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

Overlooking beautiful Varadero beach, 17 km from Downtown Varadero. 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.

5 restaurants: Ambrosio Iberostar (buffet restaurant), La Parrilla (International restaurant), Manzoku (Japanese restaurant), La Dorada (Mediterranean cuisine). El Bohio (poolside restaurant and snacks). 5 bars: La Perla, Los Arcos, Beach Bar, Cigar Bar La Vitola and La Rumba. 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.

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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Apr 23, 2019 Darbyandy Worcester, United Kingdom

If you are looking for a lazy retreat holiday look no further, we stayed here for 10 nights the food was stunning with loads of choices. The pools are great, we went in low season and my wife and I swim "a lot" and had the rectangle pool to ourselves most days. The beach is amazingly clean with most of the water sports included. The STAFF were… Read more
If you are looking for a lazy retreat holiday look no further, we stayed here for 10 nights the food was stunning with loads of choices. The pools are great, we went in low season and my wife and I swim "a lot" and had the rectangle pool to ourselves most days. The beach is amazingly clean with most of the water sports included. The STAFF were absolutely AMAZING it was my birthday on the last day and the restaurant staff who we really made friends with ,made me a cake and iced it which was really nice. We gave good tips to all the staff at the end of our stay as a thank you for making our stay so comfortable and my Spanish improved as well..they were genuinely sad to see us go. The rooms were immaculately clean and our maid couldn't do enough to be helpful she looked a bit like a young senita (the 80s pop star) we did get a little bored after a while as we never do beach holidays but nothing ventured nothing gained. If I did go back to Cuba I would definitely stay here. Read less
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Apr 22, 2019 Liu M

Top hotel, Top service and top quality. Beautiful grounds and all around clean. Beautiful beach and pool area. Staff very kind and always looking after you. Food was fantastic and drinks at bar also pretty good we will be returning
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Apr 20, 2019 michaelmS9592PS Rothesay, Canada

