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“Went to relax...came back relaxed!”
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Hotel Bella Costa
Ranked #25 of 64 Hotels in Varadero
Richmond, Canada
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“Went to relax...came back relaxed!”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

We are a family of 5 that stayed in a family suite in the villa area. We had a view of the whirlpool area and beach which was outstanding. On the front of our suite was a balcony with a view of a courtyard area, which was landscaped nicely. I won't pretend to be an expert traveller or connoisseur of the all-inclusive resort, but we all had a really really good time. The suite was a little quirky...some light bulbs didn't work, shower curtain didn't go end-to-end, one night-stand drawer didn't have a handle, the stairs were a little 'creaky'. Overall, we were very happy with the size of the suite and it did serve it's purpose...after all, we weren't there to spend a week inside a hotel room! The linens and towels were changed every day and housekeeper was friendly and super-nice.

It was very clean...the pool was cleaned every morning by staff, the whirlpools (they have two) were emptied and scrubbed in the morning as well (we could see them from our room). The beach was raked. The Bella Costa beach is pretty long, and there is a private area for Nolitours customers (which we were), but we rarely stayed there....instead just grabbed the first are where we could fit the five of us. The water was amazing...a nice quick shock of cold at first, and after about 1 or 2 minutes it seems so warm.

I have a couple of friends who stayed in Cuba saying the food was so-so, or 'okay.' Everyone's personal taste of food will be different, so take it with a grain of salt...I didn't mind it. The buffet's had quite an assortment. I found the bread to be very good, and the fresh fruit was out-of-this-world (pineapple was my favourite). There was a fair assortment of vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese. They even had hamburgers, hot-dogs, pizza and french fries. There was an omelette station in the morning, which bettered a high-end buffet omelette station here in BC. At dinner they had a pasta station which was very nice. We ate at all three a la carte restaurants. The Japanese restaurant was not Japanese food (except for the appetizer maki sushi), but was tasty none-the-less. The Cuban restaurant was pretty much the same as the buffet food (we even had to get up and get it ourselves), so that wasn't very impressive. One thing about the Cuban restaurant, was the main dish seemed very very salty...The Italian restaurant I found outstanding. Nice ambience, live paino music, and the next course came very soon after clearing the dishes from the previous course (this may not be the norm though...it was New Year's Eve when we went to the Italian restaurant).

Drinks were good...never had a problem with any of the drinks...except they ran out of mint often and early, so get your mojito's in the early afternoon! If you like coffee, get it at the lobby bar. Ask for 'coffee with milk' and they make you a latte (the other bars and buffet made coffee and just poured milk inside). The pina colada's at the lobby bar seemed to taste better as well!?!

Entertainment...again, I am fairly easy to please, so I didn't find the entertainment too bad. They had a group of 'house dancers' that are obviously professional and take their career seriously, but seemed a little 'ungraceful' at times. One show that was really good was the water ballet. It was a differet group, and they performed at night in the pool...I would probably pay separately to see that act, it was very entertaining.

When you tip the people, they are very grateful and put it into the tip jar under the bar for sharing later. But when you give them gifts, they seem to appreciate it much more. Their faces light up and a couple of them come around to give you a hug! We gave some basic items like soap, toothpaste, t-shirts, pens etc...and it seemed to go over very well. My wife provided our housekeeper with a little 'care package' the first time we met her, and the service after that was incredible. One of the locals told us the average salary in Cuba is 14 pesos per month (approx $14), for regular workers and around 40 per month for professionals. So, although tipping with money is very much appreciated, after they share amongst everyone, it probably won't go as far as an actual gift item.

One last thing...if you see guy with a machete, ask him to cut open a coconut for you...fresh coconut water was really good (even better if you add rum!).

