Hotel Vedado This popular Vedado hotel is somewhat nondescript. Sure, it’ll do in a pinch, but it’s rather uninspired and uninspiring. Rooms are distributed in two neighboring towers, and there’s a kidney-shaped pool on the ground floor between them. Opened in 1952, the lobby retains the original Art Deco feel. The hotel has a tiny exercise room, where the best feature is a little sauna. The surly reception staff needs replacing.
This particular hotel has a fairly relaxed atmosphere, in spite of its location in quite a busy part of the city. There is a spacious lobby with comfortable furniture, and decorated with paintings by young Cuban artists. In general, the service is very good, both by the hotel staff and in the establishment’s excellent restaurant, El Cortijo, which specialises in Spanish cuisine. Popular among North American tourists, the hotel has offered an increased number of rooms and other improvements, such as a bigger swimming pool and a children’s play area.
Facilities: 2 restaurants; 3 bars; outdoor pool; exercise room; sauna; tour desk; car-rental desk.