Planning to return... A review of Barcelo Varadero

My wife and I have just returned from a package holiday (arranged by First Choice), staying at the Barceló Varadero.

Before confirming the booking, I read the reviews on this website, and became somewhat confused and concerned about the contrasting views being expressed. I have now read the negative comments again and wonder whether the writers of them were staying at the same hotel.

I do not suggest that the hotel is five star, but I was not charged five star prices. Our room was in Block F, which showed some signs of needing redecorating/refurbishing in places - for example, the mattresses and pillows needed replacing (often the case at hotels, in my experience). However, the rooms were clean, well-furnished and included kitchen equipment that all worked. Fire safety precautions were well in evidence - fire escape stairs, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc, all in abundance.

Cleanliness was apparent throughout the complex - staff seemed to be constantly cleaning, inside and out. All the hotel staff were polite and helpful. The restaurant offered a wide range of food - catering for varied nationalities - good quality and plentiful.

More often than not when I return from holiday, my first task is to draft a letter of complaint about some unsatisfactory aspect. On this occasion, it is a pleasure to be writing this favourable review instead. If my wife and I return to Tenerife, we will have no hesitation in booking, probably independently, at the Barceló Varadero again.

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