Hotel Riviera located along the Malecon, Havana’s waterfront boulevard, this elegant hotel is considered a classic among Cubans. Its proximity to the historical-cultural center of Havana, makes this hotel the perfect place from which to explore the city. In the night time the Riviera offers excellent entertainment featuring both the exclusive Salsa Cabaret and one of Havana’s top restaurants
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 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 Victoria This little business-class hotel (ca. 1928) is open, but will probably be closed for a lengthy period while being transformed into Cuba’s first designer hotel. British company Esencia Hotels & Resorts will reopen the new hotel in late spring 2009. Conran & Partners will design the interiors of the rooms, restaurant, bar, and swimming pool terrace. The refurbished hotel will feature a larger restaurant, cocktail bar, and a guests-only bar. Rooms will feature Wi-Fi, a built-in plasma screen, sound system, and desk-drawer humidor, among other facilities. The hotel will also have a gym as well as health and beauty treatments.
The current hotel in 2008 is a small, attractive business hotel close to the action in Vedado. Be careful here: The neighboring FOCSA building funnels the sea breezes right at the Victoria’s entrance. When the winds are up, they can almost knock you off your feet.
Restaurant; snack bar; bar; lounge; small outdoor pool; concierge; tour desk; car-rental desk; small business center; 24-hr. room service; babysitting; laundry service
Hotel Meliá Cohíba, In a central intersection of Vedado neighbourhood, at one side of Havana’s famous waterfront avenue Malecon, with a beautiful view of the ocean and the city, rises Hotel Melia Cohiba, the capital’s preferred five-star hotel. Hotel is an ideal option for business and pleasure.
As soon as you enter the Melia Cohiba, there is a sense of quality. Marble surroundings and a magnificent floral centre piece placed between 2 bars, one of them laden with beautiful art work and a grand piano.
Melia Cohiba hotel consist of 462 magnificent rooms, including Double, Junior and Senior Suites. The hotel offers rooms for non-smokers and for guests with some physical disability. Facilities of the hotel include a swimming pool (not very big but a good place to catch a tan), Spa, restaurants with International cuisine, cigar-sampling cafe, gym, shops, conference rooms, equipped with the most modern technologies and many more. From the hotel you can visit Tropicana or renowned Havana Café, Havana’s only restaurant reminiscent of the fifties.
Hotel Riviera Havana, Classic hotel built at the end of the 1950’s, when american style casinos were spread off throughout Havana city, following patterns of French Riviera.
Just in front the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Spacious salons, two famous cabarets, restaurants, snack bars and shops are among the facilities you will find in there. Wide and comfortable rooms, some with magnificent ocean views.
It’s the only hotel in Havana which kept its original furniture. A large swimming pool surrounded by cabins and cafeterias with a lateral view of the ocean is one of the best areas of this property.
Ideal for people interested in recreation in Modern Havana, honeymooners and businessmen.
A shopping mall and the impressive Cohiba hotel are placed just a few metres from the hotel main entrance.