We just returned from another great week at the Acuazul. This place is a gem. Many canadians retur year after year and stay for weeks at a time. On a previous visit there were 70 Canadians, 70 Russians and 60 Czechs staying at the hotel. A few of the guests had some difficulty with over- consumption of alcohol the first day or two, but they were cut off and security made sure it didn't happen again. Our room was, lovely and large with 2 balconies. and a great view of the Ocean. Extra pillows were promptly delivered and the room was well cleaned every day. Food was typical Cuban fare. Great toast and eggs at breakfast. Pack some granola bars and cereal to take to dining room in dollar store containers-great with the steamed milk from the coffee-beverage dispenser. Good hotdogs and hamburgers at the pool side bar and even better ones at the Hotel Varazul right next door on their front terrace patio, fries too. 1cuc each. Change your money at the Cadeca at the airport before you board the shuttle bus to hotel. Exchange rate thereis 73 cuc for 100 can. dollars. Hotel rate was 68 cuc for 100 can. dollars, way better than some hotels. Pool drinks are served in flimsy plastic cups so buy a couple of plastic dollar store cups to keep your cocktail from blowing over. Also a small ashtray if you need one or buy one for a peso at one of the nearby flea markets. Wonderful friendly people. Keep in mind that the average monthly wage for these hotel workers is equivalent to about 12 cuc. So don't go overboard with the tipping.On average we probably went through 10 cuc a day on tips for bar staff, dining room people etc. plus a tip for chambermaid and Maitre D' on last evening. If you can take a few cosmetic items for the girls at front desk and bars.they love black pantihose and brightly coloured nail polish and lipsticks as well as other basic cosmetic and toiletry items available at the dollar store. Pack them in sheer tulle dollar store bags. I really can't beleive that some of the people that have written poor reviews of the Acuazul actually stayed at the same place. This was our second trip there and I'll definitely be going back. Great cappacino, particularly at lobby bar. Many Canadians have discovered this place. Great value. Wonderful location, right in the heart of town. Get out and walk around every day.
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- Acuazul Hotel Varadero