Blau Marina Varadero Hotel, Varadero Beach Cuba. 5 stars,
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- Destination: Varadero Beach
- Address: Autopista Sur, final Punta Hicacos. Varadero
- Phone: (5345) 669966
- Accept child:Yes
- $ No pricePer person
Description: Blau Marina Varadero Hotel Cuba
The Blau Marina Varadero & Resort is a luxury property on the front of beach, surrounded by beautiful gardens and stunning sea views, where you can enjoy an unrepeatable holiday. It is located 12 kilometers from Varadero, 40 km from “Juan Gualberto Gómez” International Airport and 150 kilometers from Havana. It was built in 2005 and refurbished in 2010. The 548 rooms at Blau Marina Varadero Resort ***** and the facilities of this modern 5-stars hotel in All Inclusive are the perfect combination for a family holydays. We have 460 complete double rooms, 80 double rooms with sea view and 8 suites, all of them in 2 stories 28 blocks, each room seats up to 4 people: 2 adults and 2 children, 1 adult and 3 children or 3 adults and 1 child. It will have all the comforts required with Royal Floor, exclusive SPA and Service. The hotel has an area of 56,000 m², specially adapted rooms for the disabled, the possibility to book a room connected to the Suites, Terrace / balcony with sea or garden view, bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobe, air conditioning, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, coffee maker and coffee & tea service, minibar daily replenished, iron and ironing board, and safe.
Mapa de Blau Marina Varadero Hotel
Excursion to the ecological reserve (surrounding the hotel) in the all-inclusive, Daytime and evening recreation, 2 tennis courts, 1 multisport court, beach volleyball, non-motorized water sports (catamaran, snorkeling, windsurfing), private parking, kids’ playground, bicycles, and souvenirs shop, Meeting room up to 300 persons. Business center with telephone and Internet services, A modern fitness gym and aerobics room to the guests’ enjoyment, The hotel has 4 swimming pools, 3 for adults and one for children, surrounded by a natural environment that invites to rest and relaxation
24 hrs. emergency medical service, babysitting, beauty salon, bell boy, board games, buffet, business centre, car parking, car rental, conference rooms, cyber cafe, disabled facilities, discotheque, grill, gym, hotel shop, laundry & dry cleaning service 24 hrs., luggage storage, massage, money exchange, motorized water sports, multi-language staff, no smoking rooms, Piano bar, post office, Reception 24 hrs., room services 24 hrs., safety deposit box in room, satellite tv, sauna, scuba diving center, Solarium, swimming pool, taxis, tennis courts, theme Restaurants, tourism bureau,
- 89 % of people enjoy this
“Not great ”
As other reviewers have mentioned this is far from 5*. This is my second time in Cuba and have travelled a bit so I really haven't got unrealistic expectations of the country, but this wasn't good sadly. Stayed 3 nights at the end of a fabulous holiday around the island and to start with the positives the staff working at the restaurant, pool, bar etc were very friendly, genuinely nice people. However management/ reception staff really aren't very interested. Room wasnt ready (arrived mid/late afternoon), tv was broke and had to be replaced, safe deposit box was broke for the duration of our stay despite mentioning it 3 times - no one was interested. Block we were staying in had some very suspicious and large stains on the wall outside (blood? rust?!) The architecture is Soviet Union c1975 and hasn't been touched up since. Half the resort was closed for refurbs, the main reception was also closed and roped off but seemed to be opening when we were leaving - so may well be sorted by now. The buffet is ok, but repetitive (Chefs do their best and are very friendly - particularly the breakfast chef who does the eggs and the high fives!). The 'A la Carte' restaurants are comically terrible- same food and still has a buffet in the middle?!? We had to fight our way into getting a table but in hindsight really shouldn't have bothered. Overall beach is gorgeous, but if you're after 5* luxury, go elsewhere.
