It’s hard to fault the Iberostar Varadero. First off, it’s set in tropical gardens right on Varadero Beach – there’s a little wooden walkway to get you to the white sand. Secondly, there’s a trio of pools, including a massive lagoon number with a thatched swim-up bar, and a quiet one sheltered by greenery. Last but not least, there's the dining scene to think about. You get great views from the buffet restaurant – it looks out over a big pond and fountain – and you can tuck in to everything from Mediterranean to Japanese food in the three à la cartes.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
24-hour All Inclusive. Buffet meals. 1 visit to each of the à la carte speciality restaurants per week. Snacks.
Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including beer, wine with meals, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks, selected international brands.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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The spa has everything you could possibly want. Facilities include 2 saunas, 2 Jacuzzis™, massages, aromatherapy and reflexology. You'll also find the beauty and hair salon offering facials, manicures, pedicures and hair styling.
Hotel-run kids' club
Available for ages 4-12. With lots of games and activities, there's plenty to keep them occupied.
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Double room sleeps up to 4, with 2 doubles or 1 king-size bed. This room comes with a coffee-maker, minibar restocked daily, iron and board. Room service is available 11.00-23.00 at a charge.
Junior suite sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, with more space and a sitting area. This room comes with a coffee-maker, minibar restocked daily, iron and board. Room service is available 11.00-23.00 at a charge.
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Feb 28 to March 7 2014 Rm 1706
Just returned from this beautiful resort The only reason 4 star was given.... First and foremost the staff are what made the stay wonderful. The resort is compact ..no need to walk a mile in a haze to find a bathroom or a restaurant. The beach environment was excellentMore
Johan D, MONTREAL, CANADA
Beach and drinks need improvement
My husband and I spent 4 days at the Iberostar Varadero and while it was an overall lovely resort, I must complain about the beach. One of the main reasons people generally stay at an all inclusive beach front resort is to have a beautiful beach... not so here. It appears that the resort was built too close to the shoreline, resulting in a very shallow beach area that will fit only one row of palapas. The worst feature has to be the huge 4 foot drop off from the resort level to the water/shore level. Most of the shoreline has been washed away resulting in them having to build several wooden staircases to get down to the water from the resort level. We walked all along the beach both ways and there was no other resort like this... it was very odd. It probably would have been a deal breaker for me had I known. Also bring bug repellant even if you don't go in the sand... mosquitoes are everywhere. On the plus side, the grounds are beautiful and the resort is very clean and well maintained. Rooms are tired and need updating and a facelift. The main fountain in the lobby was not working but it appeared that they were giving it an overhaul and in the process of fixing it. I found the buffet to be very large and well stocked with something for everyone. Lots of appetizers, cheeses, fruits, desserts and tons of different hot dishes and side dishes. The food itself was pretty good but typical resort food. Go to Havana and eat at some of the wonderful restaurants there if you want good Cuban food! Unlike others, I loved the Japanese a la carte and found the food to be tasty and it was entertaining. However, I found the drinks to be most disappointing; I stuck with beer and champagne as all the fruity mixed drinks were made with terrible syrups and no fresh fruit. Probably the worst drinks I've had at an all inclusive resort. The pool bar was a little better but still subpar. The overall service was ok but I didn't find it to be as outstanding as others have raved about. Maybe because we didn't have any kids with us. The cigar bar was a great little gem with outstanding air purification... too bad about the rowdy group of Canadians there for a wedding that took it over every night to get really drunk and smoke people out with their cigarettes and obnoxious behaviour. Even the cigar bar attendant was not impressed with them! The nightly shows were fun, but other than that not too much to do. The town of Varadero is small and full of nothing but touristy handicraft shops, and it will cost you $15 by taxi each way to get there. Bring your own toilet paper if you venture into town, but also be prepared to pay just to use the bathroom facilities. I would not return to Cuba, especially for the money. I think you can get more value for your money at other destinations. However if you are planning on staying in Varadero, this is a great resort if you are more of a pool person than a beach person.More
Tanya M, Edmonton, Canada
Great Way to Celebrate a Wedding
I just returned from a wonderful vacation at the Iberostar Varadero. This trip was book 1 year in advance so I was looking forward to this trip since I have never been to Cuba before. Once we arrived at the resort there was a bit of a wait to get checked in to the room but since I was travelling with a large group ( 44 people) I accepted the wait. We were greeted with drinks while we waited and I have to say that they were yummy. My friend and I stayed in a standard room on the main floor of building 10. I thought it was a perfect location because we were close to everything. I never did here noise from the lobby bar or the disco. Everyone else's rooms through out the resort had nice towel swans or other animals to greet them when they entered and our room had nothing. We didn't think anything of it at first but by day 3 when all the other members of our group were receiving chocolates on their pillows and fancy towel decorations and the us in building 10 received nothing, I was beginning to wonder if our maid hated us for something. We left her gifts everyday. Throughout our 7 night stay we did get 3 towel animals. The little extra did not bother us but when you seen everyone else's , it kinda made you wonder. I did leave a note for the maid to please leave extra bottles of water as were drinking lots of them but she never did. I even left the note in spanish one day and spoke to her in person but nothing. I can't remember her name but she did leave the room spotless everyday. The food was good, and lots to choose from. I had heard that the food in Cuba can be very hit and miss but at this resort the food was good. We had dinner one night at the Japanese place and it was so good. They put on a good show as well. I do wish that there food