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.
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.
Available for ages 4-12. With lots of games and activities, there's plenty to keep them occupied.
Ambrosio is open for breakfast lunch, dinner and late night snacks. Gentlemen need to wear long trousers for dinner.
After much research we decided to pay a bit extra to stay at the highest rated resort in Cuba. We were very happy that we did. Iberostar Varadero exceeded our expectations in every way. Highlights of the resort were the beach, the spacious and clean rooms, the cappucino and the staff. Samuel in the lounge bar provided us with excellent service in the evenings and he always had the biggest, most contagious smile on his face. Our favourite server in the buffet restaurant was Yara. She was extremely efficient and gracious. Our housekeeper Nieka (apologies if I spelt it wrong), in block 13 was fantastic. Making sure that our room was always ready for us. She really went the extra mile. After hearing all the complaints about the food in Cuba we were not expecting much. We both felt that the food at all of the restaurants was on par with resorts in other Carribean countries. At the end of the day, resort food is resort food. It is what it is and we felt that they did a good job offering variety. One suggestion would be to always get your eggs made to order to ensure freshness. The pool had a lot of activities and there always seemed to be something going on. Guests seemed to enjoy the activities, however we often wanted to get away from the noise so spent our time at the beach instead. Night time entertainment was better than we expected. Another highlight of our trip was a day tour to Havana, which we booked with "Havana Journeys". I have written a seperate review for that, but would highly recommend checking them out. We normally would not go back to a place we've already been, but I think that Iberostar Varadero would be an exception. Wonderful week in paradise!More
Jilly-Jonnie, Calgary, Canada
Excellent all the way. Could not find anything to complain about at this hotel. We were in room 1703 on the ground floor looking out at the hammock garden. The hotel is spotlessly clean. The grounds are beautiful. The staff are extremely helpful. The animation team work really hard, day and night to keep the guests happy. The food is nice, always something to enjoy. You can even get a good cup of tea. We enjoyed the shows in the evenings, very high standard, although a bit repetitive. The catamaran trip is enjoyable although the food for lunch is a bit below par!! We loved the speedboats from the Marina. 41cuc per person for one hour. Excellent. You do get rather wet so leave your mobile etc in the locker provided. The open top tour bus is 5cuc per person for a full day and is excellent value for money. It comes right up to reception at this hotel. A taxi to Varadero town is about 15cuc each way and you don't get to see anything. The staff are very appreciative of tips and for anything you leave behind when you go home. They earn very little and 'luxuries' like shampoo, deodorant, feminine hygiene etc are very very expensive for them. We bought sun block, a 100ml bottle cost us 30cuc (about Â£22). There is nothing to buy, no real shops to speak of and anything you do see is the same price everywhere, like the sun block....30cuc everywhere. There is no free enterprise in Cuba, everything belongs to the government, even the Chinese restaurant in Varadero belongs to the government. The catamarans belong to the government. Everything is owned by and run by the government. It is very much a Communist country. We enjoyed Cuba, Varadero and Iberostar. We would love to go back again.More
Noel2, Crowthorne, United Kingdom
It's difficult to say anything negative about this wonderful resort after 8 visits since it keeps reinventing itself and finding ways to improve on the total experience. Our room was personally selected for us and was closer to the main buildings than we usually stayed (19 vs. 16) But it was quiet and exceptionally convenient. As always it was tastefully appointed & spacious. We also noted that the chairs had fresh upholstery - not only in our room but in public areas, too. Our chambermaid was amazingly efficient and thorough. She kept the room spotless, ensured we had sufficient bottled water and entertained us with dÃ©cor art for our 3 week stay. The room was always ready for our mid-afternoon siestas. The food and beverage service is superior in many ways - huge and delicious choices, professional and attentive service and a warm smile that always greets you. The concierge service was also perfection and looked after all our needs - whether on the resort or in town. We understand that the concierge service will be expanded in the near future. The hotel always has something going on throughout the day and night. The activity team work tirelessly to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as you wish. Cuba day celebrations took place with a superb outdoor BBQ and costumed conga line that was a great deal of fun. My favourite activity people included Oz, Oscar and a new person Lily who never failed to make you laugh at least once a day. There are also beach parties at night to keep things lively. The staff held a lovely cocktail party for returning guests with all the divisional managers and GM in attendance. The hors oeuvres' were very elegant and the live music enjoyable. As a memento, a group photo was sent to each guest. Nice touch. I was curious about The Royalton eclipsing the Iberostar Varadero as the #1 resort in Varadero. From