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"Very disappointing"
Posted by: Christine on Jan 16, 2015
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User rating 3.7

Based on 34 reviews

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Located near the entrance of the Varadero Peninsula, Hotel Barlovento is integrated in perfect harmony with ideal natural surroundings, next to a precious white sanded beach that stretches for miles.

It's located in Varadero, only 1 km from city centre and 25 kms away from the nearest airport. It enjoys a perfect situation to go for a walk to the market, bars and restaurants.

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Barlovento Review: 3.7 of 5 34 reviews
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"Very disappointing"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Christine  on Jan 16, 2015  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2014 | Leisure | Solo
474 people found this review helpful

I arrived at the Kawama, where I'd booked, to find out they were OVERbooked so I'd been bumped "up" to the Barlovento. I arrived just before 9:30 pm, just as they were closing the buffet for the night; good thing I'd eaten on the plane! I was checked in by a surly fellow and left to find my room all on my own. The lighting was very poor, and they'd stuck me in a ground level room, way at the back. There were bloodstains on my sheet and rust in my tub. Not very uplifting. My bottom lip quivered, but I thought I'd make the best of it and went to say "hi" to the beach. I said hi, and went roaming around, checking out the public areas. I tried to order a drink and was told they didn't have wine (I'd ordered sangria). I joined a bunch of very drunk, chain-smoking Russians and French Canadians in the outdoor theatre. The dancing was beautiful--very talented men and women. The atmosphere was nastacular, though. I went to bed when the entertainment was over. I slept fairly well in my dreary room, only to be awakened VERY early by traffic noise and thwop-thwop-thwop! Tennis court room! I changed rooms later in the day. I was moved to a second floor room overlooking the pool. MUCH better, except for the one night there was a rave or something nearby. I thought I was going to cry.

Restaurants and Bars:
The food was pretty terrible, and the buffet service was worse. I was a lone female and I was avoided like the plague. I only ever had one good server, and her name was Deysey. She's the only person I had to tip. The food It was covered in flies, picked over, warm when it should have been cold...I stuck with cheese, meat and bread for breakfast most days, and for lunch I ate at the pool grill after my first lunchtime experience, where I could not get a glass of wine for some reason. Others were drinking wine, but when I politely asked my waiter if I could have a glass, he threw up his hands and said, "Pah!". Alrighty. To the grill I went. The burgers there were very good, as were the homemade potato chips.

The a la cartes were very good. The Italian was delicious, with indifferent service; my appetizer and entree came at the same time? Tasty though. The Mexican wasn't as tasty, but the service was outrageously fun. Those guys love their job, and it was a fun dinner for one.

The beach is very nice, but there was a pervy security guard who kept telling me how drop dead gorgeous I am, and how perfect my body is (it isn't). I spent two days with that, then moved along to Kawama's beach and facilities; I used Barlovento as my resting place only.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
I never noticed a disco of any sort, but there was usually something going on like shuffleboard, music, dancing, water ballet. I divided my evenings between Barlovento and Kawama.

Other Comments:
Smoking. Smoking everywhere. In the outdoor theatre, in the lobby...just gross. I wouldn't go back.

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"Could've been better"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Ben  on Oct 19, 2014  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Oct, 2014 | Leisure | With Group
516 people found this review helpful

This is a hotel that could have been better. I expected more. I was traveling this summer with 4 of my friends and we were not too happy with this hotel.

The staff was really bad. Most of them did speak English, but they just were not nice. We asked for help a few times and they just ignored us.

The rooms were pretty big and clean, the bathroom was clean, but the beds were awful. One of them was a foldable bed (we had two rooms, one with 2+1 beds and one with two beds) and that one was so bad that we had to change places and each of us slept one night on that bad because none of us could stand sleeping in that bed for 3 nights in a row.

The food was ok. It wasn't very diverse, but it was good. I was surprised that there was canned fruit, and not just fresh fruit, but I guess that is a matter of taste. I believe that we were there at a time where the hotel had many guests and that, that is the reason why the food was a lot better than most people say it is.

