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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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.
All are included except where indicated.
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.
Reservations are required for Manzoku. Gentlemen please wear long trousers.
These junior suites have a light and bright style. There’s a king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds. Outside there’s a balcony or terrace for that extra bit of space. You’ll have a minibar. And air-conditioning is available from May to October.
These family rooms have a bright and light feel. There’s a king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds. You’ll have a balcony or terrace for that extra bit of space outside. There’s a minibar. Plus air-conditioning is available from May to October. Just so you know, the minimum occupancy for this room is 2 adults and 1 child.
My whole family and I had planned this first family vacation back in March of this year as we were 13 people in our group! Thinking if we book this far in advance they would put our rooms beside one another or at least on the same floor! Well it was pretty sad that us (the ones with a 1yr old) whom we push around in a stroller were placed on the 3rd floor and the rest of our family (4 other rooms) were all on the first floor! At check in we were told there weren't any other rooms available on the 1st floor! I eventually told them it was not going to work lugging up and down a stroller 6x a day so they found a room in the next building on the ground floor! Not apologetic at all which I found to be rude! There were 3 a la cartes in which were The International, The Japanese, and the Mediterranean! The international was the worst! I had read about the flies and birds in there but never did I think it could be this bad! They need ac in that restaurant to avoid all the flies and birds coming in! I felt like I was near a dumpster with the amount of flies! The birds kept picking at the bread and food! We were there celebrating my husbands birthday and upset with this restaurant! The Mediterranean was meh! Nothing great it was ok. The Japanese the best by far. This was our 3rd time in Cuba and even thought people talk about the food being bland and not so good we've never experienced this the last two times til we were here at the Iberostar! Which was totally surprising for me because I've heard great things about this chain! The buffet was good...nothing really bad but nothing really great either. We found most of the staff catered to anyone who was or spoke Spanish! We're Italian an Portuguese so we tried our best. The staff at the front desk were pretty rude ignoring us standing at the front desk to ask a question (as they were busy conversing with other Spanish people). They would 9/10 never answer our phone calls when we called from our rooms! We met Giselle from the swim up bar who was absolutely lovely! She always asking us if we were ok if we needed a drink as we sat at our chairs! Always very kind. We also met Helena aka chickie chicks boom boom and Chocolate girl who were wonderful to us! Sweet to our kids, always greeting us... Just such welcoming staff!! The one issue we had was no free wifi! Now my whole family was with us but my husbands was not! So we relied on the wifi to keep in contact with them. Well you had to pay 2 pesos for an hour of wifi and the stupid cards wouldn't work properly! I couldn't log in therefore thought maybe it was a busy time so I'd try again later and it would say that my time expired!!! I was so frustrated that by the 2nd card I went up to front desk and she said sorry I can't help you so you can wait for the 'technician' to come in tomorrow at 9am (when I was departing Cuba at 10am). So annoying! For the amount of money you pay to go there wifi should be free! I swear when I tell you that my husband and I aren't picky people but some things were just not right here for a 5* resort! The resort was pretty, the grounds and pool kept clean. The beach was incredible as always! The entertainment was lovely at night even the disco was quite fun! That's pretty much it! 8/13 of us had upset stomachs all week long! We couldn't wait to come home! My 7 yr old, myself and my brothers family went on a catamaran excursion for some snorkelling, dolphin interactions and went to Cayo blanco for a bbq. Well first they don't have chairs out n have them stacked at a cabin because you need to request them n these guys would bring them to you so you could pay them even though we had two strong men with us to grab 2-3 chairs! We get into the murky water and within 5 minutes my daughter is screaming something bit her! We go find the doctor and 5 others were stung by jellyfish as did my daughter! Not 1 warning did we get! Not one damn warning! You couldn't see anything and I'm sure many others from the many catamarans that were coming in got stung too! That is just disgusting! Mind you they charge you $10 pesos for a tube of cream that they apply once for you and tell you you will need it because she will be in excruciating pain later! I of course you'll buy it but she was perfectly fine afterwards!! Anyway make a long story short as much as we love the beach, most of them, we won't be back to Cuba! More
Sandra M, 155019
Just spent 2 weeks at this hotel with my wife and family. Overall we found this hotel excellent. The location is on the beach with good amenities. Our room was very spacious with excellent facilities. Maid service very good. Choice of restaurants were 4, but we as a family thought the buffet main restaurant more than catered for our needs. The resort itself was excellent with lots going on to keep you entertained or just to chill. Beach was wonderful, even my wife swam in the sea which was a bonus. The staff over the whole resort were very very good. This resort was my daughters choice and it was fab. What do I need to say GO.More
