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Melia Peninsula Varadero
Ranked #32 of 64 Hotels in Varadero
Ontario, Canada
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“Great hotel for the price”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

My family just returned from a week long stay at this resort and we had a great time. The resort was ok-definitely not a 5 star resort, but no major issues while we were there. The food was ok, there was always something to eat..even my fussy kids enjoyed the food, especially the pasta made to their specifications. There were a few concerns with food safety-eggs were not always cooked….cross contamination…etc, but so far we are not sick! We did however take our Dukoral before going. The 24 hour snack bar was perfect for quick snack of fries or pizza for the kids.
We stayed in room 2542 and immediately noticed a musty smell when we entered our room, but eventually that went away. The rooms were clean, ours was a bit rough in certain areas-bathroom especially-could use some updating. The beds were ok, we had 2 double beds and a cot in our room..the cot was like sleeping on a piece of plywood-it was completely rock hard! The A/C worked well and the rooms cooled off very quickly. There were tiny ants in our room, we were located on the ground level… and I wish that we requested 2nd level or higher. The staff were very friendly and helpful and were always pleasant. The grounds were clean and beautiful, the beach was stunning. Overall, it was a great holiday for an fantastic price! We paid $2100 for a family of 4! We booked last minute and would definitely return for the price we paid. June was a quiet time, and the weather was superb.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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3 Thank Katie T
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Director_Residente, Director Residente at Melia Peninsula Varadero, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear Katie T;

Thank you very much for all your comments; we are glad that you rated your holidays as “Great Time” and your kids enjoyed the pasta station and the snack bar at the main pool.

We are doing rooms updating, we started last year and this year we are updating more, I would like if you can inform us before your next visit to ensure that you will get a renovated room in a high floor to ensure that your holidays will be perfect.

Best Regards

David Salgado
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Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Melia Peninsula Varadero in May and it was not very busy at all. The food staff diffenately require assistance from management, regarding safe handling and keeping the buffet running. I felt as though if I needed something it was a bother (example bread) cause there was none...I asked 2 staff then management after they dissappear ed for 10 mins then they fully stocked it.the beach lunch area was terrible, especially the cooks there, they just don't like their job, or don't like English Speaking people. The waiter/ waitress staff were excellent...2 especially...we always sat in the same area and we were very impressed with the service. The room we stayed in 1724 which was second level, we had to have the air conditioning fixed, the room was very musty smelling, and 1725 was third level, a very clean room, had to get the safe battery replaced but they did that all in a timely manner. The housekeeping staff was fantistic !! The bartenders
were not overly friendly.All in all a good vacation for some rest and relaxation in Varadero Cuba.

  • Stayed May 2014
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4 Thank LittleMrsSunshine10
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Director_Residente, Director Residente at Melia Peninsula Varadero, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Dear LittleMrsSunshine10;
Thank you very much for all your comments, as always we are taking all your comments in a very positive way and as a tool to improve our guest satisfaction.
We are glad that you liked the room number 1725 in the third level and the housekeeping service.

The most important is that you rated your holiday as good and you got nice rest and relaxation time.

Again thank you for your feedback and you can be sure that we will use it to improve.

Best regards;

David Salgado
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Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

It was my boyfriend and I going away for the first time and as soon as we got there we knew we picked a fabulous resort! The people are so welcoming and friendly we just couldnt believe it. This hotel had it's bad reviews and as a young person I can understand why people who have more experience at different resorts may feel this one is not a 5 star, however you get what you pay for. Cuba was cheap, food was good, beach was amazing, people were overly nice, the only thing that we felt wasn't good (which actually is our fault) is that it's more of a vacation resort for families and married couples. It's an older crowd at this resort which means it's quieter and the night life isn't really happenin'. But this resort is perfect for couples who want a clean and quiet vacation with great food and unlimited drinks!

  • Stayed June 2014
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5 Thank Samlampkin23
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Director_Residente, Director Residente at Melia Peninsula Varadero, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Dear Samantha L;

Thank you very much for all your comments, we are glad to know that you choose us for your first holidays and we are happier to know that you enjoyed.
I am sure that if you comeback in different season you will feel the party, the age of our guest is depends on the month, we have a disco club open until 2am and sometimes is totally full with young people, but as the hotel is big we have entertainment to all the ages to ensure everyone can choose their style.

I hope you will come back soon and you will enjoy again.

