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Beautiful Resort, Great People
BEACH: This was hands down the nicest beach I have ever been to. I would look at photos before travelling to this resort and would worry that the actual beach would not be as nice as it seemed in pictures, but somehow it was better. It was more blue, and clear than expected. We had two yellow flag days which was perfect for floating in the waves. The green flag days were absolutely gorgeous; we took a catamaran out with 4 of us and it was included (we tipped the driver of course). There are also paddle boats and kayaks that you can do this with but we preferred playing catch or floating in the water. POOL: There are 4 pool areas that all connect under bridges. One is the pool bar with a foam party on Thursdays and Saturdays at 4 pm (a must do). The staff at the pool bar was absolutely fantastic, and you must try their lime daiquiri with coconut rum. The other pool was a wade-in which was very shallow but got deeper. Sitting in the shade of the wade-in pool was lovely. There were 2 other whirlpools in and around the pool area as well (didn't use them though). The third pool area has a volleyball net and is where the water aerobics happen. Judy from NRG2GO was great for aqua zumba! There was 6 of us so we played pool volleyball on our own but they did run some activities too. The fourth pool area has some waterfalls and is a bit deeper which was great to cool off in. STAFF: They were the absolute best! I need to shout out Tamara and Maria (her captain) at the buffet who went above and beyond for my boyfriend's birthday on our last day. They were the sweetest, hardest working individuals! I also need to shout out our groups butlers: Gabriel, Pedro and Ronald who were awesome for organizing a private day trip to Havana for us! Gustavo from entertainment was amazing, the languages he has mastered over the years is so impressive and he is a lot of fun! Veronica was always inviting us to events. Manuel played sports with us daily too! ENTERTAINMENT: The nightly entertainment was really well done compared to other resorts we have been to. Every night there is a show on the main stage: dancing, cuban dance, magic shows, rock show, opera, aqua circus etc. All were really impressive! There is a lovely jazz bar which has a single piano and drinks in a nice date night environment. There is a club, which we loved to go to. It got busier on the last few nights but we didn't mind dancing as a group alone there! The 24 hour lobby bar was great and had live music until 11, the staff was so sweet and memorized our orders for days to come. Some people went into Varadero for $5 on the hop on hop off bus but we stayed at the resort at night. FOOD: Honestly way better than expected. Everyone warns you that cuba's food isn't that great or that there is a lack of options; not our experience. The buffet had a huge bread and butter and toasting station daily, an Italian station with hand made pizza, a fish station that had lobster on the wednesday, a grill that I suggest waiting in line for (skewers were best) and a dessert table with crepes in the middle! The italian restaurant is the one we went to twice: do not get the gnocchi, do get the beef or the carbonara. The mexican was decent: simple quesadillas, and we had fajitas (beef was the best one). The Caribe was SO good but it isn't open every day (we had the steak and potatoes and were impressed). We didn't get a chance to eat at the international or seafood. Book the reservations for the week on day 1 at the reservation office under the buffet! We did lunch at the beach restaurant (great burger), and the sandwich bar (cuban sandwich was awesome), and the buffet and 24 hour snack bar (good sandwiches as well). OTHER: front desk, wifi, money, rooms, gym: Bring Canadian/European money and exchange for CUCs at the front desk. However we were told this system may be changing around February 2020. Wifi is 1 CUC and says it only works in the lobby but it worked on the beach, by the pools and in our rooms as well. Front desk staff was always so lovely. The rooms were simple but efficient: the lighting wasn't the best, but the AC was flawless, we had a dehumidifier as well. The best was huge and pillows were great, but the bed itself was quite hard. However, our friends in other rooms said that their beds were softer so I guess it depends. The bathroom was huge and the tub/shower was massive. There was a door on the bathroom with a full sized mirror on the back, and a separate door to the toilet. We all have balconies a great views (no ocean view though). The gym was small but some people in our group still used it. We played squash a few times too which was really fun. BUGS: bring and wear bug spray. I got eaten for sure, but it was my fault because I couldn't feel it happening so I didn't wear any spray. Always just put it on at night. GO GO GO Thank you Royalton for a fantastic week!
From a Cuban Sandals to a Cuban Royalton
Overall the resort is not as well run as it used to be. The rooms are getting a little tired and several places around the resort smelled like a septic tank. The resort runs out of things everyday and didn't matter which restaurant you would go to something that was on the menu was not available, for instance the beach grill ran out of hamburgers one day. You do have to pay for wifi. There is no need to upgrade to a diamond suite. The beach is the same beach everyone else has We walked by it all the time. We had a butler in the regular suite who booked all of the restaurants. A very nice service that was very much appreciated. For those of us that don't smoke the Royalton has now divided both beaches the diamond and main beach into smoking and non smoking. Really nice not having to smell smoke on the beach and just enjoy the fresh breeze on a almost free on rocks as you walk into the ocean. After check in you will be walking right past the martini bar, across from it is where smokers can enjoy their pastime except that anyone with an allergic reaction has to walk through the smoke. Go for the beach it is beautiful and warm with semi new loungers and umbrellas or palpas
June 2019 Summer
There is only a few words to say about this hotel. Its breathtakingly beautiful there is not 1 thing bad i can say about this hotel. Amazing from the cleaners to the bar staff to the gardeners everyone makes this hotel the Perfect hotel to stay in Cuba
Best in Varadero
I’ve travelled to many resorts in the Caribbean over the past 15 years. While Cuba isn’t in my list of favourite destinations this was one of the top overall experiences. By far the best of the 5 resorts I’ve been too in Cuba. The layout of the resort is very nice, the room was clean and everything worked perfectly, the pool was nice, beach was amazing, couldn’t ask for better service, and my biggest surprise was the food. Decent selection and pretty good especially for Cuba. My suggestions would be to have music played more regularly by the pool unless you’re looking for a very quiet and relaxing time, and a bank machine for those who didn’t bring enough cash. If you’re considering travelling to Varadero and are looking for an adults only resort you can’t go wrong with the Royalton. I can honestly say that if you don’t enjoy your vacation at this resort you might as well stay home because they do just about everything right. Wonderful week spent there and I highly recommend this property. Thank you Royalton staff for a very memorable vacation! :-)
great place to relax
great place to relax after visiting Havana, rooms basic, but you are well looked after. Good weather even in october at the very start of the season. Diamond club is a must, drinks in your mini bar and special dining arrangements.
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