“Know what you are getting into. Would not recommend to a friend ”
STAFF: I cannot say enough kind things about the majority of the staff. They were kind and polite and went out of their ways to make sure guests were enjoying themselves. Two exclusions from this, the cleaning lady and some of the front desk staff. I do not think the cleaning lady ever washed the walls or floors in our room. Some of the lobby front desk staff were very rude. CLEANLINESS: The entire resort could use a thourough cleaning. There was feces and blood left in our bathroom on the side of the tub that was never cleaned. Outside of our building (block 18) there was a pool of what I could only believe was sewage that varied in size throughout the week. SAFETY: while I found the resort very safe I asked several times a day for 4 days to have my balcony door fixed as it did not lock. Or if I could be moved to a second floor. When I asked to move I was told that all the rooms were full which was a lie as half of the resort is under renovations and currently closed. I would have accepted the honest answer if they had simply said that for the blocks that are open they were full and had someone fix the lock on my balcony door. POOLS: of the two pools that were open both were great, very clean and could always find a chair. All of the jacuzzis for the resort were empty and "broken" yet all week I never saw anyone attempting to repair them. BEACH: the beach was very large and could always find a lounger. If you like wading in washed up sea weed and trekking through it to get to the water you will love this beach. There is only one beach bar and it served a limited choice of drinks but once again the staff were always kind and went out of their way to make you happy. A simple rake of the beach once a day would have solved wmthe sea weed problems. FOOD: While I knew that the food in Cuba would be bland and repetitive I was not prepared for everything that did not come off the grill fresh to be luke warm. The food that should be hot was warm. The food that should be cold was warm. RESTAURANTS: Do not waste your time with the al a cartes. It is the same Luke warm food you will get at the buffet. The only exception to this was the chicken dish in the Italian place. It was one out of 5 entrees that was hot and flavourful. I believe with a little attenion to detail this could be an amazing resort. Until this is done I would not stay here again and from this experience probably never book another Blau resort anywhere.
“Shouldnt be à 5 star ”
Front desk service was awful they wouldnt even look at you and made you wait when not busy at all. All buffet staff were excellent and also the pool guy (Javier). We were disappointed that the pool with water slide was closed. That was the main reason we chose this resort for our 7 yr old. Beach was beautiful. We stayed in Block 18 and there was à strong sewage smell. We noticed the lid to the septic system was off we complained 3 times and it took 4 days for someone to put it back on. Overall our stay was pleasant but far from 5 star as advertised.
“Had a great time! Returning in Jan!!”
I spent a week at the Blau Marina in April 2014. It was my first trip to Cuba and I was traveling solo. I enjoyed it so much, I am bringing my parents and siblings back in January 2015!! We just booked our rooms and everyone is very excited! I am not an overly picky traveller. I have travelled to various locations around the world and know from experience that you cannot expect the same amenities as we are used to in North America! My main criteria are always friendly people, amazing beaches, safety, local culture and food that won't make me sick. All of these criteria were met and most exceeded my expectations based on some reviews I read here on Trip Advisor. I'm not going to go over the obvious things (as everyone else has already mentioned how great the beach is and how food preferences are left up to the individual palate, etc.), as you will read everything and make your own decision about what resort to choose based on your tastes and preferences. I'm going to focus on the stuff I researched and experienced that I found helpful about the resort and about Cuba in general. -- the electrical outlets and voltage at the Blau is the same we have at home in Canada, so no need for converters and/or adapters. -- I enjoyed having my room over by the main pool and kids club area. I had an Oceanview room in Block 12 (and have requested that again when I go in January). The location to the beach, pool, main building with lobby/buffet was excellent. Block 11 and 10 would be great too for Oceanview, as well as closer to the lighthouse. -- if paying for an Oceanview room, make sure to request a second or third floor room, as there is a big sand dune that restricts the view from the ground floor. Not ideal. -- the hallways can be a bit noisy at night due to the echoey concrete construction, so if a light sleeper, bring earplugs or download a white noise app on your phone and use that to drown it out (which is what I do). -- you can book your a'la carte restaurants when you arrive, so if you want to try them out, book