Okay, we're a lot late with this review.....life gets busy when you are not on vacation.
Back in Dec. 2013 we had the pleasure of staying in this fabulous resort. The staff here are fantastic, very friendly and they took great care of us. From the moment we entered the vast lobby, till we left, we had a wonderful time. The lovely ladies at the front desk took care to make sure we were checked in quickly....and one always made sure that we had a bottle of water for our children (it helps if you ask politely). We took a private tour to Havana, which we loved, but the kids found boring.....no beach or pool or Disney in Havana, the fact that it is a beautiful city and a world UNESCO heritage site meant nothing to the kids.
If we had to complain about anything it would be the lack of clean towels for the beach....but that is not the fault of the hotel, but rather they system used to run the hotels in Cuba. We had fun with the Roberto (the young boy whose job it was to hand out towels daily) asking him in Spanish for towels, laughing as we knew he had none.....he was cool with our teasing.
The food is bland by our standards, but we were cautioned about the food prior to going.....we were told not to eat anything cold (ie. salads, cold foods etc.) but to stick to hot food. Blau Marina has cooks that cook the food right in front of you, if you want your chicken/beef cooked well done, just ask them and they will do it. The kids ate lots of waffles, pasta etc.
We also took in the Spanish/Cuban restaurant & Italian restaurant onsite (you need to make reservations) they were both very good.
I will try to find the name of our tour guide to Havana and update this post (or post another review) she was fantastic, and took us to a great authentic Cuban restaurant.
BTW, credit cards are barely used on the island, so make use of the currency exchange. Tipping is encouraged as that is how the staff make money, so tip your servers, cooks, hostesses, guides etc. Every little bit helps them......they don't expect it though, so don't feel obligated, they do their job wonderfully with a smile all the time.
I'm all over the place with this one. Our room had a pool view. It had a rather old TV that we never used....why would you when there is a gorgeous beach less than a minute away. The pool noise never bothered us.....you are on vacation, as are others, have fun. If you want to go somewhere quiet....this might not be the place for you.....if you want to have fun, meet people this resort is great.
Last but not least....THE BEACH.....gorgeous. Want to know more, then go there, it will be worthwhile.
- 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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