what I saw, rooms faced the primary road with buses passing whilst at the Iberostar the rooms are set back surrounding a meticulously tended and beautiful tropical garden, gazebo and water feature. People who complain about Cuban food will have no issue with the vast selection offered. From the delicious soups to sinful desserts and cooked-to-order flexibility one can have delicious food tailored to order. As for excursions, the hotel offers all sizes for all budgets. We chartered a beautiful boat for deep sea fishing at a brand new marina. We enjoyed an off-site luncheon in town at a restaurant recommended by the hotel. I also had a refresher free scuba lesson and then went on a fantastic dive. I have a problem tummy and the doctor , nurse and pharmacist expertly treated my symptoms, ordered special meals for me through room service and followed-up on me for 3 days at no extra charge. A tribute to the fantastic Cuban medical system. Although a new spa is under construction (the old one was lovely) they still offered all the services. I had a special Cuban manicure with beautiful free-hand designs and a complementary pedicure for half what I pay at home in Halifax for an inferior job. I read a complaint about the front desk clerks. All I can say is that they were welcoming and responsive even at our midnight check-in. We had a late night checkout as well, and the hotel was most accommodating. There are too many staff members who have become like an extended family to mention. Suffice to say that the Iberostar excellent experience is largely due to the congenial, attentive and delightful staff. And buy your cigars from the best sommeliers in Cuba. They have the knowledge and passion of their specialty and the prices are actually lower than the government run stores! We are already making plans for a return visit - hopefully in 6 months. I recommend this resort without hesitation and with great anticipation to see what their next improvements will be. My husband and I thank the resort for another memorable holiday. YomartiMore
yomarti, Dartmouth, Canada
We've been to Varadero on and off for the last ten years and stayed at many of the five to 4 and a half stars in Varadero. This hotel is the smallest all inclusive resort we have stayed at. We were initially booked in block 13 but upgraded to block 17 with a view of the ocean. While this hotel has been around for some time it is well kept. The food at all the restaurant and the buffet was better then usual. The staff overall was good. The first few days the level of service was inconsistent. I observed that after a couple of days once they notice you are a "tipper" suddenly the service improved significantly... I was VERY surprise that we found someone at the beach towel hut everyday and able to change said towel daily. (This seems to be a major issue at other hotel we visited). Also very surprising the fridge was re-stocked daily which again seemed to be inconsistent at other hotel. Last for the ladies, my wife got her face and hand towel every day without me having to hunt for the chamber maid. BEACH: It is great! No issues finding a good spot daily. HAVANA TRIP WITH PRIVATE CAB: We had friends flying from Vancouver meeting us at this resort half way through and they do had a good time at this hotel. My friend and I booked a cab (old Pontiac 1957 black and white) to go to Havana. Unfortunately my previous guide (Xavier) had moved on to work as a representative for Thomas Cook and referred us to his wife Ingrid who is his wife. BIG MISTAKE! While Xavier was outstanding as a guide, I unfortunately can't say the same for Ingrid. She was a translator but no guide. Thank God I knew my way around in Havana so I compensated for her lack of knowledge and complete inability to assist us as a guide. My two cents worth (I just know this is going to sound sexist), do not have a woman as a guide tour with a private cab in Havana. I felt sorry for the poor driver. I manage to visit all that I had planned several La Casa Del Habanos and the Hotel National which made it worthwhile. The trip cost us $150.00 CUC. They have a cigar shop on the resort with a pretty good selection of cigars. Right across this shop there is a cigar lounge which is worth a visit. The drinks on the resorts were quite tasty and we truly enjoyed our trip at this hotel. We would stay there again.More
jfk1963, Ottawa, Ontario
The resort is nice, clean and quiet, with amazing personnel, great choice for family holidays . The rooms: Clean, spacious. Only 1 problem - there are no mosquito nets, so take measures before travelling. House 15 is next to the kids corner and swimming pool. The food: great variety of food and beverages. You will not stay hungry. Sometimes , probably local habit - some of the food was like with vinegar...The sea food was excellent. The animation: one of the best. The hotel should be proud of it. Professionals dedicated to make all possible the guests feel good. The restaurant staff: smiling, always paying attention if something is needed The beach: nice and clean, you can make walks between the hotels. Probably the hotel staff can ask the tourists not to throw the plastic bottles and to return the glasses ( still it is to people's conscience) ... otherwise in the evenings you can see them in the sand..in the morning all is cleaned The shops: you can buy rum and cigars in the hotel. Prices are not too high The swimming pool: clean and big. The towels are new and clean. Make sure you don't lose it, the fine is 10 EUR Internet: the hotel offers InternetMore
nadiaropleva, Sofia, Bulgaria
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