Travel Blogs from Varadero
We are in Cienfuegos. I am ending my day at the Hotel Jagua in Room 606, eight doors down from Room 614 where Castro slept on the evening of August 18, 1960. But I am getting ahead of my story.
The day began with breakfast at the Hotel Melia Varadero which I mention only because they have not one, but two enormous buffets. For our morning activities, we drive back to Matanzas, passing the only golf course in Cuba-nine holes. One of the men in the ...
... return"). These men constitute the "Cuban Five" whom were taken prisoner by the US for attempted terrorism against US Cuban citizens in 1998. Cuba argues that they are innocent, but the US does not. Tack another reason up on the grudge board between the US and Cuba that I learned today.
After lunch in Santa Clara, we drove to Varadero - a popular tourist beach and sister city to Cancun. In our resort, there are LOTS of Canadians. I think we're the only white ...
... why I love Cuban music – and I got to meet them, have my photo taken with them , have their CD signed by them and watch an intimate live performance . Once in a lifetime, never, ever forget experience!!
Heres a link to a Buena Vista Social Club video – Just in case you wondered who they were and what their music actually sounded like : Buena Vista : Chan Chan
... to CUC and pronounced Kook) and one for Cubans called the Cuban Peso. A local person encouraged us to hop on his bus but we persisted to exchange our money and he waited for us. The hotel's creaky wooden staircase led to our second floor room with a difference. It shared a balcony and a large sitting area with another bedroom. The balcony overlooked a long white sandy beach and a patio ...
... the food at the resorts sucked. Outside the local resteraunts were delicious and cheap. We opted out of our all inclusive meal plans after about two meals, so so terrible. We went to an Island and catamaran trip to see some dolphins one afternoon and that trend out to be a bit of a letdown but the beautiful surroundings were hard to get me down. I to this day still say Cuba was the most beautiful and extraordinary beaches I've come across and will go again some ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Varadero
If you don't speak spanish. Don't Go..
A lot of people says "Staff donīt speak english" HAHAHAHA Why you donīt try to learn spanish before travel to a spanish hotel made for spanish people?Or are you so stupid than you canīt learn other language?This hotel is really good. The problem is you!
This was my second trip to Varadero and I had a VERY different experience the second time around! Both times I've gone with my 3 "travel companions" (3 ladies in their early 30s). Let me start by saying that the Mélia is a FANTASTIC resort and I highly recommend it. Our first stay was at Beaches and there isn't even a close comparison. The decor of the resort is immaculate and the food was unbelievably fantastic. Ok, enough about the resort itself. The biggest difference I found this time (Apr 13-20) was with the Cuban men. Let me tell you that if you're a girl/woman with a low self-esteem or someone who gets off on a lot of attention, CUBA is the place for you. Personally it became extremely annoying. It was a constant harassment (pulled off dance floors, cornered in bathrooms..etc). It got to the point where I had to take an "escort" with me just so that I wouldn't have "advances" made on me. I was very ready to come home this time around and think that if I ever take a trip to CUBA again it will be with a big guy!!!! Overall CUBA is a great vacation spot and for the $$ that you spend it's well worth it when you find a great resort like the Mélia.
Singles Stay away!!!
Guys this place is horrible if your single. Mostly all couples in Varadero period! Women are constantly accosted by horny Cubans and men have a hard time if they don't speak Spanish. Most of the European guests are rude, especially the women. If you don't speak to them in Spanish often at times they will simply get up and walk away to go find their friends. The biggest ripoff in Varadero are the Taxi's. Cubans girls are also a little stuck up in Varadero believe it or not! Go to Varadero and enjoy yourself! Your just another guy.
Just returned froma week at the Melia VaraderoHotel in Cuba. It was everything and more thatwe had hoped for. We will definitely return andstay here again. Food was excellent, pool wasout of this world and the people both at thehotel and town just went out of their way atall times to help us out. I cannot say enough about this place.
Super time/ first timers!
Our first trip to Cuba April 3-10/03 was much better than we expected, in part because we did not know what to expect We were pleasantly surprised by the smooth arrival at the airport and bus ride to the Melia Varadero. We were there for rest and relaxation we did not end up having time to do the day trips although next time we will. Food was very good , we especially liked the daily buffett which offered so many choices, all good. Beach was wonderful, very clean and not crowded, spent our days there enjoying the sand and sun. Our room had a view of the ocean and was very clean. Really we did not have anything to find fault with, would go back in a heartbeat!
