We arrived at the hotel on the 13th of July and checked in right away. The room was not ready as stated (still being cleaned), but what's another 10 minutes to wait after a 3 hour flight. The bed was comfortable, the AC and fan worked and the fridge was restored every day.
Staff: couldn't have had a more friendly group of people working there. A simple hola goes a long way.
Pool: nice and cool at 12 PM but warmed up in the later afternoon. It's a pool outdoors with a reflective surface (it will get warm) and it didn't hurt that it was almost 42 degrees with the humidity. Ample umbrellas to hide under.
The beach: loved it, wish I was still sitting or swimming in it.
The food: PLEASE CUT DOWN ON THE SALT. I Have high blood pressure, after the first day of eating I felt dizzy. I switched from the meat dishes to more salads. Lots of variety at all restaurants.
A la carte: based on North American standards, they were good. Actually, they were the best meals throughout the week. Never felt rushed and made some interesting friends at the Japanese restaurant.
Tours: did the varadero city tour - was ok. Went to Habana for the day and stayed for the Tropicana show - if you can, do it. Island jeep safari: my best day, I drove the Jeep. Reminded me of my youth full days.
Overall: I got what I expected and I enjoyed my expereince there. Too bad I never got the names of the two women from Germany that were celebrating the win on Sunday and the random run ins through out the week. There were a lot of young people at the hotel (under 18), but not a problem - no drama.
I would say go, enjoy the hotel, the city, the people, the history, the culture..but remember, this is cuba and not Canada.
Loved it, will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the beach of Varadero. Iberostar's first 5 star hotel in Cuba. Luxury and comfort in an elegant atmosphere. Top gastronomy and excellent service. Equipped for every kind of meeting, gala dinner, party, etc.. Ideal for groups & incentives. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Iberostar Varadero Cuba
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