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Autopista Del Sur Y Final Punta Hicacos, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 23/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 23/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#30 of 96 hotels in Varadero
Meliá Marina Varadero Hotel, the perfect combination of marina and beach A modern and comfortable All Inclusive 5 Star Resort, situated in the Marina Gaviota Varadero. The complex boasts modern rooms, a wide range of bars and specialist restaurants, meeting rooms, swimming pools with recreation areas and a Yhi Spa. It offers something unique in Varadero as its facilities are integrated with a wonderful seafront with shops and a marina. It offers the whole range of experiences that sea lovers long for. Renowned for its areas of personalised service, exclusivity and privacy on THE LEVEL floor, for Varadero's largest conference area with function rooms and banqueting service and for its luxury classic rooms and suites, decorated with nautical motifs and boasting the most amazing views of the Marina Gaviota Varadero and the Hicacos Peninsula.Ideal for families, yachting, diving, fishing, events, meetings, weddings and honeymoons.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Kids club
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Head massage
Currency exchange
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Ruben A wrote a review Nov 2021
3 contributions11 helpful votes
This is was a really bad experience, they call this hotel 5* what a joke , my room looks like they never do maintenance there before ,scratches all over the room ,walls without paint, furniture in really bad condition ,even the trash can in bathroom was all rusty and disgusting. Drinks were OK but food is not what you expect for a 5 * hotels , never visiting Cuba again, they say is the same in every hotel, I have being in Domimcana and Cancun, Mexico before and these two destinations are way better
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
9 Helpful votes
darien123 wrote a review Jun 2021
Toronto, Canada8 contributions21 helpful votes
Everything about this place is average. Good views and nice beach though. Food above average for Cuba. But don't expect 5 star standards. It probably one of the better hotels in Cuba. Nice boardwalk and shopping near by. A market and some shops.
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Date of stay: October 2020
2 Helpful votes
Ir-ine wrote a review Feb 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Food in here is super and in abundance!! The staffs on tie and suite seem to have lordships over mere workers, that we did not like. Bar service is top notch. Rooms are nice. Treat your staffs better!
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Date of stay: January 2021
Mark Russell wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution11 helpful votes
We had the most unfortunate time in there so called 5* level at this hotel, the food was bland & terrible No choice of menu cold rubbery food. Management were rude and didn’t care about the bad service we received from there staff. No entertainment beach was very untidy swimming pool dirty. Ever been on a holiday we’re so many holiday maker complained about the hotel. I would never recommend any stay there. Meliá are the most unprofessional services company that I have ever meet.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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10 Helpful votes
aalvez wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution13 helpful votes
My friends had time share at this resort so we went there last week. The service was terrible, there was no food, we had to beg for water. The staff was super unfriendly, rooms were not cleaned properly. Towels were smelly. The drinks at the bar were not made properly, the pina colada was terrible. Definitely would not come back. Overall the hotel was extremely run down.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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12 Helpful votes
Loves travel wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution5 helpful votes
Beautiful beach and weather. Food - bland! Same day after day! Simply gross! Dirty dirty dirty old and dated hotel! Take your own towels/toilet paper. And ewww, the roaches! Not a clean place! Gross!!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
5 Helpful votes
Runningforlife20 wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We spent 7 days where the beach was our objective.all i have to say is that was perfect. Nice staff,good service,we felt very safe as they implemented many healthy messures. Rooms totally clean, Public toilets, restaurant,nothing to be worried about. The hotel was beautiful surrounded by shopping área and boats. We hope to return to visit our friend Yunior, the best one
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from SalesManagerMMV, Director Comercial at Melia Marina Varadero
Responded 16 Mar 2020
Dear Runningforlife20, Thank you very much for your comments, for the positive evaluation you make of your 7-day stay at our Meliá Marina Varadero hotel, and for the time taken to share your observations with the Tripadvisor community. We believe that it is only through listening carefully to the opinions, of our guests that we can achieve constant improvement in satisfaction and quality service that we strive for in our day to day. We are pleased to know that you liked the room, as well as the service of the restaurants as well as the service provided by our colleague Yunior, it will be a great pleasure to share your comments with him. We will be delighted to receive you again at our hotel and continue to give you the best of our attention. Waiting for that occasion, we remain at your disposal. Best regards, Yuliet Benítez. Community Manager.
