Travel Blogs from Havana
As soon as you touch down, you know you have arrived in Cuba. Driving into Havana is like a Cuban introduction through all the iconic images that we know and recognise with this country.. driving in an old 50s Chevy we pass image upon image of Che Guevara, men smoking cigars on the roadsides and hot air filled with traditional Cuban music playing …
The Viazul bus to Santa Clara and the classically art deco Hotel Florida. This is where the Revolution was won by Che Guevara when he derailed a government troop train using a caterpillar tractor and decimated the government troops in a crossfire. There is an impressive statue, memorial and mausoleum dedicated to this famous Argentinian doctor and …
... scarce internet. Sorry I have been so out of touch but internet and communication has just not been a priority among the hours of this hectic, new week of an experience. Facebook is not at all fast and is kind of a pain to use so PLEASE send me an email! I would love to hear from all of you!!! SGEORGE@UNCA.EDU
I will write and describe more as soon as I can! Sending love from Cuba!!!
P.S. Dylan happy 23rd!!!!! Hope it was a blast!
... The bar was over 100 years old, decked out with those cool retro glass cubes, rickety stools and walk up window from the street, open 24/7. It was a sports bar flanked with flags, posters, and scarves from Spain's soccer team and the Industriales, Cuba's worshiped national baseball team. Legend has it, it was an old haunt of Che Guevara.
On schedule, we were ponied up by 10am, ...
Tuesday 17 April 2012 - Habana - Cuba
Castro, cigars, cha cha, Che and CUCS. Sass, salsa, singing, swindling and soul. Rum, rum and rum ( in Spanish - Ron, Ron e Ron) This is what we experienced….
We are picked up by a Cuban taxi and taken to the Hotel Sevilla – an historic lodging of Graham Greene and Al Capone. Fabulous views over the city. We walk to our Casa Particulares a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Florida Havana
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Great location an easy stroll from the Plaza de Armas and Plaza de San Francisco, and neither too far from the Parque Central (also less than 10 mins stroll).
The public areas pleasant enough, The (over-priced) food at the restaurant is as unremarkable as in most of the rest of Cuba
Our suite (Room 22 on the second floor) was quite large, with 20ft high ceilings, but despite having been relatively recently renovated, was already showing signs of wear and tear, that you could either describe as characterful or unhygienic: large areas of peeling paint, brown and green mould, to match the overwhelming mint/lime colouring of the rest of the hotel. The main bed was comfortable, albeit furnished with the ubiquitous roll of foam that passes for a pillow throughout Cuban hotels.
The sofa bed was very poor quality and uncomfortable.
The air conditioning was effective and unusually quiet, but I can't understand why you'd go to all the trouble to refurbish a beautiful building only to cut out large chunks out of the most incredibly ornate coving for air conditioning vents - it certainly ruined the ambience of the room, which in fact is the main reason (other than location) that you'd choose one of the habaguanex hotels.
The marble floors were clear but really clean.
The bathroom was functional but with leaky plumbing, made worse by an ineffective shower curtain.
Front desk staff were as diffident about service as anywhere else, but the maintenance men fell over themselves to repair our son's push chair, and refused to accept any tokens of our appreciation.
The maids were efficient and largely invisible, except for the standard 'wishing your dreams come true' tip-reminder note - also ubiquitous in Cuban hotels. A relatively standard trick: the maid who did some of our laundry (not cheap) decided to iron (at extra cost), against our instruction.
The best hotel that I stayed at on my three visits to Havana during my Cuban adventure.
Extremely friendly,polite and helpful staff.I was upgraded to a corner suite room on arrival, well three rooms actually all with balcony!.The hotel exudes colonial charm and sits on one of the main pedestrian throughfares,Obispo, in Old Havana. It really makes you feel part of your surroundings...you can smell the history!
Believe me if you can forego the use of a swimming pool then you will not do better than to book yourself into this hotel.
For your information the other hotels I stayed at were the Raquel and the Parque Central which were both good hotels in their own right but were always runners up to the Florida when it came to service and all round charm and appeal.
A little expensive but very nice
Lovely large rooms with beamed ceilings and big bathrooms, simple elegant furniture. Charming inner courtyard. The location is great, right on the busy Calle Obispo.
Breakfast was disappointing. Overall the hotel is a little expensive.
Our room was unavailable when we arrived which seems to be a recurring problem in Cuba.....
We checked out several other hotels while in Habana and would also reccommend Raquel, Santa Isabel, Ambos Mundos (slightly scruffier but fun), Telegrafo and Sevilla if you want a pool. Don't reccommend Nacional or Parque Central. Much better to stay in old or central Havana if you are on a short stay.
Great location but can be noisy
The hotel was great, and as people have mentioned, it has a fabulous location and the staff are friendly.
It has a piano bar with live music most nights in a very well sound proofed room. However, the hotel can be noisy when this bar closes at 2am - mainly due to drunk people finding their way back to their room - although having done this myself once, I can't really complain. It's the mojitos.
As another reviewer also commented, the car park gate at the side of the hotel is very squeaky and can wake you.
Only one criticism of the hotel itself, which is that the bedroom floors were always dusty and dirty so I don't recommend bare feet, especially if they are still slightly damp from the shower !!
No problems with dodgy plumbing.
Location, Location, Location
This hotel was excellent. We stayed for 2 nights in October 2004.
The hotel is full of character and the courtyard area is lovely.
The room was ideal - very high ceilings, with a lovely marble bathroom. Our room had a fridge. The breakfast at the hotel was fine too.
Its the location that makes it, right on the Obispo, but still quiet. Walking distance to anywhere in Havana Vieja.
Top tip: Ask for a tour of the Grand Theatre -- its spectacular and we got to see a ballet being rehearsed.
Good location to walk around Havana Vieja. Our room (Junior suite) was big enough with veranda, People are nice, the bar has nice atmosphere, the pianist there was very good.
Great hotel in old havana
We stayed in this charmingly renovated hotel in July - lovely accommodation - clean, friendly, very well located. Breakfast was a good buffet, covering all tastes. Only the creaking car park gate at the back of the hotel sometimes woke us up - but that can't be helped! no issues with power cuts or dodgy bathrooms, as in other hotels....
Hotel Florida - fabulous
The Hotel Florida is in a grear location, right in the heart of Havan Vieja. Beautifully restored, with huge rooms, lovely and helpful staff and great breakfasts. Highly recommended!
Hotel Florida-by far the best
If you want to be in the most historic part of Havana-in Habana Vieja-this is by far the best hotel. It is a confortably small hotel with aproximately 15-20 rooms. The building is a renovated stone colonial structure with beautiful rooms. The cielings in the rooms are 12 feet high with iron balconies that look over the narrow walking street in front of the hotel. The bathrooms are marble and tile. It is like being in a palace; the rooms open up to inner courtyard with corinthian collumns surrounding the lobby below. Suprisingly, the Florida was the same price as the other hotels (the Plaza, Inglaterra, Sevilla, Ambos Mundos, etc) but at least three times as beautiful. We unfortunately stayed at the Plaza for the first 6 days of our 8 day trip. Next time will be spent at the Florida.
A great place to stay in Havana
This is a wonderful hotel (for Cubans standards). Located in Havana Vieja in a renovated colonial building. Clean, not too big. A great band plays in the bar almost every night.