It is a year late but I just came back from Cayo Coco and realized that I have forgotten to write about last year vacation at the Blau in Varadero.
Last June (2013) was my second trip at the Blau in 2 years and again WOW, very happy.
Their is 3 Blau hotels, you want to go to the Blau Varadero (looks like a pyramid).
IMPORTANT note: The Blau has 12 floors. soon as you are on the 3rd floor and above whatever side of the hotel that you are you will see the SEA. Remember that Varadero is a peninsula of about 1-2 km wide so the ocean is on both sides. SO if they offer you an ocean side room for an extra $100 per person (so $200/ couple) you are waisting your money.
When I went with my friends 3 1/2 years ago they pay for it to realize that I was looking at the ocean too. IMPORTANT again, my room was bigger than theirs also..
First of all for the ones that do not know anything about this hotel, it is fairly new compare to others and very well upkept. Yes, compare to others it looks new.
Food: it is great either way at the buffet, a la carte or either at the beach. Lots of choices and always hot. I have no complaints about the food at all.
Rooms: Again looks fairly new and modern, beds, pillows very comfi. Clean linen and bathroom.
Beach: Very nice, very long, you can walk for hours. Plenty of Palapas and chairs. Maybe not enough in the high seasons that is pretty well the same for each hotels.
Excursions: Catamaran is always pleasant and worted. Visit to Havana is a must. the visit of Matansas and the cavern is also very interesting mainly for history bufs.
The town of Varadero is easy to get to with the double decker bus, you pay 5 Pesos and keep your pass and it is valid for the full day. On the peninsula their is two other places to see caverns with bats flying around you. I went and enjoy both places. In Varadero their is all kinds of things to see. Plenty of restaurants, the food is good and it is cheap. Visit the JOSONE park, very nice with 2 bars and 3 restaurants and 1 pool and bar.
110 volts available. Hotel is lest then 1/2 hr from the airport. Exchanging money at the hotel is very easy.
Tipping is more and more commun so I give them an average of 50-60 Pesos per week of stay to the various bartenders and restaurant staffs. I do not give it each time but on regular basis. And yes it is true that they will remember you bettem when you tip them, (you get a better service).
Keep an eye on your beach towel or it might cost you up to $20.
I have nothing negative to say about the Hotel or my stay.
I will go back for sure it is #3 out of 60 and it is a 4 stars hotel.
Thank You to the Staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just on the shore of the magnificent and famous Varadero beach, the Hotel consist of a 13 floor modern building, completely new.Ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauty and the atmosphere of the most well known beach of Cuba, with the best facilities and a wide list of activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blau Hotel Varadero
- Blau Varadero Cuba