I can only assume that things have changed for the better since some of the previous reviews were written, because we had an excellent time at Arenas Blancas from December 30, 2010 to January 6, 2011. The rooms were clean, the elevators reliable, the food was decent, and the staff personable. We were fortunate to have had great weather. There were items in our room that could use repair, but nothing was so bad as to be unacceptable. We did not get clean towels in our room until the last day, but fresh good-quality beach towels could be obtained from the pool kiosk. I think attitude is an important factor in Cuba. To have a good experience you need to embrace the positives (beautiful beach, safe surroundings, clean bed, interesting culture and people talking to one another instead of texting on their cellphones) and let go of the little irritants. I will return.
Bring a bathing suit or change of clothes in your carry-on. You may need to wait for your room. Check out the bar or the town.
Clean, somewhat in need of repair but basically okay. Hotel staff were willing to fix things if they could. Be polite. Nice view from oceanside fourth floor balcony.
Restaurants and Bars:
Always something to eat. Good strong coffee. Not the same as home or anything I wanted to gorge on, but that’s a good thing, isn’t it?
Beautiful beach, pool and grounds. The ocean was warmer than the pool. The Solymar hotel part of the beach was more lively, the Arenas Blancas more laid back.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Hit and miss. The band Neptuno and dancers performed on several evenings and were absolutely great!
Great location, walking-distance and minutes from the town of Varadero.
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