beach & pool chairs, beach umbrellas
  • Towel service
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Catamarans
  • Pedal boats
  • Aqua-bikes & banana boats (every other day)
  • Lit tennis
  • Bicycles
  • Gym
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool
  • Dance lessons
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Spanish lessons
  • Cocktail-making lessons
  • Petanque
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Complimentary shuttle service to Melia Las Americas, Plaza Las Americas and Sol Palmeras hotels
Guests at The Level enjoy the following additional inclusions:
  • Concierge Service
  • Exclusive floor with 70 rooms and suites
  • Reception-lounge-concierge
  • 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
  • Jacuzzi
  • 2 lit tennis courts
  • Golf nearby
  • Gym
  • 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
  • Air-conditioning
  • Full bathroom
  • Hair dryer 220V (converter needed)
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Mini bar (fee)
  • Balcony
  • 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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  • Melia Varadero
    Varadero,Cuba

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Melia Varadero
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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

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.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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