Memories Varadero

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A really great option for those wanting to stay in a resort that has one of the best beach locations on the strip. While the beach is a short walk away, it's worth it for the location and view of the beach. There are two pools located within the resort: one that is catered to a lively party crowd, while the other is quieter and better for relaxing. The food is OK. While it varies in freshness at times, there is always something for everyone, and the food choices change up often. The rooms are modern, maintained, and well-stocked regularly. There is also a nightclub nearby for those who want to experience a bit of the party scene in Varadero. This resort is just a taxi ride away from the historical parts of town, so it's highly recommended that you take advantage and check out the historical side of the city!


Pamper yourself on the pristine white sand beaches of Varadero, Cuba with a stay at the luxury Memories Varadero Beach Resort. Offering incredible value and impressive all inclusive features, this deluxe resort is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a fun family vacation. Memories Varadero fuses charming colonial architecture with Caribbean flair, amongst lush gardens, to create the perfect tropical setting. Guests will be dazzled by the elegant rooms and suites that feature rich wood furnishings, luxurious amenities, and stunning d�cor. Upgrade to Diamond Club� and delight in additional luxury amenities, services, and exclusive extras. Relish a culinary trip around the world at the buffet restaurant and several � la carte restaurants, which offer sumptuous global cuisine, including Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and more. Spend your days basking under a golden sun on one of Varadero's most beautiful beaches, or revel in an array of fun land and water sports and activities. Children will also have the time of their lives at the Kids Club and Baby Club with supervised games and activities. Memories Varadero Beach Resort ensures fun for all ages and helps create unforgettable vacation memories for the whole family.

Location: Beachfront in Varadero, 35 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Lori G : Chelmsford, Canada
Great vacation!

We didn't think we would ever return to Cuba after our first stay a couple of years ago at the Riu (now Grand Memories), that vacation was horrible. The only reason for going was to surprise our daughter for her 30th birthday. We are SOOOO happy that we went. We did upgrade to the Diamond Club (definitely worth the extra couple of bucks). We stayed in 33322 - beach front suite. Our chamber maid - Leesy (spelling?) was fantastic. She greeted us with a smile and a great big hug every day. Our room was always spotless, and there was no musty smell at all. I'm not sure why some other reviews said that the air conditioning didn't was actually cold in our room. Also, there was always hot water. Our mini bar was stocked everyday. The Diamond Club representatives were always there to answer any questions and were able to have our daughter and her husband set up in our building so we could be close. The food was fantastic! I was very weary about this as the first time we went, I lost weight because the food was so poor. The presentation, flavours and choices at Memories was great. Not always hot, but that didn't matter. The line ups for the pasta bar, meat grill, seafood grill, eggs & omelettes in the morning were always quick. As a Diamond Club guest, we had a separate air conditioned area to eat......the staff was very friendly and quick to refill water glasses and other beverages if we wanted. This is a big resort but the walk was welcomed. There are shuttles and we were always asked if we wanted a ride. We stayed during the 9 days of mourning (which we totally respected) so there was no music playing, entertainment was at a minimum but all of the staff was still very attentive. The "quiet" pool bar has the BEST bartender, Boris. He remembers everyone and got in the pool to take selfies with so many people. A genuine guy who absolutely loves his job. He went above an beyond to help celebrate our daughter's 30th bday. Thank you Boris!! This resort has completely changed our minds about vacationing in Cuba and we will be back.

  • KonstantinMed : Toronto, Canada
Choose carefully.

