Iberostar Playa Alameda, Varadero
Feb 28th - March 7th
Welllllllllllllllllllll, let’s just say Mother Nature must have been on vacation elsewhere, 'cause our week was on the cool side, to say the least. We had one day of 25C heat+mild winds, followed by one day of rain+wind+cold, then 3 days of sun+cold temps+high winds, and 2 days of relatively hot sunny days, with high cool winds omnipresent. :-/
Didn’t drink too much alcohol, love me those cortado 'spressos!
Nothing negative to say about our room (1417)
Visited Havana, beeeeautiful city, one-day excursion
Met up with my Cuban amigas in Matanzas, both doing well (one is planning a move to the U.S.; crossing fingers)
Got to reunite with several employees from years past (Eduardo the Omelette Man, the always sympatico Alexis Jimenez, head of animation, Alexander at the beach bar, Mileny our friendly roomlady, Loca Wendy at client services, Pepe and his bro Oreste on the beach, beach animators Judi and Randy, Judith in the Santiago Bar, to name a few)
Walked the marvelously long beachfront.
Got in some beach volley (weather permitting)
Went to a Bday party in the Buffet (we were 30-ish) and it went very well, champagne flowed, and the cake for the occasion was delicious, with excellent smiling service.
Although, I repeat, we are NOT fussy eaters… I admit being quite disappointed with the lack of variety this time around, particularly in the Buffet. Ate mostly chicken which was always good, some fish, fries and sandwicheslots of bread (OMG :o), omelettes of course. Good thing I work out 8-).
The best a-la-carte was Romantico, imho, where one night I took a chance on the beef tournedos (rare) and was pleasantly surprised. The down was that we were in the section with no windows and had to wear sweaters, the wind was howlin’ and blowin’ in through the curtains. As for the Italian, DEJELO:don’t bother, we went twice and were disappointed. The only good things on the menu were the antipasto and the tiramisu. All of the pasta dishes were wayyyyyyyyyyyyy overcooked, was like mush in our plates.
The ultimate downer was the weather, but whadyagonnado? We nevertheless had a relaxing week, and even if we were disappointed with the food, I will continue to recommend this hotel because the staff is really what makes the difference.