Occidental Arenas Blancas is an all inclusive hotel in one of Cuba's most popular destinations, with a great location in the town of Varadero, within walking distance to the town's main sights and on the seafront of Varadero's undeniable beautiful beach, with over 20 km of fine white sand and crystal clear waters.
The beach area is lovely, with plenty of parasols and sun loungers; 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).
Rooms need improvements since some haven't been refurbished in a while. Furniture, mini-bars and air conditioning units are old and maintenance is needed, in rooms and other areas of the hotel as well.
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).
Also, since the hotel is close to many restaurants and bars it is easy to go out for a nice dinner in town.
Guests staying at this hotel can enjoy the facilities and services of the Barceló Solymar (except for the buffet restaurant).