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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 both couples and families. The hotel is just steps away from the warm sands and blue waters of Varadero beach. Kids can play in the mini-club by day and have fun in the evening too. For adults, 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
  • Jo-Hannah Maria M :
Roc Barlovento

My husband and I honeymooned at the Barlovento, it was in the perfect location! You could turn to your right; walk along the water, turn to your left; walk to the shops, out back is the ocean. The service is friendly and the rooms are clean. I think some people are unaware that Cuba does not import a lot of goods, which leads them to be disappointed during their trip. Some things to know: bring your own toilet paper, the toilet paper there is not flush-able, meaning you have to bag it, the beds are not the most comfortable nor the newest, but they work, it is humid and most furniture is wooden, leaving your room smelling musty, but I assure it is clean. Cuba does not have a lot for spice's, most people enjoy receiving spices, or ranch dressing as a tip. The best part is this Hotel is adult only!!!!

  • Kelly1995 : Red Lake, Canada
March Break Vacation

This was our second trip to Roc, as we stayed there last year as well. Here is our summary:Rooms: our room had two beds ( which can be pushed together to make a king), decent mattress and pillows. Our balcony overlooked the pool and the main lobby. Great location. The rooms are not fancy but have what we needed as we don't spend time in our room. We had decent pressure and hot water.Pool: the pool is well kept by the pool guy ( who Is friendly and is very appreciative of any men's XL shirts). The second pool is being removed and is currently being worked on. The removal doesn't disrupt the trip. The resort did purchase more chairs so that wasn't a huge issue this year ( last year you were lucky to have a lounger). Ocean and Beach: simply fabulous ! Just sand and sun. There is a beach bar which is easy to access and workers are relatively friendly there. There are sailboats, kayaks and catamarans to use as you please. Food: breakfast buffet is good. Everyday had bacon and the omelette guy is busy all morning but definitely one of the friendlier employees ( as is Pedro) who always greets you at the buffet entrance with a smile! We never ate in buffet for lunch, always ate at the outdoor snack bar.... delicious BBQ ribs, chicken, fish and chops. The BBQ chef was friendly. There was plenty of other food at the outdoor location as well. Drinks: they are simply, nothing fancy. You aren't getting fancy crushed ice drinks and they often run out of mint, and sometimes tonic, by mid day. Staff: on the positive side, We think the staff is generally friendly and everyone works hard but We think they are under staffed and therefore can't always provide the service people would like. We are not very demanding but it would be nice if someone asked to take drink orders at meals on a regular basis. It truly was hit or miss. Generally we were disappointed in the staff this year and felt that the priority was on other staff members and not the customers. They certainly didn't "hurry" to help out ( for the most part). Of course there were some exceptions but generally we were not impressed with the lack of attention to customers. We have discussed whether we will return to this resort next year. This was the first time we Decided to return to the same resort as the year before but we didn't enjoy the staff as much this year. This was the biggest negative in our opinion. Overall the location, food, beach and pool are positive experiences. The room you get may affect your enjoyment but ours was good. Remember that Cuba doesn't offer the same experience as Mexico for service (in our opinion ) but is does provide a rich and interesting culture and safe travelling environment. We love the beach and the freedom of travelling without fear of being robbed or harassed. Extra InfoThe exchange rate is 33% which is crazy. We rented a scooter for the week ( which we always do) and it is a fun and safe way to get around to the marina, Santa Marta, Cardenas and playa coral. We went to a few places for dinner during the week, Santa Marta for pizza and beer was $5 cuc, Kikis is a two minute walk and it has fabulous pasta and pizza at a good price Ate a a brand new restaurant downtown aroundCalle 35 Verissage(??) It was delicious! Good luck on your decision ... for the right price the Roc is worth a stay.

