Hotel Riu Varadero

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Caradero Cuba, Varadero, Caribbean

1 Review

  • Amazing :)


    Im shocked at all the negative reviews. My husband and myself stayed at the resort for 7 days July 27-Aug 5th 2011 and we had none of the negative issues others had complained about. As soon as we arrived we were given royal treatment and check in was very fast and friendly. We never had any issues with our towels, we had fresh ones every day. Our bar fridge stocked daily with beer, soda, water. Our bed always decorated with beach themes, fresh flowers. We also stayed in the Royal section and tipped our maid daily (maybe that helped) The staff there was extremely friendly and was always going out of thier way for us. The rooms were big and the air conditioning was great. Your visiting one of the poorest Countries in the world so not sure really what others are expecting. We had a great time and was very happy with the resort so much that were returning again in 10days with our children. My only complaint was finding a chair in the shade around the pool, especially in the Royal section but this wasn't the hotel issue it was the rude guests causing this issue. Guest would get up and place thier towels on a chair and not visit the pool for hours or sometimes not even until the evening so it was frustuating for the ones who were actually at the pool all day. Towards the end of our trip we just started moving the stuff off the chairs and using them lol. Overal I think the hotel was great and really enjoyed our stay here. I honestly think the people who don't tip are the ones who are complaining, and i understand that you shouldn't have to tip but if you do it goes a very long way.

    Unique Quality: Pool was always clean, resturants always clean, rooms. Staff was amazing :) The resort is very big so its not somewhere to go if your out of shape or have difficulty walking long distance, as well there is no elevators if your on the third floor carrying your luggage up and down sucked.

More about Hotel Riu Varadero


by LoriPori about RIU VARADERO

Tuesday December 7 to Tuesday December 14, 2010
As we were looking for a week getaway spot with hopefully a little sunshine and to celebrate our "39th" Wedding Anniversary, we picked Varadero, Cuba. We had been there three years ago and really liked the beaches there. We chose the brand new five star RIU VARADERO.
When completed, the resort will offer 1110 guestrooms.
The Beach area was smaller than the resorts either side of us, but had loungers and some parasols with bamboo thatched roofs. The staff at the beach are very helpful and bring a lounger to the spot you like on the beach.
The swimming pool area was huge, also with lots of loungers and comfortable pads. There are some sheltered areas (I counted about ten and they were snatched up by the early birds in the morning). There is a swim-up bar in the middle.
There were five bars open when we were there:
Beach Bar
Lobby Bar "Mariposa" - also a Cappuccino Bar was opened up here
Theater Bar "Azahar"
Poolside Snack Bar "Adelfa"
Swim-up Bar "Ortencia"

Our room - #21128 in Pod #21 - was on the first floor as we requested at check-in. We had a huge king-size bed, 2 comfy chairs, one small table, a desk, mini fridge, stocked with 2 cans of beer, 4 cans of soda and a bottle of water. As we were on the ground floor, we had a small patio with garden view and 2 chairs with one small table.
Other amenities included, a coffee-maker, radio/CD player, Satellite TV, Large closets with safe (no charge), iron and ironing board, bathroom with hairdryer and supplies- shampoo, bath gel, soap bars & body lotion. Towels are exchanged daily.

A few nights there was entertainment in the Theatre. The "Animation Team" consisted of about a dozen amazing young local dancers who put on shows such as "Michael Jackson Night" and "International Night".
In the Lobby Bar, there was an awesome guitar player/singer. And there was also a wonderful lady singer, accompanied by a piano player.

Our package was 7 night all-inclusive with Signature Tours. Included was flight - room - all meals - all drinks - taxes. Our all-inclusive price was $555.00 + 240.00 airport fees for a total of $795.00 CDN per person.


by LoriPori


Sunday, November 11 to Sunday 18, 2007

Varadero began to be developed as a vacation Resort in the 1940's, but in the last ten years, its network of hotels and facilities have diversified and grown. Its main attraction has always been its marvelous beaches and has exceptionally good conditions for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports.
VARADERO is part of a peninsula that juts out into the calm waters of the Atlantic. It's a 21 kilometre strip of fine white sand and is constantly cooled by tropical breezes. Average year-round water temperature is 24 - 26 degrees C.

