Sol Palmeras

Varadero, Cuba

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 7509 reviews

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

  • Children's Pool
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair access
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Families
  • Wedding

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.

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.

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

  • Honeymoon offer: book a minimum 6-night stay and receive private check-in with welcome cocktail (subject to arrival time), special room for honeymooners, floral gift in the room, bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates in the room, romantic turn-down on the first night, housekeeping service after 11:00am and before 3:00pm, honeymoon breakfast in room once during stay, one romantic dinner during stay, priority reservations at specialist restaurants, late check-out guaranteed until 3:00pm, special honeymoon gift and weekly cocktail.

    Marriage certificate to be shown on arrival, date must be within 6 months of intended stay.

  • Added value: receive two guaranteed reservations at the à la carte restaurants during your stay, late check out until 2:00pm (subject to availability) and mini-bar stocked daily, for travel between 4 Jan '19-3 Jan '20.

  • Booking bonus: book by 28 Feb '19 to receive up to 15% off the accommodation cost between 1 Nov '19-3 Jan '20.

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

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.

Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 7509 reviews

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Feb 22, 2019 aleahmart Amherstburg, Canada

Beautiful resort with amazing and kind people. The food was great with tons of variety. Beach and pool is nice, clean. Everything is very close and only 10 minutes to varadero!! Highly recommend to families, groups of friends, kids or couples. Special thanks goes out to Marcelo and Leydis for welcoming us with kind hearts! We will miss you the… Read more
Beautiful resort with amazing and kind people. The food was great with tons of variety. Beach and pool is nice, clean. Everything is very close and only 10 minutes to varadero!! Highly recommend to families, groups of friends, kids or couples. Special thanks goes out to Marcelo and Leydis for welcoming us with kind hearts! We will miss you the wonderful people and hope to come back again! Read less
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Feb 20, 2019 Drewdoylee

Everything is great at this resort! Everyone is super friendly and always greets you with a smile! The preformer Marcelo is absolutely amazing hopefully everyone gets to meet him! The entertainment is amazing! The beach is beautiful! Overall great resort
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Feb 19, 2019 Allison K

We soent a week at Sol Palmeras. The hotel is nice, but we had an upgraded bungalow which was a bit of a hike. The bungalows seemed to be a little more run down than the rest of the resort, but I did not see any rooms inside the hotel so I can’t say for sure. I appreciated the privacy as the hotel got a little crowded closer to the long… Read more
We soent a week at Sol Palmeras. The hotel is nice, but we had an upgraded bungalow which was a bit of a hike. The bungalows seemed to be a little more run down than the rest of the resort, but I did not see any rooms inside the hotel so I can’t say for sure. I appreciated the privacy as the hotel got a little crowded closer to the long weekend. I would say about 80% of the staff are wonderful, but there are definitely those who seemed to hate their jobs. We didn’t make use of the mini club but Robin rounded up kids around the pool everyday to do activities and my son loved it. He was wonderful and our kids loved the nightly kids show as well. We ate at the buffet most of the time. It had a decent selection and tasted ok with some salt and pepper. Surprisingly the buffet only had coffee from a machine which was disappointing but there are espresso machines at other locations around the resort. Unfortunately on our 2nd last day, our 4 year old daughter got very ill. We went straight to the hospital when we got home. She tested positive for salmonella... we can’t say for sure it was from the food or the water. When we approached a health worker (I don’t know if he was a doctor) about her vomiting and fever, he seemed certain it wasn’t from the food and was probably indigestion (definitely was NOT indigestion!!). Unfortunately this has tainted our whole view of the resort. We could not get home fast enough. Read less
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Feb 18, 2019 SvetikK Toronto, Canada

We booked a bungalow and upon arrival at 1am were placed in zone 4 (farthest from the main building), which seemed odd since the hotel didn't seem to be booked solid. The bungalow was nicely laid out but the bathroom was just atrocious. As such the next morning we asked for a different room. After lots of back and forth we were given a suite in… Read more
We booked a bungalow and upon arrival at 1am were placed in zone 4 (farthest from the main building), which seemed odd since the hotel didn't seem to be booked solid. The bungalow was nicely laid out but the bathroom was just atrocious. As such the next morning we asked for a different room. After lots of back and forth we were given a suite in the main building, which, ended up working for us as all of the restaurants are right there and with a 2.5 year old didn't have to go far or wait for the ride... The rooms in both locations were nothing like the ones some people post (white) but are with original wood, etc. outdated to say the least. Staff is courteous and nice. The beach is why we picked Varadero in the first place - perfect. The only thing we found strange is that every morning around 9:30-10 the tractor would start cleaning the beach from the seaweed.... this was very distracting as the noise was very loud, it stunk, and I had to move my 2.5 year old toddler every time to make sure he is safe... Odd time for beach cleaning.... The food was good, with always grill fish and meat available at the buffet, restaurants are great. The only disappointment was the lack of snack foods.... the beach bar only has burger, pizza, and hot dog... the same is served at the other snack place for all of the time, every day and the only food bailable after 9.... disappointing.... Drinks of good quality.... Read less
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Feb 17, 2019 Teade Halifax

A different perspective as my husband is in the later stages of Alzheimer's . We found the staff at check in very understanding placing us near the main building & beach . Of note, check in was seamless. The buffets were consistent - good fair , service & cleanliness , staff attentive ; always good table selection . Lounges were plentiful both… Read more
A different perspective as my husband is in the later stages of Alzheimer's . We found the staff at check in very understanding placing us near the main building & beach . Of note, check in was seamless. The buffets were consistent - good fair , service & cleanliness , staff attentive ; always good table selection . Lounges were plentiful both poolside & on the beautiful beach - if you have never been to Cuba this beach is lovely.. Great walking. The guests were a step up as well - courteous . Booking a la carte was a bit out there . Only possible to book 2 meals ahead & several times there was no availability. When you do get there , very nice. The train to the Shopping Center is fun as was the ice cream boutique - a big shout out to the charming Lady who ran it . Awesome ambassador ! Well kept grounds, lots of quiet vistas . Internet was also fine. Sol Palmeras was good medicine and I would reccommend it . Lots of activities for children & younger couples however ALSO very suitable for seniors . Thanks.` Read less