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Travel Blogs from Varadero
... of the rhumba, as it was invented in Cuba-nothing like what I learned in dancing school.
After lunch, we boarded the bus for Cienfuegos a city and province at the southern end of the island. We had time for a walk down to the malecon before dinner at Villa Largato, a palador or privately owned restaurant (most restaurants in Cuba are operated by the government). Roast pork, only my second non-fish or seafood dinner in over a week, tasted very, very ...
... who speak Spanish. Here, we've spent out time laying on the beach, playing volleyball and eating. Funny and somewhat irritating that this is "class." After living in Merida, it is a bit uncomfortable and not as fun to be a typical tourist. I don't know if I'll ever really want to be a typical tourist again after these experiences. But for now, we'll rest and enjoy our last day in Cuba. Tomorrow is a long day of travel back home, and just in time for Dia de los muertos!
... of Eastern Europeans from Varadero arrived a little while after we did which was fun to watch. All clad in life-vests they went in with a guide and even though they didn’t look like they could swim 25m between them, all but one of them gave snorkelling a go and they loved it coming back to the shore like kids at Christmas. In fact we were the only ones in the water without the vests (divers/guides excluding) – so all those years of swimming lessons for the ...
... in Cuba, CUP and CUC. We have to use the CUC or convertible peso's, and they are about even with the Canadian dollar. Local's are supposed to use CUP's or monnaie nationale, which is 1:25 to our dollar. However, anything good is priced only in CUC's so a few local's told us the CUP is losing it's usefulness. Most things geared towards tourists are less expensive then in Canada, but not as cheap as you may expect.
The next morning we walked down ...
... their CD signed by them and watch an intimate live performance . Once in a lifetime, never, ever forget experience!!
Historical Traveler Reviews Barlovento Hotel Varadero
My advise if u are considering staying here is DON'T!
Stayed at the Barlovento (back in April 2004 it was called Iberostar Barlovento)...wonder why its called Villa Barlovento now, did the company Iberostar sell the property? Hmm. Anyhoo, I am the lowest maintainence person you can meet and I expect little. But I was truly disappointed by my stay and visit to Cuba. The resort was 3 star so I did expect it be dated looking but the landscaping was sometimes sad. I know that Cubans have very little but many of the staff were tip oriented. I do understand a little Spanish so I picked up on the snide remarks they made towards guests who don't tip after every drink order. Tipping for the first drink out of kindness makes sense but how can they expect tipping after every single drink order, its an all inclusive property for god's sakes. The food was bland and this is to be expected as they had no import so one cannot expect spices as resources are minimal. But I made do with the bread and pork they serve everynight. The entertainment shows were amazing and that is one saving grace. The weather was kinda cool when we were there. The pool was constantly crowded so we laid out by the beach a lot. I feel that Cuba has a lot of improvement to do in terms of tourism and the resorts have to learn from the others likes Mexico. I have been to countires with very little as well eg Thailand and their resorts are far more superior. To each their own I guess but my experience to Cuba was unpleasant. I wish we had stayed at a different resort, it could have been a different experience for me. However, my one day trip to Havana was fun....so much history.
Trip Adviser helped us choose Barlovento Resort and we're glad we did.
We have spend 2 weeks of our holiday at the Barlovento-Hotel (Iberostar-Hotel) at Varadero/Cuba. The food at the restaurant-buffet was excellent, same at the beach-restaurant. The Cuban-creolish-reaurant was good, the mexican-restaurant has nothing to do with mexican- food, not accetable! Be shure you get rooms at the 2.th or 3.th floor, at the 1.th floor are the corridors, the people walk around night and day and you may be disturbed! The choice of rooms are the most important at the Barlovento, the food is very good, the staff very helpful and competent and friendly. The animation team is excellent, for the "Latino-Show" and the "Noche Cubano" Five-Stars ***** !! Very good "Lobby bar" with bartender "Taimy" and her crew, Mochitos and Caipirinhas at its best !! The beach is o.k., some noise from the Villa Tortuga next right side (Disco every day from 12-15 p.m.) We enjoyed our stay and can recommend this place for a great Varadero-holidays. We will say thansk to the whole crew at this wonderplace ! Claus u. Gala
Fabulous value, fabulous place to stay
Anyone thinking of staying here should do so...the food was excellent!
The staff were incredibly friendly and warm. It's right on the beach.
Best of all, it's closer to the entrance of the Varadero strip than most hotels, so you can enjoy solitude without being too far from the action "downtown". Has a great little coffee place just next door. No, it's not a 5 star palace, but, gosh, for a 3andahalf star in Cuba, this is one gem of a hotel. Loved it!
Great Value for the price. Staff was friendly and accomodating. Great location. You just walk out the front door and are within blocks of markets, restaurants, bars, shops, etc. Beach is great. Lots of sun shelters and loungers available. Beautiful Beach that you can walk for kilometers on. Very safe place. Rooms are clean and adequate. Our had 2 doubles. Mini Fridge in your room is convenient. Bars are located well but could use a bar closer to the beach. Food was great and plentiful.
Lots of fish and seafood offered. Wonderful desserts. I would not recommend the beef dishes. We found these tough. The hambugers were excellent though. Expresso bars were also located at every bar serving great Cuban coffee. Enjoyed the resort at what they offered. Will return
excelent food,nice staff,good rates.
Feb-Mar 2003 2 weks.this hotel has a great location, city at front door. Food was plentiful and choices were good, and it was recognizable, been to other places where you were not sure what was on your plate! Animation team excellent, nightly shows for the most part were way above average. no problem getting towels or beach chairs, drinks of all kinds. Beach great, clean. Water beautiful Only downside was the rooms, they were not exactly top notch, but they are renovating, no hot water for the first day, but was soon put right when we complained about it thru the Signature rep who ws very helpful. Hoping to go again 2004 with 2 more friends tagging along. Can't wait roll on Feb. 2004. For 1st timers to Cuba, BRING THE BUG SPRAY. Found the mosquitoes to be very vicious, small but awful, and that's saying something coming from the mosie capital of Canada.. . . . Anne & Tom Wpg.
8th Great Visit
Just returned from my 8th visit to this very pleasant hotel. Those many of us who return 1 or 2 times each year continue to enjoy this "hidden gem" it is under rated at 3 stars and is closer to the Iberostar rating of 4 stars. Hotel has all services ,food,drinks of higher rated hotels.It is popular with international tourists.Here in Canada it is not promoted by agents who like to push the 5 star hotels,but you will rarely see this hotel discounted and it is at full capacity for most of the year.The hotel is well situated with the beach at the back door and the Town at the front door making it ideal for visitors who want to see the town with ease by foot or bus,taxi,etc. Can't wait to go back.
Nice enough hotel is only a 3 star so you cannot expect luxury.Rooms are a little small, decks are narrow, just for stepping on to not lounging on.Water pressure is unfortunaltely almost nil and water only warm. Restaurant seemed to serve good buffet, great desserts, and service was efficient and friendly. Beach bar & restaurant served nice lunch with nice outdoor patio eating area. Beach nice and not too far from hotel. Good hotel if you do not spend much time in room and you get package on sale. Location good.