We stayed at the Blau Marina Varadero at the end of a backpacking trip around Cuba. Varadero itself was a bit of a culture shock since most people speak English and it felt more like Southern Spain than Cuba.
Staff: Almost all of the staff were friendly, efficient and helpful.
Pricing: If you are not staying here as part of a package holiday, then book your stay online in your country of origin prior to arriving (or ask a relative to do this for you!). We were quoted $520 USD for two nights over the phone but my parents were able to reserve us the same two nights for $300 USD online.
Rooms: Fairly standard for resort hotels. Very comfortable double beds. The air conditioning was mercifully quiet. The room itself did smell quite damp. The 'mini-bar' consisted of a few cans of beer in a fridge that didn't work and smelt of ham.
Facilities: The lobby and bar area is tremendous and really has 'wow' factor. The beach is stunning and there are plenty of places to lie in the shade. Swimming pools are clean but relatively shallow. There is a quieter pool and a 'family' pool. Sports facilities were good although they were resurfacing the tennis court whilst we were there. The games room (table tennis, pool, table football) is great.
Food & drink: Evening meals were disappointing. Standard buffet fare was provided but the quality was average. Accompanying wine was only just edible. Unlike the rest of the country, cocktails are made with syrups rather than real fruit juice. We didn't try any of the 'specialist' dining areas. Breakfast and lunchtime meals were good.
Night-time entertainment: The dance show was OK but a little cheesy.
Despite the criticisms, we enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blau Marina Varadero Resort***** All Inclusive, is a luxurious hotel surrounded by beautiful gardens and unforgettable views that offers its clients superb service and comfortable environment. The 548 rooms and all the installations of 5 star All Inclusive hotel Blau Marina Varadero Resort***** offer the perfect combination for memorable family vacations. Blau Marina Varadero Resort***** offers its clients: Complete Twin rooms, Twins with Sea View and Suites All Inclusive package 6 Restaurants 6 Bars Daily and night animation 2 tennis courts 1 universal court Beach volleyball Non-motorized water sports (catamaran, snorkelling, windsurf) Fitness and aerobics rooms Parking 3 pools for adults 1 pools for children Playground Sport Club (library, billiard, ping pong...) Conference hall with capacity of 300 seats Business centre Souvenirs and boutique Wifi (Looby and meeting room. With charge) Blau Marina Varadero Resort***** ALL INCLUSIVE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Buffet restaurant Typical Cuban dinner once a week Selection of national and international drinks (top brands with extra cost) 2 tennis courts Courts reservation and necessary equipment 1 universal court Beach volleyball Petanca Non-motorized water sports (catamaran,water cycles, snorkelling, windsurf) Fitness and aerobics rooms Parking Access to all the shows in “La Senora de Atocha” every night Mini bar daily filled with 1 bottle of water, 2 soft drinks, 2 bottles of local beer 3 pools for adults 1 pool for children Area for children in main pool Playground 3 dinners per booking per week in our "a la carte" restaurants (reservation required) Snacks in Pool Bars ... more less
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