Last week of November (low season, 30-40% occupancy). Family with 3 kids (3, 8, 11 yrs.)As a general note I can say that everything people say about the Memories Varadero Beach is relevant even if completely contradictory. This is true that nobody gets the same experience. There are many reasons for that.Before the trip I made a research and calculated the ratio between negative marks (1 and 2 stars) to positive (4 and 5) leaving 3 without attention. Less means better. Yes this is not linear. Do not mix it up with percentage of negative responses (that would have total number of reviews as divisor). Memories Varadero has 0.36 rate points. I have compared the result for the other hotel on Cayo Guillermo island where I have been before (rate=0.11) and can confirm the relevance. I got better experience from the hotel that time.It is hard to read bad reports and believe that everything will be fine. It is hard to read emotional positive reports and believe those people all lived in the same conditions. But the truth is – everybody unique. You will have own experience from the living at Memories (even hotels of the same network are completely different according to the ratio I spoke above).So be calm and choose what is important for you and only for you when choosing Memories, because if you will make wrong choice you will be in that 20% of unhappy. The hotel is not ideal. That is why it is reasonable inexpensive.Just a few numbers:Last week of November lowest price (last days price) was 365CAD + 380CAD taxes (per person in standard room). We bought the package at 415+380 two weeks ahead.Airline should take about half of the price (180-200CAD). Some money goes to agency, but let’s to think they took nothing so that the hotel takes 100-200CAD per person. This is for 7 nights that include transfer, cleaning, food, unlimited drinks, territory, stuff salaries. Everything for less than 30CAD(20USD) per day!!!That is the reason why tips are working so well there. Even one peso (equivalent of 1USD) makes the difference. This is the ONLY way these people bring money home. If you will go out of the hotel and look around (not just Varadero’s main street) but really around, you will understand the level of living. For locals to work in a hotel is the same as for you to work at Buckingham Palace. The same way as you do not know how spotless the dishes should be at the royal person’s table, how many forks, how the dishes to be placed on the table, the same way they don’t really understand what is wrong with cracked plate, what is wrong with slightly gray bath towel and two hour response time to fix blocked sink. They live in much worse conditions and have no idea how other tourists used to live. Training doesn’t help a lot.But good relation does.Somehow they build your profile and sooner or later the stuff will start serving you with care. Just continue to maintain relations by smiling, remembering their names and giving tips. Just an example. The cleaning lady was so determined to please us that she delivered fresh towel at 10PM! They just did not have ones at normal hours.Now back to the proper decision.DO NOT go there if:You are the “half empty glass person” who is not happy most of the time. The hotel will not change your mood.You can spot a difference between Brie and Camembert or Madame Clicquot and Don Perignon with closed eyes. Food at this resort is not special, though you will be able to find what to eat anyway. Some choices are really tasty, but you will not be able to please yourself with food all the week.You got used to spotless sheets, shining dishes, immediate response for any request. You hate noisy drunk Russians and other Western Europe folks coming because of unlimited buzz. I am a Russian as well. And being at Memories Varadero I felt ashamed for such great nation presented by idiots who believe they are entitled to king’s status only because they paid for 12 hours flight.DO NOT go to Cuba at all if you are sensitive to cigarette smoke. It is everywhere. It looks like guys coming from Canada, Europe to be free of the smoking bans. And they smoke without stop. I believe a Cuban hotel that will impose complete restriction on smoking will get really special attention from travelers.I can’t say a word regarding entertainment. I am not a fun of that anyway, but Mister Fidel Castro gave us real gift by dying day before our arrival. Entire Cuba had nine days mourning including hotels. We even did not have ANY music except real musicians at restaurant and lobby. So that we did not have to listen the most popular song 986 times. Also I am not an alcohol lover (as you might believe all Russians are). Therefore I can say nothing about quality of liquors provided. Beer and vine are average. GO to this hotel if you:Looking for nice, clean, sandy beach. Need large hotel territory – good for not bumping into the same people every 10 minutes.Like walking (you will have A LOT!!!)You have kids (childcare is poor but working).You like swimming pools with bars.Other pros:Not too many black flies that is huge problem for those expensive 5 star hotels that have a swamp nearby.Sauna for relax before dinner. You can have 30 minutes trip to Varadero downtown (souvenirs, restaurants, old cars etc.) on a double decker cabriolet-bus for 5CUC(all day pass). But it is the same for all hotels of Varadero.Electric cars do circulate but irregularly. Relax and wait. You are on vacation. No hurry.I saw a doctor. Did not have a chance to use his service, but he exists for a case.I have walked 3-4 miles to both sides along the beach and can confirm that Memories Beach resort has the best coverage by the beach umbrellas. I would prefer trees, but anyway.Guards are working perfectly. I did not see any strangers inside resort unless on the beach.

  • Joshua L :
Wonderful Resort!

