Iberostar Playa Alameda Hotel
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Cuba as a nation is absolutely fascinating, the whole country lives as if they are still in the 1950's; perhaps the only country I’ve ever visited not to have a MacDonald’s or Starbucks, Imagine that! So all those mad scientist keen to build machines that would able them to visit the past should just go to Cuba. It’s cheaper, saves you wasting time for years over something unnecessary, increases Star Trek time and you can even have some of the finest Cuban rum as ...
... along Via Blanca, the main road running seaside along the northern coast, we stopped to buy bananas from a roadside vendor/farmer, whom we asked if he knew where we could get some aceite de maja. He said he could get some for the next day, and since we planned to return on the same route, we agreed to reconnect with him (said to ask for "flaco"). All along, I had thought majŠ was a plant; I was informed it's a snake, and this oil is apparently ...
... of wonderful Brazilians like we did. We had a couple of hours in the bus, so most of us slept for a little. However, knowing that these were my final hours in this unique country I stayed awake the whole time contently looking out the window. I began to try and make sense of my experience here in Cuba, and started to ask the questions of "What is the most important thing I want to tell people back home about Cuba?" ...
... poke my head around the house like a giraffe. Judging from what I saw, Hemingway lived in a manner well-suited to his simple, frank writing style. Everything in his home was just as he left it. There were bullet shells and bottles of rum scattered across his desk. His walls were decorated with more hunting trophies than I have seen in my life, and my cousins are pretty emphatic hunters. Try and imagine ...
... once you have been on a beach like the one we were on in Varadero, you wander why you’re not a ‘beach person’. The beach was spotless, lots of water activities available (which we got involved in, some good some a little more dangerous) and everyone was so friendly. It was lush!
We had these cute little houses on the resort which we stayed in pairs, very ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberostar Playa Alameda Hotel Varadero
We have just come back from a fantastic two weeks in LTI Beaches, Varadero. The rooms are the most spacious Ihave ever stayed in and another added bonus is that you even have a seperate shower cubicle with a power shower, which is something of a first for the caribean!Start tipping from the minute you arrive to be sure of excellent service! The cuban restaurant is ok if you are a fish lover, otherwise the Italian is good , just dont eexpect any pizzas to be on the menu, in fact not much pasta either!! Yudy and Yesnelly work in the bar in the evening together with a guy called Tommy. They are fantastic and will alwys join you for a dance around midnight. Ronaldy works in the entertainment and is always good for a laugh. Alfredo in the buffet looks just like elvis and again gives impecible service. My only dissapointment was the evening entertainment. I recommend that you visit the night club and create your own entertainment as we did. The DJ will happily turn the evening into what ever you like. Ladies, watch out if you are single though because the cuban men will be around you like flies. Anyway, great hotel, beach a little dissapointing but you can always stay around the pool for some fun and games!
This was our second trip to Cuba and our second stay in an LTI. Last year we stayed at the LTI Tuxpan which was super, but the LTI Beach Resort surpassed even that.From the moment we checked in and were whisked away on our golf cart to our room we knew the service was going to be great - and we were not let down at any stage in our two week stay.The room was large and comfortable and our cleaners regularly left our towels in attractive designs. Best of all service was were the waiters in the large buffet style restaurant. Particularly worthy of a mention were Alberto and Alfredo who really were friendly and went way beyond what was called for in their job descriptions.The beach is a lot narrower at this end of the Varadero Peninsula but this was made up for by a really nice pool which seemed really quiet during our stay in Mid May 2003. Even at noon there were plenty of loungers by the pool - although you may want to drop your towels before breakfast if you want to be sure of a shady place.The food was generally good - we didn't try the a la carte stuff - but you just need to remember that you are in Cuba and sometime certain things may be in short supply.The only down side to our stay was getting my wallet stolen in the market in Havana - I guess that can happen in any big city. Our tour rep was a great help, both with the police and afterwards.Nothing but praise for a great country, a great area and a great hotel.
