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Hotel Vedado


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.

Hotel GC Villa Tropico (Cameleon Villa Jibacoa)


Hotel GC Villa Tropico This imposing, five-story hotel stretches on for a hundred yards or so in each direction from its blocky concrete lobby. This place hosts many group and package tours, and it’s usually pretty lively. Still, it’s hard not to find the Soviet-style architecture of this resort a little depressing, particularly the rectangular pool, wedged into a shady area in an alcove of the building. The whole complex has been remodeled and the rooms and facilities are in decent shape. Most of the rooms face the sea, although only a few have balconies, and overall they are unspectacular and on the small side. The best feature here is a beautiful and extremely popular section of beach just across the street.
2 restaurants; 3 bars; large outdoor pool; small exercise room; sauna; watersports equipment rentals; tour desk; car-rental desk; salon; in-room massage; babysitting; laundry service

Hotel Occidental Miramar


Hotel Occidental Miramar This is an excellent four star hotel, which allows guests to combine both business and pleasure without any problems. It has a warm ambience and elegant style, and is located in the peaceful surroundings of Miramar, surrounded by beautiful old town-houses, embassies and shopping centres – a good area for leisure activities and tourists.
Modern and massive luxury hotel is an impressive and imposing presence in the heart of Miramar’s business district. It has nicer rooms than the Meliá Habana , but it’s 2 blocks from the sea and has fewer dining and entertainment options. The rooms are all at least junior suites, with one queen-size bed and a comfortable sitting area. The beds are some of the firmest I’ve found in Havana. The bathrooms are just a tad on the small size in proportion to everything else here. Only the eight end-unit suites here have balconies, although these balconies are large. This place does a brisk business in group and conference travel.
Facilities: 3 restaurants; 2 bars; lounge; large outdoor pool; 6 outdoor tennis courts (2 lit); indoor squash court; well-equipped exercise room; sauna; children’s center; concierge; tour desk; car-rental desk; business center; shopping arcade; salon; 24-hr. room service; babysitting; laundry service; dry cleaning; nonsmoking rooms.

Hotel Presidente


Hotel Presidente an elegant Vedado hotel. The impeccable Victorian-style lobby features black-and-white marble floors, pink marble wainscoting, and real antiques. Some of the standard rooms are a bit compact, while others are quite spacious. About half (generally the even-numbered rooms) have good ocean views. On the 10th floor, you’ll find two large suites with wonderfully inviting oceanview terraces. There’s a refreshing outdoor pool on the ground level, and a poolside bar and grill. While the hotel is just 2 blocks from the Malecón, it’s not very close to much else.

Hotel Quinta Avenida Habana


Hotel Barceló Habana Ciudad located in the residential area. Its location also has the benefit of providing access to an area where shops and diplomatic representations are concentrated, to which is added a beautiful sea view and the particular touch provided by Quinta Avenida.
18 kilometres from José Martí International Airport
10 kilometres from the city centre
12 kilometres from the colonial area
178 new, spacious, tastefully decorated rooms; fully equipped with all modern facilities. All have a beautiful view of the sea, city or swimming pool. 2 rooms are especially designed for those with disabilities.

Hotel El Comendador


Hotel El Comendador Considered Exceptional for its intimacy and internal spaces, COMENDADOR is the perfect accommodation for retirement and meditation.
Its furniture, with simple renaissance elements and some refinished original pieces from our heritage combine to satisfy the most demanding clients ideas about modern comfort.

The former palace, like many of the oldest mansions of San Cristobal de la Habana, has a strong Moorish influence, with the main entrance to one corner.

Close to one of the most important squares in Havana, ( Plaza de San Francisco ) it is caressed by the sea breezes coming from the nearby harbor and entranceway to the Bay of Havana, which can be appreciated from the balconies of its magnificent rooms.

The Inn also boasts a typical 18th century tavern with the name of “Onda”, a region of Valencia Spain. On a rustic bar, different Spanish “Tapas” are offered along with exotic wines of the region.

Old woods from the original mansion were preserved during the restoration, old barrels and pictures from that region decorate the tavern and its outdoor cafe.

This property was originally built in the early 18th century by Don Pedro Regalado Pedroso y Zagas and was refurbished in the 19th century when a mezzanine was added which distinguishes this mansion form others in the area.

Hotel Meliá Habana


Hotel Meliá Habana, The luxury 5* Meliá Habana is located in the heart of the Miramar residential and business area.

The Hotel is overlooking the sea, very close to the Havana International Convention Center, the Miramar Trade Center, the Havana Scale Model.

Meliá Habana is the perfect place for all your business travel needs, recommended for events and incentives, weddings and honeymoons.

Hotel Saratoga


Hotel Saratoga, elegance and excellence.
Many of Cuba’s cars and buildings may still be stuck in the 1950s, but its hotels, at least, are finally moving into the 21st century. Leading the way is Havana’s Hotel Saratoga, which epitomized the city’s high life until it fell victim to neglect and disrepair. Now the hotel has been restored to its former glory, offering guests all the five-star facilities that have eluded the city for so long. Located on a corner of the old town that overlooks the Capitolio — a gleaming replica of Washington’s dome — the Saratoga boasts a rich and colorful heritage. In the 1930s, writers, artists and socialites gathered under its colonnade to enjoy acts like the Anacaona all-girl orchestra, a band of sisters who played salsa-style son music decades before the world heard of the Buena Vista Social Club. But not long after Fidel Castro’s revolution, the hotel had deteriorated into a seedy boarding house.
An international consortium rebuilt the Saratoga in 2005, maintaining its original neoclassical façade. Floor-to-ceiling French windows with mahogany shutters frame wrought-iron balconies, and inside there’s Internet access in each room, wi-fi in communal areas and top-end gym equipment. Nothing says you’re in Cuba more than a cigar and a mojito. Savor both in the Saratoga’s airy, palm-filled atrium cooled by antique ceiling fans, or indulge in the inventive tapas menu at the Anacaona Restaurant, which spices up Cuba’s typical cuisine by adding European flair. The hotel’s rooftop pool overlooks the Partagas cigar factory, the opera house and, around the corner, Floridita, one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bars and home of the Daiquiri cocktail. A modern hotel with lots of nostalgia.
Many lovers of the Cuban cigars “Habanos” have a perfect operation base in it, because of its proximity with the legendary cigar factory “Partagás” and its “Casa del Habano” a very crowded place by smokers from all over the world.