I have to say that the entertainment was at the highest levels. There was a different show every night and they were just great. There were concerts, magic shows and so on, and every single one of them was great.

The beach was clean and, also very good. This hotel is located in a great place, so everything is close to you. If you are looking for a luxury hotel, this is not the place you want to visit, but if you are looking for a nice relaxing vacation, then I definitely do recommend the Barlovento hotel.

All in all it is a nice place, don't expect too much from the beds and the staff, but everything else is great. My favorite parts were the shows - the entertainment and the traditional Cuban food and those are the reasons why I plan to come back to this hotel. Cheers.

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"La estancia fue muy grata"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Gustavo  on Aug 28, 2013  >  1 contribution(s) Cuba
Visited on: Aug, 2013 | Leisure | Family and Kids
551 people found this review helpful

Estuve en el Hotel Roc-Barlovento los días 14 y 15 de Agosto del 2013, con mi esposa, mis 2 hijas y un grupo de amigos.
La impresión que nos llevamos del hotel fue la mejor.
Recibimos siempre un buen trato por parte del personal que trabaja en el hotel, en carpeta, y en especial del gerente del mismo.
Las habitaciones son cómodas, con muy buena limpieza y no presentamos problemas con la climatización en las mismas.
La comida, tanto el almuerzo en el ranchón de una de las piscinas (al lado del restaurante italiano) como en la mesa buffet por las noches, fue variada y con muy buena calidad en todos los casos. Solo en una ocasión se terminaron los dulces finos en el almuerzo. Recibimos también muy buena atención en el lobby bar.
La recreación también fue buena y variada, el show por la noche fue extenso y con un cuerpo de baile de muy buena calidad, hubo ofertas variadas como minigolf, dardos, bingo, etc. El personal encargado de esto muy activo y amable.
Las piscinas presentaban un estado muy favorable, con el agua muy limpia y siempre en recirculación. El sector de playa muy bueno y limpio.
Solo como detalle posible a superar, lograr ofertar cerveza en el ranchón de la playa y en la piscina más cercana al lobby bar (se nos explicó que el bar de esta no trabajaba todo el día debido a que el hotel no estaba a máxima capacidad de ocupación).
En resumen salimos muy complacidos del hotel y con deseos de repetir nuestra estancia en el mismo.

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"hotel from hell"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  mandy  on Jun 8, 2012  >  1 contribution(s) BELGIUM
Visited on: Jun, 2012 | Party | With friend
678 people found this review helpful

hotel from hell

als ik iemand kan teggen houden dit hotel te boeken ben ik tevreden
je komt aan in dit hotel en het eerst wat je wil doen is gaan lopen zo erg
het is er vies ;vuil ,stinkt,onvriendelijk,eten? wil je echt niet heb er veel zien ziek worden , ben zelf ook ziek geworden van het eten en geloof me het is echt geen cadeau ;
mensen bij deze ben je gewaarschuud
blijf weg uit hotel from hell

29 5 2012
08 6 2012

Restaurants and Bars:
bad bad bad bad bad bad bad and more bad

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"Barlovento was just fine"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Paula  on Apr 27, 2012  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2012 | Leisure | With friend
656 people found this review helpful

We wanted to try a resort closer to downtown. I had stayed at Los Delfinos before but could not book this from Nova Scotia.
The best things about Barlovento were:
Proximity to downtown. It was easy to walk to a variety of restaurants and there was a variety of transport options available. We could walk across the bridge and hire a particular car.
Rooms: Our room had no moldy smell and was kept very clean. We had towels and hot water.
Resort itself was kept very clean
The animation staff was great.
The dancers were amazing and their shows were absolutely thrilling. There was a magic show one night and a concert on night. All shows were great.
The best thing for us was that we were able to spend time with our Cuban friends on the beach without having to sit out in the sun.
Downside: The food at Barlovento was not the best, but we did expect this and planned to eat out a bit. We always found something to eat. Sometimes they ran out of wine, but we were able to bring our own bottle into the buffet etc.
We would return.