Derrick T, 186334
We returned from the lovely Iberostar Varadero a week ago (July 28). My husband, 17 year old son & I all had a fantastic time. The hotel is very charming and a lovely size. The small blocks of rooms & the amenities are nicely spread out among the beautiful gardens. Our room was large - plenty of room for 3 adults. Our maid kept it clean & changed our towels & bed sheets often. We had a good sized well equipped bathroom with a full size bath, large separate shower & hairdryer. The reception staff were very helpful. The main pool was very big with lots of sunbeds & shade. There was a separate pool where they played waterpolo etc. Both pools were kept very clean and the swim up bar & waiter service were both great. The entertainment team were brilliant, there was always something going on if you wanted to partake but they did not pressure you - they were all very friendly & helpful & worked very hard day & night. The guys that we would like to mention are Micky, Fernando, Zelma, Lili, Lazara (or Chocolate as she likes to be called), Roberto & Yailin - they all made our stay very enjoyable. In the evenings we had a different show every night that were all great. the costumes & dancers were brilliant. Usually there was live music before & after the shows also along with music & table magic in the reception bar early evening. We found the food good, it was always fresh & hot & we thought that the choice was very good considering we were in Cuba. Adrian & Raimara looked after us very well indeed in the main buffet restaurant. The hot dogs & burgers at the beach bar at lunchtime were great & my husband particularly liked the daily bbq where he had pork & king prawns among other things - the chef Juan worked very hard there every day. He also loved the giant Paellas that were made a few times a week for lunch. We visited the Japanese & mediterranean A la Carte restaurants - both were very good. The bars were all very good & service was very quick. The cocktails were lovely and there was a massive choice. The banana milkshakes were also lovely. The waiters worked tirelessly day & night but were always friendly & up for a little chat - Heliet, Ernesto, Eli & Yadira couldn't have looked after us any better. The beach was beautiful - white sand & clear blue sea. Sunbeds & umbrellas, waiter service, free watersports & a few activities each day if you wanted to get involved. We made lots of friends from all over the world & more importantly so did our Son - we hardly saw him for the whole of the 2 weeks. He made good use of the nightclub too!! Trips wise - we went into Varadero on our own in the day & evening - we used the taxis from our hotel which were 15Cuc each way & 1 evening we came home in a convertible Chevvy - fantastic. We went to Havana for the day - we hired a private taxi - A Chevvy with air con - & we had an English speaking tour guide Tanya. We had a really lovely day, Havana is a lovely experience with lots to see. We also did the Jeep Safari trip that we booked through our Tui rep. We had a really great day & met lots of lovely people. The weather was fab - in the 30s but we always had a breeze in the day that made the heat quite comfortable. The breeze did die down in the evenings so it was quite humid. We had 3 tropical storms but they were in the evening/night so didn't affect what we were doing at all. The thunder & lightening was really something. My husband & I had been to Cuba (Guardalavaca) 19 years ago & had an amazing time - we have always wanted to return. We are so glad that we did this summer because it did not disappoint us in any way - it is still a beautiful & friendly country & we would definitely recommend the Iberostar Varadero. Thankyou all for an amazing holiday.More
Stayed here for two weeks in July, when we first go to the hotel we asked for 2 rooms, one with two beds and one with three beds. Both of the rooms had two beds and by the time the bed was made, it was about 10ish o clock. The pool was a good size and has a bar selling great drinks throughout the day, the beach was amazing and the sea was beautiful. The food was not so great, there was a great selection but nothing that looked highly appealing. This was our 4th stay in Cuba and our 2nd in Varadero I wouldn't recommend this hotel but it was a good time and the staff were very friendly. More
We enjoyed our stay in the Iberostar Varadero. The lobby is beautiful and we enjoyed hanging out in the lobby bar in the evening before dinner drinking one of their many cuban cocktails. The service was very good everywhere. From the gym to the beach. We were particularly spoiled by the services of our lovely and kind concierge Laura who sat patiently outside building nr. 20 and always had a friendly greeting early in the morning or late in the afternoon. We thought the beach should have been picked up better every morning. Not just in front of our hotel but all the hotels on the beach. The plastic cups and straws were always blowing away and they were all over the beach. Not to mention the cigarette butts that were around the lounge chairs (lazy hotel guests) despite the fact that there were ashtrays everywhere. We thought the food was fine. We recommend the buffet restaurant as there was always something for everyone. The freshly cut fruit and freshly made fruit juices were amazing! The entertainers were very talented. Thanks again Laura, you made our stay very comfortable.More
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