Iberostar Selection Varadero

Varadero, Cuba

The hotel

If family holidays are about building memories together, Iberostar Selection Varadero has all the tools you need. Arguably the finest family escape in Varadero, it sprawls along the powdery sand, so you get ample space to build sandcastles and paddle together. Backing the beach, its gardens feature pools with opulent touches like a rotunda, and its guest rooms spread through 11 buildings. You’ll never be short of something to do, with tennis, kayaking, and archery among its sports. And, while little ones are having fun at their Star Camp, you can indulge in the spa, before reuniting for evenings of colourful Cuban shows and dancing.

Amenities

  • Wheelchair access
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

Boasting a prime location on beautiful Varadero Beach. Transfer time from Havana Airport: 3 hours.

Hotel information

386 guest rooms and junior suites on 3 floors in 11 buildings. All rooms are air-conditioned with balcony or terrace, satellite TV, mini-fridge, tea/coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes and iron and board. Double Rooms have a terrace with garden views, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

All Inclusive of: all meals (in the main buffet restaurant), snacks and local brand drinks. Guests are entitled to one visit to each of the à la carte restaurants per week. All entertainment and activities above unless otherwise stated.

Tropical Double Rooms have views to the gardens or to the lake, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Junior Suites have garden views, living area with sofa and either 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Superior Junior Suites have a balcony or terrace and living room, with 1 king-size bed or 1 queen bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Two Bedroom Family Rooms are two interconnected rooms, with 1 king-size bed and 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 6 adults

Presidential Suite has two bedrooms, a living room area and a terrace with a hot tub. With a double bed or two twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

4 restaurants: Ambrosio Restaurant (open for buffet Breakfast, lunch and dinner), El Bosque Gourmet Restaurant (Àla carte dinner), Manzoku (Japanese, open for à la carte dinner), La Dorada (Mediterranean, open for à la carte dinner). 8 bars: Bar Star Café, La Duna Beach Bar, El Bohio Beach Bar, La Perla Pool Bar, Los Arcos Lobby Bar, La Vitola Cigar Bar, La Rumba Theatre Bar and Gaz 53 Nightclub. Room service* (11:00am-11:00pm).

Daily activity programme including shows for adults and children. Regular evening entertainment including live music, theme nights and folklore shows. Gaz 53 Nightclub (open until 2:00am)

3 swimming pools including large freeform pool with whirlpool, small relaxation pool and animation pool. Children's pool. Children's Aqua Park (4-12 years). Fitness centre, sauna* and Jacuzzi*. Spa and beauty salon*. Non-motorised water sports including kayaking, sailing, snorkelling and windsurfing. 2 tennis courts. Table tennis. Pool table. Archery. Volleyball, beach football and basketball. Giant chess. Golf course nearby*. Mini kids' club (4-12 years). Teen Room.

WiFi access is available and the amount of complimentary allowance is based on each room type, you will be given a login and password upon check-in. Standard rooms get 5 hours free WIFI, Junior suites get 10 hours free WIFI and Spa rooms get 15 hours free WIFI (initially and then the WIFI account can be topped up free of charge). If you are in a Standard or Junior Suite you must top up by paying 1.00 CUC per hour, you can go and top up the temporary account that was given to you when you checked in). All top ups (free or paying) should be done at the main reception. Gift shop. Laundry service*. Babysitting*.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: child ages at this property is up to and including 11 years. 

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Faultless and fabulous

Jan 24, 2022 N2699IGsama

The hotel is beautiful and immaculate. The staff are attentive and always on hand to make your holiday as stress free as possible. Idelsis & Fidel in customer service go over and above, including arranging trips at a very good price. Varadero is a lovely town with a really relaxed vibe & the flea market is a must see with beautiful crafts and the… Read more
The hotel is beautiful and immaculate. The staff are attentive and always on hand to make your holiday as stress free as possible. Idelsis & Fidel in customer service go over and above, including arranging trips at a very good price. Varadero is a lovely town with a really relaxed vibe & the flea market is a must see with beautiful crafts and the usual tourist nick nacks. The Iberostar Valadero also has a few lovely restaurants and lots of variety of food. The beach is stunning with clear sea and soft sand. I would happily come back again and again Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terrible experience with our stay at Iberostar Selection Varadero

Jan 23, 2022 VincentL20220123 Brussels, Belgium

If you ever want to stay in a five star hotel don't ever go to this one. Except the fact that the personnel is very very nice and really focused on clients, they can't provide the 5 star service due to the embargo in place, food is disguting!!! and some time the cleaning of the dishes is not ok. it's really over-evaluated on a price point of view.… Read more
If you ever want to stay in a five star hotel don't ever go to this one. Except the fact that the personnel is very very nice and really focused on clients, they can't provide the 5 star service due to the embargo in place, food is disguting!!! and some time the cleaning of the dishes is not ok. it's really over-evaluated on a price point of view. I would never consider this hotel anymore. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic holiday

