ROC Barlovento

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Our Opinion

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.


Overview

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
  • Anthpem : KW
Two Cuban experiences in one!

We have been to Cuba 8-9 times, mostly the Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria areas, and yes they have great beaches. This was our second time to Varadero, and first to the Roc Barlovento. We generally don't like to stay at the same resort twice, as we like to experience different things. The Roc Barlovento is the first resort in a number of countries that we thought, yes, we would like to return here!It's small to medium size, with 3 pools, which is perfect. When you are in the hotel grounds (resort? now I don't know the difference), you get the first Cuban experience - a nice resort right on the beach. The beach is as nice as any we had in the aforementioned cayos, and we could walk as far as we wanted in either direction, and we took looong walks. The waves gave some of the best body-surfing I've ever had - I felt like a 56-year-old kid.The second Cuban experience is right outside the front door, and you're in the town of Varadero, 5 minutes walk from the big craft market, and lots of restaurants, shops, and scenes of Cuban life. It's close to Havana (1.5+hour drive), and the bus tour trip is well worth it. So is the Buena Vista Social Club evening at the Marina (need a bus or taxi for that one though). So much fun!Most of the staff were great. Betty and Hector in the main dining area deserve a special shout out - they were so friendly and attentive. We were blown away by how many repeat customers there were, and how many knew and greeted the staff like old friends, and vice versa. The food was above average in our experience and we mostly ate the fresh-off-the-grill fish (lots of fish!), and the wait was always reasonable. One suggestion would be a BBQ type grill at the beach/pool bar rather than the standard flat grill. Some of the best chicken,fish, and calamari we ever had in Cuba was prepared over an open flame BBQ (at some other resorts), and we would have loved to have tried that here!The rooms were good, plumbing issues only minor, never had to use our own toilet paper. The animation music didn't have to be quite as loud at the main pool. Our cleaning staff made great towel characters, and was very helpful. One day of rain we had was heavy,and some water came in through the balcony window at the floor. We put towels down and pulled the curtains out of the way. When we returned the room was sparkly clean again, and she told us she had notified maintenance who had already been there and fixed and re-caulked the window. We hadn't even had a chance to mention it at the front desk yet. Proactive!Thanks to the hard-working staff, the Roc Barlevento has a definite friendly and welcoming atmosphere, it has a "personality" for lack of a better word. The "adult only" was a nice bonus. A thoroughly enjoyable stay and a pleasant surprise from an older hotel!

  • Marko B :
Great hotel for the price

Stayed at Roc in November. Great hotel for the price. There was a 10 month old dog at the hotel that followed us everywhere. We could not leave it there begging for food and drinking pool water. We brought it back. I just want people at the hotel that if they are looking for the dog, it is in good hands in Canada. If you want to see how is the dog doing, we made a Facebook page for it. Just look for Spooky Varadero. We named it Spooky ;-)

  • Tammy O : Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Best resort food I've had in Cuba

I have been to Cuba 6 times now (3 previous all-inclusive resort stays - never Veradero), and I must say the food was the highlight of this trip (never thought I'd say that in Cuba).There was a wonderful selection of items for everyone, and the hot food was hot and the cold food was cold! There were plenty of vegetables (which is amazing for Cuba), and always fresh fruit and bread. The buffet items were tasty and interesting.The servers went above and beyond, and remembered almost every detail of our preferences! (I found it good to sit in the same section and get to know the service staff a little better). They were prompt, friendly, and attentive!They pools were clean and refreshing, the grounds were kept neat, and there was entertainment every night. The beach was okay [ but there was a lot of work being done post-hurricane, and they chopped down all the palm trees while we were there :( ] (The best beach in my opinion is at Cayo Santa Maria - far, far more beautiful.)The lobby bar staff were friendly, attentive, and polite - and sometimes went above and beyond (tip or no tip).The floor around the hotel was 'sketchy'...being ceramic tile. It rained a LOT while we were there, and it made for some treacherous walks. Make sure you have some good, grippy shoes.I was extremely pleased with our West-Jet Rep - (Willa?). She was very helpful, and helped us book excursions from the comfort of the couches in the lobby. Also, the reps with the yellow shirts were very kind and helpful.The only glitch was at check-in. I found the women at the desk to be abrupt and sometimes rude/cold. I got very upset when I had to return THREE times to get my room/safe key to work. They acted like it was my fault, and were rude and dismissive. I was hungry and exhausted from travelling all night, and was in no mood to keep traipsing back and forth to deal with it.The men at the desk seemed more kind and understanding.The security was always present and friendly.A special thank you to Alberto - who checked in at the end of our stay to ask how our overall experience was. Thank you Barlovento for a memorable stay!tip: make sure you have insect repellant (especially after dark!) Also, you may want to have some Gravol on hand for bus excursions - even the most seasoned travellers got a bit green :-s

  • Carole S : Saskatoon, Canada
Keeps getting better!