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Stella wrote a review Mar 2020
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3 adults, 1 child stayed at condominium AI 2 weeks, booked through Sunwing. Overall we had a good vacation with realistic expectations. Arrived in the night, checked in was fast, upgraded from 1 bdr to 2 bdr to our surprise. Location is perfect. Hotel is beautiful, but worn down. Once built there is lack of maintenance, not sure why, this is something for the owner to figure out. Apartment is big, beautiful, gorgeous views from all windows. Very quiet. But not very clean. Light switches covered with gunk, heavy dust behind beds, broken furniture, greyish towels, broken washer (they offered free laundry though). I brought disinfecting wipes and cleaned myself. The most inconvenience was with card-keys, they just didn’t work (all 4), and had to be re-programmed every day. They said it was due to proximity of the cell phone, but cards still didn’t work properly even after we turned off all cell phones. Imagine you come from the beach (which is far) with a child who needs to go to washroom, and you can’t get into the room. Other things worked fine: elevators, hot water, drains, toilets, fridge, TV, microwave, kettle, didn’t try stove. Beach is good, but not clean, lots of plastic cups, cigarette butts, broken chairs, only washroom in the beach grill, lack of cups at the bar (bring your own). Buffet was good. Basic food. We are from Eastern Europe and know good food. Enjoined dairy. Spanish jamon is to die for. Disappointed with bakery. Ice cream tastes real. Great work of managers, satisfied my requests. We tried all a la carte restaurants, but they don’t serve theme cuisine. For example oriental restaurant didn’t serve any asian food, but was edible. Lack of fruit varieties, but guava was good. Just be smart with your food choices, make sure meat, fish and poultry is thoroughly cooked. We had no problems. Vaccinated with Dukoral. Don’t expect the level of DR or Mexico buffets, but you won’t be hungry. Don’t miss paella at the beach grill. Basic drinks were ok, but cocktails were kind of artificial. Staff was great, friendly, tried their best. Can’t comment on entertainment since we went to sleep early, and as said it was very quiet in condo. On the day of departure we booked a courtesy room. The room wasn’t cleaned after previous guests, we were waiting for towels for 20min after multiple requests. Keep in mind you are given 30min to use the room (we had 1 hour since there were 4 for us). Cigars were cheapest at the airport duty free, but alcohol was cheaper in town. Here are some general advices: Medical travel insurance. It might be included in your visa credit card. I phoned my TD VISA, and they provided me a letter that I have insurance in case Cuban authorities will request it. Prescription/ non prescription meds, creams, band aids. Sun screen. Mosquito repellent. Body lotion, hair conditioner- not provided at the resort, they only give soap, shampoo, and body wash. Female hygiene products. Dental and shaving kits. I had hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes for surfaces, laundry detergent, dish soap, laundry line. Beverage containers. Money: in Cuba they use CUC- cuban convertible peso. Its value is the same as USD. Not all the places accept credit cards, and if they do there is a charge, I believe 3% from transaction. For 100 CAD cash you can get 69 CUC at the resort exchange, and 70-73 outside. For USD exchange there is a charge 10% I guess. For tipping they gladly take any currency accept foreign coins, which are not accepted at the banks. You can't buy CUC in Canada, only in Cuba, and when you leave Cuba you can't take CUC with you. I would recommend to have enough canadian dollars in cash, and exchange small amounts if needed. You can also have one dollar USD for tipping since there are no canadian small bills. You must present your passport during money exchange. Our vacation provider was Sunwing. They offered excursions during the flight. I bought one day trip to Havana, and paid for it with credit card on the plane. It was cheaper than at the resort. I presented my receipt to sunwing representative at the resort, and chose the day of the excursion to Havana. Make sure you attend a meeting with your representative at the resort, they will explain everything, and most important a pick up time from the resort to the airport when you go back home. Internet is very slow and inconsistent. You can buy login-password to resort wifi at the resort. 1 hour costs 1 CUC. Make sure you turn off your wifi on the phone after you finish using internet otherwise the remaining time will be gone. I was only able to check my emails and weather forecast, it was too slow for anything else. We went to Varadero city centre by bus. There is nothing to see or do in Varadero. Ticket is 5 CUC, keep it for your return trip. Read about oral vaccine Dukoral, and if you decide you need it, must be taken in advance.  Drink bottled water, even use it for brushing teeth. Food was fine, make sure meat, fish and poultry is cooked thoroughly. We had no problems. On the plane you will be given customs declaration and immigration card. Make sure you don't make any mistakes on the immigration card. Officer will stamp it on arrival, and you must keep it safe since you must present it to the officer on departure from Cuba.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from SalesManagerMMV, Director Comercial at Melia Marina Varadero
