Melia Las Americas
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMelia Las Americas Varadero
It's quite pricey, but it's everything you may expect from a top-of-the-line Melia. Smooth, friendly check-in, lovely, spacious rooms, and bathrooms and fancy amenity kit therein. A great selection of restaurants, out-of-this-world beach, lots of free entertainment (well...nothing is free, of course!). Added extras, it's located right next to the only 18-hole golf course in Cuba and also the exotic "Xanadú" Dupont Mansion, a fabulous place to view sunset with an ice cold Bucanero beer in hand.
What more can I say? Just two negatives...achingly slow elevators..convoluted restaurant reservation system. On arrival I was told all the specialty restaurants were fully booked, yet I never saw the restaurant of my choice more than half full.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Las Americas Varadero
Great Expensive hotel
Very nice hotel, very quiet. Rooms were great as we were staying in the "bungalows" next to the hotels, big suites, not very well sound insonorized, we could hear the neighboors talking, and when they were taking a shower, it is as if we were in the shower with them.
Food is excellent, service is very slow. The "Arcada" restaurant is a bit overrated, as the food is good, but not worth the price.
For drinks, go to the "snack Bar" in the pool area, best Pina Colada of the hotel bars. I would highly recommend. This is not our initial destination plan as we had booked in Santa Maria. Melia apparently had overbooked the hotel and relocated us to the Las Americas instead. We left with a very negative attitude, but were pleaseantly surprised once we arrived there, Food was great, site is more than great, rather quiet place. If you are going there for fun and party, I would recommend another hotel.
Prices for the food is rather high, so I would strongly recommend all inclusive plan if you can.
Very Satisfied with Las Americas
We are 74 years old, have travelled extensively, and are very picky. We found the Las Americas fulfilled our expectations for our 2 week holiday March 1st. - March 15 th. / 04. The staff were extremely accomodating and friendly. They fulfilled every request with a smile.
All the rooms have good views without detriments. However, we chose to pay extra for an ocean view room which was excellent. We had beautiful views, ocean breezes, and total security. The cleanliness was above par. Even though we dislike buffets, we found there are advantages in that dining times are flexible. We had a meal plan, and used some of our coupons for the buffet toward the "Specialty restaurant" and the "Dupont Mansion Dining experience" 5 times. These dining rooms match Gourmet Dining in any major city. Prices compare. All beverages (wine, cocktails,and water are extra and can be charged to the room. Prices reasonable. House wine 2.50 U.S. per glass, Pina Colada - 3.oo , Domestic. Beer 2.00 ,Coupons cover food only. can be used for lunch or dinner. We enjoyed the food. There was lobster, fish, and ample variety. We prefer this to the "all inclusive facilities." I hope Las Americas continues this way.There were lots of cots with mattresses & towels available on the beach, under shade. Around the pools are wooden adjustable cots that support the knees. With the mattresses, are very comfortable. We found these to be an asset. There are hamocks, and dining on the beach for lunch and snacks, again reasonable prices. The beach is beautiful, sand and swimming excellent. The "train" is free and commutes between 3 hotels and the shopping centre. Leaves Las Americas every half hour. The shopping centre is interesting and has upscale goods at reasonable prices. There are Restaurants, Grocery and Liquor stores. In short, anything forgotten can be obtained there.
There are small boutiques at the hotels also. We did not golf, but those that did enjoyed the golf course which borders Las Americas. We would definitely return to this hotel in Cuba.....M. Dowling.
One of the best in varadero
Our one week stay at the Melia in Feb 04 was very pleasant. For starter, we had originally booked to stay at the Sol Sirenas Coral which i had stayed before and had a great time, but somewhere along the line, there were overbookings and we got upgraded to the Melia plus 100 american each in return. The bungalows are huge, food was the best in Cuba and i have been there 9 times now. The beer is served in bottles and cans by the beach, no draft!! Staff as usual in Cuba is pleasant and the safety in Varadero is fantastic. Only downside to this hotel is the pool area. Maybe the one of the worst that i have seen in Cuba. So the beach was the perfect setting.
i had e wonderful time in this hotel the food was exelent the beach is nice and the golf course wow i play evreday go ther you wont regret
Pretty Good for Cuba
Just got back from Varadero for the third time. First time to Sol Club Las Sarenas (don't go), second time to Sandals Royal Hicacos (awesome!) third time Milia Las Americas. Each expereince was very different.
Sandals was by far the best all-inclusive. Clean, best beach, no children, new and fresh. MLA was not an all inclusive. The beach was very close but the rooms were discusting! Of course we all know Cuban food is sub-par, but who wants to gain weight on a holiday that you wear your bikini 14 hours a day? Beach chairs were hard to come by and I wouldn't dare put my foot in the ice cold pool. Entertainment was typical, but food was above average for Cuba. They on-site gym was better than other resorts and the foliage was more developed and very well taken care of. Added bonus for MLA is that the "Mall of America" is just a short walk away. Go to Sandals for cleanliness, beautiful beaches and SCUBA dives included, go to MLA for better food.
All pros & no cons
From the moment we arrived at the hotel, everything was excellent. Forget all of the other comments about just okay service. Every staff member was both friendly and attentive. They are both deserving and appreciative of tips (this is how they make most of their living). We were greeted with smiles and a welcome mojito (national drink). The price of food maybe more expensive than outside of the hotel but it is still comparable, if not cheaper than food at other resorts. We found the drinks less expensive, $2 for a beer & $3 for a cocktail. We were not on an all inclusive plan & definately recommend going that route. There are plenty of delicious & reasonanble restaurants in and around Varadero. However, breakfast was included and it was plentiful and yummy. Finally, about all those mosquitoes? What mosquitos? Maybe they are just around in the rainy season.
Stayed at the Melia Las Americas in late FEB03. A very good hotel and excellent value - beautiful lobby (grand piano with entertainment in the evening, fish pond flowing through the lobby), attentive staff.
Room was average but very clean and the maids created elegant sculputres with the towels every day. The view from the balcony was fabulous - the golf course, ocean and the former Dupont estate. The staff were excellent and everyone we spoke with was at least tri-lingual and many spoke more than 3 languages. It was not uncommon to hear the same waitress address guests in Spanish, English, French and German. The golf course was an easy 3 minute stroll from the back door and the beach was literally just off the back step of the hotel.
The food was average - seafood was very good, chicken OK, but beef is not very plentiful. We had Breakfast and Dinner included daily in our package. Additional food such as lunch and snacks was a bit pricey for the quantity and quality. The a la carte restaurant was nice but fairly expensive. All-in-all on our next trip to Varadero we would return to this hotel - it represents excellent value.
Loved hotel Las Americas and the beach
We spend one week in this pleasant hotel during the month of march 2003.Hotel with good atmosphere and friendly service.We had a good time there and plan to go back.Watch out for expensive trips to Havana, better to rent a car.
We did stay there for 120 Euros á day booked via ... full board. A wonderful place what the most beautiful beaches we´ve ever seen, we felt like in a fotoshooting-seccion. Blue clear warm and nice water, white sandbeach, amazing!The only but: you have to pay drinks extra which are expensive!
Great hotel. The best on Varadero. Rooms are comfortable, lobby is very nice, and food is good.
BUT if you buy the food there it is *very* expensive. The second time I went, I had meals included and saved a LOT.
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