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Hotel Horizontes Herradura
Ranked #56 of 64 Hotels in Varadero
Calgary, Canada
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“Decent Hotel for the Price”
Reviewed 2 March 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights and spend the days relaxing on the beach and walking around Varadero.

The hotel is old. If you are looking for new, spiffy or immaculate, do not stay here. The rooms were relatively clean and the air conditioning worked. There was a tv but we never turned it on. The hotel was peaceful at night. The staff was friendly and helpful although they did not speak much English. There were a lot of Russians there when we were there and it is kind of funny listening to them speaking in broken English to the Cuban staff who don't speak much English themselves.

The breakfast was very good and is included with the room which is very reasonably priced. We ate some lunches and dinners there too and they were good and reasonably priced as well.

The hotel is right on the beach and it is spectacular and not at all crowded. It is shallow for a long way out and there is a lifeguard right there as well.

If you accept that you are in a third world country and are content with foregoing the luxuries and standards that we take for granted here, you enjoy rubbing shoulders with the locals and you want to get out and learn some Spanish and eat at a variety of local restaraunts in town, then this is a great place to spend a few nights. If you want to sit around a nice sparkly pool and sip fruity drinks before you waddle back over to the all inclusive buffet then you should book yourself into one of those resorts in Varadero - there are plenty of them.

Room Tip: The rooms are all the same. They face inland but each 2 have an adjoining 'living room' wit...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Houston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2013

I was put in a room without balcony. It was a room inside which seems to be an apartment before. I got to "the apartment" with two rooms and a living room. Housekeepers were seating in the sofa of the living room, chatting between them as if they were hotel guest. I have nothing against them but I felt I did not have privacy. I book the hotel for 3 nights but left after the second night. Service was horrible. It is a State run hotel (Islazul chain), not foreign capital involved so condition of the hotel is not good mainly the furniture. Forget about remote control on the TV. My suggestion is to stay away from that chain. It is a budget hotel (I paid around 230 usd for 4 days) including breakfast and dinner. I learned my lesson “you get what you paid for.” I have nothing good to say about that place, sorry but that it’s my impression. I forgot to mention that I got my room at 4 pm!

Room Tip: don't stay there
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

i think this hotel is the cheaper in varadero,the rooms are small and old.but the breakfast buffet is good.and the beach very nice.the bus station is only 1 klm.if you don't want something luxury is nice place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Gatineau, Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

As the title says, everything you've read (reviews) on this hotel are true. The hotel is horrible and the food even worse. Even if the beds are made, I dont think they've changed the sheets, barely any paper toilet and didn't have any hot water. The only up side is that you're on the beach.

My recommendation is to stay at a Casa Particular just down the street. It's 30$/night for a full suite. It's 5 mins walk from the beach. It's really clean, the service is amazing and you have the option of eating a home cooked meal (lobster) for 10$ (where as in the city, you'd pay around ~22$). Note: Caca Particulars have only been legal since last year as hotels in Varadero are often overbooked.

The reason why we initially chose Herradura is because of the money but heck, for half the price, stay at a Casa Particular. You'd benefit more from the local cuban experience, stay within budget and more importantly, feel safe.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

Well, I was staying a night 11.11.2010 at the Herradura hotel. This hotel has a unique location.
Hardly can you find another one in Varadero or all over the country which is situated just 5 meters from the Atlantic Ocean! Would you like more? As a member of the cheapest ISLAZUL Cuban chain, the Herradura offers bed and breakfast accommodation during low seasons for 35 CUC per double room per night. 1CUC is approximately equal 1 USD. Low season means that day air temperature is about 30 degrees above zero as well as warm Ocean. You can have a meal there for 5 CUC per person. It’s a reasonably priced hotel with tasty food. Check in after 3 p.m.
Especially I’d like to pay your attention to the unique architecture of the Herradura. The word herradua in Spanish means horseshoe. So, if you look at the hotel from above, you will see that it has U-shape. Every room overlooks the street. At the same time, each two rooms have a shared salon with a terrace. The terrace overlooks …right the Atlantic Ocean. Splendid vistas are fully guaranteed! A bus stop and the bus terminal of Varadero are within easy walking distance from the hotel. I definitely recommend this hotel to you.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Milan, Italy
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2011

Unbelievable bad expereince! The hotel is an OLD rotten bulding. Placed in a perfect good location just rightafter a white sand beach and with a cosy hotel hall, the hotel structure looks like some old russian building. The stairs way to rooms is totally dirty and almost scary.
Rooms are big and with air conditioning but not very clean! Toilette are full of muck and ants running everywhere.
Breakfast evalueation is negative as well. Crampy waiters and poor food.
Probably a good choice for maximum one night for a very low price and without any other alternatives.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2011

Let's start with the staircase to your room. Wood, with a fire extinguisher on every landing, and a shaky open railing that comes up to about mid-thigh. Once you're up to your floor, you'll pass through a shared living/lounging/partying area with access to the sea-view balcony before going back to your room, which faces the street. Our room was clean and well-chilled by the a/c running full blast. The maid was sweet and professional. The beds were comfortable and CNN stayed on the whole time (even though a message kept coming up on the screen saying that whoever owns the signal hasn't paid their bill and must do so within 48 hours if they want to continue watching). More humor at breakfast. There seemed to be some kind of daytime conference happening when we were staying, and the breakfast room was full of Cubans waiting to be served their juice and ham and cheese sandwiches. The restaurant staff was swamped trying to make this happen, leaving all other aspects of the buffet (for paying guests) at the wayside. The first morning we had to track down glasses and spoons and butter. The second morning there was no silverware whatever and no cheese or butter. On neither day was there any jam to be had, which was a standard at every other Cuban breakfast we'd eaten (at least the guava marmalade). We just kind of laughed, but one older European guest was doing his best to swear angrily in broken Spanish, causing quite a scene. I hope this doesn't come across as a complaint, because we fully understand you get what you pay for, and where you pay for it. But as a warning to others thinking of booking here, don't expect service with a smile, or functioning facilities. Think ghetto by the beach, and you just might be pleasantly surprised.

Room Tip: Upper floors have no fire escape
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Horizontes Herradura
Address: Ave. de la Playa, e/ 35 y 36 | Matanzas, Varadero 42200, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Matanzas Province > Varadero
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #56 of 64 Hotels in Varadero
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Horizontes Herradura 2.5*
Number of rooms: 78
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