available to eat 24 hrs per day. There were times like at 4 pm when you wanted a little snack but none of the buffets or restaurants were open. Sometimes I would go to the room and order room service and then head back to the pool or lobby bar after. When you ordered water at the buffet or a la cartes they water tasted mouldy at time and that bothered me. When I asked if it was bottled water they said yes. I seen them dumping huge 5 gallon jugs of water in a water dispenser so I don't know if the dispenser needed to be cleaned or if the water was just tap water dumped in jug. Either way I just stayed away from it. There was a huge storm that hit Cuba about a month ago and lots of the beach had been washed away but it was still amazing. The water was so blue. Yes, there are shells and little things on the beach but I was still able to walk down the beach barefoot and it never bothered my feet. There was always a beach lounger for you to sit in but I do wish the waiter would have been more frequent when it came to serving drinks. I did not let that dapper my vacation, I would just get up to get a drink. The pool bar was a party waiting to happen. Ellie our bartender was AMAZING!!! Always mixing us shots and knew what you wanted to drink before you had to ask. We had so much fun with her. We went to the disco a few times and it was fun. A great mix of English and Spanish music that kept the party going. A few members of our group even helped bartend and it was fun to watch. We spend most evenings in the Cigar bar where the A/C was nice and the service was Amazing Alan our bartender would put up with 30 of us being load and greeting everyone who walked in the door with a " HHHEEEYYY" . The Cigar Bar is where we found the "good" booze and Clamato. I only say one so and it was the Newlywed game and it was fun to watch. Other members of our group seen most of the shows and they said they were wonderful. The wedding was so beautiful. The only thing was the people from the beach were trying to get in the way to take pictures of the bride and groom in there beach wear and I felt that was a bit rude. All of us are dressed up and then people in speedos and bikinis are stepping in to take pictures of someone who they didn't even know. Over all Iberostar Varadero was a great place to vacation.More
Bossy_Fred, Evansburg, Canada
Wonderful, beautiful place and surroundings, I love the people, the food, the piano bar, the music, fantastic shows every night, the beach is endless, I like to walk the whole length, that's how I get my exercise and tan. This is a "No problem" resort. The only disadvantage....having to leave. This is a must visit resort in Varadero Cuba.More
Semprecurcio, Woodbridge, Canada
Perfect for a family vacation
We just returned from Iberostar Varadero - one week with 5 kids/in-laws (20-somethings) and our 2 year old grandson and then 3 additional days with just the 2 of us (60-somethings) This was a great location for a multi-generation family trip. Lots of other reviewers have described it so I'll just comment on a few recurring themes. Is it a 5-star resort? I don't have a lot of 5-star reference points but it is _clearly_!!! superior to the 4-stars I have stayed at in Cuba. Specifically, excellent maintenance of public and private spaces, adequacy of resources (no need to play beach-towel musical chairs to reserve a spot at pool or oceanside - there are enough for everyone); caliber of staff and programming. Is the staff really that good? Yes - we had many very positive encounters. The care and attention given to our grandson was wonderful. Rocio from the programming staff was exceptional - always encouraging us to join activities with a welcome but no pressure - as well as Rainer and Alan in the cigar bar to name a few. Given the level of service I was more than happy to tip but I never felt any expectation much less pressure to do so (this is in contrast to services elsewhere such as the "tour guide" on the airport shuttle bus who devoted about a quarter of his time to the importance of tips). How was the food? I'd make the typical "good for Cuba" response. There was lots of variety beautifully presented. I had a couple of outstanding meals - grilled whole fish one day at lunch that had probably been caught that morning mmmmmm! There were gaps at times - sometimes food on the buffet line had suffered from being on the warming tray too long (but I acknowledge that with unpredictable demand this is hard to manage). Access to a broad array of fresh vegetables appears to be an issue but serving frozen mixed vegetables alongside a beautiful piece of steak (at the a la carte resto) is not a good solution. Finding more inventive ways to present the vegetables that are available would be preferable in my opinion.There was a lovely variety of fresh fruit of course and nice breads. While the service was warm and friendly in the a la carte restaurants, the _coordination_ of service could have been improved eg one evening there was a 5 minute gap between the first and last of our party receiving their entrees. Would we go back? Probably not for just the two of us - the constant round of activities made it feel a bit too busy or less restful for the grandparent generation. We also found that it was hard to find quiet places once the evening programming had begun. We were in room 1149 and could hear the din even on our balcony which faced to the outside of the resort (we may have been better in buildings 14 or 15). If we were to do another family vacation we would certainly consider it. 5 best things: 1. the beach - powder soft sand, well maintained and never crowded 2. the staff - friendly, accommodating, warm and generous 3. the pool areas - lots of options especially for small children 4. the range of activities for all ages 5. rooms were large, comfortable, well-appointed and well-maintained 5 easy fixes to make it even better: 1. some good scotch in the cigar bar - even if there is an upcharge for it 2. in the internet centre, either provide a spanish keyboard or a picture of one - it was very frustrating spending many minutes of my purchased time searching for keys like @ and / 3. better acoustic environment in the main buffet - the scraping of chairs is noisy and grating - applying sliders to the bottom would make them both easier to move and make the room quieter. Some acoustic tiles or draperies would help too (It of course may be that the environment is deliberate - discouraging lingering so that more people can be moved through.) 4. is there any option besides the plastic wrist bands? They are quite uncomfortable 5. The evening entertainment staff were exceptionally skilled but I was frustrated that so much of the programming content was Americanized. I would have enjoyed more traditional Cuban music One final note was that a day tour of Havana with Blexie was a highlight of the trip but I will review that separately.More
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