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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.
M husband and I have just come back from a most enjoyable week in the Melia. The architecture and wall art contribute to the elegant atmosphere of this lovely building. Our room was a delight, overlooking the sea, with a selection of quality toiletries and a comfortable bed. We have been before and notice a great improvement in the quality and selection of food. Along with Cuban dishes there were ample fresh salads atractively displayed, a carving roast every night, fresh fish. There was really something for everone. Also we ate fresh ripe pawpaw every night, with grapefruit and pineapple. The latter cooked in syrup, with small pancakes was my husband's dinner treat. The staff in all areas of the hotel were friendly and attentive. We had three days of sun when it was suitable for swimming, but this did not bother us as we walked the beaches, particulary the last day when the surf was raging - spectacular. We visited the plaza which is great fun, with local musical events, and we joined a packed audience for the jazz concert on Wednesday night. Some of the weather was cool but what the heck - we are Canadians and as I write this I can see the snow whirling......... .... A lovely winter break, thank you.
We loved our stay at Melia Varadero and will definitely return! The people won our hearts with their kind personalities and helpful attitudes. The resort is set on a gorgeous beach that also includes rugged cliffs with a dazzling teal blue sea. The price is right, and opportunities to snorkel and tour other areas also abound. The pool is spacious and nice, but we loved the beach best of all.Our room was clean and included a bidet. Be sure to bring an electricity converter since Cuban electricity is different from US (we ordered ours on Amazon). The maid service is excellent, very helpful!We ate in all of the hotel restaurants and liked the fancy one with live music best. The bar has a huge variety of brands with attentive servers. The Japanese restaurant, the BBQ, the snack area, and the buffet are OK. Food is not top notch, but considering the hardships this island country faces due to the US embargo, this issue is understandable. Hopefully US policy will change soon for the better.Wi-fi Internet access is purchased by buying a one hour card for $3. People who pay extra to stay on the 5th floor have unlimited wi-fi, a private upstairs bar, and other perks.Cuba has two currencies - one for tourists and one for locals. The rate we got was 88 Cuban "cuc's" for $100 USD. There is a 10% service charge simply to exchange money. While this is not ideal, we found that we were still able to stretch our cash in this economy.
Our vacation in this hotel was just perfect; it is a lovely place right next to a wonderful beach with a very pleasant staff. The rooms were clean and cosy and the food was one of the best we have had in the country. Besides that, the location of the acommodation is very convenient in case you are willing to be in contact with the Cuban people, since it is just a five min ride from Varadero. We took a cab every night that we wanted to have party with the locals.
Great Location.Family ResortPolite and friendly staff.Amazing Entertainment.Thanks to Mini Club staff for being so helpful and nice : Sarai , Yohaines & Yordi.Thanks to beach group activity instructor Jean Manuel for the great job he did.Thanks to all buffet, Piano bar.... waiters and waitresses.the dance Group did an amazing Job , i wonder how many routines do they know.The only issue wast the sunwing flight which was late for 6 hours and they had no representative at the airport.
Review from 2 parents with an 8-year old. Younger couple also came with us (no kids).Rooms:- I think room quality varies. Our room was kept very clean, tidy and well-stocked. Our king size bed was massive comfy and the bathroom was excellent (massive shower room). Our room had a view, but the couple with us didn't like their bed, their small bathroom or the poor view. I personally recommend speaking to the hotel - they appear to be the kind of place that wants guests to be happy. Give them a chance and they will likely move you to a room your prefer.Food.- For an all-inclusive, Melia does okay. Here's a quick summary of the places we ate at:Main Buffet.- Much of the food is actually good, but just let down by the inability of the equipment to keep it hot. We actually enjoyed the food here the best of all options, partly because we got creative in how we combined options.- They have some decent food stations but the choice of vegetables/ meat are sometimes sad. I recommend getting creative and bring your own combination of meat/ veg/ cheese to the pasta station (lunch/ supper), or to the egg station (morning) to make a great omelette. - The cured meats and cheeses was impressive. Grab yourself a glass of red wine and make a plate of cured meats, marinated peppers and olives along with some lovely cheeses. Great selection including manchengo cheese and parmesan.We tried four of the restaurants - all required booking. On the whole, the food was rather underwhelming, but each restaurant had a couple of gems tucked in the menu:- The one near the pool (can't remember the name), has killer calamari.- The restaurant nearest the buffet offers a wicked burger.- The Japanese restaurant has lovely sushi and the fried rice was tasty. The dessert was great too.- The outdoor hot food spot offered a great calamari the day we went. Took forever to get served (but that's discussed below).- The fanciest of the restaurants was our least favourite. The carrot soup was awesome.Overall, Melia Varadero could actually become known for its food if the chef focused on doing a few things (rather than many) and execute them very well. Melia doesn't have to look too far in its own repertoire to see this: jerk chicken huts in Jamaica are extremely popular.Drinks were awesome in most of the bars, and if it's not, just tell the barman (nicely). They want to make you happy. And tip them for their effort - they deserve it!Service.The staff are excellent. When they're not, it's simply down to the poor management of the hotel. This is not something I discussed with staff but observed. They get over-stretched due to sudden rushes and get no support from the managers. Thankfully, this didn't happen frequently. The management needs to figure out a smarter plan.BeachThis what made the holiday. On windy days, you can body surf the waves. On quiet days you can swim out so far or snorkel. Or kayak. Smooth sand under your feet going out several meters into the ocean. I've visited beaches all over Australia, Asia and Europe. This is one of the loveliest I've played, swum and sun tanned on. If you love beaches, you can't go wrong! PS, if the weather is cool the hotel pool can be very cool! A few laps of swimming may be needed to make it bearable!
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
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- 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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