This adults-only resort gets loads of repeat visitors, and not just for its beachfront setting. It lines up restaurants, bars and a nightclub.
Thanks to its spot on a sandy beach and a bumper list of eateries and bars, you’ll never need to leave. But, if you do fancy exploring, the bars, restaurants and shops of the Plaza America shopping centre are a five-minute drive away.
The hotel is set in palm-covered gardens, so expect views of your landscaped surroundings from the balcony. Rooms come with a lot of space – be it the big bathtub or the handy separate living area.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. A la carte dinner at Las Morlas, El Caribe, El Viejo y El Mar and Don Pasquale restaurant. Snacks served at Café Bistro Le Bonheur, the Crêperie Bon Appetit, Don Pasquale and the lobby bar.
Unlimited local drinks served at all bars.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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El Caribe restaurant
Serving traditional Caribbean cuisine. You'll need to reserve a table and gentlemen should wear a shirt and trousers.
This main pool has waterfalls, bridges and a swim-up bar.
Includes cabaret shows and live performances.
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Junior Suite with Balcony or Terrace
These junior suites come with a king-size bed. There’s a balcony or terrace for that extra bit of space. Plus there’s a ceiling fan and air-conditioning. Just so you know, these rooms are only available to over 18s.
Club Junior Suite with Balcony or Terrace
These club junior suites come with a balcony or terrace for that bit of space outside. You’ll have a king-size bed. There’s access to the Diamond Club meaning you’ll have extras including personalised check-in and check-out, a premium drinks menu in the lobby bar, upgraded room service, luxury amenities in the room, minibar restocked daily, preferential reservations in the à la carte restaurants, a 20% discount on SPA treatments, access to an exclusive beach with dedicated bar and waiter service plus a Butler service menu on request. Just so you know, these rooms are only available to over 18s.
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We've recently returned from our first ever trip to Cuba, my wife and I spent two weeks at the Royalton Hicacos and we could not have been more impressed. The staff, the food,the location, the room were all fantastic. Our entire Cuba experience was absolutely amazing and the hotel only amplified this, so much so we intend to return next year, for an even longer stay.More
suzanne b, 186218
Our stay in Cuba
The hotel was lovely. The room was clean and well presented. It had a fridge which was topped up daily with 2 can of pop and 2 cans of beer and a coffee maker (Dolce gusto you need to take your own pods so you can have the coffee you like) you can get fresh milk at the bar if you need it. You are provided 2x1.5L bottled water daily and can request more if you want it. The food was lovely vast choice daily in the buffet restaurant some of which was cooked to order in front of you. Pork appeared to be the main meat but other were available plus fish. All grill dishes were cooked to order and breakfast omelets or fried eggs ( the chef cooking the omelets was great and very helpful). The a la carte restaurants we tried were all excellent (Mexican Caribbean Italian) the staff were very attentive and friendly. The welcome dinner we attended was not what we had expected this was a set menu with no choice of dishes with service that very pretentious. However this did not spoil the enjoyment of of our week. The bars and pool areas were all clean and staff couldn't do enough to help. There were plenty of sun beds around the pool and at the beach which was about 30 yards form our room. The beach was beautiful with clean sand and clear shallow sea and the sun set was fantastic. The staff at the hotel were absolutely wonderful very friendly and always smiling. They couldn't do enough to help and were always making sure you had everything you needed. You do need to remember to tip as this is how many of them make a living due to their low wage. You do need to take cash for the hotel as you are unable to use your card to exchange money. The nearest ATM is a 10min cab ride, but having said was riding in a pink Cadillac made this journey a real treat. The hotel provides a butler service who you can call on if you need anything. They arranged our a la carte booking and many other services were available if needed. The ones we had worked alternate days and were both friendly and helpful.More
Karen N, 190725
A fine hotel
We just returned from our trip to Cuba where we stayed for three nights at the Royalton Hicacos The hotel is well appointed in a large strand of sand in Varadero Beach. The room was spacious and clean and it contained all the needed amenities to make your stay comfortable - good beds, soft towels, shower pressure and always hot water. The food was acceptable especially in the Buffett every morning. On the negative side, I have to mention the restaurant next to the beach. There were no ceiling fans or torches to keep off the mosquitos. We were eaten alive by mosquitos even with 100 percent Deet repellent and I left without eating my meal. It was that unbearable. I also did not care for the hotel grounds. The hotel lobby and surrounding areas are built on water so there are bridges with ropes connecting all the areas. As a result , the hotel was not aesthetically pleasing to me and appeared very crowded. It looked overloaded. I would have preferred a more open space around the pool surrounded by plants and palm trees. In summary, I did enjoy my stay but I visited the Blau and was very impressed with the facilities. It is much more open and spacious. I would probably book my stay there if I were to return to Varadero. More
Ibis C, 32416
I've just returned from a week long stay at the Royalton and had a great time. Firstly the beach is incredible most beautiful I have seen yet it is also very calm great for relaxing and keeping cool. Just writing about it is making me want to go back! Like many other reviews have noted the Royalton is 5 star however the property is dated and definitely is in need of an upgrade particularly in the bedrooms. The air conditioning units smell very damp we moved from our first room because of this and we didn't dare have a bath as both baths had rust and marks that put us off the idea. The beds are also very high!!! I am 5ft 2 and the bed was waist high. But don't let these things deter you from going unless you are very fussy. These are minor considering you are in Cuba. Everything else about the hotel is fantastic there are lots of areas to relax, socialise drink mojitos and pina coladas. Also many places to eat although please note the food although sometimes good was missing a lot of flavour. The buffet never let us down there was always something to eat and the Caribbean restaurant was good the best of all the restaurants! Tania's Cuban sandwich hut by the pool was also great! So was Tania! The ice cream parlour was our go to after lunch and the crepe place was great for a midnight snack. The highlight of our trip though was the piano bar! We enjoyed unwinding after dinner in the piano bar listening to the extremely talented pianist and drinking beautifully made cocktails. This is where we had the best drinks. The bar tender was exceptional. I can't remember his name but he was there every night of our trip. All in all we had a wonderful trip the staff are great too, a big thank you to our wonderful butler Yetsy who made sure to take care of any needs we had! You made our trip even more wonderful! More
There was 24 in our group and we had a fantastic time at the Royalton! The grounds and rooms were very clean. The staff was most pleasant. We did have a little problem booking our a la cartes, it took about 3 days, then we find out that our travel agent should have done this. We asked the travel agent about this and they said they don't book the a la cartes! However, our butler Jorge was fantastic and came through for us in the end, he was the best! There needs to be an easier way! But it did not spoil our time. The accommodations, resort was lovely. The catamaran excursion was excellent and is a must! Just make sure when you arrive you have small bills and the staff that takes your luggage to your room, want a tip and won't leave until you give them one...Some of our group ended up handing them $20 because they didn't have anything smaller and they wouldn't leave without getting a tip! The exception of tipping is very evident and gets a little annoying by the end of the week. I wish that they just added a gratuity to the bill so you didn't have to worry about walking around with money all week, as I believe that is the purposes of all inclusive. Wonderful vacation and I would highly recommend the resort.More
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