your first day and get the choices you want -- definitely take the hop on hop off tourist bus to Varadero! It's a total rush sitting on the top of the double decker bus dodging palm fronds. I rode it all the way to the end, which was a great way to see the whole downtown area. The Blau Marina is the last resort on the end of the penninsula, so you get the whole round trip experience. You can use your bus pass all day, so don't return it to the driver if they ask, because you can take it back to town again that day if you choose to. It's only $5 convertable pesos. There is a great rum tasting shop in town you don't want to miss as well as some cute markets. -- there are beach towels in your room when you arrive, and you can exchange them by the Ping pong table area if you want a new one. I always bring a sarong to use as a makeshift towel as well, which is lighter and easier to pack than a beach towel from home if for some reason you wanted to bring your own -- I did the Havana Tropicana trip and it was a total must-see in my opinion! It's a long day but so awesome and a great overview of the city of Havana and Cuban history. I didn't buy my package for this trip until I went to my orientation for Sunwing on the first day. As luck would have it, they had this tour on special, so I got it at a discounted rate. My recommendation is to book the packages when you arrive as opposed to before when you are booking your holiday, as you may be able to save some $$ -- the earlier you get to the buffet, the busier it will be, but the warmer the food will be and you will have a greater selection. That's just the way it goes for buffets around the world. Deal with it! ;) -- bring your own coffee and filters if you want some in your room. I remember there being a coffee maker, but none of the stuff to make your own, so if a java junkie, come prepared. The lobby bar makes amazing coffee though I was told (not a drinker myself), so take your insulated travel mug over and get the good stuff. -- the lighthouse restaurant has a little snack buffet at lunch and also makes really yummy pizza if you want to switch up your options from the main buffet. I went for pizza almost every day. -- if you want to bring stuff down for gifts for the Cuba people, I recommend school supplies for the children, chewing gum, nice toiletries, and maybe some good quality clothing as all those things are harder to come by. Don't give away junk... I watched a few people do that and I cringed a bit. The Cuban people aren't paupers, they just can't get their hands on certain things due to the embargo and don't have expendable cash for stuff that may be considered a bit more pricey. -- There is internet at the resort, but it's very slow and costs a bit because the time you buy gets eaten up pretty quick. I had to waste some time sorting through the security for my hotmail account, which was a pain, but I got it all figured out. That's all I can think of for now, but as I said, make your decision based on your comfort level, and consider that you are coming to a foreign country with a different culture and set of standards. It's all what you make it! As for me I LOVED IT and am so exited to be back there in January! The Blau Marina left a lasting impression on me and I'm happy to be going back!
“Not a 5 star, I would say a 4 star ”
My husband and I have been to Cuba several times. Varadero, is very expensive and doesn't have the nicest beaches (white sand). This hotel is massive! Probably 10 mins to walk from one end to the other. The carts don't run enough to get you back and forth. There is construction happening across the street at the Marina so ask for a room facing the ocean. The staff are super friendly and always willing to help if you have any requests. The food is alright for Cuba, however the buffet food wasn't very hot all the time, get the chefs to reheat for you :) The main pool was having construction done to it and we were told before leaving that it would be ready for the 15 of November, however, we left on the 18 of November and they still didn't know when it would be completed, no water slide for us. We traveled flying west jet, we would never do it again, and our service provider was sunquest, huge upset when trying to book excursions. We booked a Jeep Safari tour ($73 peso/ person) great day and totally worth it (booked with the tour rep at the hotel). The catamaran, well we usually always go on one every time but way to over priced ($93 peso/person) and snorkeling isn't amazing in Varadero, really out fished down there. We went to a reef to snorkel and it was fun just had better in other parts of Cuba. Went into Varadero multiple times using the double decker tour bus ($5 peso/ person) you get on and off all day long it is totally worth it. Don't buy from the store in the resort go into the markets and barter, cheaper and more for your $. Dolphin show was great! pictures with Dolphins after for $5 peso/person and you got 5 poses and they use your camera, totally worth it! The weather was amazing, the rooms were good, just the construction across the street and the main pool closed was a bit of a bummer.