Jan 16, 2022 abdoulayet921

First of all, the hotel is beautiful very clean and the services are amazing also the food. But what did catch my attention was the stuff specially Nury. She taught me how to dance salsa and Cuban music also she’s amazing a wonderful brave and hard worker woman very smiling who is very professional who care about the customers happiness, joy and… Read more
First of all, the hotel is beautiful very clean and the services are amazing also the food. But what did catch my attention was the stuff specially Nury. She taught me how to dance salsa and Cuban music also she’s amazing a wonderful brave and hard worker woman very smiling who is very professional who care about the customers happiness, joy and giving everyone a good holiday. Because of this, I would love to come very soon. Thanks a lot to Nury who made my holiday amazing.😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Read less
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Jan 11, 2022 AleDom8

I had a very good stay at this resort. The room was quite big, clean and very quiet. They have a good variety of restaurants, food and activity you can do during the day. Night shows are also really fun and well performed . What I believe that really made the difference though, it's the Iberostar' employees . They have all been extremely… Read more
I had a very good stay at this resort. The room was quite big, clean and very quiet. They have a good variety of restaurants, food and activity you can do during the day. Night shows are also really fun and well performed . What I believe that really made the difference though, it's the Iberostar' employees . They have all been extremely helpful, fun and always with a smile on their faces. I want to give a special thanks to Nury: her dancing classes were really fun and she made such a great job to make everyone feeling comfortable all the time. Very good people skills. I'll go back to the Iberostar Selection Varadero Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent resort! But oh..... the bug bites :(

Jan 10, 2022 Y7563UIcr

This is our 3rd Cuban resort and by far the best for facility, food, staff, beach, cleanliness etc. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and would give 4.5 stars if possible. Some bits: 1. Our major negative was the bugs: biting midges aka sand flies aka ‘no see-ums’. The problem w these is that they bite but the welts don’t appear until days after. We got… Read more
This is our 3rd Cuban resort and by far the best for facility, food, staff, beach, cleanliness etc. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and would give 4.5 stars if possible. Some bits: 1. Our major negative was the bugs: biting midges aka sand flies aka ‘no see-ums’. The problem w these is that they bite but the welts don’t appear until days after. We got majorly hit. From the beach? Tennis court? Lounge? Full sun? Shade? Hard to say. We met other guests w the same prob too. We chilled off-beach for several days and still got bit. Saw guests slapping ankles at night in the lounge. Bring insect repellant. We did and had to religiously apply it. Better yet though, bring some sort of anti itch bite cream w hydrocortisone. These bites last longer and burn harder than mosquito bites. We brought AfterBite and it did nada. Bought Polysporin Itch Relief when we got home and.... skin sanity! 2. Staff are just lovely. Dining in our 2 previous resorts, the tip got the service. Grossly so. Here, staff were attentive and thorough w all guests. Kudos in particular to the patient ladies who reminded guests over and over to put their masks on in the dining hall. Total grace! Other staff notables: Lourdes does an awesome room clean in building 10 (room 48), Raime serves up dinner drinks w heart, and Oneisy in spa was lovely and welcoming. 3. PCR test for Canadians: day 1 or 2 go to the Medico, scan a QR code to a site to pre-pay tests, pay online, 3-2 days before you leave queue up to get test. Pick up document one day later. 4. The large central curvy pool is more 'drinks, people and animation'. The rectangular pool en route to gym is quieter. The spa pool for adults is also available, but ranged in noise / social level. 5. Water. The water in your room is in re-fillable glass bottles w paper seals of purity. Bring a water bottle if you want to carry water around. Dining hall also serves water but source? We only drank the sealed water and were fine. 6. Food. We're not gourmet (not KD either) so for mid-level eaters, we were happy-happy. Pizza, pasta, fries, salad,ice cream if that’s your thing. Otherwise seafood, stir fries, paella, roast / pork, smoked salmon, etc. No birds in the dining hall. No flies. No food going cold. Staff serves the buffet and the food is fresh. The coffee / hot chocolate cafe is a superb touch. One other awesome touch: hotdogs and hamburgers are bbq'd after 1 pm in the bar area by the beach. Perfecto! 7. Room. Large, 3 beds!, clean, and everything worked. Bath room was reno’d. Hot water always available. Whoot! 8. Recreation: sea kayaks, bike boards, paddle boats, catamarans on beach. Tennis, futsal and basketball by gym. Ping pong, foosball, pool, at the towel-exchange. Volleyball usually kicked in at 4pm. My kids got social w other teens at ping pong and volleyball. Baseball and futbol (soccer) are huge there. Have gently used baseball equip? Bring it to Hector in the gym. He will know who to share it out with. Futbol club jerseys are also a big love over there. Overall, aside from the bites and itch misery, this resort was excellent. Read less