ROC Barlovento

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A clean but basic hotel located in town on the beach. No elevators. 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.


Located within easy walking distance of Varadero's shops and nightlife, ROC Barlovento is the perfect choice for adults and couples. The hotel is just steps away from the warm sands and blue waters of Varadero beach. Featuring plenty of entertainment and activities, there's an orchestra and dancing twice a week, ping pong and volleyball tournaments. Barlovento is truly the perfect spot to get away from it all.

 Location: Directly on the beach, 15 min to Varadero, 25 min from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • MaryBeth258 : Saint John, Canada
Perfect resort for us

This hotel may not have the most luxurious rooms but they are clean, have hot water and comfortable for the short time we spent inside. The beach is absolutely beautiful as are the pools. The food is fine with lots of variety. We enjoyed the entertainment in the lobby as well as the big shows in the well-equipped theater area. The only hassle was trying to score a shady place on the beach or poolside People were getting up at 5am to hold sunbeds, which every sign said was not permitted. The hotel management would be well-advised to purchase more cabanas or umbrellas fo the many who cannot take too much sun. Will go back.

  • chillin_61 : Iroquois Falls
A spectacular return to an amazing place.

I sit here again wondering what to tell you about my beloved ROC that I’ve not already expressed, yet feeling obliged to write a glowing review regardless. I missed reviewing my trip in the fall, and couldn’t pass up to opportunity again. Sure, I’d like to say that it is a dive, a cesspool, a filthy trap...but that’s only because I am afraid of my secret, my diamond in the rough getting out. In reality, it’s the furthest thing from it. How does one begin to describe a place that feels like home? How can I express my gratitude and admiration the breath after reading of someone’s ill fated experience? Honestly, because this is the best place in Cuba....and I don’t say that lightly or without extensive travel experience in the same. Maybe not the best facility, not the most a la carte restaurants, or the most lavish pools...but the most incredible and dedicated staff I have ever experienced (and this coming from a business owner!). I love the ROC, and have been a guest nearly 15 times. When people ask me for a specific reason why I travel to the ROC I can’t give a succinct answer, all I can say (with a humble connotation) is that I have the means to travel anywhere I choose to, but yet I continue to return to the ROC 3 or 4 times a year.To start, this was our annual New Years trip to the ROC. By our, I mean my 28 year old brother, 37 year old sister and 67 year old father (I’m a 34year old male). Luckily, Daddy lives a short 25km south of me on Hwy 11, and I see him at least once a week. My siblings; my best friends, not so much. They are over 700km south on the same. Needless to say, any opportunity to spend time together is taken! This trip was equally as special as we were meeting my, and essentially our adopted family member Joanne who was spending a month at the ROC at the same time. Miss you loads Jo. We flew out on a Sunwing flight....I’d paid for Sunwing Elite, absolutely not worth the extra $ anymore, unless you know you are going to be over weight with your luggage. The seats are not even any wider anymore, you only get the added leg room. Meals are also not included for Elite Plus. The corporate greed makes me want to vomit. Our flight was late leaving, which is on par for Sunwing....pretty sure if you scratch the paint all of their planes they say ‘Cubana’ on them LOL. Regardless we were bound for my shangri-la and nothing else mattered.As in the past I’ll not bore you with the same rhetoric but rather highlight the changes.Arrival at the resort was streamlined like I’d never experienced before! Bravo for developing distinguished lines for those checking in, checking out and those seeking general information or services. Itayna, Guillermo, Osmany, and markedly Madeline you folks are amazing. From check in, to check out and in between if anything was needed, you were all collectively and severally there for us! Thank you so much, as always. A comment I will make here intended for the benefit of Klaus and Gekiel....the lobby furniture needs to be put back the way it was! The current arrangement effects the arrival/departure flow as well as the feng shui of the area! The other lobby comment I’ll make is the television needs to return!!!!!!!!!! T’was a moot point at the