Room Number:

We arrived late at night and check in was very fast.

Very clean. Not a very large balcony. It was a fairly small resort so very easy to get around

Restaurants and Bars:
Buffet became very repetitive after two weeks. We ate out a lot. The Mexican a la carte was great fun and the Italian was good. Book the a la carte from 3 to 5 pm at the restaurants for the next day.

Beach was great. Lots of chairs and places for shade. Grounds lovely, didn't use the pools.

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"Very Unhappy"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Dixie lLee  on Apr 14, 2012  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2012 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
661 people found this review helpful

We came home from a one week stay here yesterday. I was told that there were several cats and dogs living on the resort, which I thought was great. I saw a review asking guests not to complain about the animals because management would have them destroyed. The staff there confirmed this. There were several cats and dogs there when we arrived and two adorable puppies. I found them to be great and well mannered. After three days one family found a puppy and a dog dead outside their room. They had been poisoned due to a woman's complaining about them. (and a few others were not seen again) The kids were upset as was my husband and I. I spoke to management and voiced my outrage at such a cruel practice but they just denied it. That totally ruined the rest of my vacation. I was able to overlook the dirty room and so so food, & mosquitoes but not that. One of the other guests at the hotel that knows some of the local people was going to try and find the other puppy a home before they killed her too.
I will never go back there and if you go and you don't like animals, PLEASE DO NOT COMPLAIN! Just ignore them. They depend on the kindness of humans to survive.

Room Number:

March 28th 2012

The first room they took us to had black mold down one wall so we refused to stay there. The second was newly painted so we took that one, but the drapes and bed skirts were very dirty.

Restaurants and Bars:
Food was okay.

Beach and Pools were Awesome

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The shows and activities were very good.

Other Comments:
I have been trying to find help for the animals there and have found a group called: APAC-Varadero Canadian Branch They help rescue animals and have an adoption program for strays. So far I have been unable to get this info to the hotel.

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"1 Voyage a cuba"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Stéphane  on Feb 25, 2012  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2012 | Leisure | Solo
669 people found this review helpful

Mon premier voyage a cuba et j'ai adoré suite au commentaire que jai lu avant de partir quelque un sont vrais voici la vérité ses un endroit ou la plage est exceptionelle, l'hotel ses tres bien,pour la bouffe j'ai aimer pourtant je suis difficile,le personnelle est tres bien, les chambre sont bien par contre les matelas sont a remplacer,sur 7 jour 2 fois que jai sentie une odeur de gaz le matin par contre sa disparait par la suite

Bref comme premiere expérience j'ai adoré et je vais y retourné

Bonne Vacance a tous

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"Our experience at Balavento Hotel"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Angela  on Dec 16, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Nov, 2011 | Leisure | Family and Kids
718 people found this review helpful

The location of the hotel is good and also the grounds are kept nice however on arrival we had to ask to change our room as the first one was awful very dated and not that clean. Our second room was much better, but the biggest letdown was the food which was dreadful. We had to eat out most of the time even though we had paid all inclusive.

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"Good beds, pools and location, but awful food"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Isaias  on Nov 22, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) BRAZIL
Visited on: Nov, 2011 | Leisure | Solo
681 people found this review helpful

Excellent staff and nice structure... But they need urgently review their menu. The bread has no tasty, and the meals are terrible considering that we are in a 4 stars resort. I stayed in a 3 stars in Havana with excellent breakfast. Even in the casas particulars the food was better...

The bars were great aswell. Good beverages..

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Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The places should have more parties and activities for younger people.

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"Could be better on all point"

User Rating:  Barlovento Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  Patrice KRAUSE  on Oct 10, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) FRANCE
Visited on: Oct, 2011 | Business | Solo
687 people found this review helpful

Could better for the star provided

Room Number:


Cold water with dirty bathroom tub.
Television not very good and limited for channel.

Restaurants and Bars:
Restaurant not good and lower quality, also limited regarding the meals for diner.

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