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Our OpinionA 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.
Friendly staff, short walk to the beach, clean rooms. All at a reasonable rate. Staff had lots of great ideas and suggestions for tours. Felt very safe on and off the resort. Would definitely go again.
Just cameback from Roc Barlovento and must say it is not a 4 or 5 stars resort. The plumbing needs major renovation. My room was on the third floor (top floor) and had no water pressure whatsoever and barely any hot water. The food was great, either at the buffet or a la carte, gained like 5 lbs during my week there. The beach is AMAZING and all the pools are nice and clean. The only negative at the beach is that they dont have enough chairs. The staff were mostly friendly except a couple waiters (Jose Manuel).This resort is not for everybody, I would only go back if I was on the ground floor due to bad water pressure.
We spent a week at this adults only 3 1/2 star resort on the edge of Varadero. Less than a 5 minute walk to local bars, shopping or the hop on hop off bus.First the good points. The beach is fantastic but everyone knows this. The resort is a typical Cuban resort being a little weathered with cracked cement etc. Overall things were well manicured and very tidy. We had a basic room overlooking the pool area. Acceptable for sleeping at night but a bit noisy throughout the day. All music did stop at 11 pm. Surprisingly the food was above average for Cuban food. As everyone will tell you, there is always something you can eat to sustain you while you are there. Guess It is unnecessary to mention that cuba is not a destination if you are a foodie.Now a few BAD points.The hot water did run out every day and when you have a hot shower there is virtually no pressure. As frequent Cuba visitors we adapted. Avoid morning or early evening showers as they are peak demand times. 2:30 in the afternoon worked for us.Next point follows the no water issue. At checkout time we had a late flight. Late checkout was not available neither was a room to shower before leaving the resort.The clerk at the front desk showed no desire to help even after I told her our room had no hot water.Her dismissive attitude did annoy me but hey its Cuba.Be wary! At the beach grill they use the same utensils for handling raw meat and serving cooked food. That's a big NO NO!!!In summary. Roc Barlovento, Varadero is a great Cuba Resort and a I recommend it to anyone for an adults only Vacation at a great price. Be wary of the negatives and work around them.
Our experience started at about 4am. We booked through sunwing. The desk staff was a bit cold as we checked in. I'll chalk it up to being night shift. We were surprised to see our room consisted of two small beds as that was not what I had booked. We didn't complain. Now this was our first trip outside Canada, and after reading lots of reviews etc on Cuba my expectations weren't real high. I found the cleanliness of the hotel to be about average, even for Cuba. The main lobby bathroom ran out of toilet paper constantly, but I'm pretty sure its due to high traffic area of people with travelers diarrhea. The food was not awful, but not amazing. 3/4 of us did get sick from the food. The outdoor bbq area is what we suspect but can't prove. The cuban coffee is really good. The alcoholic drinks are half and half. So strong. The pools are somewhat disappointing, VERY shallow. But clean. There were cats/dogs roaming around, which was normal for varadero. The beach is a short walk, with a beach bar. The bartender at the beach was awesome and she made better drinks then the lobby. Ask for the "special". Very frustrating getting a chair unless you are early, or after 3pm. We made it work. The beach is beautiful! The biggest annoyance would be the beach towels. You MUST go to the clubhouse at 10am or you will have issues getting a clean towel/towel as they run out fast. This is something they could improve on. The restaurants with reservations, we went to the mexican one a lot.. just tip and they will let you come back. Not amazing food but good to get away from the buffet. The location of this hotel was really good. You can walk the strip easily. They will tell you it is far, but it really isn't. You can walk, but take a taxi easily at anytime when you feel like being lazy as you will be constantly honked at. The resort is mostly seniors, which was fine with me as we are not huge party animals. Quiet at night. Some staff was really helpful with connecting us with private tours that were cheaper to places like havana and matanza. I suggest the private tours! Also check out coral beach. We did a catamaran tour which we were really happy with-through sunwing. Getting to and from the airport was easy, no issues.My biggest piss off with this trip was that our flight was at 330AM. But we had to check out at noon, give our towels up. We were allowed to store our baggage in a locked room until 9pm. Which they did not inform us only until 9pm. Thank god we found out. We roamed the resort all day and night without towels. The staff were not helpful at all with accomodating us further in this situation.
Most of the staff are rude, not enough lounges on the beach. Cards used for rooms can be used in other rooms. It is more suitable if your going there just to relax and are an older couple. The nightly shows are okay.. but other than that pretty boring. Also, they are located closely to a refinery and if you have any illnesses pertaining to air quality, not a place to be as it can be unbearable to breathe at times, especially in the mornings. I suggest if your going to visit varadero on a positive vibe.. stay at resorts further down the strip.
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- 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
- 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
- Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool once/week
- Beach volleyball
- Air rifle shooting
- 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
- Internet (fee)
- Car rental
- 18-hole golf course 12 km away
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Satellite TV
- Mini-bar (fee)
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Small balcony or patio
- Max occupancy 3 persons
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).
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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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