time, but I’m a baseball fan, and I love to watch my Toronto Blue Jays AND Matanzas Cocodrillos when I’m in Varadero!!!!My sister and I shared my usual room in the 100 corridor. Though the ac broke the 5th day we were there (and yes, a maintenance staff came to look at it, but es muerto) is was so damn chilly by that stage of our retreat that the ac was redundant! Seriously though folks, this corridor is where you want to be....close to the lobby, renovated, poolside etc.A couple of food changes that I’ll speak too. The overall presentation in the buffet has improved dramatically. Though the toaster is no better, everything that should be hot is indeed hot and the same applying for cold. For those who were/are fans of the Mexican Restaurant the frijoles have disappeared. Great dish that is indeed missed! The cute pseudo patio that has been added outside the Mexican Restaurant is a nice addition....but you should offer the seats to people as opposed to having them as aesthetics. The New Years gala was once again out of this world. If you want to know specifics, read my previous reviews, but the food was delectable (and I’m a serious foodie!!!!!!). The pastry left in our room following the celebration was touching! My only suggestion would be to bring back the repeaters supper. Not to blow my own horn, but we collectively are the backbone of your resort, and deserve recognition. Sheesh, I didn’t even get my bottle of rum this trip....Not sure what is trying to be accomplished with the abrupt brim that has been built on the beach side of the the walkway and railing? Really not sure what that is all about....but I’ll work with it!The chair side drink service was a wow! Reservedly, a wow! Have never experienced this at the ROC, but I sure appreciate the attention. Whether it be in the lobby, around the pool or at the entertainment pavilion you are sure to get waited on! Another friendly suggestion, you need more vino blanco on the resort (or we need to meet in the middle and we as a unified group need to drink less....I mean really, we brought 12 good bottles with us for suppers yet still drank the resort dry of the house wine every night ha ha ha ha ha). Last, but most exciting and satisfying for me is my shoutout to my entertainment crew. Mario, Claudia, Regla....what can I say that hasn’t already been said. Mi hermana, mi lokito, et mi lokita. Estamos Familia. You all make this resort come alive. I will say it was a pleasure to experience a week when Hanoi the hannoying was not around. As a personal observation the atmosphere is so much lighter and less tense when he is not at work. So far as the nightly entertainment is concerned, these dancers belong on broadway. Addys, you should be very proud of what you and Hervé have accomplished. The choreography is world class. You have overcome personal trials and tribulations while continuing to entertain your guests. A true expression of professionalism. I envy your son who I had the pleasure of watching dance in the incredible, and unique show that you both choreographed for New Years Eve. Your perseverance and love is a beacon to us all. To my boys Milton and Yesniel you are both beautiful and talented people. I wish I had an ounce of your rhythm, and demonstrated compassion. Love to you all. For managements sake I’d also like to comment on the new top on the stage as well as the investment in lighting above the same! So nice to see improvements!A special hello to our repeat friends Devon, Dennis, Scotty, Maureen and Dave. Was amazing as always to connect!In closing, I’d not recommend another place above the ROC...for several reasons identified throughout numerous reviews. If you want decent food, access to town, attentive staff, an amazing beach, wonderful pools, clean rooms and hot showers this is 100% the place for you. If you want granite or marble lenais, countertops of the same, 6 restaurants and a mattress on the beach you’d be best to look another 20km up the peninsula. If anyone has questions, please all of my friends, I can’t wait to see you in April.

  • Hola2018 : Ottawa, Canada
Amazing staff

Stayed from the 1st to the 11th of February 2018. Roc plus had issues with room but management took care of it immediately was in room 146.Very relax and cozy resort, walking distance to town, bank and restaurants. The buffet was OK, the a la carte restaurants are great especially the Mexican (my opinion)The grounds are extremely clean and beautiful, the beach breathtaking. ...Every staff member WOW!!!, from Management, the lady from customer service everyone is amazing and will go out of there way to accommodate everyone. Thank you Roc Barlovento for a memorable and wonderful holiday! !!!!

