Melia Las Americas

Varadero, Cuba

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 6257 reviews

The hotel

Deliciously understated, this grown-up resort knows it’s got a coveted location on its side – not just because it’s a mere 10m from the white sands, but because it’s the only hotel with direct access to Varadero Golf Club. And these surroundings add to its feeling of space and serenity – and to the views captured from its sea view rooms and Habana Club beach bar. Exclusively for adults, the dozen dining and drinking spots at Meliá Las Américas range from an international buffet to a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant and Italian trattoria – with some dining experiences reserved for guests upgrading to The Level rooms.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Beachfront location
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On the long, white sands of Varadero Beach, next to the Varadero Golf Club. Transfer time from Havana Airport: 3 hours.

Hotel information

250 rooms and suites. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, kettle, mini-bar (replenished daily), safe, iron and board, and hairdryer. Classic Rooms face towards the back of the hotel and have 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

All Inclusive of: all meals and snacks, all local and selected international brand drinks (including house wine with lunch and dinner), and all activities and entertainment unless otherwise stated. Guests are entitled to one visit to each of the à la carte restaurants per week (La Arcada, Il Limoncello, Sakura and La Robleza). 

Classic Room Ocean View are located at the front of the hotel overlooking the gardens and sea, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Junior Suites are larger in size and have a separate living area, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Garden Suites The Level are modern and spacious, located in their own area with terrace and garden views. Each has a separate lounge area and mini-kitchen, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Garden Grand Suites The Level are as above but split across two floors with garden and pool views, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

The Level Suites are located in an exclusive area of the resort, and include additional benefits:

  • Private, exclusive 24-hour reception lounge in the hotel lobby
  • Concierge lounge (7:00am–11:00pm)
  • Welcome drink of sparkling wine
  • Early check-in (subject to availability) and guaranteed late check-out until 2:00pm
  • Il Limoncello Restaurant exclusively for breakfast and lunch
  • Beach area with exclusive service (10:00am–6:00pm)
  • Tea time service in lounge
  • Coffee and snack service in lounge
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ironing of 2 garments per person and express laundry
  • Daily turndown service
  • Unlimited green fees (with a minimum of 7 nights of stay between Nov–Apr, or no minimum of nights of stay between May–Oct)
  • Guaranteed reservations at the à la carte restaurants
  • Priority for golf, diving and sports courts reservations
  • Unpacking and packing of suitcase
  • VIP amenities with bath salts
  • Beach bag for towels
  • Pillow menu, bathrobe and slippers
  • Booking bonus: book by 28 Feb '19 to receive up to 15% off the accommodation cost between 1 May-21 Dec '19.

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

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here

La Terraza (buffet, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), La Arcada (international, open for dinner), Il Limoncello (Italian, open for breakfast and lunch exclusively for guests of 'The Level', and à la carte dinner for all guests), La Robleza (grill for lunch and Cuban cuisine for dinner), Sakura (Japanese, open for dinner) and La Valenciana (pool snack bar). Las Americas lobby bar, Barbacoa pool bar, Habana Club beach bar and La Cascada jazz bar (open 24-hours). Please note: guests are entitled to one visit to each of the à la carte restaurants per week (La Arcada, Il Limoncello, Sakura and La Robleza).

Nightly entertainment from dance troupes in the theatre. Beach party night. Cuban music night.

4 swimming pools. Water sports to include water bicycles, catamaran (supervised), sailing boats, windsurfing and water aerobics. Complimentary diving lesson in the pool. PADI dive centre nearby*. Land activities include aerobics, beach football, beach volleyball, badminton, ping pong, giant chess, billiards, darts, dominoes and tennis*. Gym, sauna, massages*. Golf*.

24-hour room service. Beauty salon*. Craft shop, mini-market, gift shop, boutique, art gallery and currency exchange. WFi access in lobby*.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: this is an adults-only hotel for ages 18 and over only.

