Iberostar Varadero

Varadero, Cuba

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 7858 reviews

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 guestrooms 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. Standard 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, snacks and local brand drinks. 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.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 28 Feb '19 to receive up to 10% off the accommodation cost between 01 May '19-31 Oct '19.

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

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 28 Feb '19 to receive up to 10% off the accommodation cost between 01 May '19-31 Oct '19.

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

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. 

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 7858 reviews

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Feb 22, 2019 Tina M

This is the first time I have ever left a review for anything - ever, however my week at Iberostar was more than I could have ever expected and I felt the need to write and thank the team for all they did to ensure this was a trip of a lifetime for me and my dad. I traveled with my 80 year old father who is in a wheelchair. He has limited mobility… Read more
This is the first time I have ever left a review for anything - ever, however my week at Iberostar was more than I could have ever expected and I felt the need to write and thank the team for all they did to ensure this was a trip of a lifetime for me and my dad. I traveled with my 80 year old father who is in a wheelchair. He has limited mobility and was a bit hesitant to travel, but the team at Iberostar made sure that all his needs were taken care of. Idelsis-Osiel went over and above and checked on us regularly to make sure we were enjoying our stay and that our room and amenities were the best they could be. I wish there was a higher rating scale because 5 doesn’t even come close to our experience. Thank you thank thank you!! Martina and Don :) Read less
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Feb 21, 2019 Global45948702756 Cornwall, United Kingdom

The hotel was lovely as was all the staff. The beach was clean as was all the grounds. Our biggest issue was the lobby bar which was uncomfortable due to the excessive amount of smoking. Its not very pleasant having smoke blown in your face and your clothes smelling. Being asthmatic it was awful, so we didn't use the bar very often.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Beach, relaxing stay

Feb 21, 2019 beverley35

We stayed at the Iberostar Varadero for 11 nights following a stay at the Iberostar Parque Central in Havana. After the hustle and bustle of Havana and the beautiful colonial feel of the Parque Central it was then lovely to come down to Varadero for a rest. The beach is just as you would imagine, pure white sand that goes on and on. We loved… Read more
We stayed at the Iberostar Varadero for 11 nights following a stay at the Iberostar Parque Central in Havana. After the hustle and bustle of Havana and the beautiful colonial feel of the Parque Central it was then lovely to come down to Varadero for a rest. The beach is just as you would imagine, pure white sand that goes on and on. We loved taking a walk along it every day for some exercise. The hotel itself was very good. People complain about the lack of food in Cuba but this was certainly not the case here and the food was not over repetitive or of a poor quality. There was plenty of choice in the buffet restaurant and there was also a good selection of a la carte restaurants to book and we especially enjoyed the gourmet one. We never had any problem booking them either and used them all once and two of them for a second time. My only complaint would be that the long trousers ruling is not adhered too, either scrap it or enforce it. The quality of the drinks was also very good and we never waited long to be served. We always tip from time to time and this often helps as waiters get to know you but we certainly never felt obliged to tip. There were always plenty of beds around the pools, no need ever to reserve beds early and the water was a lovely temperature. The main pool that also had the pool bar never got too loud or rowdy but there was always a good vibe around it and people to chat to. The entertainments team worked very hard and put on plenty of activities but did try to force you into joining in. The evening shows were also on the whole very good, a lot of effort is put into making them entertaining and varied but there was an alternative bar to sit in if you didn't want to watch the show. The only thing we found off putting was the fact that there is no area where people are not allowed to smoke so it does get very smokey everywhere which I found a bit unpleasant, frequently having to move tables to get away from wafting smoke. The rooms were fine, perhaps in need of a bit of updating but they were very clean and everything worked and the bed was very comfy. There was no noise at all either late at night or early morning. I would happily recommend family and friends to stay at this hotel if they are planning a trip to Cuba. Read less
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Feb 20, 2019 sunshinejaye Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

My family (including one 12 year old, two grandparents, an uncle, my husband and I) stayed at Iberostar Varadero for one week in February 2019. Overall this resort has some of the most polite and helpful staff I have encountered while on vacation. The resort itself is very clean and easily accessible, even for those with mobility issues. Our… Read more
My family (including one 12 year old, two grandparents, an uncle, my husband and I) stayed at Iberostar Varadero for one week in February 2019. Overall this resort has some of the most polite and helpful staff I have encountered while on vacation. The resort itself is very clean and easily accessible, even for those with mobility issues. Our Room: we had two double beds, which were firm but comfortable. The room was spacious, even for a messy 12 year old. We found that the water pressure could be hit or miss; one day you could take multiple showers without any pressure issue, other days I had to skip washing my hair because I could only get a trickle of water. Others in build 16 found the same. Our A/C was very cold but also very noisy. We found by turning it down it usually eliminated most of the rattling. Our room attendant did a great job each day, ensuring our room was tidy and clean. The Food: I'm a vegan so you might think I had a hard time finding food options-not so at all! The buffet always had lots of delicious options for me and my meat-eating family. My husband and daughter were disappointed they only served French fries on the last two days of our stay, but overall the options and quality was very good. We also tried 3 of the restaurants. Half of our party enjoyed the Japanese night the most while the other half was not impressed with any of the restaurants. The Pools and Beach: The pools were very well cleaned. While there is only one large pool it was never crowded and had such an interesting design it was hard to get bored. The beach was also clean (very little if any seaweed) and well serviced by staff who were always ready to help you find a chair. The Evening Shows: Meh. We loved the 80's night and were so impressed by the band and the dancers, but the Lion King, Valentine's Day show, Horror show and the Cuban night left a bit to be desired. The dancers were not of the same caliber (some literally ran into each other), and the overall show was dull. The Gym: This resort had a very well equipped and maintained gym and spa. The gym has plenty of space and equipment to get a great workout. The gym hours are from 7am-7pm, which is great if you want to get in a workout before the rest of the family wakes up. Overall atmosphere: the resort has a casual, relaxed atmosphere. While the staff said they were fully booked we never felt that we were crowded or had to wait for anything. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 10 wonderful days under a palapa on the beach!

Feb 17, 2019 666deborahj Vancouver, Canada

The resort was clean and beautiful. The people who work there can't do enough for you. Everyone always talks about the food in Cuba being substandard. The food here was 5 star! Great selections that changed everyday. Tons and tons of fresh seafood. The entertainment staff were fun and kept the pool area hopping. The rooms were quiet,… Read more
The resort was clean and beautiful. The people who work there can't do enough for you. Everyone always talks about the food in Cuba being substandard. The food here was 5 star! Great selections that changed everyday. Tons and tons of fresh seafood. The entertainment staff were fun and kept the pool area hopping. The rooms were quiet, we were in building 14 away from the disco. Nice easy sloping beach which is ideal for kids or wading adult. Peddle boats, catamarans and kayaks on the beach. The hop on hop off bus comes directly into the property. The only stop they did that at. Great way for $5 CUC to get into Varadero. Read less