  • Garry R :
Jan 25th to Feb 1st 2018

We stayed at Barlovento because of things said to us by very close friends who have stayed there several times. Barlovento is exactly what our friends said it would be. Smaller, clean, cozy and adult only resort at the base of the Varadero strip. Right from check in to when we left every staff member made us feel welcome. I really wish we could remember all their names (Jose & Hector (lobby bar) always kept our "Coffee" mugs full. The food at the buffet was always top notch. The Mexican & Mediterranean restaurants leave a little to be desired. Being in Cuba, I really wish one of the restaurants would of been authentic Cuban food. That we would of enjoyed a lot more. We had to go off the resort to experience this. The room was tidy, clean and can see that it was in need of a remodel, but it served its purpose. Nighty entertainment was also top notch. We didn't see to much of the daytime as we were either at the beach or out on the town. To sum up our stay at Roc Barlovento, we will stay there again. We are looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful country and reconnecting with new friends that we made there. Off topic if you are in need of a private driver while you are in Varadero, Eduardo Lopez (Taxi-M-1285) was our driver/tour guide on our Havana trip. He was excellent and will stop where you want and stay for a little or a long as you would like. Not stuck on the bus and limited to the bus schedule.Cuba is a beautiful country with amazing people, looking forward to our next visit!

  • Catherine L : Quebec, Quebec, Canada
ROC plus is a scam - Lower your expectations

We traveled to this resort from Feb 1st to Feb 8th 2018 as two couples in our mid twenties. To begin the age average was 50+ and to give you an idea the most popular activity on the resort is bingo so if your looking for a retirement home vibe this place is for you! As the age average is quite high the vast majority of guest are intense smokers (this is not an exaggeration) Everywhere you went from the beach to the nightly entertainment to the bars there was always many smokers who didn’t care to blow their smoke away. As 4 non-smokers we found this extremely unpleasant it was basically a week long second-hand smoking party. FOOD: The worst part of the whole resort is the food. Keep in mind that our group of four consist of four experienced travelers who have traveled across the world backpacking through Asia and central America, worked in China and have tried out countless all-inclusive resorts so we know what we are talking about. Everyday we dreaded the buffet it was simply horrible uncooked meat, flies everywhere you name it! We all had digestive issues after our first full day at the resort. STAFF: As for social encounters, the entertainment and service (bar+restaurant) staff were great but the front desk crew was bad. We had to change rooms twice in the week because of the overpowering smokers room smell and dirtiness of the room.One morning we woke up to the room smealling of burnt gasoline! The whole front desk team was unhelpful and unpleasant to deal with. ROC PLUS: Don’t buy this ''upgrade'' its fake!! It says you get the best rooms, an exclusive area in the dining hall these are fake publicity scams. All the other clients who had purchased this upgrade never got any of the services promised. The only upside to ROC plus is towel changes in the week.À LA CARTE: The A la carte is pre-reserved when you get there so if you had planned an excursion on that same night you don’t get your A la cart reservation. By the way, the sushi A la cart is only open on Monday night and you don't get to decide if you are booked there or not.We ended up leaving the resort in the middle of the week for a few days to backpack in Havana and we stayed at a Casa particular. This was 100x better that the resort. Great service, great food, great room quality, very clean home...etc. So, if you are looking for a real experience, comfort and good food you should opt for this instead and not the ROC Barlovento.To conclude, I and all 3 others from my group would not recommend this resort. It’s cheap for a reason.

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
  • 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 and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Christmas & New Year's Gala dinners
  • Unlimited Domestic drinks & select International brand drinks from 9am-1am
  • House wine w/meals
  • Sailing
  • Catamarans
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool once/week
  • Tennis
  • Beach volleyball
  • Air rifle shooting
  • Sauna
  • Aerobics
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 274 rooms in three 3-storey buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 3 a la carte restaurants: Mexican, Sushi and International, dress code & reservations required
  • 4 bars including Beach bar
  • 3 free-form pools
  • 1 tennis court
  • Watersports centre
  • Shopping on-site
  • Sauna
  • Internet (fee)
  • Car rental
  • 18-hole golf course 12 km away

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-bar (fee)
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Small balcony or patio
  • Max occupancy 3 persons

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Hotel Roc Barlovento
Ave 1ra e/ 9 y 12, 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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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.

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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.