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

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

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.

  • 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.

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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Massive Resort..

Apr 22, 2019 Road224618

Let me start by saying... I'm not often prone to writing reviews however, with 7 trips to Cuba, this is the exception. Firstly, should you have any condition where walking distances is an issue, I would strongly recommend staying in the Hotel and as close to the center elevator as possible. With double knee replacements, I have to thank an… Read more
Let me start by saying... I'm not often prone to writing reviews however, with 7 trips to Cuba, this is the exception. Firstly, should you have any condition where walking distances is an issue, I would strongly recommend staying in the Hotel and as close to the center elevator as possible. With double knee replacements, I have to thank an amazing bellman 'Armando' and the others with their golf carts. Without them, I would not have survived the week. My thanks as well to the 'public relations' staff that were able to correct the booking mistakes by Sun-wing. Additionally, Buffet staff: Olga and Benbenito made our breakfast/lunch's special occasions!! Based on previous reviews, we sampled the Tex Mex and Asian a la' carts which we truly enjoyed. Rooms were always clean yet we did miss towel art. Not one during our stay... My only other concern is the lack of lounge's around the pool and beach area!! One should never have to towel a chair at 6am!! And if you do... don't leave it unattended for 6hrs. Lets be fair to others! In general, beautiful resort and some amazing staff that we know Cuba is known for... enjoy the experience. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Boring resort

Apr 22, 2019 scalor Montreal, Canada

When there with one of my buddy. This resort is mostly for retired people and family with kids. No bars in the pool and outside the salsa class on the beach, very poor entertainment. Also, the only party you can get is a immodium party.. and for sure you’ll get one.. Do yourself a favor and go further down the street for a newer hotel...
Image of the Tripadvisor rating This is a 2.5 star resort dominated by spanish speaking vacationers

Apr 21, 2019 773JohnG773 NL CANADA

Spanish speaking people whether they are locals or elsewhere have voted this hotel into the the top 10. It is not top 20 in my opinion. Over 3000 reviews here are spanish speaking. We were there last month and 80% of people were spanish speaking. They get preferential treatment by reception and bar staff. Very frustrating seeing these people butt… Read more
Spanish speaking people whether they are locals or elsewhere have voted this hotel into the the top 10. It is not top 20 in my opinion. Over 3000 reviews here are spanish speaking. We were there last month and 80% of people were spanish speaking. They get preferential treatment by reception and bar staff. Very frustrating seeing these people butt in line and the cuban spanish staff do nothing but chit chat with them. The hotel is 30 years old and needs major updates. It has central air conditioning which is non existent in the corridors or the inside theatre. Even the lobby area is not much cooler than the outside 30-32 celsius. The hotel rooms can't be cooled down to a comfortable temperature for sleeping. The hotel rooms although renovated are still outdated and would rate as only as a 2 star elsewhere. This resort has 602 rooms and when busy has 1500-1800 guests. There are 125 shades on the beach and by 7.00am all are taken by people who are up at 6.00am. The pool area is even worse as it only has about 25 shaded areas that are taken early. The vast majority of people are either faced lying in the hot sun all day or retreat to hotel. The beach as expected for most of Varadero is beautiful. The pools are also nice and clean. Crystal beer on tap is good. Drinks are adequate but this resort only offers powered milk so white russians etc are terrible. The buffett is adequate although bland, unfresh and repetitive.You are not getting good tasting food like in Canada, USA or the UK. The International a la carte was above average, best of those we tried. There are a lot of 3 and 3.5 star hotels in Varadero much better than this resort. This resort is overrun by Spanish speaking locals and from elsewhere. Not for me after 10 trips to Cuba. Read less
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Apr 19, 2019 Maple142 Courtice, Canada

I have stayed in this resort with my family and 1 year old son. I must say that it exceeded my expectations. Beach is stunning with lagoon water however if you prefer shade you must reserve your seat early in the morning. Food was above and beyond. Compliments to the chef. I have been to Cuba few times, even in the resorts run by Melia and food… Read more
I have stayed in this resort with my family and 1 year old son. I must say that it exceeded my expectations. Beach is stunning with lagoon water however if you prefer shade you must reserve your seat early in the morning. Food was above and beyond. Compliments to the chef. I have been to Cuba few times, even in the resorts run by Melia and food was not edible - but Sol Palmeras has truly great food for Cuba. I always found something delicious in the main buffet. I have stayed in Bungalows close to the water. Rooms are bit dated but clean and spacious. Staff are kind and polite. Big shout to sever Luis Angel, Marcelo from entertainment team and Gonzales from reception. Overall great value for money. Bring tips as people work hard and their service should not be free. If you wanna bless them bring some tylenols for kids and adults - thats what i was asked for the most. If you are looking to visit downtown Varadero taxi is 10 cuc each way or you can take a bus which is much cheaper and stops at the front of hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Resort!!!

Apr 19, 2019 Martina Z

Best resort in Varadero! Lovely staff , clean rooms, and amazing beach! A lot of selection of food in the buffet with very hard working and helpful servers. I really enjoyed the night entertainment as well. They have some amazing dancers every night who create such a great atmosphere for everyone to have a good time! Thank you Marcelo for great… Read more
Best resort in Varadero! Lovely staff , clean rooms, and amazing beach! A lot of selection of food in the buffet with very hard working and helpful servers. I really enjoyed the night entertainment as well. They have some amazing dancers every night who create such a great atmosphere for everyone to have a good time! Thank you Marcelo for great time and for being so welcoming! :-) I’d definitely come and visit again. -Martina Read less