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Occidental Arenas Blancas

Texto: 44838 Modern and exclusive hotel located in the center of the city of Varadero, ideal for rest and relaxation. Calle 64 y final | Varadero, Matanzas | Cuba
+53 45 6144 99 +53 45 611 086
Occidental Arenas Blancas Texto: 44838 3.5 out of 5 based on 7257 ratings. 7257 user reviews.
Occidental Arenas Blancas reviewed by Linda P on . Booked here AGAIN!!! We love Barcello Solymar. I read that reviews of several hotels and I think some people just won't be happy where ever they go! We just booked again (it will be our 10th trip to Varadero and 6th time... Rating: 5
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Occidental Arenas Blancas

Calle 64 y final   Varadero, Matanzas   Cuba  


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3 mi Varadero Airport

2.5 mi Varadero golf course

0.6 miles Varadero

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Occidental Arenas Blancas

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    Cornell B 01/17/2018 Solo travel

    “Straight Party resort. If not trying to unwind, don't come here”

    The food in any country is never as good as home, but it was pretty decent here. Beans and rice, can't get sick. I enjoyed it here, long beaches, close to the town and so on. A few knuckles heads, but that's expected. I will 100% come back here. The pool jamming was great, and if you wanna get away from the crowd, you can go back to your room or to the beach and spend time alone reading. The resort was a bit dated, but it's all-inclusive, under $1,100, I think you get what you pay for and the value for the price you pay is good here.
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    ccebailey1 London, United Kingdom. 01/15/2018 Friends getaway

    “3 Star Hotel 5 Star Beach and Staff!!!”

    My friend and i stayed between 16.10.17-21.10.17 in apartment 3063. We traveled with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick airport to José Martí International Airport Havana and booked a transfer with UK based company Holiday Taxis. Our driver who met us on time and spoke little english was so kind and fun playing some loud reggaeton (which we loved) and offering us local sweets to ease our 2 hour and 30 minute journey. Upon arrival to Barcelo Solymar we experienced some racism from one of the english speaking guests asking if my friend and i were "Fresh off of the boat" but we just ignored him and continued to check in. Check in was swift and staff were kind explaining how to access wifi which could only be done by purchasing a card at reception which allowed either 60 or 30 minutes use for 1.50CUC and wifi only worked in the lobby area. Our one bedroom apartment with two double beds was decent it included a flat screen television, balcony, large bathroom although the toilet had a stale urine smell which eventually disappeared and a shower in a large bath tub. Bedroom also had a large wardrobe in the room had an iron, hangers and a safe with a telephone on one of the bed side tables. Downstairs there was an open plan kitchen with a dining table that seated four, television, couch which was big enough to be used as a bed if necessary and a separate toilet that included a vanity mirror inside with no funny smell. The furniture was old and made out of natural dark wood which gave an authentic cuban style and experience. There is also a small fridge in your room that is stocked with local soft drinks and bottled water which is restocked everyday by the friendly housekeeping team. (On one day they came to clean too early and we arranged for them to come back later in the day - they kindly did so). The food at the resort was good especially knowing you had the flexibility to choose from either Barcelo Solymar or Arenas Blancas to have breakfast, lunch and dinner. We preferred breakfast at Barcelo Solymar which ranged from cereals, yogurts, pastries, fruit (we slaughtered the fresh Guava), hot meats, baked beans, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, uncooked meats, pancakes, juices, teas and coffee etc..almost everyday we had BBQ lunch on the beach and dinner at Arenas Blancas. Both restaurants are buffet style. The hotel also has chinese, mexican and seafood restaurants that are open on certain days that you book into as well. The beach is absolutely AMAZING with you having the access to use it morning, day and night. As i mentioned before there is a BBQ held every lunch time around 13:00 - 18:00 and whatever meat or fish is on the menu it is cooked in front of you, accompanied with fresh salad, sauces and burger buns. Alcoholic drinks throughout the resort are all local as well as the soft drinks but taste good non the less. The hotel entertainment was okay..the costumes were a bit dated and the bar in the performance room carried an awful smell that came from the bar in there but i appreciated the dedication, high energy and enthusiasm from the performers. They also played local music that turnt into a disco once the acts was finished and that was cool. We didn't use the swimming pools as we were always at beach but they seemed clean as other guests were using them. For things to do you can go into town which is literally 10-15 minute walk away depending on your speed, a local taxi or ride a open roof double decker HOP ON AND HOP OFF bus which allows you to buy a ticket for 5CUC and you could literally use it all day with the bus taking you from one end of Varadero to the other stopping at flea markets, restaurants and local bars. Riding the top deck of the bus allows you to view other hotels as it picks up other guests along the way, it also stops off at the marina. If you need medical attention or to buy tampons, over the counter medication i.e diarrhoea tablets please visit Policlinico Internacional which is also in the town and they will be able to assist you. I found it very handy when my mosquito bites had swollen with a temperature around them. I bought rubbing alcohol and applied it to my bites with cotton wool and also bought antihistamine tablets which helped a lot with my itching. THANK GOD. Instead of going to the local clinic as they will be unable to help you but were very kind to redirect us. Night life in town for us was a bit boring unless you enjoy 60s, 70s early 80s music which you can find at the famous Beatles club where they have a statue dedicated to the British band. That was pretty cool to see. You can create your own bar crawl and try each bar's Pina Colada's and i found local bar cocktails were much nicer than Barcelo Solymar. You will feel very safe travelling at night with soilder's and police person's visible and present.