We just returned from our fourth trip to the Barlovento and we must say, it was excellent. The new manager Klaus seems to be making a positive difference. The food in the dining room and the Mexican restaurant were both improved since our last visit a year ago. The chef cooking the breakfast eggs is a real pro: he takes your order as you arrive at the grill and by the time you get to him, he has your eggs done to order. Other changes/improvements we noted were:A significant amount of painting in the lobby area has been done or was underway.Some of the patio outside the lobby was being replaced while we were there.The pool closest to the beach has been completely upgraded.Lots of lounges everywhere.As repeat guests we were invited to a reception in the lobby where we met the manager and there were some special snacks served.We received a bottle of rum and water in our room. (We were ROC Plus so that might have had something to do with those perks.)There was extensive work at the beach--trees were removed and a large sand berm built. Palapas were installed and a fence was built along the top of the berm. As an aside to this, we remarked on the fact that in Canada if heavy equipment was in use, the area would be roped off and no one would have access but they carried on with their work as people in beachware wandered in and out.The manager was visible everywhere in the resort and was very approachable.Nothing is perfect. Our shower had very low water pressure. Not every bartender mixes drinks the same--I had three different pina coladas--but I went to the bar that I liked. And the food in the Fusion restaurant was not to my particular liking.Use mosquito repellent. I got bitten a lot.We were pleased that several guests that we met who were enjoying their first visit to the Barlovento hope to return. We certainly plan to.

  • ride0n : Kelowna B.c
Nice Surprise

Our week at Roc Barlovento, was a good one.Check in was ok, polite, and informative. Just remember its Cuban time, meaning no one is in a hurry to do anything. Once you get that part , all is good😀. We we're pretty happy with our room, it was clean,and smelled clean. It backed onto to the main road. That gave us the opportunity to view all the cool old cars at night from our tiny balcony. Air cond worked well,and tv was small flat screen with a few English stations to view. Washroom was small and showing wear in tub area, water was warm enough to shower. My wife and I were happy with the food quality at this resort, in comparison to last hotel we stayed at in Cuba, this resort wins hands down! Breakfast had egg station made to your liking, bacon and sausages, along with fresh fruits, and amazingly good fresh breads. Variety or cereals, yogurt. I recommend sitting in the same section or same table throughout the week at the buffet, this makes getting to know your server , makes for some awesome service. they really do appreciate tips, small or large. They deserve every tip they get! Really nice hard working crew at the buffet. Service was good every visit to buffet. We would do lunch at the beach/pool bar. 12:30 start. It consisted of fresh chicken, fish, pasta, plain rice, French fries,and they always had piaya rice dish. Yams ,potatoes ... fresh fruits, and breads. Service there was a bit spotty at times as there was just one server, but when you did get served he was polite and quick. We did the fusion dinner the one night, and found the service was good, but food was very slow to come out, and wasn't any better than what you get at the buffet.Our favourite meal was Friday, it is Cuban BBQ day! Pig roast! Inc grilled chicken, ribs, shrimp, it was all very good !Also have to mention the lobster that is offered on the beach, comes with 2 large tails rice, veggies, garlic chips, you can purchase for $12. Ask the life guard about it,If ya got the spare bucks, give it a try very tasty.That's all I'm gonna say about the food😀, now onto the pools. There are 2 large,and one small shallow pool. All kept very clean, and are at a refreshing temperature,"just right" . The grounds are well kept, and clean.lots of palm trees , flowers, ...Saving the best for last : THE BEACH 👍. We have travelled to many beaches over the years throughout Mexico, and Canada. And this one is right up at the top. So nice a blue, super clean clear water, nice soft white sand. The hotel offers free paddle boats, double seated kayak 's, a ride on their kattamaran. Snorkel gear. The fellows at the beach hut also offer a 2 hr snorkel trip for $20. There is a bar located at the beach with nice staff, the beach has multiple palapa' to catch some shade, and there is a fellow down there to help you get set up with chairs. We always found chairs but not always found shade.The entertainment people worked hard at prepairing for theirs shows, and it showed!Wanted to mention that on our last day we were able to get a late check out, doesn't hurt to ask. And it came in handy. Thank you to the front desk staff for making that happen( .the one and only thing I would like to suggest to the hotel management would be for them to invest in new mattresses). Overall a very good stay,and as long as you are not a hoidie toidie that is expecting brand new furnishings, marbles floors,and top shelf liquor. This solid 3 1/2 star resort should fit the bill for you.Thank you to all the friendly hard working staff, you really make your resort a comfortable place to stay. Cheers from the Armstrongs🇨🇦

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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  • ROC Barlovento
    Varadero,Cuba

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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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