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Varadero, Cuba: The All-Inclusive Package

A March 2006 trip to Varadero by moatway

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Varadero, Cuba: The All-Inclusive Package

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Overview

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Looking around the assortment of resorts in the Varadero area, I quickly decided that the Barcelo Marina Palace was probably as good a choice as any. A lot of it I liked. The beach was excellent and just after the middle of March, I found the water refreshing, not the warm Caribbean bath further south. That may be due to the fact that this resort faces east. I liked the scattering of restaurants that allowed us to escape the main buffet dining room at many meals. By and large, the staff is excellent and, for the most part, the wait staff is young, fairly energetic and attentive. The rooms are new, clean and attractive and receive maid service in the morning and turn-down service at night.We e...Read More

Barcelo Marina Palace

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Hotel

Barcelo Marina Palace Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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The main building of the resort houses the huge and airy lobby which overlooks the beach. It is a gathering spot with an active bar and comfortable seating. Also in the main building are three restaurants, a large, comfortable theatre, medical centre, currency exchange, and a store. The 13 three- and two-story resort buildings straggle up and down the beach: a minority of the rooms face the ocean and the others overlook a pool area or relatively immature gardens, the road, and the water beyond the road. If you are in the final building, you are a fair distance from the heart of the resort and the beach at that end doesn’t tend to be in the same good shape as the beach closer to the main bu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 1, 2006

Barcelo Marina Palace
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Varadero, Cuba
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Dining at the Barcelo Marina Palace

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The Barcelo property was scoring high: Beach 5/5, rooms 4/5, cleanliness 5/5, grounds 3/5 (immaturity of the plantings), staff friendliness 4/5, staff efficiency 4/5. But what do we really hope for in an all-inclusive? Of course… gourmet food, at bargain-basement prices, served in an enjoyable setting. To be brutally honest, it was the biggest shortcoming of the establishment, but it wasn’t all bad. It was FINE. There are a number of restaurants scattered over the property, but almost everyone will visit La Marina several times. It is the large, buffet restaurant in the main building and it has all the charm of a university dining hall; it was generally noisy and crowded with good t...Read More