El hotel Barcelo Arenas Blancas is an all inclusive resort boasting numerous attractions for families, located very near the beach and within walking distance to the main sights, which you can visit by foot, bycicle, scooter or horse-drawn carriage.
It is also very near Hotel Barcelo Solymar, with whom it shares the beach, the swimming pools, restaurants and services. However, not everything is the same in both hotel and Solymar is a better option, no doubt about it, while hotel Barcelo Arenas Blancas is more economical.
The rooms, according to some guest's reviews, aren't as clean as they should be, haven't been refurbished in a while and furniture is somewhat old, while other opinions are entirely positive and praise the comfortable rooms and excellent location of the hotel, on the seafront of Varadero's undeniable beautiful beach, with over 20 km of fine white sand and crystal clear waters.
Food is certainly not the hotel's best quality but there are many restaurants and bars to choose from: the buffets and snack bars during the day, the à la carte restaurants at nights (the latter aren't terrific but a nice change from the buffet).
Numerous activities are organized by the entertainment staff during the day in different areas of the resort, such as the Solymar or the Arenas Blancas swimming pool, the beach, and the games room. Plenty of parasols and sun loungers are available; there are large shaded areas for relaxing in the 3 outdoor pools (children's pool is integrated into the main pool) plus 2 Jacuzzis, and a wide range of sports (including 3 tennis courts).
Besides the Internet room, which is open 24 hours, there is a 24-hour Wi-Fi zone in the Solymar lobby (slow connection, subject to charge).