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The trip starts with a pick up from your hotel in Varadero, then follows by a 30 minute drive to …
... buildings here are mainly 19th century and I can imagine in its heyday it was another stunning city. It’s built around a massive bay of crystal clear water and is divided by numerous rivers and full of bridges. What’s killed it for us is the air quality. The diesel fumes seems to sit in the street until early evening when the traffic lessens a bit. Even in our casa – an old hacienda type place with fantastic high ceilings and a great ...
Today we decided to head out to Matanzas, a coastal city two hours east of Habana, to see a baseball game and check out the beaches (Matanzas is 30 min west of Varadero, a famous beach resort in Cuba). There were tourist buses going to Matanzas but we decided it was faster and cheaper to ask a taxi driver on the street to take us there. Luckily we found a really nice guy who took us to the baseball stadium and the beach ...
... stretch their legs. However this was not the typical rest stop you would expect to see coming off the Parkway. It was a little shack with a house behind it that also had a small area one could get something to eat and drink. Behind the house was a magnificent view of the ocean. We spoke few words and just admired the scenery with the sound of the crashing waves one last time. After looking out into the vast sea for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Arenas Doradas Varadero
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I don't know where those people were staying that gave such negative reviews because our stay at this hotel was perfect. The beach is stunning, the rooms clean and huge. The staff generally very friendly and what's wrong with the food? There was always a pretty good selection. Much of it is plain but there were many healthy choices. Remember when travelling don't expect the food to be as it is at home. We loved the two story building blocks. Made it seem like we were in a little village. The pool and swim up bar also neat. Would recommend this resort to anyone.
Perfect, beautiful and lovely vacations.
Spent one week down there (return on Feb.17/03) and we had perfect and beautiful vacation. Clean hotel, nice beach, friendly people and not bad food. My kids loved that place. I was reading posted reviews before leaving for this destination and was scare that we are going to a bad resort. My advise: ignore the bad reviews and just go there - you will not regret. I did not meet anyone that was complaining about the services. Also remember that $$ talks - $2 tip is nothing but service improves drastically (people are poor and as in any communist country they are expecting some pocket money).
I recently got back from Varadero. Me and two girlfriends stayed at Arenas Doradas for a week.
Me and my girlfreind went there during spring break of 2002. I have to say that they do have a nice beach but the service was horrible, basically, even if you have an all inclusive package, prepare to be a good tipper if you really want good service. The people working at the front desk, really don't care about their guest's, we had some water problems, where sometimes there was no water, we were sent to a different room, where basically there was constructions right in front of our balcony. I was really dissapointed with the food, they recycled some of the dishes a couple of times. I think it is a 2 star hotel. If you really want to go just for the beach, make sure you don't pay more than 1000$ for an all inclusive.
On Christmas day my hustband, two children and I traveled to Arenas Doradas in Varadero. We were expecting to have anorther horrible christmaws after reading the reviews on this site, but when we got there that all changed. And we had the best christmas ever. The staff were very friendly and would go out of their way to help you. My husband had a few problems in his room at the start of the holiday but they were immediatly fixed. The rooms themself were fair but could have done with a lick of paint. Alot of the food at night was not to our liking but we stiull managed to find something we liked either in the resturant or in the pizza place. The beach bar during the day served food that would suit even the most fussy eaters, so we managed to eat 3 good meals aday. The food itself was of a haigher standard than what we expected from a poor, third world country. The entertainment staff put on a different show each night, these were all very good and spoken in 4 different languages.
I've been at Arenas Doradas for 1 week from 08/09/02 to 15/09/02, here is my comment about the hotel and Varadero/Cuba:
Me and my 2 friends went here from August 31 till September 7. When I first walked in to the lobby of the hotel my jaw dropped, the hotel is absolutley beautiful. The lobby bathroom is made of black marble, the whole complex where the hotel rooms are is amazing. There was alot to see on one resort and the beach is the most gosgust thing i have ever seen. BUT the food, now I would have enjoyed my vacation had I not been dry heaving over the toilet or been on it with the worst case of diahrea ever. The food is absolutely discusting and I am one who enjoys any food of all cultures, I basically would eat anything, but this is a different case, none of the meats are cooked throughly. the meats are all bloody and raw in the middle all the time. everything in the buffet is gross. the pool bar las loritos, the food is also discusting and my hamburger was so bloody my bun was red. The fruits are all mushy or un ripe. the drinks are always warm which does nothing when its 32 degrees outside. the people that work there are all sarcastic and rude. I had 100 dollars stold out of my safe by the maid, and my gifts I bought stolden out of my hotel room. The only 2 people I liked that worked there were the 2 man that play guitar for dinner in the buffet room, there always kind and friendly and will come to your table play for you meal after meal even if you dont tip them. The entertainers that work there offered to bring us to a club, when we got there, they said it was 10 dollars each to get in, after paying 30 for me and 2 friends, I found out it was only 5 to get in and we paid for the 3 entertainers to get in,they used us. most cubans just hussle hussle hussle, all they want is your cash, by the entrance of every bathroom in cuba there is a lady toilet paper and you have to buy it and you only get three squares which dosnt do much after eating there food. This hotel is gorgust, but the food, the staff and the entertainers all suck. IF you just want a nice hotel and beach than go here to this hotel, but if you ... becasuse theres no rest when someones always trying to hussle you for 3 dollars.
I chose to stay at Arenas Doradas partly because of the February 26, 2002 review on this website. I was at Arenas Doradas the week of August 10 and my experience was quite different. We were advised to buy bottled water, but only the 1 litre bottle was sold for $2 U.S. at the souvenir shop. The food was pretty bad. The dining room had a stale smell of fried fish and rancid oil and by the end of our week the smell made us nauseous. The smell permeated our clothes and when we left the dining room our clothes reeked of this smell. The tablecloths were dirty and never changed that week. We stuck with the boiled eggs and croissants for breakfast but could never get a good glass of juice. It was either a strange orange drink from a machine or the most tart tasting orange juice from another orange squeezing machine, which squeezed green oranges. Yuk.! If you went too late for breakfast the croissants left were brown, small and burnt. It was difficult to get used to the coffee and juice machines. They would spew out some poorly mixed concoctions or not the right amount either too much or too little for the cup or glass. The milk machine for cereal spewed sour milk. There were a strange assortment of sausages for breakfast. I could only eat plain potatoe or something recognizable for dinner. The chicken and fish were not to my liking. One morning when I went into the dining room I was pointed out and laughed at by three staff who called me pequena several times as they pointed me out to a co-worker who was walking by. It was most humiliating to be laughed at and pointed at by staff.