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. 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 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed and rollaway bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Standard rooms have 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.

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 Suites have 10-hours of complimentary WiFi.

Junior Suite Superior, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Junior Suites have 10-hours of complimentary WiFi.

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. 

  • Early booking bonus: book by 30 Sep '19 to receive 20% off the accommodation cost for travel between 1 Nov–21 Dec '19.  

  • Early booking bonus: book by 31 Oct '19 to receive 15% off the accommodation cost for travel between 22 Dec '19–30 Apr '20.  

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. 

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Hotel That Just Keeps Giving.....

Aug 17, 2019 Simga London, United Kingdom

This is a really great hotel that always strives to give it’s customers a great time. Whether it is the Cuban band that plays as you’re eating lunch, or the attentive staff ready to serve you a drink on your sunbed, it is all set up for you to have a great time. There is daily entertainment around the pool too - but you can choose to participate -… Read more
This is a really great hotel that always strives to give it’s customers a great time. Whether it is the Cuban band that plays as you’re eating lunch, or the attentive staff ready to serve you a drink on your sunbed, it is all set up for you to have a great time. There is daily entertainment around the pool too - but you can choose to participate - its not in your face. There are 3 restaurants outside the buffet - all of which are fantastic. The quality of the food - and the wine! - are better here than the buffet. The buffet itself can be a bit hit and miss. Just be aware that you can’t get all ingredients all the time in the buffet and some of the cuts of meat are a mixed bag - great on the grill, not always the best in the serving pots. The hotel also has a coffee and cake shop - which the teens loved!! The beach is fantastic - quite simply the best I’ve ever seen. It is white sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see on either side and the water is the clearest you could ever get. Quite simply stunning. And because only the hotels are on the beaches, it is like having your own private beach. The evening drinks are also a bit hit and miss. They serve premium wine in the restaurants but not outside. They don’t have great mixers either - cola cola isn’t allowed in Cuba and so it is the local version.There is also a hotel nightclub but that tends to be busy for an hour after the entertainment finishes but then quietens down quite quickly. As for downsides, there’s the sun - which they can’t do much about (!) - but in August, it is incredibly hot and humid. Even the pools (and the sea!) are like hot tubs. The only thing the hotel can control and is improve is that the rooms could do with an update - but they are still more than fine. The rooms don't overlook the beach or pool - not the ones I saw anyway - so you won't necessarily get a great view sitting on your balcony. I generally don't give 5 stars to many hotels but I will for this hotel and it is the entertainment that made it from a 4.5 star to a 5 star for me. It is simply spectacular. Most nights, it is the same house performers - but unlike any other entertainment I’ve seen at hotels. There are about 12 professional dancers, four professional singers, 2 ballet dancers, 3 hip hop artists and all supported by a ten piece Cuban band. The costumes and staging are highly professional and they put on different shows every night. Would I recommend this hotel overall - 100% yes! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing holiday

Aug 16, 2019 Eva V

We just returned from a 10 day holiday at this fantastic hotel. You could not ask for more, from the nice and clean rooms (we were in block 15 close to the waterpark) to the professional service at the bars and restaurants. 10/10 guys!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best time ever!!!!!!

Aug 16, 2019 Lary9090

This is a great hotel to spend time with Friends and relax. I really had an amazing experiencia there. I recommend it 100% The service was great, The room was very clean and spacius, The food was really tasty.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good but not great

Aug 16, 2019 T618ZHpaulf Hampshire, United Kingdom

We visited in August and stayed in a superior spa room. I will start with the positives: The staff overall were very friendly and helpful. Especially in the lobby bar and the entertainment team. The pool is big, with plenty of space to find a sun lounger. The beach is amazing again with plenty of sun loungers to relax. The beds were comfortable… Read more
We visited in August and stayed in a superior spa room. I will start with the positives: The staff overall were very friendly and helpful. Especially in the lobby bar and the entertainment team. The pool is big, with plenty of space to find a sun lounger. The beach is amazing again with plenty of sun loungers to relax. The beds were comfortable so always got a restful nights sleep. Now for the not so good aspects which is why I have rated this as 3 star only. The food quality is very poor. We understand that all inclusive quality is not the same as a top end restaurant, but generally you can always find some good food to eat - when you find yourself having pasta every day you know something is wrong! At first we assumed it was a Cuba issue - but we stayed at the Iberostar in Havana for a few nights before we left Cuba and the food quality was far superior - this led us to believe the poor food quality in the all inclusive was driven by profit margin. Drinks in the all inclusive must be watered down. We tried cocktails (disappointing), wine (ok) and beer (ok), but defiantly didn’t feel like we had a drink - again different when in Iberostar Havana. Rooms - our room was tired and really needs updating. It was large enough but in need of modernisation. We did have a leak during our stay after a downpour of rain - the staff were great and we were moved immediately. Sickness - both myself and my wife suffered from sickness - we think it was food related. It only impacted a couple of days but it did make us even more cautious in food choices in the restaurants. Overall, we really enjoyed our holiday but all agreed we would not return to this all inclusive resort. If some of the issues mentioned above were addressed this would be a four star rating. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A star in Varadero

Aug 15, 2019 adylB6826HV

Just had an amazing time at Iberostar, as always. What makes this place special is not the food, the drinks or the animation (which are indeed awesome) but the staff. They will make you feel at home, as they always do at Iberostar where ever I go. Well done guys!! Well done!!