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 6257 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful setting, gardens and pool

Jan 19, 2019 roger b Guildford, United Kingdom

Good position, great beach, helpful staff. Rooms a little scruffy around the edges but all the essentials fine. Main buffet restaurant OK with wide selection so even fussy eaters can find something to suit them but this is not Cordon Bleu. Didn't try the A la carte. Reception efficient, entertainment good.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fine, but just fine

Jan 19, 2019 sallakoskinen Tampere, Finland

We stayed in this hotel since the opening of Melia International was postponed. All in all it was an alright experience, but not what you'd expect for a five star hotel (even by Cuban standards). Check in was smooth and we even got in early. We stayed in a bungalow which apparently are in better shape than the rooms in the main building, but… Read more
We stayed in this hotel since the opening of Melia International was postponed. All in all it was an alright experience, but not what you'd expect for a five star hotel (even by Cuban standards). Check in was smooth and we even got in early. We stayed in a bungalow which apparently are in better shape than the rooms in the main building, but outdated as well. The room was way too big with two floors, but that's hardly a bad thing. Cleaning was mediocre, the air conditioning very loud and very cold. It wasn't too hot to sleep with AC off though. Mini bar was fine with the sodas but, the 1,5 litre water bottle was too little. The pool area near the pool bar was calm. Beach was great, however you had to take the beds very near the sealine in order to get some sun (well, it was winter). The beach bar area was way too noisy, but the other end of the beach was lovely. We didn't expect much from the food, but found it just fine. The buffet food was quite repetitive, but we were very happy with the grill station. Other restaurants were fine, nothing special really. Beach bar was fine, but the pool bar was way better (food, drinks and especially staff). The best bar was the lobby bar, huge difference between that and the cafeteria bar! There was quite a bit of variation in the drinks, sometimes they would be very strong. And almost daily they were out of something, which is understandable in Cuba, but happened just a bit too often. On check out date we asked to take a shower, but had to wait 45 minutes before they let us in a room with no towels or anything. This I wasn't very pleased with, we almost missed our ride to the airport. The biggest flaw was the staff. Yes, there were a few exceptions (grill station and omelette station!), but mostly the staff wasn't at all welcoming and even somewhat rude. I think they expected a lot more tipping, but I'm not tipping I'm order to get good service - I tip when I get good service. Waiting for coffee every morning was a nightmare, most days we'd already eaten before we could get coffee. Same goes for the buffet dinners. So all in all, it was comfortable, but not quite worth the money. If the price was a bit cheaper I would forgive some of the flaws, but not with the current prices. Read less
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Jan 16, 2019 TATIANA s Toronto, Canada

Her disappearance is threatening.. THE investment of the former manager - BERNARDO is incompatible. Certainly, this was wrong and very bad idea to replace him! since that time this pearl has been getting slowly down and eventually will get back to performance of previous years: capacity - never 100% full with golfers only + eastern European … Read more
Her disappearance is threatening.. THE investment of the former manager - BERNARDO is incompatible. Certainly, this was wrong and very bad idea to replace him! since that time this pearl has been getting slowly down and eventually will get back to performance of previous years: capacity - never 100% full with golfers only + eastern European drinkers invasion. regretful indeed. Ala Cart restaurants are bad - pre-cooked cold food . This is obvious the capacity arent allowed to achieve this goal. Am not in a position to ask to reduce daily number of people visiting. Air-condition is wild !!! Got cold so easy and quick. On my asking to keep it less cold was promised to fix but nothing was done, I asked 3 times !!! None. Lets face it : we need Bernardo here to fix it, am sure. Entertainment is very good when 2 major presenters are in place - they both amazing on the stage and at the beach. Great thanks for them. As well, i was shocked to find out THE BEST life guard was fired one day? why ? the most people oriented decent guy. he said this is his manager decision. unfair again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely hotel, fantastic staff

