Melia Península Varadero

Address: Parque Natural de Punta Hicacos, Varadero, Cuba | 4 star resort
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This 4 star resort, located on Parque Natural de Punta Hicacos, Varadero, is near Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad, Plaza del Carmen, Plaza San Juan de Dios, and Catedral de Senora de la Candelaria.
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          Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Península Varadero

          Amazing! Fantastic! Loved the Tryp Peninsula


          We stayed at the Tryp Peninsula on the advice of our travel agent and couldn't have asked for a better place to be. We were there January 5-12, and it was a bit cool in the evenings, but what a fantastic resort! Everything was great - the beach, the beautiful pool, the lobby bar where we hung out on the one day it rained. The staff was excellent too - when we wanted to change rooms, it took less than an hour to get a better room! I would recommend anyone to go to this resort. We hope to make it back again someday soon. Don't forget to check out the nightly entertainment and the trip to Havana. Our tour guide on the Havana excursion was fantastic (word of advice - take your own T.P. on the trip. Bathrooms in Havana don't have any!)

          Take our advice - it's the best money you'll spend going to Cuba!

          They built it-but forgot to hire the staff


          Just returned from TRYP Peninsula Veradero and have read other reviews of the resort. Actually, it was other reviews which prompted us to go there in the first place so perhaps one should not place too much stock in them.

          This is a very nice resort, still on it's first coat of paint, so to speak. Rooms are large and clean, the chambermaids are excellent, the grounds are well maintained, as is the beach.

          Check in is very difficult if you arrive with a large group of people.

          Food is bland and the buffet is understaffed which leads to lines for food.

          Service is OK if you tip.

          I cannot stress this next point enough...THERE IS NO KIDS CLUB!!!

          If you are a single or a couple, or want to spend all your time with your kids, then this resort is better than most of the others in Veradero. If you are expecting a Club Med or Club Maeva experience (we have been to both), i.e. there will be well trained, energetic staff and an organized kids club, go somewhere else.

          The Kids Club has been built, but there are only 2-3 untrained teenage girls in place. There is no sign in or sign out, the club has not been enclosed or in any way separated from the rest of the resort, and the place is just plain dangerous. The first day we went, there were only about 15 kids in the club, and it was mayhem. After that most of the parents resigned themselves to the fact that they had just paid a lot of money for a change in the weather.

          We did the research, made the calls and emails, and had our travel agent call the resort just to be sure; and in the brochure the resort is listed as having a kids club-but it just isn't true.

          If I were to go to Veradero again with only my wife, I would consider staying here, but if you are traveling with kids you can get much better deals elsewhere for less money.

          Do go on the Havana tour, the jungle tour, and the safari. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and outside of Veradero, the Cuban people are friendly and accommodating, and the music is incredible. The kids had a much better time outside of the resort

          Buena suerte!

          Go To This Hotel!


          My 2 sisters and I (ages 22, 24, 27) stayed at this hotel Jan 1 - 7 2002...we had never been on an all-inclusive vacation...what a great first experience!!! The staff are hilarious, fun and friendly...we went out with them at night numerous times...the food was awesome, but I am not a picky sisters were getting bored of it towards the end. The snack bars are terrific and service is prompt. The beach was great, the pool was great and the activities were's all about your attitude...not as many young single people as we would have liked, but we met enough friends....all in all, an awesome time at a first class place...Oh, don't go over New Year's, if I have one complaint, it wasn't hot enough.

          " I SAY A HEY, A HA , A HA......."


          JANUARY 9 2003 " I SAY A HEY, A HA , A HA......."

          " I SAY A HEY, A HA , A HA......." This song will haunt you in a irratable but fun kind of way. THis is the review for you. IÂ’m gona say it like it is Che!

          This is my two bits.... I read the reviews before I went and feel I should send some back.

          I'm in Vancouver now and just came home, hours ago, from a week in cuba, at the tryp pen. Its out of town bout 18 km and 15 minutes on moped or taxi or bus.

          The weather was bit cloudy for 3 and sunny for 4 - not bad for a canuck and the fact thatÂ’s its raining hard in 'Bancovuer.' IÂ’m still white but my girl got a slight tan.