I've just recently returned from Varadero where I stayed at the LTI. I went with two of my girlfriends and we had a blast! I'd go back in a heartbeat!The resort was beautiful; the grounds were very well kept and clean, the pool area very nice, my room very clean and spacious. The beach was very narrow and rocky as you entered the ocean, but that was really the only 'problem' with the resort. We didn't really care though. We hung out by the pool and listened to the music! There are mosquitos at night, so be sure to bring insect repellent. We met the most wonderful people... Our servers in the buffet restaurant were absolutely the best servers in the world! If you go, sit at the back wall because Yoselin, Yuri, Miguel and Fernando work that area when they work the dinner shift. Be nice to them! They're great!!! The disco was ok...they play alot of Spanish music, but once you learn the dances, it's neat! We went on 2 day trips; one was a Jeep Safari - a DEFINITE MUST!! The other was the catamaran which was ok... I would have paid triple what I paid for the Safari and would have skipped the catamaran all together if I had to do it again. That's just my opinion... Our 2 guides we met on the Jeep Safari (Julio and Gustavo) were awesome and we actually went out bowling and to the Mambo Club with them. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you leave and while you're there:1-TIP....it's amazing what a little tip can do.2-Tip in dollars or in candy, gum...whatever...I had read alot about bringing toothpaste and so on to tip with, so I did, and boy do they love it. Things you have a million of at home that you never use are things they need, but can't afford.3-Make your a la carte reservations ASAP!! If you don't, you'll end up like us...eating at 10:00pm! You make them in the Clubhouse.4-Make sure to keep $25US for the airport when you leave the country.5-Bring TP or Kleenex whenever you leave the resort. You'd be surprised at how many times you'll get charged for TP!6-There are 2 computers in the ho for a half hour. Ask the reception desk for an access code.7-Go there with open arms...take everything in... don't let one slight problem bring you down! As you can see, I have no complaints and would return time and time again....PS...The lobster on Wednesday night was good. I know some people said it wasn't, but mine was really good!
This is owr first trip anywhere. We found that you needed to be at the buffet early to get the best food. Not everything is labeled so sometimes you take a chance. The fresh fruit is great. We recommed that you go on the jeep safari that also takes you to the river were you go in zokiaks. It was great dusty but great. There is a tour where you go on the boats and then you get to swim twith the dolphins, well it's not as great as it sound. The dolphins are in pen(of courses) you don't actually swim with them. You and 5 others go in the water in a circle and the dolphins may swim by you, you put your arm out to touch them, then then go by again giving you a kiss by touch you cheek with there nose and that is it. We found that is was a very long day on the boat. We rented a car and travelled around. I would recommend doing this. Rent the car for two or more days with unlimeted mileage. It's the best way to go. Don't bother taking the cubans any pencils, crayons etc they have it all. Do take small deodarents, they don't have that. Also take snacks for your room. They restock the fridge everyday. It was great. Take lots of sun screen
Nice place. New resort with full amenities. Relaxed atmosphere, staff very courteous and helpfull with proper tips (1$). If you plan for a "beach vacation" avoid this hotel at all cost. The beach is very small, not to clean and crowdy, good for kids, though. Spend most of the week at the pool (reserve your spot early). Food is of good quality but choice is limited specially in the morning (no croissant !!!). No salads at the buffet and very few veggies aside oily mixture. Same food come again and again, Did not see lobster as stated in an another review. Italian restaurant is ok but avoid the Cuban restaurant since they serve more or less the same things as the buffet. Coffee and booze: No Problemo. This was my seventh time in Cuba, third one in Varadero and this resort has been sold to me as a 4 1/2 star. The room, the service and the settings are but the beach and the food are no more than a 3 1/2 stars. I won't go back.
I have travelled to resorts in Cuba, Dominican and Mexico and this property ranks up there with the best. Buffet food was well diversified and of good quality...smoked salmon, lobster, turkey. Book your a'la carte restuarants right away. The Cuban, Italian and Grill Restaurants offered selections to suit most appetites. The rooms were well maintained, large and well appointed. Ample bars and snack options were available somewhere on the resort at all times. Service was friendly and courteous throughout. TIPS = Tip If you want Prompt Service. A buck here and there goes along way to preferred service especially if they remember you. I would say that this resort would cater to couples, families and singles looking for a more relaxed atmosphere. Downsides: beach was small so you had to pick your spot very early if you wanted a beach hut...and be prepared to share it as they were limited here. You could have more space if you moved down the beach towards the next property....no huts and you were further away from amenities .Take some large insulated mugs for afternoon drinks at the beach or even a little cooler bag to keep water & beverages cooler longer.Mosquitos were prevalent at night. I have bad reactions and these bites were very itchy and swelled. Fly repellent and after bite care is strongly suggested, even an antibiotic ointment to be on the safe side. Final analysis....4 1/2 star property, very highly recommended. Great food, service and accommodations.
