Hotel Barcelo Solymar is an all-inclusive resort located very near hotel Barcelo Arenas Blancas, with which it shares the beach, the swimming pools, restaurants and services.
Both hotels are interconnected, surrounded by beautiful gardens, both on the seafront of Varadero’s undeniable beautiful beach- with over 20 km of fine white sand and crystal clear waters-, and within walking distance to the main sights, which you can visit by taking a pleasant stroll, as the city center is only 200 meters away.
Rooms are not luxurious though adequate, featuring pleasant balconies, modern TV’s and views over the sea, the swimming pool or the gardens. It’s possible to upgrade to the higher floors (if one is staying in the main building) for beautiful sea views and a quieter experience, or to two story bungalows featuring more privacy and cozier atmosphere.
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 night (the latter aren't terrific but a nice change from the buffet).
Though the hotel chain ranks it as a 5 star, many would not agree and top 5 star services should not be expected. However it is superior to its neighbor Arenas Blancas, which is more economical too, and thus the ranking difference established by the hotel chain.
Numerous activities are organized by the entertainment staff during the day in different areas of the resort, such as the hotel Barcelo 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).