Just returned from a week at Breezes Varadero. It was our first time and my husband and I were not sure what to expect....we usually stay at the Melia las Americas. While it is not the Melia, we had a great time with our friends who chose the resort, and give it a four star rating because it is great value, and because the staff were more welcoming, friendlier and kinder than any I have encountered in the carribean. They work hard and do not seem to resent serving patrons like some at other resorts. The resort is tired, but maintenance is good. The beach is fantastic; you can walk for miles. There is just one pool but it is large and I did not have difficulty finding a place to do laps. The loungers at the pool are new and comfortable. I did not enjoy the food at all, but our friends did. There are birds at the buffet, netting notwithstanding. Alcohol is not top shelf and I do not know if it is available.... I did not see any. But I did not have a problem finding a drink I liked. I would hesitate to recommend this resort for those looking to party and be very active. (This resort is adults only.) Most of the patrons were older.
CHECK IN. We arrived with a bus load but check in was efficient. We were not in the same building as our friends and were asked to come back in an hour. We did, and were kindly placed in the same block as our friends....block "b", at the outskirts of the resort.
ROOMS. Block "b" has not been renovated/refreshed and I was not comfortable in the room. Sometimes rooms are so tired it is not possible to tell if they are clean. Our friends did not mind it, so it is a matter of personal preference. The suite was large, with a extra room at the end opposite the balcony and everything seemed to work. There are 2 double beds pushed together, hair dryer, iron and board, fridge, coffee maker and quiet air conditioning.
When you arrive at your room you will find a bottle of rum and cigars. The fridge is stocked with water and pop, but it will not be refreshed ...you have to go to the bar or buffet for more if you want water for tea or coffee. We had to take the caraf to the bar to get ice. There are no ice machines or buckets. The bathroom is stocked with the small bottles of shampoo, lotion and shower gel. These are refreshed. There hand towels but no wash cloths. If you need facial tissue, be sure to bring your own...there was just one small package. The next day, with Tanya's help, we were able to upgrade to "J" block which has been renovated and the room was fantastic...same size and configuration as that in b block but refreshed. Block "J" is centrally located and the patios and balconnies (2 floors) face the pool. For Canadians, if you book air canada vacations, you will be placed in an upgraded block. If you book Nolitours, you will be placed in an older building or the "disco building" which is noisey.
BEACH AND POOL. Beach chairs are a little tired but still quite comfortable. There are lots of cabanas. There are a few fantastic beds with huge vinyl covered matresses...very comfy and I have never seen these anywhere before. Folks get to the beach early...around 7, to reserve these and other chairs in the prime locations. The beach is quiet ....you can faintly hear the music from the pool. Beach security is 24/7 so you can swim comfortably at night. Vendors do walk up and down the beach but they do not approach you. The pool deck is a little rough...wear sandals for fear of broken glass, and the pool has not been painted below the water line for awhile, but it is cleaned regularly and I enjoyed my swims.
FOOD. The buffet is open at set times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You have the option of having hamburgs and hotdogs and pizza at the beach bar. There is no mustard or relish or mayo but lots of other fixings. Carlos is lovely and he dispenses great hugs. There are tasty sandwiches at the lobby bar and fantastic special coffees at the coffee bar which became one of our favourite places. We ate off resort in varadero at the Pink Cow and it was a fantastic experience. The pizza margarita is fabulous as a starter and the mains are 6 to 15 convertible pesos. My margarita was the best I have ever had for 2.25 pesos.
ACTIVITIES. We did not take in the shows or the disco. We all had colds so went to bed early. There did not seem to too much going on at the pool....volleyball and bingo. There was an activity board, a games room with pool and ping pong and a fairly well equipped gym. There were massages for 25 cuc. We did go to Havana and would highly recommend it. We also did the tour of varadero for 9 pesos and that was great. Golf is included but you have to take a short taxi ride.
All in all we had a great time and although while at the resort, I did not think I would go back, now I am sure I will. i have tried to be objective about my review, but much of these things are personal preference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Los Cactus is a Super-Inclusive Resort for adults -singles and couples 12 years and older , where all meals, wine, local and international beverages, water sports, land sports with equipment and instruction, entertainment and other activities are included in one single price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Breezes Varadero Hotel Varadero
- Breezes Hotel Varadero
- Varadero Breezes Hotel
- Breezes Varadero Cuba
- Superclubs Breezes Varadero Hotel