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Barceló Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort Hotel Pool Views

Barceló Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort

Texto: 44944 Cuba's charm and stylish essence emanate throughout this unbelievable beachfront resort in Varadero. Carretera Las Américas, Km. 3 | Varadero
+53 45 614499 +53 45 611086
Barceló Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort Texto: 44944 3.5 out of 5 based on 6441 ratings. 6441 user reviews.
Barceló Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort reviewed by Shani28 on . Second time in Cuba I came at the Barcelo hotel for the second time and I am quite happy with everything. I stayed at the Arenas Blancas. Room was clean bed comfortable and very quiet. I spent most of my time at the... Rating: 4
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Barceló Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort

Carretera Las Américas, Km. 3   Varadero  


Points of Interest

3 mi Varadero Airport

2.5 mi Varadero golf course

0.6 miles Varadero

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Barceló Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort

3.5/5 Round Indicators
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    Tamara S 02/19/2017 Family

    “Large resort close to the main strip”

    My husband and I have been going here during Christmas and New Years with older (+20) and younger (Under 5) children for the past 5 years and we love it. It's close to the main road with many dining options and bar plus many souvenir shops. We stay in the bungalows because they are closer to the beach. The rooms could use a little tlc but who stays in their room when you have a beautiful beach with crystal clear water right there. Food is average for Cuba, I recommend the fresh pasta where you can choose you toppings and sauces. You should eat out a least twice as the restaurants are cheap with better food. Don't buy souvenirs at the resorts as they are over priced. They have a la cart restaurants on the resort but they are nothing special. The wifi is weak and only available in the lobby, when they have cards. The entertainment is great with exercises in the morning and vollyball, bingo by the pool in the afternoon to win a bottle of rum and shows nightly. If you stay at Arenas blancas you have access to everything at Solymar so check to see which one is cheaper as it doesn't really make a difference.
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    Dawn W Fredericton, Canada. 02/19/2017 Family

    “So disappointed”

    We stayed on the Solymar side from Oct 22-29. This was my fifth stay at the resort, but hadn't been here since 2007. The standards have certainly dropped. The hotel is frequented by 20 year olds who want to party. We were kept up all night with poolside loud music, sat on a sofa covered in vomit in the lobby in the middle of the day, and had to step over a pile of feces just outside the elevator on the third floor of the hotel. The public washrooms are not maintained and are extremely dirty. I'm sure the hotel manager will respond with "you should have come to me with your issues"...and we did, to no avail. We went to guest services three times regarding the following issues: - no hot water in our room the entire week, and we were not offered another room even when we requested to move. - faulty AC in room blew warm air - drunken guests blasting music from Bluetooth speakers until the wee hours of the morning The lady we spoke to in guest services kept telling us the issues would be fixed, and that she made notes on our file, etc. We went back the next morning and another lady tells us there is nothing on our file. This hotel is a student flophouse. Not for families with young children. Save yourself the hassle and avoid this hotel.
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    anne j Ottawa, Canada. 02/19/2017 Friends getaway

    “For smokers”

    Hotel is not very clean,we had a lot of ants in are room. Food is average and not a lot of choice limited bars and not very good for drinks. No screen on patio doors and there are a lot mosquitoes so bring bug repellent. Beach is very nice if you love to take long walks its beautiful. My mother was at Solymar 2 weeks before me and not any better.
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    NickMelanson Moncton, Canada. 02/19/2017 Couples

    “Nice centrally located resort”

    We stayed at this resort for one week from February 10th to February 17th. The hotel is located walking distance to local bars, restaurants and shopping. It's also on one of the best strip of beach in Varadero. The resort grounds and pools were beautiful. The beach is wide with white sand, turquoise water and lots of palapas and palm trees for shade. Room: We stayed in the Arenas Blancas section but also had access to all the amenities at the Solymar hotel. Initially we were given a room with two twin beds facing the street and noisy rooftop air-conditioners. The following day the front desk arranged to move us to a new room with a king bed and gorgeous pool view. The rooms were clean and appeared to be recently renovated. At one point we noticed that water was leaking from the ceiling next to the air-conditioner. We notified the front desk and no more than 5 minutes later a repair man showed up to fix it. Food: This resort offers 2 buffets and several a la carte restaurants. We tried the Mexican, oriental and Italian restaurants and all of them were good. The buffets however were very disappointing. We mostly ate at the Arenas Blancas buffet but when we tried the Solymar buffet we found it was equally bad. This was our 4th trip to Varadero so we didn't have high expectations but the food here was definitely the worst we've had in Cuba. Everything in the buffet was very bland and most dishes that should have been warm were cold. They really need to find a way to increase the food temperatures in the buffet. Towards the end of our vacation we craved a hot meal so we decided to go off resort. There are great local restaurants in Varadero many which are walking distance from the resort. Overall we enjoyed this resort and would likely stay here again. The resort was beautiful and staff was friendly and eager to please.
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    bevb728 Oshawa, Ontario. 02/18/2017 Friends getaway

    “Ok for the money as long as you don't pay over 1100 cad$”

    As for almost all of Cuba the food is average-nothing special. The water pressure is non existent so wash your hair well before you go and hope you don't need to during the week. The beaches are as always the most beautiful so no complaints there. Staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are basic. Entertainment leaves a lot to be desired. But overall a restful trip

