Sol Palmeras

Varadero, Cuba

The hotel

One of Varadero’s most family centric hangouts, Sol Palmeras keeps every member of your party happy. It’s got all the tropical scenery you’ve come to the Caribbean for – with a boast-worthy spot on one of Cuba’s most famous beaches. It’s got the lagoon pools, with their palm and palapas accessories, and a mini-pool in the family zone for young guests. It’s got poolside rooms near the action and bungalows near the beach for those after a more remote retreat. And its list of children’s attractions is as long as your sun-bronzed arm – from mini-discos to a bouncy castle, mini-golf, and computer games.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Children's Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Wheelchair access
  • Games Room
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Bicycle Rental

Where is it

On Varadero Beach. Downtown Varadero, with its shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife, is a 10-minute taxi ride away. Transfer time from Havana Airport: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Hotel information

408 rooms on 4 floors in the main building with 4 lifts and 200 additional Bungalows and Suites. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe and hairdryer. Standard Rooms in the main building with pool or garden views, 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child in an extra bed.

All Inclusive of: all meals, snacks and drinks (except premium brands and some selected drinks*) and all activities unless otherwise stated.

Please note: in Cuban all inclusive hotels, 'premium brands' can mean local premium brands rather than international ones, as Cuba has an embargo on US goods.

Superior Rooms are located in the main building, with partial sea, pool or garden views, with 1 king-size or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Junior Suites are located on the 3rd and 4th floor, with pool or garden views, terrace, a separate living room with sofa bed, fridge, coffee maker and iron. They have either twin beds or 1 king-size bed with an extra double sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Suites are larger, offer more privacy and are located on the corners of the building. They have a separate living room with a sofa bed and a terrace with panoramic views. Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

1-Bedroom Bungalows are located in separate units scattered around the tropical gardens. They have a terrace, living room with a sofa-bed and a separate bedroom with twin beds. Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Bungalow Suites are designed for adults-only, and have views of the gardens. They have a terrace, living room, outside shower, separate bedroom with dressing room, and 1 king-size bed. Sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Please note: Bungalows are spread throughout the gardens and may be a short distance from the main hotel area and swimming pool.

6 main restaurants: O Sole Mio Italian (à la carte dinner), La Panchita (breakfast, lunch and dinner, buffet with show cooking), La Fajita (à la carte lunch and dinner, Mexican), Steak House (à la carte, lunch and dinner), Oshin (à la carte dinner, Asian), El Marino (à la carte grill and seafood, lunch and dinner), Snack Bar. 24-hour lobby/cafeteria. 5 bars including pool bar (open until 12:00pm) and fun pub (open until 2:00am). 3 snack bars (10:00am-5:00pm and 11:30pm-6:30am). Lobby bar serving pastries (10:00am-12:00pm). Reservations required at à la carte restaurants. Guests are entitled to two visits per week to à la carte restaurants, however if there is availability, further reservations are permitted.

Daytime activities and live shows in the evening. Dancing lessons.

3 outdoor swimming pools (including children's pool), kids' club (5-13 years, 10:30am-5:00pm, and mini-disco), supervised games room for children only (3:00pm-7:00pm and 8:00pm-11:00pm), gym with 2 saunas, mini-golf, 2 tennis courts, bicycle hire, archery and shooting. Massage*. Non-motorised water sports including catamarans (supervised), kayaks and windsurfing. Scuba intro in the pool Mon-Sat.

Babysitting service available on request*. WiFi available in lobby*. Hairdresser*. Souvenir shop on site.

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.

Dress code: applies for dinner.

Please note: child ages at this property are 2-11 years. 

Please note: lobby and lobby bars are non-smoking. Air-conditioned restaurants are non-smoking and smoking is not allowed inside the rooms and Bungalows.