          The Front desk, brace yourself. Probably the worst service in the entire place. “Sorry, you have to come back tommorrow”. Be persistant and things will happen. We changed rooms because our first one was a little bit odourous – not stinky – just some old smoke hanging around. Not that bad. We also wanted to be close to the beach.

          The rooms – clean, no bugs, comfortable, the chamber maid was great. We left her little things everyday such as make-up, shirt, old purse, etc. She makes these crazy shapes ( ie. swan ) with the towels everyday.

          FOOD- Kinda depends on your sense of humour. It was an average of 6 / 10 and this fluctuated from one to nine. Pick your places to eat and don’t be too focused on food. If you’re a chef-boy-are –dee; you should go somewhere else.

          Cayo Coco- never did it – heard it was ok.

          Tocorocco- Not bad for dining. 7.5/10

          Gondola-italian great for pizza thin crust and pasta. The best one.

          Laguna-AVOID AVOID- cold food, not cooked meat, no selection. YUK!!!

          Buffet- OK. Basics with occasional flare. Preasuato (spelling) , carmalized banana, pastas, lots of eggs, meat, breads. Running icecream – how hard is this, come on….They should learn how to wash the table. The servers just set what was used up and leave the other unused utentsils. Otherwise the servers are pretty good.

          Bars Booze and booze. Have a cigar and shoot the , well you know. Try the pina colodaÂ’s, MOJITO (Cuba drink)

          Beaches were great – beautiful colors but not a lot of topless European women; darn it. Wide selection of the watersports, white sand, tons of speedos…..

          TO DO LIST

          Do tip buck here and there. They guys make from ten to $45 per month.

          DO rent a moped at the hotel ( $25/ 24 hours USD) or $9 then 3 after each hour-fits 2 people. Safe and worth every penny. Go to the golf course and up the the DUPONT mansion - have a cofee on the third floor and enjoy the breathtaking view.

          Do take the SUNSET CATAMARAN TOUR for $70 usd. Booze, snorkle, lobster lunch, and kiss a dolphin. We were feeling pretty good by the end of the tour. Our friends, who we met at the resort, loved it. Ray was full of laughsÂ….

          DO rent a Taxi and go to HAVANAH. We spent $140 for a taxi and a guide. 4 of us split the cost at $35 each instead of the bus price of $70. Rode four two hours each way to and from Havanah in a 1952 Buick – cuba style. Saw the sites on our own terms and for as long as we wanted. (((Unlike the bus tours which our friends did and felt like cattle on the bus, off the bus, on the bus, off the bus, on the bus, off the bus…. Talk to a HOTEL Worker. They will set you up. We spoke with one of the guys in entertainment. Don’t want to put his name in this review – the hotel likes to support the Bus and not the Taxi tour. However, the taxi guy, (“LOCO or EDWARDO”) has a valid license to take these trips. I understand the resort WORKERS will not rip you off when making these excursions or when buying buying rum or cigars. Just One complaint and they get fired from there ultimate dream job and are not permitted to apply in the tourism industry for the next 5 years. Crazy eh!

          Buy Cigars from Havanah factory for a good price( best/good ones are COHIBA, MONTE CRISTO, ROMEO AND JULIET etc). Best price would be from the Hotel worker—NOT some guy off the street. You might buy some Banana leaves or some poor quality- or the real thing- it’s a RISK. I never looked into this.

          Overall a great experience with a few twists. Mexico is more consistant for the money and caters a bit more to the Canadian culture.BUT its CUBA and Fidel has the wheel. Focus on the good and tolerate the “cultural differences”. Go for the rum, the cigars, the beaches, Havanah, and the catamaran tours. Good place to relax and vistit. Don’t plan on going back to this resort but will go back to Cuba. Next trip will try out Breezes or Beaches

          Yours truly,

          28 year old, Federal employee, male, Traveled to Mexico 4 times plus all of SE ASIA, Europe, etcÂ…

          Great TRYP


          I went to the TRYP last year with a group of about 30 college coeds. We had a great time.

          The beach was great, the resort was fantastic.

          The night life at the resort left a little to be desired, but the staff was more than willing to take us out on the town when they had nights off.

          I don't think anyone that went with us had a bad time. I'll defenetly be back.

          Honeymoon bliss


          My husband and I stayed at the Tryp Peninsula in September 2002 for two blissful weeks.

