Iberostar Playa Alameda is located directly on the beach of Varadero and nicely laid out with small 3 story blocks surrounded by carefully tended tropical gardens, ponds, fountains and swimming pools.
Although the beach is not the best in Varadero (some spots in the water do have rocky areas), the sand is of a beautiful white and waters of a transparent turquoise as in the entire peninsula. And you can walk for miles!
It is easy to find a lounge and towels with the helpful staff around- probably one of the best features of the hotel- always friendly, caring and willing to help in a gracious manner. Same goes for the entertainment team which provides all-day-long activities around the beach and the pool for anyone willing to participate. Families with children will particularly find this fun and advantageous.
Rooms are spacious, air conditioned, clean and featuring a bathroom with both a tub and a shower. Nevertheless, bathrooms and rooms need renovating and some things don’t work or are missing, such as lampshades, safes...
Food: The hotel features a varied selection fairly suited for most guests. The snack bar by the pool comes in handy with light snacks, food and drinks. The lobby bar is quite nice, air conditioned, offering great service, drinks and coffee.
Overall, Hotel Iberostar Playa Alameda is a good choice, especially for families, children and friends willing to find a friendly service and entertainment.