I have been back in my apartment for 2 hours after a week at the LTI in Varadero and I can't believe how great it was! This surpassed my highest expectations for a holiday. My first resort type of holiday; I have been a hostel/backpack kind of gal until now. The LTI was amazing. The hotel was beautiful and clean and the people there are INCREDIBLE. I can't think of one bad thing to say. The mosquitos weren't even bad, except on the beach after dark. Booking your reservations at the ala carte restaurants is probably the first thing you should do after dropping your suitcase off in your room. The resort seemed to cater to everyone -- 20 somethings, families, retired couples and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. There's a playground for kids, and despite the copious amounts of booze (I saw one guy ordering 4 cuba libres at 10 am while I was having my coffee!!), at nighttime we never had any problems with noise or debauchery. The disco was a blast, the staff seem to hang out there after work, and they are quite happy to teach uncoordinated gringas how to salsa!!! My friend and I were blown away by the people, and the atmosphere and the splendour. I wish we had booked two weeks instead of one, and I would recommend this place without hesitation to anyone.Superb!
This was our first trip to Cuba and overall we had a great time. We originally were supposed to be at Barcelo Solymar but they over booked and offered LTI Varedero as an alternative for two nights. We opted to stay for the week instead of moving resorts 2 days in. The resort was clean and beautiful. The staff was very cordial and aiming to please at all times. A few tips: Bring insulated mugs, bugspray for the evenings after the rains, your own towels (otherwise 30 US$ deposit for each towel - ours were stolen off the beach), Shaded areas at the beach are at a premium, Go early! Bring treats for the maids and servers, & lots of Sunscreen.The beach bar bartenders(Carlos, Amaury, Hector, Alain) were great. The rum certainly pours freely and don't be afraid to tell them what you want. The Magic show was cool, a must see. Food at the buffet was okay. Pretty good selection of everything. The Ice cream was awesome! If you like bread you will be very happy:) Make sure to book your reservations early (like when you get there) for the a la carte restaurants. One surprise I had was that being in the Construction Industry, I wanted to get away from Work but there was a 4 Crane Construction site next door to this resort but it was relatively quiet during the day. No pile driving, chipping,Thank God!!Overall it was a great honeymoon and would recommend this resort for a one week stay to anyone!Glen & Nic
Great Vacation spot
Just returned from LTI Beaches Varadero. Had a great two weeks. Friendly staff expecially Alberto at the buffet, Amarylis and Mercedes in the cocktail bars and Abel at the grill. Watch out for the small bugs that can really bite, especially at night. One has to get up quite early ( 5 to 6 am) to get a chair at the beach. Over all very well run resort.
We just had the best vacation imaginable. The resort was beautiful, the people wonderful. It was my first experience with Cuba and I hadn't heard much positive feedback about the food so I was pleasantly suprised to find that both the buffets and the a la cartes were quite good. We went back to the grill restaurant three times. ( The pork chops are amazing.) The buffet was large enough that you would have to be pretty fussy not to find something you liked. The omletes were quite good. If you like bread you will be in heaven. I did notice though that when we arrived late the tables were quite messy. I think they only change the linens once per seating regardless of the condition. We spent Valentines day in the courtyard at the Don Alfredo and it was beautiful. I think my kids ,( 13 and 10) liked that one the best. We didn't do too much but veg but that was our intention. Lot's of great people to meet. Our boys hooked up with some other kids and I had to say I felt quite safe with them roaming around a bit in the day time. Spanish and dancing lessons were great. Be prepared for everything to start about twenty minutes to an hour later than scheduled. We took the nature park tour ( check with the mini club) It was three dollars a head and they take you in some caves ( not too small!) and show you around the salt lagoon and a few other things. It is only a short ride from the resort. Of course, they were running late. The pool bar was beautiful but I wouldn't eat much more than fries or a salad there. AVOID THE PIZZA! The drinks were great and the service on the whole was quite good. At night we would dress a little nice and roam around the front lobby with our drinks. We met lot's of great people. As far as service goes, if your persistant about what you need you can pretty much get it. I had requested side by side rooms and we ended up having to change to arrange that. The showers were so hot and powerful that you didn't want to come out. The rooms were new and clean. The beds were a little hard but comfortable. Happily I never once detected any smell of chemicals and pesticides like I always do in Florida. Other than mosquitos, bugs were not a problem. The beach was small, but beautiful. There is satelitte tv. I am just back a week and I am still there I think. *****Lee-Anne