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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 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.


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  • Passscoool : Mont Tremblant, Canada
It was our 3rd time and we are going back soon!

It was our 3rd time at the Roc Barlovento at the end of April 2017 and we will be back at the end of November for our 4th time! It is a nice small intimate resort well located downtown Varadero. In addition, we love it because it is a short shuttle bus ride from the Airport (20-25 min). Great staff that have been there for a long time. At the buffet, Eyfrein is a happy waiter giving us a great professional service! Sometimes he was a buss boy but they should keep him as a waiter full time! The A la carte restaurants were good too. At the Mexican, the small blond waitress was good and accommodating. From the Mexican restaurant, I miss the funny Ramon that is now retired I think, they should bring him back too from retirement! Great animation staff team including the very funny Regal! They had great fun games in the afternoon! The pool boy was doing a great job daily to maintain a well cleaned pool! The lobby and The show Bar teams were doing a great job too! Even the ladys at the shop were nice and generous of their time. In general, they have a really good staff team doing a great job and making you feel like home!!!! We had some small challenges/request during our stay and the guy at the guest services desk (I forgot his name, sorry) did his best to honour them! One day I had even a surprise with a suggestion I did for a dessert and the next day it was on the buffet! The GM and his team definitely care of our satisfaction and it shows! We look forward to go back at the end of November! THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT VACATION WE HAD IN APRIL! Pascal & Nancy + Remi & Julie!

  • paul79306 : Brooks, Canada
It was a last minute trip for a surprisefor a friend

I like the hotel was nice, they were still doing some clean up from irma but it was good. the staff was good people, they worked hard to make sure you had a good stay. The hotel was a adult only hotel. They had some younger people but, not kids mostly french canadians , and older people...

  • Diana D :
Looking forward to returning!

Great all inclusive hotel right on the beach that is a perfect starting point for a complete Varadero bus tour. Buffet offered a variety of foods, shows were entertaining, rooms were clean with comfortable mattresses, pools sparkled, outside BBQ was a nice touch and walking distance to the Artisan Market made it an ideal and convenient location. All of the employees were extremely pleasant and accommodating and the bartenders made the most delicious Pina Coladas! Best least expensive all inclusive hotel at the entrance of Varadero. Thanks to Zeikel (Public Relations Director) for ensuring that my experience with my parents at your hotel was a memorable one. We are all looking forward to returning this summer! Best Regards!!! Diana Dolce

  • AdventurerST : Toronto, Canada
Better than your average hotel in Varadero, Cuba.

