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
  • Jellybean99Toronto : Toronto
R&R vacation - no frills - but nice

We stayed at the Barlovento the first week of August. The resort was small (perfect for us). The room was average - the woman who cleaned our room was so sweet and kind. The food at the buffet was repetitive - but we never went hungry. The drinks were great - the beach was beautiful! Overall it was a nice little trip - lots of rest and relaxation.

  • ImissPlaya : Toronto, Canada
Roc Barlovento - Comfy, Cozy and Quality Hotel at an Affordable Price...

I have just returned last night from a week vacation at the Roc Barlovento Hotel. My first time at this venue as a frequent visitor to Varadero. It is located approximately 4km from Caille 62 and The Beatles bar. Currency Exchange from Canadian dollar to CUC at this time: Airport rate is .73, Barlovento rate is also .73. International Bank at Caille 32 rate is .76. However, as you will need to pay for a taxi to get to the bank, it is just as good to exchange at the airport or at the hotel. As usual, I don't set my expectations too high when staying at a hotel for the first time. Sort of allowing for discovery, experience and mitigating disappointments. Upon arrival, it was a quick process to get the room with the specifications I had made when I placed my reservation. Room 104 - ground level with a pool view. King size bed and everything worked fine from the air condition to water pressure. The washroom has a bath tub and shower. I had a beach towel in the room and late check out at 3PM as it is part of the Roc Plus bonus. Also, there were two 1.5 litre of water in the room upon arrival. Once empty - you get them refilled at the bar or the buffet. No need to buy at the boutique. To have use of the safe, you have to pay 2 CUCs per day. * Clean, * Quiet, * No bugs, * Proximity to the pool, buffet restaurant, lobby and lobby bar. Also it is accessible for people with limited mobility - they have a ''ramp'' for wheelchairs and walkers. There are two pools. The one located nearby my room has more shade (sort of cabanas) and lots of loungers available. Daily cleaning and proper chlorination as well. It is also where the animation takes place. Relaxing music every morning followed by the activities in the afternoon. Excellent animation team. The second pool doesn't have much shade. At this time of the year, the temperature is scorching hot. So beware that you will be roasting as a BBQ chicken in the bare sun. To get to the beach, you will walk a few minutes and find all the amenities ie: beach bar, grill, chairs and palapas as it is pretty standard anywhere on Varadero Beach. Nothing very special there. Food: Buffet style - very good and fresh but a repetitive menu and at this time there are several fruits and vegetables that are not available. So, expect a limited variety. Great service by the staff in the main buffet restaurant. They deserve kudos and tips. The lobby bar - opened 24 hours. Great drink selection and excellent coffee. Staff is friendly and deliver a great service. There also, they have shortage of a variety of things. So, tame your expectations. You can buy premium brands at a reasonable price as well. In conclusion, I am happy with the overall service, accommodation and cleanliness. A very good experience. Also, the hotel has appointed a new Director. I believe he is from Germany. He was very busy last week as it was is first week. So, I had just a few minutes to speak with him. He seems very dedicated.

  • Tasha P :
Great Value for Money, A Truly Lovely Resort.

I don't want to repeat over a lot of what others have said.... butI would like to say first off that the staff and this resort in general really do everything they can to give you a good time, it is not the hotels fault or staff if you're not in the mood for whatever that day... They put in 110%. The staff work extremely hard and the resort is a credit to that.The buffet was plentiful and the food was good, sometimes it was even great. The coffee was fabulous. Rooms were clean, air conditioning was great and the water pressure and temperature of the shower was much better than home.Beach was A*, pool area was wonderful. Seemed to be all new sun shades around the pool area, very nice quality.We went on some nice well priced trips organized initially by the lovely lady that sits in the lobby at the tour desk daily.Entertainment was beyond amazing, the Magic Show and the Aqua Ballet especially. But the 'in house' entertainment was also very good.Great position for the Market, Atm and bank in the other direction only a few minutes walk. This hotel was at the beginning of Varadero so therefore not in the thick of tourist central but felt very safe and lots to see and do.*Side note, our checked luggage never made it back & was missing held by Varadero customs for 2 weeks, it finally arrived back with us yesterday, it was packed full & everything inside came back not one thing missing or damaged. :)

  • Dave J :
Birthday vacation in Cuba

Had a great time the staff was so friendly,the shows we're very good and the beach excellent, food was good. This resort was close to the flea market bonus, you can even walk to it about 20min walk. The lobby bar is open 24hrs.

  • Linda D :
Adults only????

So my boyfriend and I just got back from a two week stay at Roc Barlovento . It has some great staff working there and that is what made our trip. Ernesto at the bar is hilarious and so friendly. Yuleni at the beach bar is so sweet .. we loved her. We also got to know Sergio who happens to be Ernesto's father in law . He is great! Both a la cartes are run by Yuniel. Yuniel is so sweet and kind and the food at the Fusion and the Mexican was awesome! The service from Yuniel was 5 star! At the beach, you will meet Daniel, he is a genuinely kind soul. He had our chairs ready for us everyday. When we gave him a tip or gift, he would tear up he was so grateful! The resort itself is older but it is clean and because it is a smaller resort, nothing is far from you. The food was great as well. It is an Italian chef and he works very hard! The beach is beautiful! However, if you can't swim don't count on the lifeguards to save you. They spend all day sleeping or drinking . They also try to get people off the beach to pay 2 pesos for a beach chair on the resort or try to sell cigars!!! Even if it is a family with young children, the lifeguards and security allow them on the beach chairs. That's right! This is supposed to be adults only! Poor Daniel is the only one who is trying to keep non resort people off the beach chairs and he is only 20 years old with a very soft heart. We would see him shed a tear when he had to kick the families off the resort, which by the way..is not his job!!!! Oh security.. yes. That is their job. What do they do? Absolutely nothing except to search for shade. It is pathetic ! Having said that, Alexander who is security at the lobby is great! He works hard and is very friendly. I would hate for him to lumped in with the beach security. I am really not one to complain to management but I did, twice. The "big boss" as everyone calls him seemed to be very on top of things at the buffets but I think he needs to spend more time at the beach making sure that the tourists or the locals don't take chairs from the people who paid a lot of money to be there!! He also needs to keep an eye on the lifeguards, someone will drown if this continues and that would be so sad and avoidable if the lifeguards did their job. You don't have to tip to get good service but the workers that work here don't make much money and are so appreciative of a tip. It goes a long way for them . If we go back it will be because of the wonderful staff that made our trip for us. Our decision will be made after we hear from two other couples who are going in August. If things haven't changed at the beach, we won't be back!

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
  • 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.

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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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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