Ocean Varadero El Patriarca

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An amazing resort for couples wanting a nice and relaxing stay in Varadero. The resort facilities are amazing at this resort. The rooms are new and modern. You'll very rarely experience issues with the fixtures of your room. If you do, the attentive staff ensure that all of your needs and concerns are met. The housekeeping staff are amazing at ensuring that all rooms are maintained, well-stocked, and kept clean. The resort grounds are beautiful and always clean. There are two sections of the resort available for guests: the regular resort grounds and designated areas for 'Privilege' guests. Try to take the latter option, as you do get more freedom and options at the resort. The food is OK. There is a great variety available. However, sometimes, it varies in quality and taste.
The Ocean Varadero El Partiarca is located on Cuba's gorgeous Varadero beach, surrounded by expansive green spaces with tropical foliage, including the legendary 500 year-old "El Patriarca" cactus. The hotel offers exclusive rooms and Junior Suites, in addition to a vast array of services that includes themed restaurants, a Despacio Spa Centre and Privilege, Exclusive Rooms and Services.
Location: Directly on the beach; 8 km from the centre of Varadero and approximately 34 km from the Varadero airport.  5 km away from the Plaza Amrica Convention Centre, the Varadero Golf Club and dolphinarium.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • dnah2015 : Ottawa, Canada
Great Beach, Great Staff, Good Food

Last night returned from Ocean Varadero Patriarca.The employees in Patriarca are amazing, helpful and know how to smile. A special mention goes out to Yamelia the housekeeper, Madyori, Nancy, Luis, Irving, Jenny and everyone in the Buffet, Jaimara, Meilyn in the Lobby Bar, the girls in the Chocolate Coffee Bar and the Porter Adain. Also, thank you goes out to the gardeners and cleaners who keep the place neat. The food in the buffet was good as you could seen the food and choose as you liked. There was the choice of fish, thin steak, lamb, pork, chicken fried at your request. In the vegetable department there was always fresh spinach, lettuce, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes(green, red) and then on course your boiled vegetables and many dressings. There were many nice desserts some with some chocolate and not super sweet, ice cream, and jello. Also there was always a variety of fruits, some were not quite ripe tho. Other items were Pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, eggs many styles, pasta, yogurt, milk...Specials were seeing a small jar of peanut butter at breakfast, prunes and dates, and a large round of delicious cheese that lasted the week. I never went hungry I must say.The coffee in the coffee bars is amazing as well as the Mohitos with fresh mint.Please do remember that in Cuba sometimes there are foods that they run out of and then 4 days later they may have it again. This is something the resort has no control of.The grounds are great, as is the beach. The sound and volume of the music unfortunately isn’t that great if you wish to have a conversation at the same time. Yes there can be sand fleas and mosquitoes, bring bug spray and antihistamine if needed. Do not scratch your bites, it will irritate you more. In the week, I only received a couple bites and ignored them...no problem, others had more like 10 per ankle/leg. The plants and sea plants at the beach rocks and the evening is their time.Beautiful walks on either sides of the beach and on the left side beach has amazing fossilized rock. The cave down the road is a great, simple walkable outing but please take water and wear good shoes as you will have parts of the trail with sharp dog tooth rock. Bring a device to take photos or a camera, it is cool and only 5 pesos per person.Thank you Di

  • wendydcosta : Crawley, United Kingdom
Excellent Hotel

I had wonderful stay at this hotel. I have visited Cuba many times and this hotel was truly amazing.The room was beautiful, the food was tasty, the infrastructure was lovely and gardens well maintained. All the facilities, from the restaurants to the theatre, the spa, gym, pools, were excellent. For me the staff at this hotel is why it is so unique. A big thank you to the incredible entertainment team who work so hard and we’re so welcoming and kind. Thank you Denis, Yoli, Naylin, Carlos, lesley, Yandy, Denice, Cheryl, Osiel, Greyni, Yanelis, Yenier, Jan and the lovely Dj’s Daniel and Ernest. Also thank you to the entertainment manager Joel. The entertainment team are very special here and should be so proud. An asset to their company. Also thank you to Eloy , Dayan, Alejandro and Alfredo, who was so friendly and always a smile on their face. I recommend anyone who is planning a trip to Cuba, to stay at this wonderful hotel.