“Beautiful resort! ”
This resort was great. The accommodations and maid service were excellent as was the food in every location (including the buffet). The service in the restaurant was sometimes slow but staff were all pleasant.
We arrived well before check in time and were asked to go for lunch until our rooms were ready. On our way to lunch the lobby, 24 hour bar, and main pool were closed and in a construction mess. When we returned the rooms were ready, and we were told the lobby and 24 hour bar would open tomorrow. When asked if the rooms were ocean view as planned they were not. Waited 45 additional minutes for "ocean view" room. Once in the room we were not satisfied. We returned to reception and voiced our concern regarding the closures and the room. Staff were over the top helpful and accommodating. My friend and I were moved over to Cayo Libertad. (18+ only, 3 meal a la carte no reservation needed, private beach area, private pool with swim up bar and room service) The lobby and 24 hour bar where reopened the next day, beautiful breeze and lots of sunlight. I didn't mind the food. Some things were better than others. It is really just your personal preference. All of the staff were exceptionally friendly. It made the stay that much better. We will be returning in the new year.
Nice, but Services not good
It is at a 2.5-hour-drive from Havana's International Airport and at a 35-minute drive from Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport in Varadero. It is located across from the Gaviota Marina -the most important marine point in Cuba- and near the Punta Hicacos Ecological Park. It is an excellent luxury property surrounded by beautiful gardens and spacious areas that invite you to spend the vacations of your life
Rat in the room!
By no means do we want to discourage anyone from going to Cuba. We had a fabulous time in Havana! Amazing city, rich with culture. A must to visit if in Cuba but the Barcelo Marina Palace is a disgrace! We have traveled to many tropical all-inclusive resorts and never have we experienced what we encountered at this Barcelo resort. Rude and belligerent staff. Yes they do run out of wine. A la carte restaurants - no comment. Mosquitoes are welcome at this resort and other bugs as well. Our first night there I got up at 2AM to use the washroom and encountered an eight inch rat in our room. Their reaction to the rat was unbelievable. They did not apologize in any way but rather made us feel terrible for the inconvenience we had caused them. After more than two hours of negotiating, we were moved from a king bed/ocean view room to a double bed room facing an extremely noisy road. It should have been a week of R&R with family but who can relax when you don't feel welcome. Thank goodness for the "fantastic six" that traveled with us. We would not have survived without them! Visit Cuba, especially Havana, but don't make the mistake we did by staying at the Barcelo Marina Palace.
We spent a week at the Marina Palace and enjoyed the property and staff. But...we came home with many bites from mosquitos. I would recommend the property but not to anyone prone to bites because you will get them. Too bad... I would return except for tha problem. Heed the reviews if you are considering this resort please
It was all right
The resort is sprawling, not compact. The Cayo Libertad section is more efficiently laid out. The landscaping is still quite young, and many areas need to be “finished” (i.e., there are areas with construction debris and areas with no grass). The buildings are quite attractive in all areas of the resort. The beach is not as nice as the main beach in Varadero (few beaches can rival that) but has the advantage of being private, in fact almost deserted. However, sand fleas were a huge problem and even though I only went to the beach for a total of about 2 hours, I ended up with huge itchy welts all over my legs (I’m very allergic to their bites). We saw a few mosquitoes but they were a minor issue next to the sand fleas. They fog the property from time to time with a chemical smudge on the back of a truck – if you see it coming, go the other way. One surprising thing was that in order to get to the beach from El Penon, you have to basically pick your way through a field of sharp twigs and rocks and even some construction debris. It is unbelievable that they wouldn’t build a walkway down there since it is a very common place for people to walk barefoot. The Cayo Libertad pool was a good size for the number of rooms it served, and it wasn’t a problem to get a lounger. The water was too cold for much swimming when we were there but it was refreshing to take a dip from time to time. We didn’t spend any time at the other resort pools. Beach towels were provided in our room and changed each night by the maid – no need to deal with towel huts or cards.