I was worried going to this resort after reading many negative reviews, but this resort was amazing.I stayed for 1 week in room 27101 upon arrival our room was spotless and just cleaned, swept and mopped. The maid always cleaned our room and organized everything, also we always had our supplies replaced everyday.The main lobby is a great open concept with lots of tables and entertainment like magicians, pianist, and more. There are three bare in the lobby and a store where you can buy gifts, cigarettes and cigars snacks and drinks and other necessities.Also there is a table where you can make reservations for the restaurants that are located on the resort we had Japanese and Italian and the food was amazing, so delicious and tasty and appetizing! You must go to them and they are included in your stay for free.The food is actually good there are three snack bars one by each pool and one at the beach the burgers and fries are great and I really enjoyed eating them. Also there is a main buffet open for breakfast, lunch and dinner they have so many food options and a grill.The pools are okay I wish they were cleaned better or had a better filtration system that is one thing I wish was better at this resort.The beach is very nice many cabanas and chairs and many activities like volleyball, dancing, kayaks, boats and parasailing rides to go on and the water is beautiful and clean with a sandy bottom and great palm trees.The resort has drivers who take you around the whole resort all day/night there is a driver by the name of Yasmany he is very nice friendly and a great guy I loved getting to know him for the week!Overall this resort amazing, after going to this resort and reading the reviews I was stunned and amazed because I experienced and amazing stay at Memories Varadero the staff is nice, friendly and helpful. My rooms were always clean and smelling fresh. The resort has great scenery and layout and many many options to have a great time!Great Resort.Joshua Lucca.

  • T A : Hamilton, Canada
Great resort for young adults

I'll start off by saying the Diamond Club upgrade was worth the price. A-la-cart dinner every night, a selection of premium alcohol, and a private air conditioned room to eat at the buffet. The diamond club reps are always going out of their way to see if you need anything. Great service! Went as a group of 5 friends, to more/less party for a week. Resort is pretty big. Beach volleyball and water polo was happening every day, for you sports lovers. There is also a basketball and tennis court. Entertainment staff is always around the pool/beach, getting various activities going. The food is not that bad. Unless you are a really picky eater, ignor the negative reviews. The omelets at breakfast are great. There is wide range of food at the buffets for lunch/dinner, but like I said get the diamond club upgrade and eat an excellent A-la-cart meal every night. There is always bugers/ham & cheese sandwiches at the snack bar 24/7 as well, definitely hits that drunk late night craving lol. There is some form of disco going on at one spot or another (usually at the top of the theatre) every night. But don't feel limited to that, take a cab (20 pesos) into town and try a bar off the resort. Went to Havana twice, was a great time, for the club goers. We brought solo cups and pulled some tables together in the lobby a few nights and got some beer pong/flip cup going, good way to get other people involved and meet new friends. Water slide at the pool is pretty fun, even for adults. Can rent scooters (125cc or 50cc) out front of the resort for 40 pesos (for the day, have to be back by 4pm). Was a fun way to drive into town and browse souvenir shops. Lots of different age groups and ethnicities, met and partied with a lot of great people. Of you're looking to go to Cuba for party purposes (or even just to relax), I highly recommend this resort, would definitely go back! FYI I am a 26 year old male from Canada.

  • golfaddict73 : Gatineau, Canada
worst vacation

We had gone there for our honeymoon and had told them about it. We were suppose to receive the honeymoon package but we didn't even after telling them.Also bed was hard not comfortable. We had no hot water all week and they didn't offer to change us rooms.the service in the buffet was great the waitresses were really good and friendlyat least they made our stay more enjoyable.We had book a room with the club wich we paid extra to get beer in our fridge but they only gave 2 beer and if you didn't drink them they wouldn't give you others the next day. even though we were suppose to have 2 a day.We will never go there again

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  • 24-hour food and beverages
  • Domestic drinks and selection of international drinks
  • Catamaran
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Pedal Boat
  • Snorkeling
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson
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  • 1035 rooms in twenty-one 3-storey buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurants and 8 a la carte restaurants
  • 8 bars including Swim-up bar
  • 4 outdoor pools including water slide, free-form
  • 3 lit tennis courts (fee)
  • Internet service (fee)
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fitness facilities
  • Scuba diving on-site (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)
  • Shops
  • Internet (fee)
  • 18-hole golf course* 6 km away

Superior Garden View Terrace Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • CD player
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Iron
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  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-bar (restocked daily)
  • Max occ 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children

More room classes available.

Kids Deals - Children 2-12 stay and eat free when sharing room and existing beds with 2 adults. Maximum two children.

For the Kids - Playground, Kids pool, Supervised children's activities, Baby Club for ages 0-4, and Mini Club for ages 5-12.

Bonus - All Sunwing / Signature Vacations guests will receive these added values: Welcome cocktail, Late check out (subject to availability), Free safety deposit box, Mini bar restocked daily with water, soft drinks and beer, Bottle of rum (to be handed out at briefing), Guaranteed 3 a la carte reservations, Separate bracelet.

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Memories Varadero Beach Resort
Autopista Sur, km 18,5 Parque Natural Punta Hicacos, Varadero 42200 Cuba

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