Tuesday December 7 to Tuesday 14, 2010
Hans and I again spent a week in Varadero, staying this time at the brand new RIU Varadero.


Entrance to RIU VaraderoEntrance to RIU Varadero

Native dance which involved the touristsNative dance which involved the tourists

Amy & HansiAmy & Hansi

Hop-On-Hop-Off BusHop-On-Hop-Off Bus

Forum Posts

Riu Varadero

by sasktourist

Has anyone heard how the plan for the opening of the Riu Varadero are going? WE are booked for January and wondering what are the chances? Sure hope it is a go!

Re: Riu Varadero

by Odinnthor

It is supposed to open in "summer 2010". I know they were taking bookings for May 2010, but that has already come and gone. According to TripAdvisor, top review, states that they received a E-Mail from the hoterl back in January stating that first phase will open in March 2010 and the second in June 2010. Did not happen. Looks like they are looking at October now.....

Here is the discussion in over 200 responses. It is quite illuminating. The responses start in February and the last one was today.

Re: Riu Varadero

by softchirp

I have just returned from Varadero with a Cdn travel agent. Both she and her Cuban contacts don't even know where they are building this hotel, let alone when it will open. You are booked for January? What year?
Check out your agent.
I stayed at Breezes Superclub (no kids) and the staff were terrific. Food was not what I would serve. Wherever you stay, bring your comfort goodies/tastes of democracy: tea bags, soups, cookies, candies, Mrs.dash spice, whatever you can pack.
Good luck.

Re: Riu Varadero

by roseengland

hello i have booked the riu varadero for may 2011 does ne1 know if it will be open?

Travel Tips for Varadero

Hanging out

by magixr

Not all Cubans are free to associate with visitors. They are under the scrutiny of the local authorities. In the government's efforts to curb prostitution, any public display become cause for the police to investigate the Cuban person involved. Be aware they could suffer incarceration for having entertained your attention.
Family associations are less problematic as opposed to male/female encounters.

The US trade embargo makes things difficult...

by Camping_Girl

Bring large cups with you (such as a coffee go mug) for drinks at the bar. All of the hotels use tiny plastic cups and you will constantly be running back for refills if you don't bring something larger with you! The staff are quite accustomed to this, and don't mind using your cups. Don't plan on doing a lot of shopping for anything besides souvenirs in Cuba. Bring good clothes and comfortable shoes with you. Bring any toiletries and medical supplies that you would like to have with you; you will find it difficult to purchase any of these necessities in Cuba. Sunscreen is difficult to purchase in Cuba and is very expensive if you do find it. If you tend to have a sensitive tummy, it would be wise to bring a box of Imodium and antiacid with you too...

If you'd like to tip anyone at your resort, over the counter medication, such as Tylenol and Children's Tylenol, are very much appreciated. Many street vendors will accept it in lieu of cash. Soap, shampoo and tooth paste are also greatly appreciated. Candy is a big hit too. Again, you will be hard-pressed to find any electronics in Cuba. Make sure you bring everything you need with you, including film and batteries!

If you really enjoy your condiments - such as ketchup or peanut butter or jam - you'd best bring a jar with you. The ketchup they have in Cuba is awful and PB & J are almost unheard of. It's generally a good idea to pack a beach towel with you, since many of the resorts charge a refundable deposit for their beach towels.

If you are in Cuba during mosquito season (April through October) bring insect repellent - the mosquitos are TERRIBLE!! Cash - bring your cash with you from home. You exchange your cash at a bank or cadeca in Cuba. There are no ATM's, period. If you run out of cash, the best you will be able to do is to get a cash advance on your credit card at a bank. Speaking of credit cards, make sure yours are not affiliated with a US bank (American Express, Diner's Club, MBNA, Chase Morgan, Capital One, most Credit Unions) as these are not accepted in Cuba. So what is accepted? For a Canadian, any credit card issued by a major Cdn bank - RBC VISA, BOM M/C, Scotia VISA, CIBC VISA, TD M/C will be accepted with no problems.

Just some travel basics

by nofear75

Make sure your luggage has enough space to bring back some great statues Sarong, bathing suit, teva sandals Asprin, toliet paper (you need it as soon as you land at the airport), SPF, aloe gel, diarreha medication Bring a travel mug and little gifts for the staff and locals


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