My wife and I just got back from staying at this resort in early April. We also stayed there in April of 2018. The buildings, pools, grounds and beach are all beautiful. Favourite locations include the open air bar in the lobby and the pool area. You will frequently see birds in the bar, perching in the hanging light fixtures or on empty tables… Read more
My wife and I just got back from staying at this resort in early April. We also stayed there in April of 2018. The buildings, pools, grounds and beach are all beautiful. Favourite locations include the open air bar in the lobby and the pool area. You will frequently see birds in the bar, perching in the hanging light fixtures or on empty tables and chairs. They fly in and out and around at ceiling level and add to the ambience. Apparently, in the mornings they will sometimes come and eat crumbs off your table if they lay them out. Service in the bar is good and it’s probably the best place to get a cappuccino. Very relaxing. The main pool is beautiful and features Roman columns, a white and blue copula and bridge and very nice swim up bar. There is always music and a lot of activities at the pool (in-pool exercise classes, dance lessons, various games and competitions) and the resort staff work hard to keep guests entertained. On our first stay, one especially fun event was a foam party they put on one afternoon (they did one on the beach while we were there this year). Even if you are not one to join in, it is a lot of fun to have a few drinks at the swim up bar and root for one side or the other in various games and contests. There is also a beautiful, newly renovated restaurant next to the pool (doubles as the a la carte Cuban restaurant in the evenings). It was under construction when we were there in 2018, but is now open. It is a great place to have a late breakfast and then sit on the patio and watch the fun happening at the pool (20-30 feet away) while you drink your coffee and decide what you want to do next. They also frequently have live musicians playing Cuban music around noon or in the afternoon - the musicians we heard were excellent. The grounds behind the pool (between the pool and the beach) are very nice and feature a barbecue stand (great place to get lunch) and various hammocks or canopy beds. There are also souvenir stands; however, the vendors are very passive and do not solicit you. From there you can take one of three boardwalks through the bush to the beach. The middle board walk is the main one and leads to the beach bar and a beach barbecue stand next to the steps down to the beach. The western most boardwalk will bring you to the office of the outfitters who run the water sports on the beach (little sailboats, snorkeling, scuba, etc.) on the way to the beach. The eastern most boardwalk leads to a smaller bar on the beach, which has a nice “hidden away” feel to it. The beach is beautiful. The water is the typical Caribbean sea foam green and is very comfortable for swimming. The sand is pristine and you will not see anything in the water in the swimming area other than the odd little strip of seaweed. Very safe and comfortable. The suntanning beds on the beach are under little thatched sunshades and there are tables for your drinks. This year, there was also a “vip” area with canopy beds. The staff will wait on you and take drink orders while you lounge on the beach; however, service on the beach was not as good as at the pool. You may be solicited by guys walking around trying to sell you cigars and tours of Havana, but they are not aggressive. From the beach, you can take a ride in a small catamaran called a Hobbiecat, rent paddle boats, etc. There is apparently a reef just off shore where we were told (by another guest) the outfitters would take you for snorkeling. Time at the beach is very relaxing. Entertainment at the resort is really excellent. There are shows every night and they are very professional. Clearly there are a lot of trained professional dancers and musicians in Cuba and the shows are always well done and a lot of fun. The covered, open air theatre is off the lobby bar and backs onto the pool. You can also (sort of) see the shows from a few of the seats in the bar. The meal hall is nice enough and there is a good variety of food on offer every mealtime. We were warned before our first trip that the food in Cuba is not that great. On our first visit, I felt that was a bit of a whiny “first world problem” sort of complaint. I still think the food at this resort is probably among the best resort fare you will find in Cuba. However, I did find myself a little bored with the food on our second trip. There are several a la carte restaurants to keep it interesting (Japanese, Mediterranean, Gourmet and (in 2019) Cuban). It is a nice change going to these restaurants and some of the offerings are very good. However, they are not on the level of equivalent restaurants you would find in many North American cities. The resort has a cigar bar, although you can smoke cigars (and drink) anywhere. Cigars are not included in the “all inclusive” package but are reasonably priced. Staff at the cigar bar are excellent and very knowledgeable. They will take care of you and help you pick the right drink for your cigar. There are also educational cigar talks once a week. The bar itself is very small and slightly out of the way, but well appointed with dark wood, leather chairs, flat screen tv, etc. It definitely has the “cigar bar feel”. As return guests in 2019, we had a couple of free extra privileges. We got to use the jacuzzi pool at the spa - a near full-size pool of very warm (jacuzzi temperature) water with various kinds of built-in, submerged seating (benches and sun beds, each with their own separately controlled water jets). Extremely relaxing. After a session in the pool, you can hop onto one of the poolside beds (each under a thatched canopy) for a nap. Breakfast at the a la carte restaurant was also worthwhile - a cut above the meal hall for sure. Other than the food, the only other real downside was insect bites. Both years when we visited, I got a lot of insect bites on my legs. Strangely enough, you rarely notice flies or mosquitoes around. Anyway, bring insect repellant. All in all, a great resort and one to which I would definitely return. Read less
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Apr 19, 2019 johncM1628NY

We were not expecting much for being Cuba, but we were actually surprised! We found good quality and variety of food, drinks and with a good service! Maybe not like D. Republic but pretty close. Bravoo!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 4th visit: Amazing staff, fabulous resort!

