Iberostar Varadero

Varadero, Cuba

The hotel

If family holidays are about building memories together, Iberostar 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 guestrooms 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
  • Wedding
  • Hot tub
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • 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 patio, satellite TV, CD player, telephone, mini-bar restocked daily with beer and soft drinks, tea/coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes and iron and board. Double Rooms with 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed and rollaway bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

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.

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

Junior Suite Superior, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Family Premium 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.

  • Early booking bonus: book by 31 Mar '20 to receive 20% off the accommodation cost for travel between 1 May–31 Oct '20.  

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

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.

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 Fantastic hotel!

Jun 14, 2019 Chloe P England

We stayed here in Oct 2018 for 1 week. The hotel was faultless, the sun was shining and the location was great. Close to the beach and plenty to do at the hotel which meant you did not need to travel any further afield. The food was delicious with restaurants you could book into if you fancied a change from the generic buffet style. Havana… Read more
We stayed here in Oct 2018 for 1 week. The hotel was faultless, the sun was shining and the location was great. Close to the beach and plenty to do at the hotel which meant you did not need to travel any further afield. The food was delicious with restaurants you could book into if you fancied a change from the generic buffet style. Havana rum is really cheap to buy here, however there is a limit as to how much you can take back through customs. The hotel itself is spread out and the rooms are well equipped. Men could wear smart tailored shorts of an evening, long trousers didn’t seem to be required for the evenings. I would return to this hotel. Read less
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Jun 12, 2019 05JEM89 Cape Breton Island, Canada

We just returned from an amazing week at Iberostar Selection Varadero. This was our fourth trip to Varadero and our first at this resort. We picked this resort based on the reviews and we were not disappointed! If you're looking for the most beautiful beach, and amazing, friendly service, look no further. To start, the staff are wonderful,… Read more
We just returned from an amazing week at Iberostar Selection Varadero. This was our fourth trip to Varadero and our first at this resort. We picked this resort based on the reviews and we were not disappointed! If you're looking for the most beautiful beach, and amazing, friendly service, look no further. To start, the staff are wonderful, friendly, and the service they provide is excellent. A few stand out, and I wish I could remember all of their names: the bar tenders at the beach and in the lobby, Susan and the animation team, the wonderful servers in the lobby, the waiters & waitresses in the a la carte restaurants, and Judy, the lady who cleaned our room. Another thing that sets this resort apart is the quality of the room and bed. The King size bed was very comfortable and the room wasn't a bit damp. This was the first time I can remember not having a damp room! The food is good with a wide variety. The meal we had at the Gourmet a la carte was my favourite and would rival any fine restaurant. We will definitely visit this resort again and would recommend it to anyone looking to relax and enjoy the exceptional Cuban hospitality! Read less
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Jun 11, 2019 fmojena

The good: The hotel is beautiful with a night show comprised of very professional performers and an amazing band. The hosts speak at least 3 languages which evidences the level of professionalism of the staff. The beach unparalleled, miles and miles of white sand and crystal clear water. Most of the staff is very friendly and helpful including the… Read more
The good: The hotel is beautiful with a night show comprised of very professional performers and an amazing band. The hosts speak at least 3 languages which evidences the level of professionalism of the staff. The beach unparalleled, miles and miles of white sand and crystal clear water. Most of the staff is very friendly and helpful including the cleaning lady Yaneisy, the A/C tech Fleitas and the Iberostar rep Liz. Thanks to the equipment the beach boys had, I was able to get my mother, who is unable to walk, into the beach and she had the best time ever. The bad I had to change rooms 3 times before I got a decent one. Twice, the boy who assisted me said the room was on the second floor when it was actually in the third floor (no elevators and I was with a baby). The A/C in the rooms has a low limit of 21 Celsius degrees (70 F) and it seems that is impossible to lower it down. I spent the first night requesting to decrease the temperature in my room and every time I got a "I'll take care of it now". It wasn't until next morning that the A/C tech named Fleitas clearly explained the issue to me. The internet service is the worst in the world. You need to pay 1 CUC (about 1.20 dollars) for an hour of WI-FI which is only available in the lobby. The restaurant reservations seemed cumbersome. The first person who assisted us told us that we had rights to only one restaurant, of the four in the hotel. Thanks to Liz, the Ibersotar representative, who explained to us that reservations are guaranteed based on the number of nights you reserved, but guests have rights to all four. Another thing that really upset me was that I needed a navigation permit in order to ride one of the boat tours they had because I was born in Cuba. When I asked about guests from other countries the answer was that they already had a navigation permit. This of course is just an excuse and it bothers me that Cubans have less rights than foreigners. Other than that, we all had a very good time. Read less
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Jun 10, 2019 Traveller0010157

please keep in mind when reading other reviews Cuba is more than 10 year behind the US and UK this hotel is a fantastic clean and well laid out with great customer service good food and well stocked bars tip the waiter and they soon remember your face and return no matter how complicated your drink order the rooms are very specious and clean… Read more
please keep in mind when reading other reviews Cuba is more than 10 year behind the US and UK this hotel is a fantastic clean and well laid out with great customer service good food and well stocked bars tip the waiter and they soon remember your face and return no matter how complicated your drink order the rooms are very specious and clean however the resort is well space which is both a pro however for those whom struggle with walking may want to request a room closer to the lobby as some such as ours are quite the walk from the pool dining room and lobby spot on food especially for those who enjoy fish but dont worry they have a wide range of options for all times of day including midnight snacks as theres a little area where food is available all night the hotel is located straight on the beach with both a beach bar and snack bar available white sand calm seas absolutely stunning the hotel excels in alot of areas but its night shows area very impressive as they clearly take pride in their performances on for 8-12 then live music and a night club out front till 3am the shows are well worth going to see all in all if i were to go back to cuba again i wouldnt stay anywhere else Read less
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Jun 10, 2019 nausica08

From the welcoming everything was very good. The staff is friendly and helpful. The beach and the ocean is great. There is enough places for everybody. The rooms are clean and has all the amenities that you would need. The food is also good. You may find the food that suits your taste easily. Highly recommended. Muchos gracias.