    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar, responded to this review
     Dear ccebailey1, Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a lovely review. I am delighted that you had a wonderful stay with us (Barceló Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort) and that we exceeded your expectations. I am so pleased too that the staff really stood out and gave a genuine welcome and friendliness at all times. Thanks once again for your review and I hope we are able to welcome you again soon. Very best, Jose Chabbar Room Division Manager diralojamiento@resortsolymar.gca.tur.cu

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    Bhavik P 01/15/2018 Friends getaway

    “Barcelo Solymar guys trip”

    The best part about the Barcelo is how close it is to downtown. You can easily walk to a bunch of bars or nightclubs. I would recommend this resort to young people who plan on going out at night. The food has gotten much better than the last time I was here about a year ago. They've widened out the buffet and added many more fresh options. I had a great time here. This is the only hotel I stay at if I'm ever travelling alone as this hotel normally had more people staying there than any other hotel on the strip.

    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar, responded to this review
     Dear Bhavik P, Thank you for your recent review following your stay at our Hotel Barceló Solymar - Occidental Arenas Blancas - Allegro Palma Real Resort. I am delighted to receive your comments regarding our Hotel, location, our food offering and our team of staff which is a pleasure to receive, thank you so much. My team and I were delighted that you had an enjoyable stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Resort again in the near future. Kind regards Juan Marqués General Manager

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    zvujkovic1 01/13/2018 Family

    “Loved it”

    Food was good. I eat fish and it was always good. My kids had a pastas and never complained. You can always find something that is good. Beach is excellent. Staff were friendly and if you missing something in a room they will bring it to you, just have to ask the maid. There were a lots of students and they were a bit out of control but did not bother anybody, just way too loud. All in all great experience.

    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar, responded to this review
     Dear zvujkovic1, It has been a great pleasure having you at our hotel. Thank you for sharing your positive comments on the stay, food and service. We take pride in providing great service to all our guests. Juan Marqués General Manager

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    988claudieb 01/10/2018 Couples

    “Horrible food, flood in the lobby...”

    Food was horrible and stay in the buffet from the breakfast to the evening. We have been sick. The rooms where old with mold. Beach was clean with a lot of the chairs and the pool was ok. There were also rats close to the pool

    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar, responded to this review
     Dear 988claudieb, Thank you for posting this review following your recent stay with us. I am delighted you made the most of your visit to the hotel and found it to be great. It saddens me, that you think our food was terrible. I can assure you we are continuously working on improving our Buffets as we want all of our customers to have a great memorable experience and your review will help us with that! During your stay with us the hotel was fully sold (31th December) and that is why there could be some imperfection in the cleanliness. Please, do accept my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thorough cleaning is an absolute must for Barceló Solymar & Occidental Arenas Blancas & Allegro Palma Real and we follow very strict protocols to guarantee satisfying results regarding hygiene and cleanliness in our hotels, for future occasions we strongly encourage you to contact our réception in the event of finding any area of uncleanliness , this will give us an opportunity to bring your remarks to the attention of our housekeeping management. Kind regards, Juan Marqués General Manager