The Melia Varadero is a beautiful resort. Facilities were exquisite, especially the atrium like centre of the building, covered in plants and open to the sky. Activities were plentiful and activity staff were enthusiastic and welcoming. Not the same with the food service staff. I had to walk out of one restaurant, where they had 24-hr a day snacks and such, simply because they just ignored that I was there. Was a little disappointed that the hotel did not have a private beach. While we did have a beautiful ocean-view room, and the beach was just steps away, it was a public beach and quite crowded most of the time. The Catamaran excursion is a must. But take it from me, if you have a chance to get the Sunset cruise as a bonus, do it on another day than you do the day trip. I was wiped out at the end of a full day on the boat. Bring a little bit of money for tips and extra lobster (in addition to what they offer). It is inexpensive ($10USD) and the best lobster I had anywhere. As for the food, I always thought myself to be a very open person when it came to new foods and tastes, but I simply could not find anything I liked except the desserts and fruits. By the way, the advertising for the resort shows that there is a coffee maker in the room. Not true, and the cafe au lait that you get served as American coffee is more like mud. I really missed my coffee.
Just got back from Melia Varedero 24 March 03. We went with 3 other couples and had a great time.The hotel is beautiful and the lobby is so different from anything I have seen before. We found the staff to be friendly, and even if they could not speak english they would still try to help. The food was good always something for anyone to eat.Breakfast, you had a choice of many different things, we found the chef who would make an omellet of your choice in front of you to be very good. Lunch you could get buffett, or go to the cafe,or if you wanted to stay on the beach you could go to the beach cafe were the food was really good. Dinner was also buffett, cafe or one of the restaurants. We tried most of the restaurants and found them to be really nice, the only one we found not to be as friendly was the chinese one, the staff their did not make us feel welcome. Also the Cubano Trinidad was really good and you do not need a reservation for this one you can just walk in, I would say give it a try. The rooms were kept clean, and you would always see staff cleaning up after people. The pool bar make great drinks, you will always come away from it feeling happy. We all said we would go back to the Melia Varadero, and I wish anyone going to have a happy holiday.
My first feeling when I arrived was disappointment and I think it was only because it was totally different from where we stayed on our first trip to Cuba. A lot of the staff there didn't speak English or spoke it very poorly. I found them not very friendly at all, whether you tipped them or not it didn't matter. The buffett I think is the same wherever you go, same kind of food and never very warm. Breakfast you could never go wrong with it, best meal of the day. Their Chinese restaurant was excellent, but just to let you know for each dish that you order it comes on a seperate plate so you end up with more plates then table top. The Italian I found totally disgusting, I thought pasta was pasta but not necessarily so. We also tried the Fuerteventura, which was kind of a semi-high class place menu wise and you had a small orchestra playing while you ate. The food was ok. The Beach Grill was an excellent place to eat, their chicken breast the best I've ever eaten. The Cubano Trinidad, not a bad to place to eat, just not much of a menu. There is a 6pc band that plays between the Beach Grill and the Trinidad and they are very good. They played Hotel California and when we went to speak to them afterwards the guy who sang it couldn't speak English, found that interesting. There weren't a lot of the band that could speak much English but very nice guys. We had them sing that song as often as we could and they did an excellent job on it. There are some shops on the resort and a small mall next door. There is a big market place about 10 min. away, $6.00 by taxi and they will wait for you or come back for you when you ask them to. There is a karoke bar and entertainment at the Santiago which isn't bad. The beach was beautiful, always chairs but usually had to walk half of the beach to get them. We had wonderful weather while we were there. Take facecloths with you as there are none there. There is a mini-fridge in the room but to have it stocked it will cost you $5.00, but you can stock it you to use at $3.00 for 15 minutes which I was more then glad to pay, good way to keep in touch with the kids. So I guess for me I wouldn't go back only because I don't like the 5 storey building, (would rather have a resort with 2 storey buildings to stay into) and the unfriendly staff, friendly staff means a lot, especially if they can speak English.
Melia varadero hotel
We were at Melia Varadero last August 2001,we thought the hotel was beautiful and the beaches were something to see, white sand blue waters.We are planning on going again this august to Melia Varadero, we just loved the beauty of the hotel it self.YOu have to see it to believe how nice it is there.Had a great time and are going soon.....We are from Lowellville, Ohio.
My husband and I visited the Melia Varadero last fall and we hope to return some day soon. Our room was lovely and clean. The food was plentiful and delicious and the people were very friendly. Our stay was all inclusive, we only used money (US) for tipping and shopping, just stay away from the expensive wines, they're extra. I thought I'd die without a Tim Hortons, but the Cuban coffee was just delicious and is served with milk. The pools were clean and well kept and the beach was great. I must say that the nightly entertainment did not disapoint, the performers were very talented and the costumes very colourful. There was a different theme each night. Definitely a wonderful place to visit, can't wait to return!