We were at the Melia Peninsula Varadero from March 31- April 7, 2013 and would not recommend it for those who like it peaceful and quiet. I got very sick there from bad food at the buffet; fortunately I'd had my Dukoral doses and took Immodium with me or it may have been worse. Still, it took days to recover.
Check-in was fast but it was late and there were only about eight of us from the airport. We asked for a quiet room in English and Spanish and got a room at poolside which was very noisy in the afternoons with the music and the activities through the sound system. Even the instructor of the aqua aerobics blew her whistle for every beat, which also went through her mic.
Our room’s closet had open slats in the ceiling and you could see up into the mechanical area above. Behind the two tiny drawers in it was a cement wall thus allowing ants and bugs into our room. It was in block 15. The maids were efficient but lowered the AC to 19 o C daily when we had it set at 24 o C.The lock on the balcony door was broken and repaired quickly but broke again, thus locking everyone out including the maids.
The pool and the beach are both very nice as are the gardens. The gardeners work hard planting and maintaining them.
The bank/ money exchange in the lobby was always slow with long lines.
The buffet was always very busy and noisy with average food while the two restaurants were very nice and had good food. The live music at the hotel was always great but children ran around screaming and riding their scooters during the evening pianist in the lobby while their parents and staff sat oblivious for five nights. When I spoke with the resort staff about them they said, “It is a family hotel.” The hotel’s stereo was on at one end of the lobby while the live pianist played at the other so I asked them to turn it off, which they did. The live shows in the theatre at night were also very well done.
The Cuban restaurant had a great Cuban band from 1:30 – 3 p.m. some days and a fairly good food at the buffet at lunch.
If you have problems speak to your tour rep. Ours was helpful.
We took the City Tour which was good and well worth the $8 CUC.
We had been to Varadero and other places in Holguin before many times but would not return to this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All inclusive resort ideal for families, with a dedicated children's area, a marvelous tranquil beach, full of activities for all ages. Honeymooners also get special treatment in a quiet special area. Tennis courts, gym, non motorized water sports, drinks, a la carte and buffet dining included. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tryp Peninsula Varadero Hotel Varadero
- Tryp Peninsula Cuba
- Peninsula Varadero
- Tryp Varadero
- Varadero Peninsula
- Tryp Peninsula Varadero Cuba
- Tryp Peninsula Hotel Varadero Beach
- Varadero Beach Tryp Peninsula