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    • january 17 2018
    • Solo travel

    Cornell B

    “Straight Party resort. If not trying to unwind, don't come here”


    The food in any country is never as good as home, but it was pretty decent here. Beans and rice, can't get sick. I enjoyed it here, long beaches, close to the town and so on. A few knuckles heads, but that's expected. I will 100% come back here. The pool jamming was great, and if you wanna get away from the crowd, you can go back to your room or to the beach and spend time alone reading. The resort was a bit dated, but it's all-inclusive, under $1,100, I think you get what you pay for and the value for the price you pay is good here.


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    • january 15 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Friends getaway

    ccebailey1

    “3 Star Hotel 5 Star Beach and Staff!!!”


    My friend and i stayed between 16.10.17-21.10.17 in apartment 3063. We traveled with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick airport to José Martí International Airport Havana and booked a transfer with UK based company Holiday Taxis. Our driver who met us on time and spoke little english was so kind and fun playing some loud reggaeton (which we loved) and offering us local sweets to ease our 2 hour and 30 minute journey. Upon arrival to Barcelo Solymar we experienced some racism from one of the english speaking guests asking if my friend and i were "Fresh off of the boat" but we just ignored him and continued to check in. Check in was swift and staff were kind explaining how to access wifi which could only be done by purchasing a card at reception which allowed either 60 or 30 minutes use for 1.50CUC and wifi only worked in the lobby area. Our one bedroom apartment with two double beds was decent it included a flat screen television, balcony, large bathroom although the toilet had a stale urine smell which eventually disappeared and a shower in a large bath tub. Bedroom also had a large wardrobe in the room had an iron, hangers and a safe with a telephone on one of the bed side tables. Downstairs there was an open plan kitchen with a dining table that seated four, television, couch which was big enough to be used as a bed if necessary and a separate toilet that included a vanity mirror inside with no funny smell. The furniture was old and made out of natural dark wood which gave an authentic cuban style and experience. There is also a small fridge in your room that is stocked with local soft drinks and bottled water which is restocked everyday by the friendly housekeeping team. (On one day they came to clean too early and we arranged for them to come back later in the day - they kindly did so). The food at the resort was good especially knowing you had the flexibility to choose from either Barcelo Solymar or Arenas Blancas to have breakfast, lunch and dinner. We preferred breakfast at Barcelo Solymar which ranged from cereals, yogurts, pastries, fruit (we slaughtered the fresh Guava), hot meats, baked beans, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, uncooked meats, pancakes, juices, teas and coffee etc..almost everyday we had BBQ lunch on the beach and dinner at Arenas Blancas. Both restaurants are buffet style. The hotel also has chinese, mexican and seafood restaurants that are open on certain days that you book into as well. The beach is absolutely AMAZING with you having the access to use it morning, day and night. As i mentioned before there is a BBQ held every lunch time around 13:00 - 18:00 and whatever meat or fish is on the menu it is cooked in front of you, accompanied with fresh salad, sauces and burger buns. Alcoholic drinks throughout the resort are all local as well as the soft drinks but taste good non the less. The hotel entertainment was okay..the costumes were a bit dated and the bar in the performance room carried an awful smell that came from the bar in there but i appreciated the dedication, high energy and enthusiasm from the performers. They also played local music that turnt into a disco once the acts was finished and that was cool. We didn't use the swimming pools as we were always at beach but they seemed clean as other guests were using them. For things to do you can go into town which is literally 10-15 minute walk away depending on your speed, a local taxi or ride a open roof double decker HOP ON AND HOP OFF bus which allows you to buy a ticket for 5CUC and you could literally use it all day with the bus taking you from one end of Varadero to the other stopping at flea markets, restaurants and local bars. Riding the top deck of the bus allows you to view other hotels as it picks up other guests along the way, it also stops off at the marina. If you need medical attention or to buy tampons, over the counter medication i.e diarrhoea tablets please visit Policlinico Internacional which is also in the town and they will be able to assist you. I found it very handy when my mosquito bites had swollen with a temperature around them. I bought rubbing alcohol and applied it to my bites with cotton wool and also bought antihistamine tablets which helped a lot with my itching. THANK GOD. Instead of going to the local clinic as they will be unable to help you but were very kind to redirect us. Night life in town for us was a bit boring unless you enjoy 60s, 70s early 80s music which you can find at the famous Beatles club where they have a statue dedicated to the British band. That was pretty cool to see. You can create your own bar crawl and try each bar's Pina Colada's and i found local bar cocktails were much nicer than Barcelo Solymar. You will feel very safe travelling at night with soilder's and police person's visible and present.