The pools were clean and nice. The grounds and landscaping was impeccable, the gardeners were very diligent at keeping it all very neat and manicured.
We just returned from a 1 week stay at the Barcelo Marina Palace. Dec 21/08 This a beautiful place to stay. No problems at all with the hotel or the staff. Most staff speak 3 languages and are quite friendly. There was nightly entertainment as well as a disco. We were concerned about the food before we went but this concern was put to rest as there was a huge selection at the buffet and we found lots to eat. We tried 3 of the al a carte restuarants italian, spanish & cuban/seafood. All were fine. The beach was very nice as were the pools. We did a couple of tours one into Havana (great choice) as well as a catamaran tour (highly recommend). We also took the bus into Veradaro to explore the markets which is also a must. Don't be afraid to try the different food or drink.
Buffet was wonderful
Except for the odd bad review about food, this place is pretty much what other reviewers said. We traveled with some picky eaters who would have preferred to live on burgers and fries rather than try ANYTHING new. We were prepared for the windy conditions (2 days) and the mosquitos (evenings when the wind was calm) but loved the long, clean beach walk to the Libertad at the end of the resort. Met another couple and had drinks at their Libertad suite. Nice digs but a long way to travel back to the main buildings. We would go back again
we were there just 2 years ago with 2 other couples.we really liked it,found it very clean but alot of walking in the heat from one building to the other.the food was great at the buffet;s,the a la carte;s were just so ,so running out of stuff at times.we arrived to the hotel late upon arrival and after we checked in we went to the 24 hour which had barely anything to eat and it was like we were inconveniencing them.during the day their noon selection was good but the girls serving on the tables were not very friendly and in fact sometimes rude.the beach was great,entertainment very good but could have had more variety as much of the same.we were bit by insects we could not see or feel and saw some many people with pretty nasty bites.one of the couples with us developed water blisters and was put on antiobiotics and was off work for 6 weeks when came back home.we were all nurses except for our spouces.the wait at the lobby bar was long and for the size of the resort there should have been more.we would defintely go back once more to see if things have gotten improved.
My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful vacation! This hotel is still new and so clean and luxurious. We really loved the people (staff). People leave their stressful lives for a week or two and want to go somewhere where they can kick back and relax at a slower pace. It amazed us to see some people who were extremely uptight and demanding. Poor them and poor staff! Service was fine unless of course you have a drinking problem and require huge glasses of alcohol every 30 seconds. We found the food to be delicious! Always a good variety to choose from. Some of the food tasted different but then we were in a different country so it was fun to be a little adventerous! Always good pasta, bread, seafood and grilled meat. It seemed to us that many people went with a superior attitude. Arriving with an attitude of "impress me" I was ashamed of some of my fellow Canadians and their treatment of staff. The locals there have so little yet they love to talk about their country with such pride, very genuine and loving people. We could all take a cue from them. Amenities were great, beautiful rooms and beach. Wonderful natured people. We would definately go back!
Stay at the Hotel
I have just returned from a week at this hotel. This hotel is based on an open concept thus on the cool days you did need a jacket or sweater. The rooms were very spacious, but were a fair distance from the main attractions. Very few bars, and no bars on the beach or entertainment. The food was just average and again the fruit was at a minimal. They are still doing construction which was quiet. Gift shop only one and a few tables at the other end of the hotel, which were only opened a few hours each day and closed on the weekends. There was only one bank teller which caused a lot of people to be upset having to wait up to a half hour. As usual the staff were very friendly and accomodating.
This is the newest resort in Varadero and the facility is beautiful. However, the food is so-so, limited variety of fresh vegetables. Bar service is very slow, bring a thermal mug and fill up when you do get someone to take your order. Learn some spanish - you'll get better service. The evening shows were very good and the local musicians provided constant music during the meals. Tips are always expected.
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