Apr 16, 2019 Trish M London, United Kingdom

We’ve experienced another lovely holiday with friendly and welcoming staff, with so many staff remembering us on our return with the words: “Welcome home!” Cuba is starting to feel like our spiritual home. We love this resort and it’s our 4th visit to Iberostar Varadero in 10 years. Its’s clean, modern, relatively quiet, well-maintained, spacious,… Read more
We’ve experienced another lovely holiday with friendly and welcoming staff, with so many staff remembering us on our return with the words: “Welcome home!” Cuba is starting to feel like our spiritual home. We love this resort and it’s our 4th visit to Iberostar Varadero in 10 years. Its’s clean, modern, relatively quiet, well-maintained, spacious, with plenty of sunbeds by the pool and beach, so there’s no need to compete for them. Compared to food from other parts of the Caribbean like Jamaica, Cuban food is quite plain, rather than hot and spicy. But it’s fresh with a good variety of meat and vegetable dishes that are well presented in the buffet and speciality restaurants. The ham is delicious and the breakfast fruit smoothies, especially the banana smoothies are unforgettable. Thank you Marie-Elena! The alcoholic drinks and cocktails are very generous and you can have them as strong as you like! We love the informal and relaxed atmosphere of this resort with its smart casual dress code and both the staff and guests are friendly. The hotel rooms have just undergone refurbishment, giving them a more modern and clean feel. On this visit we stayed in Block 10, which was fine. It was close to reception with good sunset views. However, our favourite block remains sunny and quiet Block 18. The main pool area has lots of activities for children and adults – Such as aqua aerobics, Pilates/Yoga stretch classes; bingo and weekly pool parties with a canoe full of beers! During the afternoon the bar staff came around the pool to give guests fresh fruit lollies and ice creams/ice lollies. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, there are also two quieter pools close to the spa area, and of course there’s the beautiful Varadero beach. Hurricane Irma, despite path of devastating destruction, blessed Varadero with more sand and a wider beach! We traveled with Thomas Cook from Manchester straight into Varadero Airport. The coach transfer was only around 30-45 minutes to our hotel, instead of the long 3+ hours transfer from Havana to Varadero, following the long 10-11 hour flight from the UK. A local trip around Varadero on the double-decker tour bus is a fun and relatively cheap day out. Further afield, Havana and the city of Trinidad are a must - to learn more about Cuba’s fascinating history and culture, as well as its cigars and rum. We’ve visited these cities on previous holidays. This time we booked the “Caribbean Experience” tour with Thomas Cook. It was an excellent tour taking us down to the south coast of the island and the warm Caribbean sea - to the location of the 1961 invasion of the Bay of Pigs which the Cubans refer to as their victory – ‘La victoria de Playa Giron’. En route we visited a sugar mill and old steam engine park, which included a short ride on a steam train through the countryside. We also briefly visited the beautiful Zapata nature reserve and crocodile park which are worth a longer visit as we have done in the past. VIP Lounge experience – Varadero Airport: This was the second time we had used this service and on both occasions it was very disappointing, so not worth the 34 CUC per adult. The VIP Lounge experience is supposed to include the privilege of a fast track check-in at Varadero Airport and access to an air conditioned lounge with snacks and drinks included in the price. 2 years ago on a previous holiday, there was a power cut and the lounge and toilets were in darkness for most of our stay. On this occasion our return flight to the UK was delayed by a couple of hours, which meant that the airport was very congested. There were more people in the VIP Lounge check in queue than the regular queue. The VIP Lounge queue was long and slow to move whilst we enviously watched the few passengers in the regular queue being quickly checked in. On arrival at the VIP lounge, it was so overcrowded that there was nowhere to sit, and they ran out of snacks. We had to asked the staff for more snacks, which they eventually provided on request. Ironically, the VIP Lounge experience was nicknamed “V-I-Poo” by several fed-up passengers. We wouldn’t use this service again. There’s plenty of space and seating in the main airport lounge with shops selling duty free goods and a good choice of refreshments. Important note about bank notes for foreign exchange: During our stay, a new rule has come into force where the hotel reception staff were instructed to only accept clean bank notes for foreign exchange with no writing or markings on them. They explained that they would otherwise be rejected by the Cuban bank. We had a couple of hundred pounds that we were unable to spend due to writing and other markings on the notes. We would advise that you check your notes carefully before you travel to ensure they are clean. Cuba is a beautiful, but developing country which is evident when you leave the resort, so tips are greatly appreciated by the staff to make their lives a little more comfortable. We also bring a few everyday toiletries - that we take for granted - including deodorants, tooth brushes, tooth paste, soap and shower gels – that we give away as small gifts. Thank you Iberostar Family for looking after us and for making our holiday special again. There are too many names to remember, but we would like to give a special mention to Alina, Judy, Idelsis, Yillian, Susel. Iris, Yennis, Mabel, Fernando, Marie-Elena, Elizabeth, Alberto, Zelma, J.D, Susana, Yadira, Eli, & Julica. The world is s big place, with lots of new and exciting places to explore but lovely Cuba always calls us back! We look forward to seeing you around 2021. Trish & Billy XX Read less