    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar, responded to this review
    Dear ccebailey1, Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a lovely review. I am delighted that you had a wonderful stay with us (Barceló Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort) and that we exceeded your expectations. I am so pleased too that the staff really stood out and gave a genuine welcome and friendliness at all times. Thanks once again for your review and I hope we are able to welcome you again soon. Very best, Jose Chabbar Room Division Manager diralojamiento@resortsolymar.gca.tur.cu

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    • january 15 2018
    • Friends getaway

    Bhavik P

    “Barcelo Solymar guys trip”


    The best part about the Barcelo is how close it is to downtown. You can easily walk to a bunch of bars or nightclubs. I would recommend this resort to young people who plan on going out at night. The food has gotten much better than the last time I was here about a year ago. They've widened out the buffet and added many more fresh options. I had a great time here. This is the only hotel I stay at if I'm ever travelling alone as this hotel normally had more people staying there than any other hotel on the strip.


    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar, responded to this review
    Dear Bhavik P, Thank you for your recent review following your stay at our Hotel Barceló Solymar - Occidental Arenas Blancas - Allegro Palma Real Resort. I am delighted to receive your comments regarding our Hotel, location, our food offering and our team of staff which is a pleasure to receive, thank you so much. My team and I were delighted that you had an enjoyable stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Resort again in the near future. Kind regards Juan Marqués General Manager

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    • january 13 2018
    • Family

    zvujkovic1

    “Loved it”


    Food was good. I eat fish and it was always good. My kids had a pastas and never complained. You can always find something that is good. Beach is excellent. Staff were friendly and if you missing something in a room they will bring it to you, just have to ask the maid. There were a lots of students and they were a bit out of control but did not bother anybody, just way too loud. All in all great experience.


    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar, responded to this review
    Dear zvujkovic1, It has been a great pleasure having you at our hotel. Thank you for sharing your positive comments on the stay, food and service. We take pride in providing great service to all our guests. Juan Marqués General Manager

    EVALUATION

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    • january 10 2018
    • Couples

    988claudieb

    “Horrible food, flood in the lobby...”


    Food was horrible and stay in the buffet from the breakfast to the evening. We have been sick. The rooms where old with mold. Beach was clean with a lot of the chairs and the pool was ok. There were also rats close to the pool


    BarceloSmAb, Director General at Barcelo Solymar, responded to this review
    Dear 988claudieb, Thank you for posting this review following your recent stay with us. I am delighted you made the most of your visit to the hotel and found it to be great. It saddens me, that you think our food was terrible. I can assure you we are continuously working on improving our Buffets as we want all of our customers to have a great memorable experience and your review will help us with that! During your stay with us the hotel was fully sold (31th December) and that is why there could be some imperfection in the cleanliness. Please, do accept my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thorough cleaning is an absolute must for Barceló Solymar & Occidental Arenas Blancas & Allegro Palma Real and we follow very strict protocols to guarantee satisfying results regarding hygiene and cleanliness in our hotels, for future occasions we strongly encourage you to contact our réception in the event of finding any area of uncleanliness , this will give us an opportunity to bring your remarks to the attention of our housekeeping management. Kind regards, Juan Marqués General Manager

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