Barcelo Marina Palace Hotel

Carretera Las Morlas Final, Front of Marina Gaviota, Cuba, Caribbean
(4.5 star hotel)
#12 of 107 hotels in Varadero
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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Good place to stay

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 10, 2012

My wife and i spent the last three March break at this resort. We have visited here with members of our family and friends. No real complaints (it's Cuba remember). We have enjoyed our stay on each occasion. Beach areas are really nice and not over-crowded, water is warm and turquoise in color ..very pretty. Food is ok ..the three A La Carte restaurants are terrible ... for the most part the rooms are cleaned daily and staff are very friendly. Drinks are available upon request at various locations ..pool bar gets busy but lots of staff to accommodate you.
Entertainment is first class ..different each evening. The resort is not a large resort very easy to get around.

We were located in the large pool area spot to stay. Some of the complaints about Barcelo are somewhat misleading.

Unique Quality: Pool area is fun to be around. Beach is sandy ,water is warm.

Well traveled opinion

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 5, 2012

Stayed here from March 28th to April 4th. The grounds are neat and well maintained, beach is clean and accessable from all locations of the building. The main section of beach near the theatre is the best and most well maintained of the three sections, however the sections farther down have broken shelters and no seat covers at all. The pools are never overcrowded but we had difficulty getting a cold drink anywhere at this resort. They ran out of diet cola after the first day, the lemon slush machine was pumping out lemon flavoured water and my husband was drinking warm beer for the most part. The food was awesome, the buffet had plenty to offer even for picky eaters so I don't know why people would say the food was terrible. There was always a ham, turkey, or roasted pork. The side dishes were endless and the restaurant was clean. The staff was not as friendly as other resorts I have been on but neither were they rude except for one particular waitress. The entertainment was good and always started on time. The magic show and the Michael Jackson show were the two we enjoyed the most. One downfall for me was the sheer size of the resort. We had to take about a 7 or 8 minute walk from our room to the lobby several times a day. They do have carts you can get a ride on always at the front entrance to take you to your building but getting back to the lobby is much more difficult, sometimes you can hook a ride but most of the time you will be walking. I can see this as a problem for anyone with bad knees, legs or any disability. For the most part this was a good resort but because of it's size I wouldn't go back here. But for the younger crowd I think it would be a great spot for you.

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No Value for Money

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 15, 2007

The newly built hotel is located at the far end of the peninsula. It is nice, spacious and offers a lot of recreation facilities. However half of them were closed due to under-occupation. 1 out of 3 pools, 2 out of 5 restaurants, massage and other recreation facilities were closed. Staff was overall friendly but reminded us a lot of the old communist way in eastern Europe. Waiters answering "that's not my table" doesn't give you the impression of god service. The beach was empty which is nice for somebody looking for a quiet corner but traveling with kids one may want to find some friends.
The restaurant in the light tower was either heavily visited by birds picking in the food or by mosquitos allowing you to eat with one hand only. The other one was needed to get read of the mosquitos.

Secluded Resort

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 3, 2007

To be brief the rooms are really clean and pretty nice. A little musky but expected since its so humid in Varadero. There weren't that many activities. We only ended going to the shows at 10 and that's all there was. I only saw one member of the animation team the whole time I was there. It was mainly young families, I maybe only saw a handful of people around my age (22). So if you're young and actually want to have stuff to do after 6 or so then this is NOT the place for you. However if you just wanna chill and relax on the beach this place would be great because its secluded since its at the end of the strip and the beach in nice with lots of lounge chairs.

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Amenities at Barcelo Marina Palace Hotel

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Kids Activities
  • Suites
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Bar / Lounge

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