ROC Arenas Doradas

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Our Opinion
Mixed opinions on this hotel. The grounds and beach are very nice, but the food at this resort is below average for a 4 star. Please note that hotel standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other Sun Destinations. Unless travelers are familiar with the resort or Cuban hotels, we typically recommend that travelers book a minimum 4 star resort when traveling to Cuba.

The distinctive and natural design of this 316-room resort creates a peaceful setting. Beautiful walkways lead you to a magnificent white sandy beach.

Location: Directly on the beach, 10 minute drive to town & 35 minutes from the airport.

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  • Dazmin J : United States
this is the best place to be when you go on a honey moon

i went to hotel Roc arenas Doradas for my honey moon it was so amazing i love it if you what to get out of the house you should go there that were i went and when your hungry they will bring your food

  • Zepp12345 : Clarenville, Canada
Family Vacation - Small Resort

This was our 5th time to Cuba, and our 3rd visit to Varadero. I would rate this hotel as a mid-range, probably about a 3 star. We usually get better prices for our stays. We paid more for this Resort than we paid last Easter week at Cayo Coca, where the resort was newer. Varadero is way overpriced. The resort itself was easy to navigate around. Small is size, Roc Arenas is older but maintained. The rooms spacious, bathrooms updated within last number of years. Bar service throughout was excellent. Food service good, especially if you seek out same servers and tip. We mostly are in main dining area which was a bit of a hike from our building #6. Food typical for Cuba, but I really missed a pizza service ~ no freshly made-for-you pizzas at this resort. Pasta bar was ok. Breakfast and desserts good. Yoly provided us with good information prior to our trip. Our AC unit froze at our room and they did send repair technicians quickly. Beach area beautiful. Liked the beach restaurant but not food selection. My family liked the grill options. Again, no pizza. Didn't like Italian a la carte at all. Shows small compared to other resorts we have stayed; didn't attend. Overall I would rate this hotel a solid 3 stars.

  • Carla B : Kitchener, Canada
Our trip to Varadero

We went with the four of us. Checked out a lot of hotels. But we ended up with Roc Arenas Dorados. We thought it was a 3 star. We had a great time.The beach is just amazing. Was very hot this month.The staff was very friendly and helpful.The only thing I wasn't to impressed with was that we couldn't check in till 4:00 pmThe room was ok, need some TLC. But how much time do u spend in ur room.Our room didn't get cleaned till around 4:00'pm. That time we usually come back from the beach to shower and take a nap. So that didn't really work outThe room was clean, had a few times som creepy crawlers in the room, but we fixed that problem.We were in block 7. Close to the beach and the pool.Our waitresses in the buffet hall were sweet hearts . Adalys and Melena They were great :)The staff in the lobby bar were great too. Especially Pepe.Very friendlyInternet is hit and miss. We took a private driver to go to Havana for the day. Yasser took us, he was great.He was recommended by Ariel, great and friendly guy.We had a great time. The food was ok, we are not very picky. There is always something there.We have been to Cuba about 6 times now, we love Cuba ❤️We would go back to this place, but we like to try different placesWe had an amazing holiday

  • astowDenver_Colorado : Denver, Colorado
Flies, Flies and More Flies

We transferred from Havana to spend a few nights near the beach. While in Havana, we stayed at the sister hotel, ROC Presidente. Both hotels were similar, but there are pros and cons for each. For this hotel the pros are: Location/proximity to beach, city bus and SCUBA center (across the street). All inclusive amenities. Massage was inexpensive and the swim up bar. Cons: Food was disgusting. I ate bread for breakfast and we went offsite for remaining meals. Flies were everywhere - all over the food. Flies were in the lobby too (Invest in some fans!). You are provided 1 beach towel for your entire stay. Wifi is spotty and accessible from the lobby only, the waitresses at the swim up bar are very slow and the amount of plastic cups used is terrible. The room itself smelt like sewage and I honestly expected to find cockroaches crawling around when I turned on the lights. I would recommend another hotel.

  • Alejandra1479 : Vancouver, Canada
One week stay in July 2017

I think it depends on what you want to get out of your holiday. If you are just interested in beach and beer, this is the place for you.If you are interested in updated infrastructure and great food you will be disappointed.We wanted to use the hotel as HQ for travel around Cuba, so the hotel met our expectations. I knew before getting there that the advertised 4 stars would be more like a Dominican 3 stars, and I was right.Rooms are outdated but housekeeping kept them very clean.The beach was fantastic and kayaks, pedal boats and other are offered at not cost to guests.Food was average but plentiful within meal times. There is very little in offer after hours and no room service, no pool snacking other than burgers and hot dogs. Room fridges were not stocked up as in other places. The beach restaurant offered a very tasty grilled fish and cold beer. I was put off by the amounts of cats roaming around and begging for food. I like cats but not at my table.I didn't have kids with me so I cannot comment on the family activities. Overall service was average.

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).

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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
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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
  • 24 hour snacks
  • Unlimited drinks 24 hours at lobby bar
  • Non-motorized watersports (subject to availability & excluding sailing)
  • Daytime tennis
  • Cocktail-making lessons
  • Caribbean dance lessons
  • Billiards, darts & table tennis
  • Shuttle to downtown Varadero 6 times per day (3 in the morning & 3 in the afternoon
  • Transportation to Colonial Havana with 5 hours free time (1 per week and based on availability)
  • Daily activity programs
  • Nightly entertainment with international shows and theme nights
  • 316 rooms
  • Massive freeform pool with a sunken pool bar
  • Kid's pool
  • 1 Buffet restaurant
  • 2 a la carte restaurants (reservations required)
  • 'Natura' restaurant for vegetarian and diabetic meals
  • Pool side snack bar
  • Grill bar
  • Disco
  • Lobby bar open 24 hours
  • Watersports centre
  • Tennis courts
  • Jacuzzi
  • Shopping arcade
  • Internet (fee)
  • Car and moped rental
  • Golf nearby
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 king or 2 queen beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Mini-fridge
  • Bathroom with tub, shower and hairdryer
  • Balcony or terrace with garden/pool or oceanview
  • Max occupancy 3 persons
Kids Stay Free - 1ST child 2-12 yrs stays, plays & eats free when sharing a room with 2 adults. (Limited amount of rooms available) Just pay a special airfare. 2ND CHILD 2-12 YRS pays a special child rate.

For the Kids - Mini Club for children ages 4-12 years.

Honeymooners - Receive an upgrade to a Suite (subject to availability at time of check-in) plus a bottle of rum and fruit basket in your room on arrival, and a special lunch. Subject to change. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required at 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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Hotel Roc Arenas Doradas
Autopista Varadero km 17 Playa de los Tainos, 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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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. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.