    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort, responded to this review
     Dear bevb728, Firstly, we would like to thank you for your comments on Tripadvisor as our guests` opinions and feedback are of the utmost importance to us. We are sorry that on this occasion we didn't live up to your expectations. I am pleased to hear you found our staff very pleasant and helpful and your summary: "But overall a restful trip". We are sorry to hear your impression with the water pressure. We would have liked to know about that, during your stay, in order to determine the cause and provide you any better solution. Once again our apologizes, hoping you re-consider the option of visiting us again we send you our best regards, Juan Marqués General Manager

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    • february 19 2017
    • Family

    Tamara S

    “Large resort close to the main strip”


    My husband and I have been going here during Christmas and New Years with older (+20) and younger (Under 5) children for the past 5 years and we love it. It's close to the main road with many dining options and bar plus many souvenir shops. We stay in the bungalows because they are closer to the beach. The rooms could use a little tlc but who stays in their room when you have a beautiful beach with crystal clear water right there. Food is average for Cuba, I recommend the fresh pasta where you can choose you toppings and sauces. You should eat out a least twice as the restaurants are cheap with better food. Don't buy souvenirs at the resorts as they are over priced. They have a la cart restaurants on the resort but they are nothing special. The wifi is weak and only available in the lobby, when they have cards. The entertainment is great with exercises in the morning and vollyball, bingo by the pool in the afternoon to win a bottle of rum and shows nightly. If you stay at Arenas blancas you have access to everything at Solymar so check to see which one is cheaper as it doesn't really make a difference.


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    • february 19 2017
    • Fredericton, Canada
    • Family

    Dawn W

    “So disappointed”


    We stayed on the Solymar side from Oct 22-29. This was my fifth stay at the resort, but hadn't been here since 2007. The standards have certainly dropped. The hotel is frequented by 20 year olds who want to party. We were kept up all night with poolside loud music, sat on a sofa covered in vomit in the lobby in the middle of the day, and had to step over a pile of feces just outside the elevator on the third floor of the hotel. The public washrooms are not maintained and are extremely dirty. I'm sure the hotel manager will respond with "you should have come to me with your issues"...and we did, to no avail. We went to guest services three times regarding the following issues: - no hot water in our room the entire week, and we were not offered another room even when we requested to move. - faulty AC in room blew warm air - drunken guests blasting music from Bluetooth speakers until the wee hours of the morning The lady we spoke to in guest services kept telling us the issues would be fixed, and that she made notes on our file, etc. We went back the next morning and another lady tells us there is nothing on our file. This hotel is a student flophouse. Not for families with young children. Save yourself the hassle and avoid this hotel.


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    • february 19 2017
    • Ottawa, Canada
    • Friends getaway

    anne j

    “For smokers”


    Hotel is not very clean,we had a lot of ants in are room. Food is average and not a lot of choice limited bars and not very good for drinks. No screen on patio doors and there are a lot mosquitoes so bring bug repellent. Beach is very nice if you love to take long walks its beautiful. My mother was at Solymar 2 weeks before me and not any better.


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    • february 19 2017
    • Moncton, Canada
    • Couples

    NickMelanson

    “Nice centrally located resort”


    We stayed at this resort for one week from February 10th to February 17th. The hotel is located walking distance to local bars, restaurants and shopping. It's also on one of the best strip of beach in Varadero. The resort grounds and pools were beautiful. The beach is wide with white sand, turquoise water and lots of palapas and palm trees for shade. Room: We stayed in the Arenas Blancas section but also had access to all the amenities at the Solymar hotel. Initially we were given a room with two twin beds facing the street and noisy rooftop air-conditioners. The following day the front desk arranged to move us to a new room with a king bed and gorgeous pool view. The rooms were clean and appeared to be recently renovated. At one point we noticed that water was leaking from the ceiling next to the air-conditioner. We notified the front desk and no more than 5 minutes later a repair man showed up to fix it. Food: This resort offers 2 buffets and several a la carte restaurants. We tried the Mexican, oriental and Italian restaurants and all of them were good. The buffets however were very disappointing. We mostly ate at the Arenas Blancas buffet but when we tried the Solymar buffet we found it was equally bad. This was our 4th trip to Varadero so we didn't have high expectations but the food here was definitely the worst we've had in Cuba. Everything in the buffet was very bland and most dishes that should have been warm were cold. They really need to find a way to increase the food temperatures in the buffet. Towards the end of our vacation we craved a hot meal so we decided to go off resort. There are great local restaurants in Varadero many which are walking distance from the resort. Overall we enjoyed this resort and would likely stay here again. The resort was beautiful and staff was friendly and eager to please.


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    • february 18 2017
    • Oshawa, Ontario
    • Friends getaway

    bevb728

    “Ok for the money as long as you don't pay over 1100 cad$”


    As for almost all of Cuba the food is average-nothing special. The water pressure is non existent so wash your hair well before you go and hope you don't need to during the week. The beaches are as always the most beautiful so no complaints there. Staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are basic. Entertainment leaves a lot to be desired. But overall a restful trip


    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort, responded to this review
    Dear bevb728, Firstly, we would like to thank you for your comments on Tripadvisor as our guests` opinions and feedback are of the utmost importance to us. We are sorry that on this occasion we didn't live up to your expectations. I am pleased to hear you found our staff very pleasant and helpful and your summary: "But overall a restful trip". We are sorry to hear your impression with the water pressure. We would have liked to know about that, during your stay, in order to determine the cause and provide you any better solution. Once again our apologizes, hoping you re-consider the option of visiting us again we send you our best regards, Juan Marqués General Manager

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