  • wendymcd : vancouver,BC
Ok in many ways, lacking in many.

This AI resort is pretty small. Unfortunately we had poor weather, and there wasn't much to do. Can only use the hot tub if you buy massages. Only one pool, and once it warmed up, you couldn't get a lounge chair b/c they were all taken in the am, by people leaving their towels on them all day. They had a few sewer smell issues, one by a block of rooms, another was a toilet near the lobby, the toilet was right off its seal. Bathrooms were hit and miss as to being stocked with TP too. For the most part the bar service was good, except for one night, after i waited, and waited, and then people arriving after me and were being served before me, I left. very rude, not nice at all to be ignored like that. My husband went back and spoke up about them serving some and skipping past others. They did run out of food items often,as well. IE: no mint for 2 days, so no Mojitos, ran out of chocolate for coffee drinks in the coffee house, . Snack bar, ran out of pizza , on and on. Overall I thought the food was really good, the buffet had lots of selection, and you could get a great omelet or pasta dish made to order. The a La carte restaurants are pretty good, 2 out 3 were good, the Italian being the best, and had the biggest lines, but no seafood a la carte restaurant as advertised. Here you can repeat an a la carte restaurants which is nice, unlike others, you can only go once. The beach is probably really nice, we just hit a bad stormy week, red flag for 5 days, and blue jellyfish everywhere. Overall fair, but if I ever did return to Cuba, it would be to a bigger resort.

  • marina77792018 : Toronto, Canada
Second time is not a charm

Second time visiting this hotel and last. Quality of service is going down, there is definitely a feeling without tip you are not gonna get far. For my week trip I did spend 120$ Canadian on tips alone. First off there is a mini fridge in room that supposed to be refilled with pop, beer and bottled mineral water, it didn't. When I saw a gentlemen on the second day and I asked for second bottle of water, he said we can have only one. We didn't get any pop or beer for 3 days, on the 3rd day there was 1 can of beer. In the snack bar by the pool bartender was not able to fill my and my wife's bubba without foam even when I requested so in Spanish. I ended having 1 litter bubba filled half way with foam. In lobby bar there was a keg that was basically empty, but was still putting foam out, bartenders were serving flat beer until foam ran out. There are at least 4 stray cats on resort, in horrible health condition, I saw one at the beach restaurant rubbing on my leg and trying to score free meal, second cat was around older couple in the pool snack bar, circling them around. Waiters are aware of cats but ignorant at best. I ended up staying at building # 66 and from one side there is theater that does entertainment until 11pm or so and from another there is pool, so there is load music pretty much from 10 am to 11pm, so if you are trying to rest you are out of luck. I have tried all 3 restaurants and buffet at resort and in my opinion food is good in Italian and Brasilera, oriental restaurant is a bust. Pool snack bar was out of pizza for entire week and did serve us burgers that are not cooked thoroughly. Buffet is good, especially if you gonna go to frying station or get a pasta made for you. Cleaner lady that cleans room was pretty good, especially once my wife left some coloring books made for kids, which she did buy in Canada ever since she heard there is not much of selection. We would always leave a tip on top of the bed every day, the only downside I found that cleaner lady always gonna go clean the room as soon as we back from lunch, every day for entire week. I have tried to put sign on the door, please make up room now (sign that is hanging on the door knob inside of room, one side please make up room now and another please don't disturb), but to no avail. Beach is good, there is a bridge that leads to the beach and for the entire week 4 guys were fixing few planks on that bridge, is it done? I don't know as when I was leaving they still were fixing it. Little hard to go at night for a beach walk and walking around the bridge, but I brought my headlamp so it was no big deal. I didn't have a chance to go to Havana, even though the couple that I talked to said it was really good, but I did go jeep safari. That was not nearly as great as I thought it would be, with the exception of the cave. Jeeps have a manual transmission and not a lot of people can drive standard. As someone who drives manual, I found it very difficult to select gears and my jeep would not go into third gear, so I ended up accelerating a bit more on second gear, then shifting into fourth. Tour guide brings to the first attraction that is the cave and there just happens to be a bar, that as he said serves best mojito in Cuba and everyone goes and tries it ... not the best one. On the second stop there is another bar that serves as tour guide say best pina colada in Cuba ... same story, not the best pina colada I have tried. I figured he gets kick back from those places for such advertisement. When it came to lunch at the ranch, it was even bigger fail, having to fight off countless flies, quality of food was very minimal. Coffee quality went down in my opinion, as on my first visit they were using Serrano brand and now its something cheaper. They don't have green tea, only orange pekoe, chamomile and peppermint.Rooms are a bit dated, paint flaking off, faucet was leaking, washroom exhaust fan sounds like there is dragon about to land on the building, huge gap under front door brought a lizard at night time, but as they are harmless I thought it was rather cool. On windy days that gap under the door was causing noisy draft, but I countered that by using towel to cover it up.Greatest person on resort gotta be the garden keeper, who is started conversation with me and greeted me every day I see him, I gave him one of my old fishing reel, that i have no longer time to use, but it seem like it made his day. In conclusion, as somebody who really likes smaller size hotels I am going to try other resorts in Varadero in a search for better quality.