  • Marc F : Nanaimo, Canada
Our little home away from home

Our 5th time and counting at the Barlovento was once again very relaxing and we are so well looked after can't say enough positive things about the staff. Iris our favourite breakfast and lunch waitress at the Hacienda makes our mornings special along with fresh eggs either over-easy or a delicious omelette. Then it's off to the best beach and ocean in the world for the morning. The new beach bar is a great addition and our buddy Israel makes a pretty delicious pina colada just before lunch. There's always a nice variety of delicious food for lunch at the Ranchon or Hacienda and all the staff including Betty will take good care of serving you drinks (and it's not even 5:00 yet). We really got to enjoy the grilled sandwiches that Hildi served in the afternoon at the pool bar. Then there's our favourite ala carte on the resort Cactus, Yuni and Yunieli are the best, first class service and delicious food (we do miss the taco station that was there a few years ago, was always fun and really good mexican food). The boys at the lobby bar aka our buddies make our time very special we love to hang out there and visit with all of them especially Miguel, Joel, Joseph, Ernesto, Leo, they are like family to us by now. Really looking forward to the changes coming with the new pool that began construction and very much enjoyed meeting the Manager, Francesco who was very friendly and nice to see the resort is continually improving the accommodations. For us we couldn't ask for more and will be back again in the fall.

  • Lisa R :
Some improvements from Jan 2015 but...

We stayed at the Barlovento from Jan 12 to the 22nd. I've been there twice, some improvements were made from 2015 but... please bring back the lobby TV and the sport bar TV.! (If those were still available you'd get the 5) Being forced to watch the Matanzas final game in our room, instead of enjoying it with the benefit of local Cuban interpreters was ridiculous. We come to the Barlovento in January in part for baseball, the amazing staff, the beach, but certainly not to sit in our room on a gorgeous afternoon. We tried to volunteer our room TV but apparently it was impossible to make happen the next day.Also, mid way through our trip (coinciding with green flag days, sadly) a third of the beach chairs disappeared! It would be great if we were allowed to bring them from poolside when the pool isn't busy. It seemed like the neighbouring villa got some on their upper balcony :) around that time. We sign out towels, couldn't we do a daily chair sign out?The sand fleas were brutal by the beach bar and palapas, it would help to rake there daily.Special 5 star recognition to Katya, Madalyn, Itawnya, Guillermo, Iris (who remembered our breakfast beverage preferences from 2 years prior!) Hilda, Hector, (you two are so caring and kind) Joel (hermano!) Jose Manuel, Yvan (best snack bar chef), Ybriani, Josepphe, and even Luis (for fixing our safe, happens every time it seems) "Cinco idiomas" Mario was a wonderful addition, the best bingo caller! I've forgotten the name of the younger man in the Mexican a la carte, probably because he was too efficient to catch his name tag (it was Yuniel)!Also, kudos to the dance choreographer, the history of Cuba performance was fantastic.Can Cuba day be everyday? It was the best food, best entertainment, truly the best experience.We missed Caesar, Lachina, and Felix this time but enjoyed our 10 days even without a renovated room :)

  • 116Janet123 : Nova Scotia, Canada
Nice beach

We went to this resort recently and had a good time. First the desk staff were very helpful on our arrival. The rooms are what you would expect at a three star in Cuba. They were clean but a little out dated. The resort is small which is what we prefer. Not too much walking. The buffet is typical Cuban bland resort food. The two al la cart restaurants were very good, we ate at each one more than once. The snack bar wasn't too bad we ate lunch there every day. The beach was the best feature of the resort. It was clean, sandy and there were always chairs and shade. The drinks were good and plentiful. They only put one large bottle of water in your room, no beer or soda. We had to pay 16 pesos for the safe in the room. The resort is close to town, you can walk it or get a horse and buggie. Watch the price you pay, make sure you settle on a price per person before you accept. The workers are really friendly and they don't expect a tip for everything. I was a little disappointed because when I booked I asked for beach view and got road view, but I don't think there was any beach view at all. The entertainment was typical but enjoyable. Overall I enjoyed this resort because it was a good price and you get what you pay for.

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).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

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 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
  • 2 a la carte restaurants: Mexican and International, dress code & reservations required
  • 3 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
Kids Deals - One child 12 & under stays & eats free when sharing a room and existing beds with 2 adults; pay airfare & transfers only. Limited availability.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities daily at the Mini Club, playground, and kid's section of main pool. Babysitting services available (fee).

Wedding Packages - Available, please inquire for details.

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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  • 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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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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