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Jan 24, 2020 19maris74

It was very good trip.Very good animations and activities.We recommended this hotel.The beach was so nice.We would like to come again,because we like Cuba.Food was 6 in 10 pass.4 stars is 100 persent.Marcelo is a good animation.
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Jan 24, 2020 Katie W

All inclusive should involve WiFi. We shouldn’t need to pay to use the internet on top of the fee to stay. Rooms advertised were not the same as the rooms received and once arrived we were immediately asked if we wanted to upgrade. Entertainment staff was good. Food options were weak. Wouldn’t stay again.
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Jan 24, 2020 bgood1 Toronto, Canada

I returned to Sol Palmeras on Nov 24-Dec 2, 2019 for my 10th time I usually go every May & November. Again this hotel did not disappoint. All the renovations that were done are beautiful: The lobby bar, the beach bar, more palapas and sunbeds, more beach was reclaimed, pool bar, juice bar & ice cream bar all are gorgeous. The pool bar steps… Read more
I returned to Sol Palmeras on Nov 24-Dec 2, 2019 for my 10th time I usually go every May & November. Again this hotel did not disappoint. All the renovations that were done are beautiful: The lobby bar, the beach bar, more palapas and sunbeds, more beach was reclaimed, pool bar, juice bar & ice cream bar all are gorgeous. The pool bar steps were very slippery but the hotel took our suggestions and put strips on the edges to prevent slips. The buffet food is good and all the restaurants are excellent, My favorite is Oshin (Chinese). The Italian was shut down when I was there so looking forward to seeing the renovations when I return in May. Yes I have already booked my return for May 2, 2020 for 10 glorious days :) People ask why I keep returning to the same place and the answer is simple...THE STAFF! They are so warm and helpful and by the end of your vacation you will be like family to them. That is why Sol Palmeras has so many returning vacationers. Some have been 50 times! That should speak for itself. I have met some wonderful people there and every November we(15-20 people) come from all over to get together and have a blast. The entertainment staff are wonderful and will get you up and dancing and playing games in no time. Sol Palmeras is truly an oasis and you will love it. Read less
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Jan 24, 2020 vplhhc

Service - Excellent, staff very friendly and helpful in all regards. They did whatever they could to make guests happy. Food -Very good. This resort had obviously put much effort into providing a variety of options at each location, and during busy times, more restaurants would open. I think the method of making your a la carte reservations… Read more
Service - Excellent, staff very friendly and helpful in all regards. They did whatever they could to make guests happy. Food -Very good. This resort had obviously put much effort into providing a variety of options at each location, and during busy times, more restaurants would open. I think the method of making your a la carte reservations could be changed, as lining up at 7:30 am to be able to get a reservation for the next day is not how I want to spend my holiday. Pool - Poor. The pool is not heated, and as my family arrived just after a few days of rain, it was far too cold for even the kids to swim. Beach - Outstanding. If you are looking to lie in the sun on a beach, this is the place to go. I borrowed and went out on a paddle boat, kayak, and sailboat, and I could see the resorts along the coast. Most had about 200m of beachfront and were packed full of people. Sol Palmeras has more beach than they could ever use. There were many lounge chairs available so reserving them ahead of time was not necessary. Very wide beach, clean water, and 3 sand bars as you get deeper into the water. Rooms - Dated. The rooms show their age, but are adequate. We did have an issue a few times with no hot water as I believe a tank is shared among 4 bungalows. If your neighbour has a shower, you are out of luck. Activities - Very poor. I have been to many resorts, the activities department at this resort was the worst by far. There was a posted weekly activity sheet and when I arrived for the ping pong tournament, I was informed that the entire schedule had changed. I asked for the new schedule, but was told they did not have it available for guests or even a copy I could look at. They started a poolside game of bingo in which I tried to participate. The activity director was taking about 5 minutes between each number called and making the game painfully slow and boring. As you needed a full card to win, I gave up after about 20 minutes (I had 3 numbers at that time). I found that the employees in the activity department did a very inadequate job in engaging guest to participate and get involved. This was a very different experience from all other resorts I have visited where I find that the people put in that job are usually my favourites. Buffet - Very good. Options are quality are very impressive. My complaint would be the hours of operation. Dinner does not start until 6:30. There are no options to get food between 3:30 and 6:30 each day, which is my usual dinner time. Read less
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Jan 23, 2020 aniv528

Very clean, nice staff, very good service at the buffet, food is ok (they have awesome variety of bread), descent for the Cuban standards. We stayed in a bungalow which luckily it was close by but section 5 can be quiet far. Entertainment staff was really fun and made sure the guests were having a good time. Shout out to Marcelo and all the others