          The hotel really is first class, I'm fussy when it comes to hotels and I couldn't fault the hotel for cleanliness and comfort. Furthermore the amenities were excellent, 2 large pools, (we didn't find the kids pool until the last few days - we were gutted as it was gorgeous!)

          It was quiet when we went but the staff still carried on with all the shows and all the watersports etc..they are really friendly too. The food was good quality and you could visit the a la carte restaurants as often as you like.

          On to the beach... well it was fabulous, the hotel is right on the beach and as I said before ...BLISS..

          Overall the hotel was quiet but first class service and accommodation.

          Something special


          we, my wife, two sons and myself (from Belgium) had something we will never forget : on the date of 15/07/2001 we had the honnour to officialy open the above hotel (in fact our son of 5 years cut the ribbon and thereby declared the hotel open). It was amazing : our family, together with 6 other people were all alone in the resort. We could choose our rooms, everything was brandnew. The staff was so glad to see tourists at last.

          Although everything was perfect there was also 1 other thing we will never forget : the mosquitos. I don't know how it is now, but then it was terrible. The staff told us it was there revenge to the people who took their habitat...

          Some weeks ago we went to Mexico. Because the plane made a stop in Varadero, during the landing we had a great view on the resort and could see the other hotel (the red buildings) is also finished now. Unforgetable stay in the Tryp.

          Tryp Varadero


          We just got back from the Tryp a few weeks ago. The beach is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! The resort was spectacular! The rooms were clean...and comfortable. . The pool is nice with a good Snack bar. We had no problems with water..bottled water was provided. The staff and service was satisfactory but if you tip the service is excellent. Breakfast was always good..... dinner and lunch was o.k. if you're not a picky eater. It's the wrong place if you are single and looking for night life. It's a good place for family and couples to relax very romantic in the evenings. Make sure you bring Tylenol's, Peptobis-mol etc. Our last day there ..I had stomach problems and needed Peptobis-mol or anything with bismuth subsalicylate. The gift shop was useless. There was a doctor at the resort, but she could barely speak English. She had no medication, she wrote a $ 85.00 prescription for drug I never heard off. We rented a scooter, went to the pharmacy and explained the situation. She was able to find us tablets similar to Peptobis-mol for $35 no selection. Other from that, it was a good vacation and it was worth staying at the Tryp. The day we were leaving our maid wrote us a letter wishing us luck and left flowers in the room. I would definitely go back again.

          Can't wait to return...


          We visited the TRYP Peninsula from April 19-26, 2002. An amazing vacation. Beautiful, clean accomodations, amazing staff, great pools and a pretty nice beach.

          From the moment the bus pulled up to the hotel, we were in awe. What a beautiful place.

          Although the food at the buffet left something to be desired, the a la carte restaurants were great, especially the Italian restaurant. Real white-glove service. Great kids area for the young ones, including a wading pool and kids pool with water slides, a great playground built to resemble a pirate ship, supervised activities and a kids snack bar. My 5-year-old had a blast.

          The 24-hour lobby bar serves a mean Mai Tai and the nightly entertainment was varied and elaborate (although start times - 10:00 pm - were a bit late for the little ones to enjoy!)

          The grounds were immaculately kept and the rooms were likewise. Bottled water was restocked daily.

          Many activities available at the beach including all types of water sports (motorized and non). We took a day-trip (non-inclusive)on a catamarn to swim with the dolphins, snorkel and enjoy a lobster lunch on the beach at nearby Cayo Coco. Unforgetable!!!

          I would recommend this vacation to anyone looking to build wonderful memories.

          TRYP Penninsula Resort


          Tryp Penninsula....January of the coldest Januarys Cuba has ever been in.

          A beautyful Resort...cannot say anything will be disappointing. The best place to stay if you really want Rest and Relaxation. There is a man who works on the beach at Resort who really loves Canadian Flags. (Take him one as I'm not sure that he got ours as we left it with some people from Alberta instead of the travel agent from Ontario.)

          The trip to Havana is a must for sure!

          The rooms are better than excellent! The pool excellent (but cold in January 2002). The entertainment crew are either overworked and tired or a tad bit stuckup or shy...not sure but the serving crew in Buffet are friendly.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Melia Península Varadero

          3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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