  • G S : Delta, Canada
Very good and hardworking employees

Just travelled to the Ocean Varadero and found the employees to be very nice, helpful and hard working and are the best thing of this resort.As for the resort like most places in Cuba they do run out of stuff some days, straws for example, some days you would have any in your drinks.One thing is that at times some of the washroom can be a little ripe and found that one in particular quite bad. The men's washroom by the main desk is putrid as you have ton's of sewer gases in that one with reason being the middle toilets is not bolted down and when I sat on it, it almost fell over sideways. The bed was quite firm and everything in the room worked as it should. WIFI was a disappointment as you have to buy cards to use it but a lot of the time you can't get on or it kicks you off while your surfing.I did find that when the weather is not the greatest, there isn't that much to do and the main bar in the lobby is relatively small and can sometimes take awhile to get a drink.As for trying to book the privileges portion, I tried contacting Jeffe at the resort with the email I was provided but never did receive any replies.I've heard from others that the food in Cuba can be quite bland but I did not find this to be the case. Yes the buffet served the exact same food day in and day out with no changes so would probably not stay longer than 7 days. A la Carte restaurants were quite good and is actually a first come first serve.

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  • Daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited selected international and domestic drinks (house wine included)
  • Unlimited a la carte dinners
  • Snacks
  • Mini-bar restocked daily (water, soft drinks and beer)
  • Admission to the disco (drinks included)
  • Selected non-motorized water sports (1 hour/day)
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Daily activities program
Privilege Inclusions:
  • Premium brand drinks (designated areas)
  • Concierge service
  • Room service from 7 am to 11 pm
  • Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Separate check-in
  • Priority reservations for a la carte restaurants
  • Privilege lounge
  • Access to exclusive Privilege pool
  • Bathrobes and slippers in room
  • 10% discount on treatments at the Dispacio SPA centre
  • 420 rooms
  • 4 restaurants
  • 4 bars (including a swim-up bar)
  • Pools (1 exclusively for Privilege guests)
  • Whirlpool
  • Convention facilities (fee)
  • Disco
  • Gym 
  • Tennis court
  • Internet (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)
  • Room service from 11 am to 11 pm
  • Sauna
  • Shops
  • Spa (fee)
Deluxe Room includes:
  • Air-conditioning
  • 1 king-size or 2 double beds
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • TV
  • Coffee-maker
  • Mini-bar
  • In-room safe
  • Iron Balcony or terrace
  • Maximum occupancy 3 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children)
For the Kids - Kids' Club (ages 4 to 12), Teen Club (ages 13+), Children's pool.
Honeymoon Bonus - Free honeymoon package. To be eligible for the honeymoon package, newlyweds must advise at the time of booking and present their proof of wedding, dated within the last month, upon arrival at the hotel.

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Ocean Varadero El Patriarca
Autopista Sur km 18 Punta Hicacos, Varadero 42200 Cuba

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