Jan 16, 2019 Sjv1988 London, United Kingdom

Stayed at Melia Las Americas for 4 days and had a wonderful time. Our room was very spacious with a comfortable bed and a balcony overlooking the sea which was gorgeous at sunrise. Whilst the furnishings of the room could do with some upgrading this did not affect our overall experience at the hotel. The room was immaculately clean and Rosana our… Read more
Stayed at Melia Las Americas for 4 days and had a wonderful time. Our room was very spacious with a comfortable bed and a balcony overlooking the sea which was gorgeous at sunrise. Whilst the furnishings of the room could do with some upgrading this did not affect our overall experience at the hotel. The room was immaculately clean and Rosana our maid was a dream. She was very engaging in conversation and made us feel at home for the short time we were there. Aside from the fabulous beach and pool areas, what makes this hotel is the staff. Everyone we encountered throughout our stay was friendly, welcoming and seemed genuinely interested in making sure we had a good time. This goes all the way from the people who welcomed us on arrival, the entertainment team and the staff in restaurants and bars. As first time guests we were really impressed with the thought that went into every moment of the day (the activities as well as music and entertainment). Our favourite day by far was the Cuban day on Wednesday, it was so nicely organised down to every detail. A disappointing aspect of our stay was that even though I had contacted the hotel in advance to let them know it was my mother’s birthday (70th and quite a big occasion) this was not acknowledged at all. I also mentioned it on the day of arrival whilst booking the restaurants as a little hint but again it felt ignored. We were also not too pleased with the booking situation of restaurants. On the first evening (my mother’s birthday) we requested a table for dinner and they gave us a booking at 9:30pm stating no earlier slot was available. Luckily for us, we met Julio that day who managed to change the booking for us so we could attend the evening show. Despite being able to change this, at no point during our time in the restaurant was it busy so I felt they could have accommodated us earlier. The same thing happened to us the following night. We had a booking for 9pm and were one of 4 tables when we sat down. Quickly as guests left, we found ourselves sitting in an empty restaurant on the terrace with absolutely no atmosphere. The service, whilst very nice felt rushed and the waiter seemed pleased when we refused desert. We noticed he had changed out of his uniform as we were leaving the restaurant. We spoke to the manager on our way out who advised us that it had been a very quiet night so why we were not given an earlier table I do not understand. Nobody wants to sit in an empty restaurant on holiday being rushed through their meal. Also, something to be aware of, catamarans are there and “inclusive” but you cannot take these out without an initial lesson which is chargeable. This is the same for the windsurfing. Overall we had a fantastic stay and would definitely return but it’s something for management to be aware of. We tried out the food in all of the restaurants but our favourite by far (especially at lunch) was the Robleda bbq. Margarita stood out for us. As we had been a few times, she remembered our drinks order and was always super friendly. The camarones and the chicken brochetas were delicious. I even asked the chef for the chimichurri sauce recipe as it was so good, he was very friendly and explained this to me. The piña coladas in the beach bar were also fantastic! It is obvious from some of the guests we spoke to during our stay that this is one of the top hotels in the Varadero area and the we would certainly return on another trip. Thank you to all staff for making it a memorable trip and to any travellers deciding on hotels, you will not regret staying there. Fabulous hotel! Read less
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Jan 15, 2019 Orale1111

This was the most amazing trip i could’ve ever asked for. I have never been down south before, for my first trip, i couldnt believe what ive been missing all these years, the ocean is incredible, this resort is a must, the food was great ( not sure wtf everyone complains about with the food in cuba, stop going to cheap resorts). The service was… Read more
This was the most amazing trip i could’ve ever asked for. I have never been down south before, for my first trip, i couldnt believe what ive been missing all these years, the ocean is incredible, this resort is a must, the food was great ( not sure wtf everyone complains about with the food in cuba, stop going to cheap resorts). The service was good, some of the servers are lazy and angry lol. The entertainment was amazing, especially Claudia, happiest and friendliest girl there!! Definately going back next month Read less