Responded 15 Mar 2020
Dear Stella_Visland: Thank you for taking part of your valuable time to send us your detailed comments through the Tripadvisor community; we believe that it is only through listening carefully to the opinions and suggestions of our guests that we can achieve constant improvement in satisfaction and quality service that we strive for in our day to day. We will take good note of all your impressions about: the lack of maintenance and cleanliness in the apartments, as well as the inconveniences with the magnetic keys. We would like to apologize in advance, do not hesitate to be transferred and analyzed to the departments involved. However, we are pleased to know that you were able to enjoy a good family holiday in general, from the beautiful views from your room as well as the food in the buffet together with the excellent, friendly service of our staff. We will be delighted to have the opportunity to receive you again at our hotel. All Meliá Marina Varadero staff knows that we can do better. Best regards Yuliet Benítez Community Manager.
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Pinkwid69 wrote a review Mar 2020
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I had a very interesting trip to Cuba having as a base of operations Melia Marina. Nice location, very peaceful and little traffic, where you feel very nice air. The rooms were cool and pretty big. The service was good as everywhere in Cuba, nice people, friendly, always ready to help. The beach fantastic. Varadero was nice but we preffered Cienfuegos or Trinidad. We still having things to visit. Will be a second trip
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from SalesManagerMMV, Director Comercial at Melia Marina Varadero
Responded 13 Mar 2020
Dear Pinkwid69, Thank you very much for your comments, as well as taking the time to share your experience with the Tripavisor community. We are proud to know that your trip to our Hotel Meliá Marina Varadero was pleasant because guaranteeing your satisfaction is our main objective. Thank you very much for your impressions on the quality of the rooms, the beach and the service of our workers, it is always satisfying to hear that these efforts are noticed. We want you to continue trusting us for future stays and do not hesitate to contact us with any request or query for a second trip. Sincerely, Yuliet Benítez. Community Manager
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rayporsche wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada32 contributions34 helpful votes
We rented a small apartment in the MURB on the east end of the marina and used the resort hotel for dinners. The facilities were quite new at the time of our visit. Staff were cheerful and helpful. The catamaram cruise and Havana tours must be arranged by yourself, but this in not a problem as prices and services are rather fixed so deal-shopping isnt necessary. The faciltiy is clean and safe at all hours. Cuba is a special country, not expensive or troubled. The people try hard to make you welcome and want to return. We shall.
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Date of stay: April 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from SalesManagerMMV, Director Comercial at Melia Marina Varadero
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Dear rayporsche, On behalf of the entire Meliá Marina Varadero team, we want to thank you for the time you took to share your opinion about your experience with our hotel on Tripadvisor. We take into account all the details that you provided us that allowed you to enjoy your stay in the apartments of our hotel. We greatly appreciate your kind and sincere words to our helpful and happy staff. The security we have in Cuba is one of our greatest strengths and for this we constantly work every day. It would be a real pleasure to receive your visit again and do not hesitate to contact us directly for any type of assistance you may need. Sincerely, Yuliet Benítez. Community Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Melia Marina Varadero
Which popular attractions are close to Melia Marina Varadero?
Nearby attractions include Varadero Beach (5.0 km), Cueva de Ambrosio (3.4 km), and Plaza Las Morlas (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Melia Marina Varadero?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Melia Marina Varadero?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Melia Marina Varadero?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Melia Marina Varadero?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Melia Marina Varadero?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Panchita, Kike-Kcho, and La Laguna.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Melia Marina Varadero?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does Melia Marina Varadero have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Melia Marina Varadero offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Melia Marina Varadero have airport transportation?
Yes, Melia Marina Varadero offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Melia Marina Varadero?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Melia Marina Varadero offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.