Ctra de Las Morlas, Varadero
Excellent choice for the all-inclusive holiday of a lifetime! This five star resort offers something for everyone, from golf through watersports to secluded beach spots.
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"Relaxing Beach vacation"
Posted by: Mark
on Feb 28, 2016 >
1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2016 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
82 people found this review helpful
We both really enjoyed our stay at the Melia Varadero.
The upgrade to the Level was worth the extra money as we had a great ocean view and the room was nicely decorated. The resort it self was amazing, nicely landscaped, great freeform pool with plenty of trees for shade yet lots of space to get sun as well. We did take advantage of some of the Level perks, room service, lunch at the Las Reses, snacks and drinks from the lounge and the WIFI (although that seemed limited), and the minibar in the room, which was restocked daily.
The beach area for the Level should just be eliminated as it is on a section of ‘beach’ not even usable, but the main beach is amazing.
I would highly recommend the Melia Varadero to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation and would not hesitate to return.
Thanks for a great vacation.
We up graded to the level and had a nicely remodeled room with an awesome ocean view.
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We found the buffet to have a really good selection of food and the service was great.
Amazing beach, great pool lots of loungers on multiple levels of patio with a good mix of sun and shade. Even had a waitress come around from time to time if you didn't want to walk the 20m to the pool bar.
"traditional and great"
rosemary on Jul 17, 2014 >
1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jun, 2014 | Leisure | Solo
214 people found this review helpful
The best holiday I have had and the best accommodation I have stayed in Varadero because it is not my first time in this city, I have been here once but this is my first time in Melia Varadero and it is worth the hype. Everything in this resort is beautiful, well maintained and I think pristine is the word I am using to describe the resort. The environment of the hotel is breathtaking and I was fortunate enough to pik this hotel. The rooms had this Cuban feel, it wasn’t modern but not in a bad way, it was clean and had everything that you could possibly need during your stay so that was what I wanted. I wanted a traditional and Cuban feel and that was what I got. My room had an ocean view that was mind blowing and I stayed on the fourth floor. The view from my room was just amazing; I can’t begin to describe how I felt when I first saw the view, the palm trees, the pool and ocean view were all amazing. The food was excellent just what you would expect from such a 5 star hotel, the buffet was something else and they had varieties, it was getting better by the minute and I loved it. The animation staff was energizing and very active, had activities in line for us to partake in. They had shows in the evening and night to complete the day, it was a great experience for me. I recommend this hotel, it is worth visiting.
"Another disappointing holiday"
Posted by: Elaine
on May 23, 2012 >
5 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: May, 2012 | Wedding | With Group
359 people found this review helpful
We were at the Melia Varadero from May 12th to the 19th. I will NOT be going back. I have been four other times to Cuba. The first 3 were outstanding and the people exceptionally friendly and treated us well. Not so at the Melia. We were ignored by the staff at the buffet and you had to ask for service because the staff was busy "socializing". The food was terrible at the buffet. The A la Carte restaurants were okay, but not the quality we are used to. The food at the 24 hour "Cafeteria" was worse than terrible. We each ordered a different pizza and we each got the same. I could not eat it. Tasted like cardboard with I don’t know what on it. Gross. The one A la Carte we did enjoy was the Trinidad both at lunch and dinner and the waiter who took care of us at that restaurant was fantastic.
Check-in was a nightmare. We had a busload arrive and one person to check you in and that person did not seem to know what she was doing. Each check-in was a huge issue and discussion. I booked an upgraded room with a King bed. They had me in a regular with twin beds. Only because I insisted did they rectify that situation. It took them 2 hours to book in the group we were travelling with.
The pool was fantastic and the service at all the bars was great also. I found the beach to be too far a walk to get to where you could get into the water without rocks and to get to the chairs, you had to climb a wall of sand so I preferred to stay at the pool. Also, no bathroom. You had to go back to the Resort.
We were at Iberostar Ensenachos in January, February this year and although the place was beautiful, and the people wonderful, again, the food was terrible. If you want to go to Cuba I suggest Playa Costa Verde. Best food in all my travels and the people also. The same can be said for Iberostar Daiquiri.
