The best hotel, clean room and amazing beach. I will return next year for sure. Very friendly staff, a lot of activities every day, in the evening a show and then discoteca. The food is good. I highly recommend this hotel
The staff are the true gem of this place
Jun 18, 2022
We were a group of 6 traveling for a girls trip. It was one of the best trips I've had. This trip to the Daiquiri has a shown me that you don't always need a 5 star place to make the trip great.
The AC in the rooms were hit or miss. That being said, it was incredibly hot and humid. We survived and had the best view ever.
The food was good. There was always something to eat and none of us complained about being hungry. You can tell they are making every effort with the resources they have.
The resort has incredible medical staff. If only Canada took take a lesson from how easily it was to access the nurse, get treatment and return to my room. ( All in under 45 mins)
I'm going to mention staff and apologize in advance for the wedding spelling of names.
The Entertainment staff Maidel, Ernesto, Aselia, Enrique, Evilyn and Laidy in Buffet, Jesus in the spa made this one of the best trips I've ever had. They all work so hard. It's my hope that Iberostar Daquari management understand that the best asset of this resort are the people that work there. If not for their efforts to make this the best experience, the hotel would fall short. Treat them better and feed them decent. They work very hard for you.
The resort was only at about 40 %capacity. There's was lobby Entertainment every night, a show in theatre every night except once and a disco every night. All the entertainment was.top notch. Cuba has such incredibly talented people.
We all left saying we were counting the hours until we can return.
Relaxation with a stunning view
Jun 16, 2022
I desperately needed a break and I found it at Iberostar Daiquiri. The warm staff and relaxing setting of the resort made relaxation easy.
There is something for everyone. You can be as busy as you want to be.
Avoid staying in the main building if you don’t want to hear the disco at night. I will go back!
Jun 12, 2022
I had visited the Iberostar Daiquiri in September 2019 before Covid. It was a memorable vacation with good food, drinks and a super animation team. It was for these reasons that we decided to return in June 2022 however we did not have the same memorable vacation this year unfortunately. I have been to Cuba over 20 times so I thought I knew what to expect.
In order to keep the hotel open they allowed Cuban nationals to stay at hotel. Big mistake. They would bring food in the pool, leave their dishes around the pool, smoke and throw the cigarette butts on the ground around the pool. They would go to the buffet and fill their plates with food and dessert and eat only a small part, wasting lots of good food. They would fill empty 1 litre plastic bottles with beer to bring to the room. We saw the cleaning ladies empty the beer onto the grass of what they did not drink after they had left. They would take the term all-inclusive literally by stealing plates, glasses, utensils and anything else they could get their hands on. Overall they were loud, disrespectful and wasted good food and drinks.
The animation team and life guards were busy entertaining and drinking with 3 young female tourists almost the entire time we were there. One day an elderly female tourist was in distress at the beach. The security guard called for assistance within a few minutes. Unfortunately the lifeguards showed up about 30 minutes later. I guess they were too busy drinking with the 3 young ladies. Thanks to the tourists who assisted the elderly lady. The gardeners, maintenance and security staff spent their days drinking in the abandoned beach restaurant that was only used as a small bar. The deck of the beach restaurant was dangerous with rotting wood floors with holes in it. The grass was 2 feet high around the buildings and the weeds were taking over the walkways and palapas sun beds. Overall the resort looked abandoned and the staff didn’t do much.
On a positive note, the rooms were clean and we always had hot water. The food was good however very repetitive. There was no pepper, lettuce, bacon among other items. The tipping was somewhat complex. I exchanged Canadian dollars for Cuban pesos at the front desk however often times the employees would refuse to take their own Cuban pesos. They preferred Canadian $5 bills, quite an expensive tip.
The day before we left a group of managers arrived at the resort . All of a sudden the security personnel were making their rounds, lifeguards were present at the pool and beach, the animation team organized a beach party, gardeners starting cutting the grass. Amazing how a few managers can change things.
In conclusion, Cuba obviously is not ready for tourism yet. I spoke with many travellers and all had the same opinion as what I stated above. It will be a few more years before I return. Too bad because I really love Cuba.
Another Charmed Vacation at the Daiquiri
May 31, 2022
The simple fact that i have now vacationed at this resort over 20 times speaks volumes. Its what I like....not a huge resort, cozy, exceptional staff, from gardeners, to wait staff, a la carte booking staff, (gracias Marianelle) , bar staff (Gemray, Jaynette, Liovany).. Hector the cook. Even the lifeguard staff are great...Sammies command of the english language make it a breeze to talk to this warm and caring individual. The maid took great care to keep our room clean and decorated.
Cuba has never been a destination for a foodie but in my humble opinion, it has gotten better....the beef has always been a tough subject but being cut into strips along with strips of chicken and beed, voila, Cuban Stir Fry.
We travelled April 27 - May 08 with Air Canada Vacations and had a room in the Varadero block,,,,,exellent location: close to the beach which for ourselves is a priority. Never ran out of hot water, air conditioning that never quit...what else could you want.....our friends had that certain blood type that the no seeums like but i guess we didnt taste good to them,
Entertainment in the lobby varied from a vocalists, gutarist, a young lady and her flute, an a band that had everyone tapping their feet an moving. FANTASTICO.
Interestingly enough, canned Kristal was nowhere to be found but it was available on draught. Not sure if its a supply of cans issue or something else.
I had read in previous posts from some that they complained that the locals would pile their plates high with food. I would like to point out that while they pile the food high, they bring thew plates back to the table where everyone else takes from the plate.....grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, the kids,,,,everyone....