This beachfront place pulls out all the stops when it comes to facilities – it’s got 4 pools, 4 restaurants and a hefty list of activities.
Thanks to a jungle surrounding, the Iberostar Varadero has a private, secluded feel. It’s parked next to the beach, too, so you’ve got powdery white sands on the doorstep.
Pools, bars and restaurants are scattered around the palm-dotted complex. Varadero’s not far if you fancy exploring – a taxi can zip you there in 20 minutes.
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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
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Known as the relaxation pool this one is part of the spa. A lovely tranquil oasis for adults only. With shades and sunbeds.
The spa has everything you could possibly want. Facilities include two saunas, two 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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Honeymoon recovered at this hotel!
We were at the Royal Hicacos for the first week of our honeymoon. We did not like it and were moved to the Iberostar which was much better. I cannot understand why this hotel is not #1 in Varadero! I do have one complaint however and that is with the Japanese restaurant - the food was terrible and the staff were not very nice! The other restaurants' and the buffet's food and staff were excellent so don't waste your time with the Japanese one!More
Elaine061, Northern Ireland
Resort was great, buffet's are good, restaurants excellent, staff is friendly (Lilly by the pool was annoying). Nice beach and pool. Old convertible taxi's were cool. Not so nice when you leave the resort. Havana tour was brutal. More
JoffreyLanaster, Calgary, Alberta
A few years back we stayed here as a group for a 3 day rest period after 10 days of hiking throughout Cuba and wow... what a way to end an amazing trip! Throughout our stay we had seen the real Cuba, from Havana to Trinidad, from city museums to a pineapple farm run by a local farmer and his wife but behind the gates at this resort we could have been anywhere and that was fine with us! Rooms were spacious, buffet was delicious, pool area was spotless and well attended to, the bar was great fun by night and best of all, the resort has a stretch of beach exclusively for guests to enjoy. A wonderful way to end a fabulous trip!More
630mel, Sydney, Australia
Average hotel not 5 star by UK standard
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for two weeks. On arrival we were given our room key and pointed in the general direction of room 1111. We found it a little difficult working out where to go. After eventually finding our room our bags were delivered really quickly. The room was very large and spacious. The beds are huge, the furniture was white with decoration on it. It has a fridge, hairdryer, iron and ironing board as well as umbrellas, (you will need them for when it rains). The room we stayed in was in need of decoration. The bathroom wash basin was cracked, the bath was all stained and enamel was missing which made it look really dirty, the toilet seat didn't fit and was very grotty. There was a stainless steel bin that was all rusty. The walls were all marked and the door had dirty marks and dirty fingerprints all over it. Overall the bathroom was the worst place in this room. The cleaner in our room did not clean it properly as the bedside cabinets had stains on it for nearly 10 days from where I had left a glass. (I waited to see how long before she cleaned it). The only time the room smelled as if it had been cleaned was one day when I had returned to the room and the maid was there. She made a great show of spraying cleaning fluid and wiping the glass table, but she still did not clean the cabinet. Her cleaning, was reflected in the tip she got at the end of our stay.The reception, lobby area and the grounds are very nice. The pool area is good and there are plenty of sun loungers and chairs. The grounds are large and specious and are very well maintained. The gardeners do a fantastic job and work really hard in the heat, (it was 35degrees when we were there). If you can give them juice out your fridge if you don't drink it. They are so grateful and after all you have paid for it. The buffet restaurant has a good variety of food, but it does get repetitive. There are 3 restaurants that you can book (1 booking for each per week). The best is the Japanese as this is the only one that serves you your full meal. The other 2 have you select your own starter and dessert from a buffet stand. The food is good considering you are in Cuba. The thing I hated most was the flies in the buffet and the flies and birds in the pool buffet restaurant. I only ate hot food as I knew flies would not be on it.There doesn't appear to be anything to stop the flies and the food lies out for long periods of time. Although it does gets replenished on a regular basis, but on top of the food already out. Most of the staff are very friendly although as in any hotel there are a couple who look as if they'd prefer being somewhere else. The entertainment is fantastic and the entertainment staff work really hard. We went to Tropicana in Havana and would say don't waste your money as the shows at the hotel are just as good. I wouldn't book an overnight stay in Havana unless you look into what hotel you are going to as the hotel we were taken to was disgusting. (We booked it through Thomas Cook Rep but they're just an agent for Cubacan). The standard of some of the hotels in Havana are not as good as in Varedero, but after all Varedero is purpose built for the tourists.The beach area is beautiful and there is a basic snack bar (Burgers and Hot dogs) and bar. Overall we enjoyed our stay, but wish we had booked a 10 day tour and 4 day beach stay as we would have loved to have seen a lot more of this beautiful Island.More
Clean, good service and excellent entertainment
Very good hotel. I couldn't fault it. First time in Cuba and this hotel was excellent. Food was very good with lots of choice and fresh. Clean and good service. Entertainment was brilliant. I would recommend this hotel and from what i hear it is the best place to stay in Varadero.More
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