"Good for foreigners.."
yoandry martinez on Apr 8, 2012 >
1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Apr, 2012 | Leisure | Family and Kids
393 people found this review helpful
On arrival at the Melia Varadero hotel we were told we only had one room booked which was not the case..we had two...then after confirming that (they need to learn the customer is always right)we go up to our room and find that the room second room had people still staying in it...so I went downstairs and told them so...they gave us another two rooms...when we got to the second set of rooms they were both a total mess..this was an insult! how could they give me a room that was still flipped upside down n not ready...i would not have minded if i had to wait until 3 p.m. when it was check-in time but give me a room that is good-to-go! so i went back downstairs and had to get bitchy....turns out our third set of rooms was the lucky one! the room was nice ((warning: you have to place your room key in a slot by the door for the a.c. & lights to work)) ....overall...even though the first day was a mess with the rooms not being ready , the property was nice..the food was good ((the restaurant "las reses" was awesome, GREAT service)) if you give a nice little tip service is even better....when they clean your room they don't do a very good job though...they practically just strecth the sheets n thats all..the beach was nice but did have a bit of rocks, the other side on the right side of the property is better...I was born in the U.S. but my parents are Cuban...my sole purpose for this trip was to meet my father in law and take him places..the staff there treats Cubans that still live on the island like CRAP...i had to get snappy...i paid for that vacation and paid it well, they have no right to give me or my family attitude for no reason....at the end of our vacation we had to turn in the towel papers and they also gave attitude over that...I had to set them straight once again...my best deal was to speak solely in english with the staff, its the only way they wouldn't get snappy..its good for foreigners..not so much for Cubans....
"Not a 5 star hotel - max. 2 star"
Ivo on Jul 13, 2011 >
2 contribution(s) CZECH REPUBLIC
Visited on: Jul, 2011 | Leisure | Family and Kids
450 people found this review helpful
Very old hotel, necessary reconstuction. Spa and haircut is very dirty. Never again
Vanessa Moreno on Jun 2, 2011 >
1 contribution(s) ARGENTINA
Visited on: May, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
515 people found this review helpful
The rooms are nice and our view had water view even I had an estandar room. The TV volume didn't work. I called 2 times and went once to front desk. A tecnic check it once and told us he'd be back. He didn't. We went on a wendsday to make reservation for a la carte restaurant. the lady was I guess in a bad day and she said there was nothing available until sat at 9.30 pm.because the work regarding occupation. The restaurants were almost empty every time he passed by. The buffet: the food is not replace often. it closes at 10.30 for breakfast but I guess if you arrive at 10 the server is rashing and told us, not mimosa, you have to come earlier. Dinner food wasn't great but We had Ismael as a server and he made susch a great job that we didn't care about food. He was Great and very proud of his job. The ice-cream was great too. Another tome we experienced great service was with the guys in the paella restaurant, next to the pool, the guys were awasome. The entreteiment group are great as well and the caribean show was fantastic. Our housekeeper did a great job, I think she was Elena.
Overoll the Hotel is very nice, have a great beach, and the food is like a 3 stars hotel. If you are a traveller that stays in 5 stars hotel in other countries is not a hotel for you. But if you only travel in Cuba maybe is a 5 Stars there.
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Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
"El mejor hotel de varadero"
ileana on May 4, 2011 >
1 contribution(s) Cuba
Visited on: May, 2011 | Party | Solo
513 people found this review helpful
Me ha encantado es la mejor experiencia que he tenido a pesar de ser uno de los hoteles mas antiguos saben aprovechar muy bien la experiencia me han encantado los restaurantes especializados en especial trinidad cena fue estupenda la comida y los espectaculos estubieron a la altura de broadway muy profesional!!! felicitaciones
"Worth every penny: clean, friendly, varied, comfortable, good food"
Hans Dekkers on Mar 1, 2011 >
1 contribution(s) The Netherlands
Visited on: Mar, 2011 | Leisure | Solo
483 people found this review helpful
First night in Varadero I stayed in the International Varadero Hotel. That didn't really do it for me. I was very happy with the choice to move to Melio Varadero. Wonderful service, very relaxed, very clean. Food was tremendous. Lot of choices in food and entertainment. Nice evening shows. Bit oriented at families, but even for a solo traveler quite worth staying. I really relaxed and gladly would have stayed longer.
LIENA on Feb 11, 2011 >
1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jan, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
502 people found this review helpful
It is the best place I have been at. My husband loved it and I loved it too. I would like to go back to stay longer and enjoy this hotel until the last minute. I encourage people to stay at this hotel. The best attention to the guest and gently staff. The best !
"Hotel is great, food was good, but I think ONCE is plenty for a visit to Cuba"
Posted by: nimi
on Jan 2, 2011 >
1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Dec, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
501 people found this review helpful
In general, I think the hotel, the people and the food were all good. This hotel is old and it shows. We took a full day tour of Havana from Sun wing agent. In this tour, it was a unique experience of having your first stop at a massive grave site. Personally, I found Cuba boring --- I think next time I want to see a communist country then China is going to be my first choice. I don't think I would visit Cuba again.