The onset of our stay at Hotel Roc Barlovento was not ideal. It was after 10:30PM on a Thursday night, and we were travel weary and famished when we first arrived at the hotel. The older lady who checked us in was far from pleasant or helpful. We had a hard time getting any kind of information out of her, including where we could get something to eat at such a late hour. We finally located the after-hours snack bar that serves snacks after 11:00PM. Picture our horrified reactions when we decided to have the burgers, and a frustrated-looking “chef” throws a bunch of frozen beef patties into smoking hot, stale oil - burning the patties in seconds and serving them on dry buns. They were not edible in the least: the patties were burnt on the outside and raw inside. We had no choice but to eat the buns and throw away the meat. The next day our luck on the food front changed completely - great buffet breakfast; amazing Friday beach Cuban barbecue lunch, and a better assortment of foods (compared to any of the other five Cuban hotels that we've stayed at in the past) to choose from for the dinner buffet. The actual meal-time service from the waiting staff during meals was hit or miss. We even tried tipping them to see if their service would improve, but there was no change. If you are practical, you can grab what you need on your own. When no one came forward to set a table for our family, we would just walk around the room looking for unused napkins, glasses, and cutlery from the staff stations and other guests’ tables. You can get your own coffee and juice during breakfast, and it is not a big deal if no one offers you wine or beverages during your buffet meals: there are bars with wonderful and professional bartenders like Sergio and Joel who will happily serve you whatever you want to drink before and after meals. I must mention here, the two a la carte restaurants (Fusion and Mexican food) were great – both the service as well as the food. We also learnt that the after-hours snack bar “chef" on Thursday nights was different one from the “actual chef” who works from Friday to Wednesday – this chef is really much better at his job and much more courteous than the Thursday night guy that we had the misfortune to deal with. The after-dinner entertainment was great. The maid who cleaned our room was nice and did a decent job of keeping our room neat and well stocked. It was not always easy to find a shady spot at the beach or proper loungers, so we spent a lot of time in the hotel's main pool area. Except for the bar right next to the beach, all the other hotel bars and their staff were awesome. We had taken the “Roc-Plus” option when we were booking our vacation. Subject to availability, you can get a late check out time of 3:00PM. As our flight was originally scheduled to leave on Thursday at 10:35PM, and our airport transport was not picking us up from the hotel until 7:50PM, we made sure to ask the reception staff on three separate occasions if we would get to keep our room for a little longer on the last day of our stay. Each time, we were assured that there would be no problem. When the actual last day of our vacation arrived, we went over to the hotel reception desk to reconfirm our late check-out time. We found the very same older lady who had originally checked us in a week ago: Madelaine. Suddenly, she is telling us that there is no way that we can keep our room until 3:00PM, even when we told her that we were willing to pay the extra CUC$25 late check-out fee. The proper check-out time is 12:00PM, and we had just over an hour to pack our belongings and vacate our room. Since more than half our packing was done in advance, we managed to get everything done on time. Of course, there are no elevators in this hotel and carrying our heavy luggage down from our third floor room and dragging it all the way to the hotel lobby in the sweltering heat was no fun. When we got back to the reception desk, Madelaine demanded why we hadn’t brought the beach towels that the hotel provides in each room with us. We have been to Cuba five times before this and in no other place have we been asked to do this. The issue was not actually bringing the three unused towels (we never use the hotel towels provided and prefer to carry our own whenever we go on vacation) back to reception with us, but the fact that we had not once been told that it was expected of us. My wife tried to ask Madelaine why she hadn’t informed us about this rule before, but she was brushed aside. Frustrated, my wife went to back to our former room to retrieve the towels. Meanwhile, Madelaine pulled out a pair of scissors and told me and my son that she wanted to cut off our hotel recognition wristbands. I am no troublemaker, but I had already had an unpleasant experience with one of the bartenders at the bar right next to the beach – he wanted to know if I was an actual hotel guest when I was actually wearing the wristband! I told Madelaine that it was too early in the day for her to do that, and we were more than happy to let them cut the bands off in a few more hours. When my wife returned with the towels, she was still upset and asked Madelaine for her name because she felt that she had not done a proper job of providing us with essential information from the very beginning of our stay. Madelaine seemed to panic, trying to hide her name tag, picking up her phone and threatening to call her hotel manager. Although it was not under very desirable circumstances, we met with this hotel’s wonderful manager, Klaus, for the very first time. He is a very hardworking, humble, and kind German gentleman. He listened to us patiently and apologized for the unpleasant experience that we had had. Klaus’s mediation made the rest of our day something to look forward to. Incidentally, due to Hurricane Irma, our flight was delayed until 2:25AM the next day, and our hotel transport bus picked us up from the hotel after 11:15PM.

  • Bpops : Bpops
Very impressed - clean and comfortable!

We stayed here for two weeks in September 2017 and were very impressed. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The beach was very clean and there were no issues with using the beach chairs. The staff was helpful and accommodating. The food was very tasty and the buffet for every meal included more than we could possibly eat. Unfortunately we could not dine at the restaurants because Hurricane Irma arrived. However, again we were impressed - we felt very safe and the staff even delivered meals to our room throughout the storm. After the storm, the hotel did the best it could with limited power and water and we were happy with the efforts made to keep us comfortable. We will definitely be staying here again and would recommend it to others.

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
  • 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

Wedding Packages - Available, please inquire for 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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