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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 …
... loosely talked about the option of including Cuba in our travels, it was not until one week before we booked the flights that we actually committed to the idea and -being so taken up with the excitement of swimming with whale sharks in Mexico-we may have failed to thoroughly research Cuba....
We had read that Mastercards were not able to be used in ATMs in Cuba but you could access money by making a trip to the bank in Havana. ...
... Cuban standards. We stayed a short while and left him with groceries and money. Perhaps it was the age difference, but I didn’t really feel the family connection.
Everyone we met today was very friendly, non-intrusive, and had an overall sense of happiness that was only tempered when the conversation turned to some of the hardships they’ve had to endure, especially regarding the scarcity of food and lack of freedom. Regardless, I felt welcomed by every person we ...
... bit of quality, go for the local food places. Regarding these small places that sell food and ice cream and other small things, they are just homes whom their owners, occupiers better ( not sure whether they own them - I think it is only recently that they are allowed to buy their own house), make and sell that food.
But I guess this is how it is with a hardcore communist system!
After a couple of days at Cuba I felt like having the dollar sign on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Florida Havana
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 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!
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.