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

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

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. WiFi access is available and the amount of complimentary allowance is based on each room type. After the allowance runs out you can purchase top ups at the main reception. WiFi accounts will only work in the hotel. Double rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. These rooms include 5-hours of complimentary WiFi.

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.

Double Tropical rooms have views to the gardens or to the lake, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. These rooms include 5-hours of complimentary WiFi.

Junior Suites have garden views, 10-hours of complimentary WiFi, living area with sofa and either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suite Superior, located near the spa, sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Junior Suites Superior include 15-hours of complimentary WiFi.

Family Rooms are located near the kid's club and water park, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 4 children (extra beds are available in the room). This room type is only available for families travelling with children younger than 11 years old.

4 restaurants: Ambrosio Restaurant (open for buffet Breakfast, lunch and dinner), La Parrilla (International, open for à la carte dinner), Manzoku (Japanese, open for à la carte dinner), La Dorada (Mediterranean, open for à la carte dinner). 6 bars: El Bohio Beach Bar, La Perla Pool Bar, Los Arcos Lobby Bar, El Rancho Beach Bar, Cigar Bar La Vitola, La Rumba Theatre Bar. 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. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Safe and relaxing staycation :)

Mar 30, 2021 Pete-Tre

This is bit of Covid-time update-review. You can read all the rest from other reviews. We totally agree with other 5 star reviews! One week behind and two to go. People have probably lot´s of thoughts about safety and how things are working here during covid-19. Because You are reading this, You probably already know that Cuba demands negative… Read more
This is bit of Covid-time update-review. You can read all the rest from other reviews. We totally agree with other 5 star reviews! One week behind and two to go. People have probably lot´s of thoughts about safety and how things are working here during covid-19. Because You are reading this, You probably already know that Cuba demands negative covid-test before arrival and they test you again at the airport (our case in Varadero) and you must have voucher to prove that you have booked hotel. So, all of us who are in the Resort have been tested twice in past few days. I think the Resort capacity is about 700 people and currently we are here with 30-40 other guests. Everyone here (also the staff) acts responsibly by wearing mask, washing hands and giving space to fellow travelers. You will probably have less close contacts here than in your “normal” life back home. Every aspect is thought here, but it still feels holiday. If you want to have updates or you have any questions, contact the resort thru Iberostar webpage. I had some questions and doubts and the super-concierge Mrs. Idelsis Acosta answered all my questions very fast. I was between Iberostar are and some other resorts, but her customer service convinced me totally and we haven´t regret a minute that we came here. We´ve been in many 4 and 5 star resorts in Caribbean area, but never got such a good care as here. The whole staff is amazing. Since this is our first time in Cuba, I don´t know if it’s the Cuban mentality or just this Resort. Lot´s of people are saying that the food isn´t good in Cuba, but I haven´t had a single bad dish during our first week. All the restaurants are not open every evening, but they change the concept almost every evening and there is always plenty of options (chicken, pork, fish, crabs etc.). The breakfast and lunch is on serviced buffet (you point, they pick). You can also have tasty burger and hotdog on the beach. The room service delivers free almost anything you want from 11:00 to 23:00. Our Jr Suite is cleaned every day, towels changed twice a day. When you book the suite, you get access to Spa pool which is really nice. Smooth jazz, no kids, hydro massage.. The evening shows are held every night even that we are only handful of people here. Before the show there is usually 3 girls singing and playing or some other music on the lobby bar and they are brilliant! The wifi is free and works ok, which is a must for me since I have to do some work every day. Makes me wonder why I didn´t moved my workstation here 12 months ago :D As you can see from other reviews, the beach is fantastic and the property is well kept. Huge thanks to all the staff! After a very hard year You taught us how to smile again! 😊 Special thanks to Idelsis! 😊 Best Regards, Pete and Elina Finland Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful vacation despite Covid19

Mar 13, 2021 S4567PFmarcusb Nortorf, Germany

From the moment you are greeted, you feel comfortable and in good hands. All hygiene standards are adhered to 100%. The facility is in really good condition and is very well maintained despite its age. An army of staff provides the right atmosphere. In particular, Idelsis from the Coucierge team takes care of all the requests you make of her.… Read more
From the moment you are greeted, you feel comfortable and in good hands. All hygiene standards are adhered to 100%. The facility is in really good condition and is very well maintained despite its age. An army of staff provides the right atmosphere. In particular, Idelsis from the Coucierge team takes care of all the requests you make of her. But the other members of the staff also do a very good job. Whether it's J.D. who acts as a fitness trainer or entertainer, the entire kitchen and service staff or the staff in the wellness area, everyone always has a smile for the guests and is friendly and courteous through and through. Covid restricts the choice of restaurants, which is certainly the case with 50 guests in an 840-bed building, and I fully understand this. Nevertheless, the food is freshly prepared and very tasty. And with staff like Ramona (she makes the egg dishes in the morning), you can see the smile even through the mask. The massages are wonderful and you can even get a haircut. And here, too, you always get a very professional service and the staff are great. So in the end you can say you had a wonderful time and that despite Covid limitations. I can only recommend this hotel. Read less
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Mar 13, 2021 LuisB1913

We had a great time on the hotel, excellent quality and service. Particularly fun with the help of Alfredo from the animation team. High level of hygiene and great restaurants also. The place is ideal for a vacation.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Really nice and safe stay!

Mar 4, 2021 Florian B Frankfurt, Germany

We have stayed at Iberostar Selection Varadero in November 2020 for 7 days as a familiy with a small 1,5 year old boy. We felt safe at any time in the hotel and the safety measures and protocols have been very professional. The room was really spacious and clean, the bathroom was good as well. The restaurants are also really good, we recommend… Read more
We have stayed at Iberostar Selection Varadero in November 2020 for 7 days as a familiy with a small 1,5 year old boy. We felt safe at any time in the hotel and the safety measures and protocols have been very professional. The room was really spacious and clean, the bathroom was good as well. The restaurants are also really good, we recommend the Japanese one and the Mediterranean one. The complete staff was really really friendly . Last but not least: The beach was fine as well, unfortunately it was very windy during our stay so that we were not allowed to swim in the sea on 3 days. To sum it up: Many thanks for a perfect and safe stay during these challenging times! Read less
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Feb 20, 2021 Any234567

Our Room was perfectly cleaned. The bath was clean. The big bed was every day fresh maked. The floor was clear, and free of sand. Also the Stuff was very very very very friendly and kind. We loved our vacation here in Varadero.