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Hotel Arenas Doradas Hotel 4 star
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3 miles from Varadero town centre, the Arenas Doradas is in a pleasant setting: 316 rooms in eleven Caribbean style houses scattered on eight acres of garden. We are far from all the usual mega tourist complexes in Varadero, but you shouldn't look too closely at small details.

This hotel review is a translation of the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 9.14 /10

    Just near the Marina Chapelin harbour, this hotel is on the seafront, facing Florida Detroit on the north coast of the Hicacos penisula. Its gardens extend along a pretty, golden sand beach. The hotel is 3 miles from Varadero town centre (7 minutes) and about 15 miles from the international airport (30 minutes) by car.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    There is no lift so it is not suitable for disabled people. The hotel is nicely decorated, especially the 316 rooms in Magritte colours, that have a terrace or balcony overlooking beach, swimming pool or garden. They have adjustable air conditioning, satellite television, fridge, safe (with a fee), telephone for international calls, bath, hair dryer and a large, very comfortable armchair for reading which can help avoid any sun burn.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    You are welcomed by three orginal characters at the Arenas Dorados hotel: one is sitting on the edge of the interior fountain, the other is having a drink at the bar and the third is paying his bill at the reception area. Each of them forged in steel...and the lobby, cold at first, then becomes a much more friendly place. The hotel has 316 rooms, of which 24 are suites, in eleven small buildings on eight acres full of flowers and trees. Its buildings are laid out in a U shape around two pools of which one is for children. Here the omnipresnet entertainment is noisy. However, the large lawn and Jacuzzis provide small and quiet areas.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    Relatively small, the main restaurant (buffet) proposes international food. It is also possible to eat at the grill-barbecue on the beach or the Italian restaurant (open 24 hours a day). Five bars including a Cuban snack bar next to the pool. The lobby-bar is open 24 hours a day. You can get refreshements and eat anytime during the day and night. The hotel has 4 à la carte restaurants that you have to book beforehand because there isn't enough space for everyone and the buffet food isn't up to much.... However, the one on the beach is ideal for having lunch.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    We are close to the sea but not exactly on the seafront (about 4 minutes walk). Despite this, the turquoise and transparent water is a delight. Deckchairs and beach towels are available (towels with a deposit). It is a pity that the beach isn't wider.

    To know

    There are no lifts in this building which is on one and two floors. The hotel offers two options: all inclusive or half board (the following information refers to the all inclusive). Guests are primarily German, Italian and French.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, aerobics, volleyball, beach volley, golf, jet ski, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, dance, archery, water-polo, surfing, windsurfing, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The horizontal houses integrate well into the landscape.
    • The restaurants are open all day long (24 hours).
    • In the evening, shows then nightclub until 2am.

    disadvantages

    • Average hospitality.
    • A car is essential.
    • Everything a bit old
    • The smell of the food in the restaurant

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Stéphanie H. Stéphanie H.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2013 Posted on 2013-07-04 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Après avoir véçu dans différentes casa, chez l'habitant, dans différentes régions de Cuba, c'est avec un peu d?appréhension que nous avons retrouvé "la civilisation". Appréhension totalement non fondée, puisque l'Arenas Doradas était vraiment très agréable, avec sa verdure luxuriante (les bâtiments à 2 étages où se trouvent les chambres s'y fondent très bien), sa plage magnifique (je vous conseille vivement de voir le coucher de soleil, son buffet copieux, ses délicieuses co

      • Advantages

        L'hôtel est quasi au bout de la presqu'ile de Varadero, là où les plages sont les plus belles. On se croirait dans une carte postale !

      • Disavantages

        Certains bâtiments ne sont pas encore rénovés. Mieux vaut demander des chambres neuves.

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      • Overall Score 7.75/10
    • Sandrines I. Sandrines I.  
      12 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2004 Posted on 2012-04-01 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Très belle plage, vacances décontractées en famille, mais hôtel isolé.

      • Advantages

        La formule all inclusive est appréciable, pour des vacances cools en famille ou entre amis. La plage est très belle.

      • Disavantages

        Personnel peu avenant, nourriture de faible qualité, hôtel isolé, loin des commerces. Hygiène piscine à revoir.

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      • Overall Score 6.71/10
    • Yves C. Yves C.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2009 Posted on 2011-04-10 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Pavillon/Paillote/Maison)

        Hotel très agréable, restauration variée, piscine et environnement super propre. Pour vacances cool et sympa.

      • Advantages

        Restauration, plusieurs restaurant. All inclusive. Bar sur la plage. Piscine....

      • Disavantages

        Assez éloigné de la ville.

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      • Overall Score 7.57/10
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