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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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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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.
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.
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Just returned from a week stay at this resort, first time in Cuba. We went to celebrate my wifes 30th birthday. It's been top on her bucket list for some time now and it didn't disappoint. Great friendly staff, especially Danny the gardner who got us fresh aloe vera leaves from the plants for any bites or burns we had. He also got us fresh coconuts from the palm trees around the resort. (just ask a gardener) Check in/out was easy and straightforward. We upgraded to the diamond club which is a nice luxury if you can do it. Private area of the beach with beds, premium drinks, unlimited access to a la cartes also. There's a free trip out on a catamaran too but we didn't take advantage of this. Butlers were ok but we didn't think did much except for making reservations for the a la cartes. Rooms are big airy and clean and bed is very comfortable and huge. Slightly dated but still good. Air con was sufficient, didn't use it that much as wasn't too warm at night which for us was better. Shower temperature and pressure dropped in and out a few times but weren't too much of an issue for us. If we returned we'd ask for a top floor room though as we had bottom and it could be a little loud some nights with people passing to go up the stairs or people upstairs moving around. Food is a little hit and miss as we'd been told about before hand from friends who'd been but the buffet had plenty of variety, very basic though. The omelette guy in the buffet is great! Friendly and helpful. The Italian restaurant does breakfast and lunch too for Diamond club but we didn't bother with that, the buffet did us fine. Coffee is lush and I'm a coffee snob, dread not having my bean to cup whilst away but honestly thought it was top notch. The a la cartes were ok, nothing to shout about but still nice. The Italian was our favourite. Better food of them all in our opinion and the service was excellent. Ice cream parlour and creperie is a must, very tasty. Evening entertainment was ok but fairly short, would have liked to have seen more salsa dancing. Jazz bar is nice but the air con in there made it a bit too cold. The beach is just stunning. Beautiful white sands, clear blue sea, just gorgeous! However i got bitten by many sand flies which hurt quite a bit. (take savlon gel) Be sure to get a pina colada down there too from Leony who makes the best ones on the resort in our opinion. He works the bar on the diamond section. If u love your rum as we do try one with white rum then one with dark, both proper delicious! Super chill especially sipping one in the sun or sea. (I want one now!) Ha. Lobby bar is nice and relaxing especially the swinging chairs outside. Didn't venture into the pools once as was at the beach most days so can't say much for that. So obviously a trip to Havana is a must whilst there. We did a day trip which was literally all day, so much packed in definitely worth the money. Saw the old and new Havana sights, Hemmingways house and favourite hang out where we had dinner but the best bit by far was a ride around the city in an old classic car. Just amazing. All included in the trip price through Thomson. You can do overnight trips too where you have more time in Havana and one which you see a show in the evening which gets you back early hours of the morning but we didn't want to waste the next day being too tired. I'd definitely do that if i had longer than a week there. WiFi at the resort is bad, you have to pay to access it with cards but even then it's hit and miss, however after a day or two i didn't care. It was actually quite nice to disconnect for a while. We went for r n r and winter sun and we got lots of that. Temperature was just right 27-30 however nights were cooler 18-20 so take something light to throw over arms and legs. They aren't shy in expecting/hanging around for tips, we as Brits don't do this i know and some find awkward so if you are going to tip low as we did, 1 peso or something, they'll appreciate anything to be honest. All in all loved this place, really really enjoyed our time in Cuba... Would we go again? Yes for sure.ðMore
This is the 5th time in Cuba the staff ,food ,entertainment were all exerlent .we went just for a short break from the winter blues,the beach was amazing. The pool was very clean a little cold but all over lovely place to visitMore
If in Varadero.....this is where you want to stay.
First off.....been to Cuba enough to understand Cuban standards and all the things that make Cuba great and not so appealing to some people. I personally love it there.......the beach in Varadero is second to very few, great rum and cigars, nice weather, and the warmth of the people that welcome us. Pretty tough to beat what Royalton has built up in Varadero.....service was outstanding, lobby bar area is fantastic, beach is great and the overall facilities are really, really good for an older venue. It really is THE place to stay if in Varadero. Sure there are cheaper places....but not too sure you want that. Yes the ala cartes are consistent with other reviews however the buffet was as good as can get for Cuba resort standards.....always something to eat however not a foodie's paradise. And yes, it is a big resort.....bigger than I thought but the rooms were comfortable. And yes....it is an aging property but well maintained and working daily to improve. I have found two types of people in this world....those who are Cuba people and those who are not. This is a pretty good place to start if you haven't been to Cuba before and looking to resort......then again Cuba isn't for everyone. Only the Royalton in Cayo Santa Maria scored better for me in Cuba......as a brand new property. I felt looked after and there is value here. It's Cuba man......go experience it for yourself.More
Joel D, 499387
Veradero at its best
We had stayed in Varadero before, and had a good time at another resort, but the Royalton is definitely in a class by itself. From reading the reviews I looked forward to good service, and on that score they did not disappoint. I was particularly pleased with the food. Though I was mystified by the total absence of mangos and avocados, I had no trouble finding plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to enjoy, as well as fresh fish cooked to order, excellent beef (!), and beautiful breads. I think the point of the butler service, such as it is, is that it would be difficult to find your room in such a large property, especially if you arrive after dark. Check in and check out were delightfully efficient and straightforward. One suggestion I have for the resort is to improve the lighting on the steps throughout the property. On a cloudy night they're pretty dark. Altogether a great place. I'll be back.More
I just spent 1 week at Royalton Hicacos and it was amazing. The hotel is very nice, the lazy river, the pools and the beach !!!!!! The room was big and clean. The service was excellent, the bars, the butler, people are really really really nice and sweet, There is so much activity to do, a lot of dancing including Zumba classes at the pool at the beach or on land! It was really fun. I strongly suggest that hotel, only 30 min away from the airport. I would go back anytime.More
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