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Woodbridge, Canada
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Fabulous trip.
We booked with Nolitours and had a villa for the week from christmas day to new years day. The weather during this time was beautiful...25-29 everyday, rained once at night during sleep time. ocean most days was very calm. We had a 1 bedroom room villa, with california king bed and a bed set up for the kids. Nice spacious living area, and 2 bathrooms and a big balcony facing the ocean. We gave little presents everyday for the maid to take home for her family....our room was clean and tidy and always received a note of thanks from her.
The Restaurants were not too bad. Jimmy's (everyday buffet) was good. Cuba isn't one for spices, but the food was good with a big selection. For the stations where they cook, find the cook u like and stick with them throughout ur stay.
The A La Carte- Japanese was the best, located in the 2 round of villas courtyard.
The Italian restaurant wasnt bad and the cuban one was ok as well.
The beach: very clean, crystal clear and warm. Booking through nolitours you also have your own private beach as well as the hotel beach which was nice if you wanted to relax in a more quiet environment.
Kidsclub, staff was super nice had many things for the kids to do. They also put on a show almost every night with a dance the kids learned how to do and performed on stage.
The regular show at night was quite entertaining.
the new years eve bash was fun filled day and night.
the staff at the resort were superb...friendly, always a smile never grumpy as i had read in some other reviews. no one expected a tip, no one bothered us on the beach with selling. they minded their business until you ask for something or would want to buy something from the vendors on the beach. Beach food when they had it was awesome.
suntan lotion and aloe are very expensive so bring enough with you from home.
What else can i say....loved this trip and would go back to this hotel in a heart beat!!!

Room Tip: If you book through nolitours you stay in a villa....all the villas are excellent and clean...the fu...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2012

This was our second time in Cuba and our first time visiting Varadero. The resort was really nice. People were friendly and our room was clean and well looked after. Cleanliness is extremely important for me and our room did not dissapoint. Our fridge was stocked daily with beer, pop, juice and water. After reading some of the reviews I was worried about the food but was really impressed. There is plenty of variety and believe me you won't go hungry. The beach was beautiful and plenty of chairs to sit on without having to reserve them early in the morning like some other resorts. Overall, it was an awesome relaxing getaway for my husband and I and would recommend this resort. Great value for the money we paid. Looking forward to visiting again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Saint John, Canada
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

i have been to cuba 3 times. so far am going again april 2112 went to bella costa last year with family. looking forward to see staff. stayed in hotel 3rd floor over looking pool. rooms are clean.staff very nice. close to town going back to al"s place food very good. this time the villas 2 weeks bars good food ok so enjoy. a please and thank you goes a long way.we are canadians eh

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

3rd time in Cuba - stayed in a 5 stars (Rio Veradero - 2 weeks) and 3.5 stars (Brisas Guardalava - Holguin) this past year and by far this is the worse I have been in. I compare my stays with the 3.5 star because of the overall feeling and ambiance that it had was above its star rating.

I stayed in the hotel itself and pleased with the room because I had the morning sun each morning with my morning coffee. Beach was beautiful and had some wonderful sunny days.

Resort - found very dark inside and felt there was no ambiance to the main sitting area.
Main food area - felt very claustrophobic and if they burned food, the smoke went everywhere.

Food - hot plates were always cold and I had to order a hot meal everytime from the servers. Variety was not there like the other resorts I have stayed at.

It was not worth the money and found no ambiance to the place or character. I had a good time but will never return there in the future.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Vaughan, Canada
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

We"re a family of six,between 52 and 17,first time in Cuba,the resort was always clean,the room very neat every day..all the people at the resort very nice,frendly and helpfull all the time,the food was great..you have many selection,no complain.The town very close and safe.The kids have amazing time making friends and enjoy it soo much!!We glad our stay over there we make friends too...and it's very important too,meet people for aound all place.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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London, England
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

Not the best hotel in the world. I understand that it's Cuba but the hotel was definitely a bit run down with mouldy shower curtains, rusty bath tub and leaking air con. Food was not great (but not terrible) drinks were pretty good and some staff were lovely whilst others only cracked a smile for a tip.
Pool area was ok and the beach was nice but covered in litter where people did not clean up after themselves and where the beach staff seemed to be employed to sleep in the bushes! It is also where sunbeds go to die. It you don't go with a bad back you will come back with one! Pool beds were good though. Otherwise could not fault the cleanliness of the place.
Evening shows were also surprisingly good.
Place just had a very 'holiday camp' feel to it.
All in I had a great holiday and if your looking for a no frills kind of place then you'll love it but if ur picky you probably won't.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Property: Hotel Bella Costa
Address: Carretera de las America km 3 1/2, Varadero 42200, Cuba (Formerly Breezes Resort Varadero)
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Matanzas Province > Varadero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Varadero
#14 Family Hotel in Varadero
#18 Top resorts Hotel in Varadero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 270
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Also Known As:
Breezes Bella Costa Varadero
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