Best regards;

David Salgado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

My Friend and I have just come back from a holiday at the Melia Penninsula May 2014 and were very disappointed with the quality of the hotel rated 4.5 star by Thomas Cook and 5 star by the hotel, let me list things that were wrong with the supposed 5 star hotel dirty bed covers' no lock on patio doors (when reported told it would be fixed the next day never fixed) stagnant water around the main bar area bearing in mind that denger fever exits in Cuba from June to Nov where mosquitoes breed, many of the plates in the dinning room had large chips out of them, most of the sun beds around the pool had bird droppings on them the pool was very shabby
When we booked we were told there was a adults pool area but couldn't understand why there was so mainly children around the adult pool until we realized the children s pool and play area were closed. The food was of poor quality always cold, no menu for food at the snack bar or menu for cocktails at any of the drinks bars, drinks were of poor quality and on several occasions some types of drinks not available.
If you do visit Melia Penninsula and are expecting 4/5star then this is not the hotel for you

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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5 Thank elaine k
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Director_Residente, Director Residente at Melia Peninsula Varadero, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Dear Elaine k;

Firstly I would like to thank you for all your comments and for the feedback, as always we take all the comments in a very positive way and will work to ensure to offer the best to our valued guests.
We are chlorinating the lagoon and changing water every few days, also we have a pest control company working on daily basis with a program to ensure all the pest are well controlled.
We did some maintenance in our kids area, now is already open, we do not offer exclusive adult pool, we have two different areas one area for families and another one for adults, but those areas are not exclusive, usually the families wants to use the family area as we have toboggans, castle, PlayStations, Wii´s, etc… I would like to apologize for any misunderstand and for the problems that you had.
We already fixed the issue with the menu; we have already menus at the snack bar and also cocktail and beverage list at the bar.

I hope to have the chance to be considered again as your holiday destination to show you all the actions that we took and give my thank you to you for all your helpful feedback.

Best regards

David Salgado
Director Residente
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

This Hotel has had its bad reviews and i was worried after reading them. BUT this hotel is a fantastic resort. the grounds look fantastic , The staff are great , the Food caters for all,yeah it's buffet food but they more than catered for all people.

I had a stress free stay , met great people and would highly recommend this hotel.

The entertainment at night was good.

The Japanese restaurant is a must.

juanito in the buffet restaurant was a top bloke - Cheeeers Mate :)

Room Tip: We stopped in 2733 top room clean , tidy and the Air con was great. mini bar stocked all the time.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Mark W
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Director_Residente, Director Residente at Melia Peninsula Varadero, responded to this review, 29 May 2014
Dear Whitoni;

Thank you so much for your comments; we are very glad that you had a stress free stay in our beautiful and relaxing Resort.

I will pass all your comments to my team and especially to Juanito.

We add more night animation to ensure that everybody have a chance to choose and enjoy the entertainment.

Hopefully you will come back soon and do not forget to inform us before your next visit.

Best regards;

David Salgado
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Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

The resort and the staff were great. We were treated so well. There was a lot of wonderful food, restaurants and a great pool an gorgeous beach. We would go back in a heartbeat. Abel was a great help with any questions we had. This was our first tropical vacation. So memorable.

  • Stayed April 2014
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6 Thank Kralcewicz
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Director_Residente, Director Residente at Melia Peninsula Varadero, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear Kralcewicz;

Thank you very much for all your comments, we are very glad to know that you enjoyed your holidays in our beautiful Resort.
I will pass your comments to Abel, I am sure he is going to be very happy and he will appreciate.

We hope see you very soon and do not forget to inform us before your next visit.

Best regards;

David Salgado
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Didnt really know what to expect as I had not been to Cuba before. Everything exceeded anything I had heard. A beautiful resort, great people, couldnt ask for anything more! Would definately recommend this resort to anyone!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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10 Thank Scraboo
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MPV_DirComercial, Director General at Melia Peninsula Varadero, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Dear Scraboo:

Thank you very much for your refreshing comments! It was a pleasure to read you and to share your joy!

We are very well concentrated on your needs here at Meliá. We know that every guest is different and that is why it is important for us to know your preferences in order to satisfy them. Your satisfaction is the only purpose of our staff. If we have reached it, we did our job. It all comes down to you! We would not be who we are without you!

We appreciate your have recommended us to other travelers, and hope to meet you back soon.

Fabrizio Testoni
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Property: Melia Peninsula Varadero
Address: Parque Natural de Punta Hicacos | Matanzas, Varadero 42200, Cuba (Formerly Tryp Peninsula Varadero)
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Matanzas Province > Varadero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Varadero
#15 Romantic Hotel in Varadero
#24 Top resorts Hotel in Varadero
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Varadero
#27 Luxury Hotel in Varadero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Melia Peninsula Varadero 5*
Number of rooms: 581
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 
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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
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