Sol Palmeras

Varadero, Cuba

The hotel

One of Varadero’s most family centric hangouts, Sol Palmeras keeps every member of your party happy. It’s got all the tropical scenery you’ve come to the Caribbean for – with a boast-worthy spot on one of Cuba’s most famous beaches. It’s got the lagoon pools, with their palm and palapas accessories, and a mini-pool in the family zone for young guests. It’s got poolside rooms near the action and bungalows near the beach for those after a more remote retreat. And its list of children’s attractions is as long as your sun-bronzed arm – from mini-discos to a bouncy castle, mini-golf, and computer games.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Children's Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Wheelchair access
  • Games Room
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Bicycle Rental

Where is it

On Varadero Beach. Downtown Varadero, with its shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife, is a 10-minute taxi ride away. Transfer time from Havana Airport: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Hotel information

408 rooms on 4 floors in the main building with 4 lifts and 200 additional Bungalows and Suites. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe and hairdryer. Standard Rooms in the main building with pool or garden views, 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child in an extra bed.

All Inclusive of: all meals, snacks and drinks (except premium brands and some selected drinks*) and all activities unless otherwise stated.

Please note: in Cuban all inclusive hotels, 'premium brands' can mean local premium brands rather than international ones, as Cuba has an embargo on US goods.

Superior Rooms are located in the main building, with partial sea, pool or garden views, with 1 king-size or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Junior Suites are located on the 3rd and 4th floor, with pool or garden views, terrace, a separate living room with sofa bed, fridge, coffee maker and iron. They have either twin beds or 1 king-size bed with an extra double sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Suites are larger, offer more privacy and are located on the corners of the building. They have a separate living room with a sofa bed and a terrace with panoramic views. Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

1-Bedroom Bungalows are located in separate units scattered around the tropical gardens. They have a terrace, living room with a sofa-bed and a separate bedroom with twin beds. Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Bungalow Suites are designed for adults-only, and have views of the gardens. They have a terrace, living room, outside shower, separate bedroom with dressing room, and 1 king-size bed. Sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Please note: Bungalows are spread throughout the gardens and may be a short distance from the main hotel area and swimming pool.

6 main restaurants: O Sole Mio Italian (à la carte dinner), La Panchita (breakfast, lunch and dinner, buffet with show cooking), La Fajita (à la carte lunch and dinner, Mexican), Steak House (à la carte, lunch and dinner), Oshin (à la carte dinner, Asian), El Marino (à la carte grill and seafood, lunch and dinner), Snack Bar. 24-hour lobby/cafeteria. 5 bars including pool bar (open until 12:00pm) and fun pub (open until 2:00am). 3 snack bars (10:00am-5:00pm and 11:30pm-6:30am). Lobby bar serving pastries (10:00am-12:00pm). Reservations required at à la carte restaurants. Guests are entitled to two visits per week to à la carte restaurants, however if there is availability, further reservations are permitted.

Daytime activities and live shows in the evening. Dancing lessons.

3 outdoor swimming pools (including children's pool), kids' club (5-13 years, 10:30am-5:00pm, and mini-disco), supervised games room for children only (3:00pm-7:00pm and 8:00pm-11:00pm), gym with 2 saunas, mini-golf, 2 tennis courts, bicycle hire, archery and shooting. Massage*. Non-motorised water sports including catamarans (supervised), kayaks and windsurfing. Scuba intro in the pool Mon-Sat.

Babysitting service available on request*. Hairdresser*. Souvenir shop on site. Complimentary WiFi.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: applies for dinner.

Please note: child ages at this property are 2-11 years. 

Please note: lobby and lobby bars are non-smoking. Air-conditioned restaurants are non-smoking and smoking is not allowed inside the rooms and Bungalows.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great vacation.

