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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Go for the beach and the people, not the food.
A very nice resort with an outstanding beach! If you like to lay around and tan all day this is the place for you. The water is crystal clear and if you get there early there are plenty of huts available on the beach. Everyone was very friendly and eager to help with questions. Touristy shopping is close by and the bus route makes it easy to take in some of the sights. Havana was about an hour away. (Want a good tour? Google Taxi Nacho Cuba - Nacho was a great tour guide!) The resort seemed well taken care of. The grounds were pretty well kept, pools were clean and at first glance everything was excellent. But after spending a week there and you can see the resort showing some age - nothing horrible though. One disappointing thing to point out was that the "moat" that runs around the entire complex under most of the bridges you see in the photos and coincidentally, right past our balcony rooms was empty for the entire visit. We were told it was closed for maintenance but we didn't see anyone doing any maintenance during our stay. I can imagine it adds a lot to the ambiance on the resort when full of water. The food was a bit disappointing but I certainly didn't go hungry. Fish on seafood night was amazing and the fresh pasta and omelette stations were always tasty. The specialty restaurants left a lot to be desired. If I was going to go again I would skip those restaurants entirely and stay at the buffet for dinner. The pop-up Cuban sandwich station is not to be missed though - those were amazing. The entertainment eventually got repetitive and what started out as a welcome serenade during our buffet dinner slowly degraded into us trying to avoid the solo sax player each night. The club was never really full but had a good vibe to it. It was a nice cool place to get a drink in the evening. Overall I had an excellent time at The Royalton Hicacos and if I was to travel back to Varadero I would definitely consider going back.More
My partner and I are returning guests to this hotel many times. I have lost count as to the number of times we have returned to our "home away from home." This year our daughter and her partner chose to get married here. We had 54 guests to this destination wedding. All I can say is that every staff member gave 100% to making our guest's stay as memorable and pleasant as possible. This includes everyone from front desk/reception, servers/bar tenders in all restaurants and bars, butlers, housekeeping, gardeners, management and of course wedding coordinator. Their professionalism, patience and understanding dealing with some guest "situations" was absolutely outstanding and more than we ever could have hoped for. All of our guests could not believe the quality of the food, the cleanliness of the hotel and grounds, the hospitality of all the staff, the beauty of the grounds and beach. If you are considering this hotel whether for a destination wedding or a vacation, be assured that they will do whatever they can to make your event or stay the best it can be. One word of advice-make as many of the wedding plans directly with the hotel that you are able to. They know what they can provide and what they can deliver. Relax, have fun and enjoy your stay. The strong points The staff, the setting, the food. The weak points There are no weak points-only stronger areas than others. It is unfortunate that this hotel is exclusive to an airline chain that sometimes needs a lot to be desired.More
So glad we went! (Sept 29th to Oct 6th 2017)
We are returning guests to the Royalton Diamond Club so I have a good grasp on the conditions of Post-Irma vs. Pre-Irma. There are countless reviews which describe the resort and it’s amenities during normal conditions so I’ll try to focus my review just on the current conditions of the hotel. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the beach was clean and beautiful with more than plenty of shaded seated areas. The workers were hard at work building new Palapa’s (the whole back row was completed within a few days). The hotel had obviously purchased many, many umbrella’s for the beach seating. They had so many that it was never an issue getting a spot in the shade at any time of the day. The pools were all open and clean with lots of available seating. The beach restaurant was closed due to damage, I believe this would also include the washrooms that were part of the restaurant. There were areas set up for a bar on the beach and also where food was available for lunch. The Diamond Club bar was fully operational with no damage. All the Diamond Club beds have been brought back onto the beach and were available for use. The workers were busy painting/refinishing the many beds not being used. We spent many hours relaxing on the Diamond Club beach enjoying drinks from the bar. The El Caribe and the Italian restaurants were open and they alternated menus with the two a la carte restaurants which weren’t open. This worked just fine, we were able to enjoy all the regular menu’s. Diamond Club guests are able to have breakfast & lunch in the Italian restaurant. I would highly recommend this. My wife had Lobster every day for lunch and the quality was excellent. Be sure to ask what the Chef recommendation is. It’s at the bottom of the lunch menu. The lunch/24 hour snack area was fully functional (located by the ice cream parlor). We visited the ice cream parlor every day after lunch. There was a wonderful lady in there always smiling and eager to serve. To sum up, the hotel did suffer some significant damage caused by Irma. But the damage really didn’t interfere with us enjoying the resort and having an absolutely amazing vacation. For those about to visit the Royalton….I’d say there’s no better time. The occupancy is low right now, you will be able to enjoy this beautiful resort without competing for spots at the beach, or at the pool, or dinner seating. We never had to book a single reservation in a restaurant and the food quality was excellent. The Royalton staff were warm and friendly and eager to assist wherever possible. It was a great resort pre-Irma and it’s still a great place to spend your well deserved vacation. We will definitely be returning to the Royalton on our next trip to Cuba! Special thanks to Betty & Iliana for taking such great care of us in the Diamond Club.More
Scott S, 155019
Overdue review as visited a little while back, but had to share the experience. Amazing location, all in all beautiful hotel, nice enough swimming pool, especially the swim up bar, regular entertainment and beach to die for. All I would say hotel itself was beautiful, however the rooms were a little dark and out dated, not what you would expect from 5star hotel, but then it’s Cuba standards. And who spends much time on their room when there’s so much more to do, beautiful, well kept beach, most comfortable chairs at the bar area, where you can sit and read book, sip cocktails and enjoy beautiful scenery More
Best resort in Varadero
Just returned from a fabulous vacation at Royalton HICACOS. I had been there several times when it was a Sandals. The resort is more amazing than ever. Lots of updated renovations, delicious food, top notch service, and professional fitness classes!! It was such a treat to attend Cheryl's zumba and aqua class . She is from Halifax and travels to this resort regularly to teach. To have a actual certified experienced instructor is not common at resorts so we were thrilled. We are both fitness junkies and this meant a lot to us. Great work management for keeping up with current fitness trends and bringing in pros!! We will return in the spring of 2017. It will be our home away from home. The staff makes you feel like family. Keep it up...love the placeMore
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