Mar 1, 2021 908milicam

Friends on tripadvisor this resort is very recomended for to have a nice vacation in family friends or in couples. I wil come agagin definitly because i liked a lot this place and shout out for the entertaiment team specially Marcelo
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Definitely worth visiting

Mar 1, 2021 Katkom95

Even tho it is difficult to travel cause of Covid, this was definitely worth visiting. The hotel is amazing and it is beautiful and clean. The staff is super polite and we had many interesting activities at the beach. I am deformed recommending this place 🥰
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best beef stews in varadero,melt in your mouth delicous

Feb 1, 2021 Nick C Markham, Canada

3 week visit,the good-food,beach,staff.the bad-some areas of hotel are dated,cappuccinos because they use powdered milk so the foam was lousy not a world class cup of coffee in the morning which is important to me,I stayed at the bella vista in December which is next door and they had world class cappuccinos delicous and a perfect way to start… Read more
3 week visit,the good-food,beach,staff.the bad-some areas of hotel are dated,cappuccinos because they use powdered milk so the foam was lousy not a world class cup of coffee in the morning which is important to me,I stayed at the bella vista in December which is next door and they had world class cappuccinos delicous and a perfect way to start your day,on top of the world feeling,which didnt happen at the palmeras.its close to the golf club (20 minute walk to clubhouse) which was perfect to burn off the fantastic roast beef sandwiches I was eating and the desserts and in house made ice cream which was also fantastic,would I go back? Yes at 800 canadian per week which is what i paid yes at a 1000 per week no (i kept my wristband so the next time I'm in varadero I might pop in for a roast beef sandwich) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Better than expected

Jan 29, 2021 pdmancs Manchester, United Kingdom

First of all, a big caveat. I’m not a fan of all-inclusive hotels and, out of choice, I have limited (mostly poor) experience of them. Although they provide much needed jobs, and a level of business for local supply chains, that’s where their contribution ends. They belong to big companies, and the lion’s share of the turnover is of no benefit to… Read more
First of all, a big caveat. I’m not a fan of all-inclusive hotels and, out of choice, I have limited (mostly poor) experience of them. Although they provide much needed jobs, and a level of business for local supply chains, that’s where their contribution ends. They belong to big companies, and the lion’s share of the turnover is of no benefit to the communities in which they are located. I prefer to travel independently, explore, get out and about, and not be confined to a hotel when I’m spending time in a location. And visiting different restaurants, bars, shops etc each day helps to spread the money around much more. But, the Covid situation in Cuba, and constantly changing conditions on the ground, led me to a week’s stay at Sol Palmeras at the end of my month trip. My destination (Havana) had closed to tourists, as had all the casas, bars and restaurants in Varadero. I feared the worst - a week of organised fun, school dinners and cheap alcohol - so I was pleasantly surprised by what I experienced, although the check-in process was a bit miserable and the information given was virtually non-existent. The food was substantially better than expected, albeit pretty repetitive with varying levels of fresh produce - and most of the à la carte restaurants were closed. The drinks were fairly decent. And, because it was so quiet, there wasn’t the dreaded holiday camp atmosphere! Prior to arriving, I’d already decided to have a lazy beach week - reading, eating, morning runs, gym, sunset drinks etc - as there wasn’t much else on offer in Varadero anyway. So, with this mindset, I enjoyed my week. Would I rush back? No. Am I an all-inclusive convert? No. But it’s clear to see that the Sol Palmeras is an efficiently run, tidy place, and I’d have no hesitation in recommending it to people looking for a decent well priced all-inclusive resort hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We enjoyed our stay

Jan 27, 2021 610gisellew Manchester, United Kingdom

Checkin was quick although overall the reception staff are fairly unhelpful. Our rooms were nice and clean and spacious? Bearing in mind the shortages they did quite well for food choices. Salads were available although sometimes tomatoes were missing or peppers or dressing. Not their fault. The meals were a bit repetitive especially as we don’t… Read more
Checkin was quick although overall the reception staff are fairly unhelpful. Our rooms were nice and clean and spacious? Bearing in mind the shortages they did quite well for food choices. Salads were available although sometimes tomatoes were missing or peppers or dressing. Not their fault. The meals were a bit repetitive especially as we don’t eat meat. We loved the Chinese and the italian. Pool was too cold. Plenty to drink but no Diet Coke anywhere. Diet drinks generally hard to come by. Lovely beach. As we got away from England we were happy to be there and felt very safe. Tight restrictions and properly monitored. We enjoyed it and went to the spa too. Was glad we were not in a bungalow which are far from the main hotel. Read less