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... around the main areas of downtown Havana, drinking rum cocktails and smoking a few sneaky Cubans. Apart from a top deck bus tour, we again avoided museums etc., and instead spent our days wandering around in awe at the remarkableness of the place. We went and drank mojitos and smoked Cohibas at Hotel Nacional, the hotel where the infamous 1946 Havana Conference attended by the American mafia took place. There is something very special about Cuba's capital and you ...
Twenty thousand Cubans enter the United States on non-immigrant visas every year. (This number does not include the Cubans who come on boats or through Mexico.) Their applications, 500 every day, are processed by the consular division of the United States Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy located not among the stately embassies in Miramar, but in a nondescript office building downtown. We learn this from Lynn Roche, a representative of the 'interests' at our morning Q ...
... stuff here. James had revolving vegetables for lunch - probably meant stir fried. Had a fantastic coffee. Saw a great cigar museum. Visited the three bars Ernest Hemingway made famous and all this set amongst a lot of renovation. The first we have seen. All being done by the government and turning the old buildings into hotels mostly. Tried to buy a SIM card for the phone today as it just isn't working. Had to queue outside the telephono shop and were let in when an ...
... structure, history, attitudes, economical position and culture. Economically poor but culturally rich, Cuba is defined as a socialist state who's current situation is due to the Castro Revolution. Unique Cuba has2 currencies in circulation, a severe ban on Internet, free university education, food rations, horse & cart public transport and streets that feel like you're part of a 1950's movie set! The Cuban people ...
... most all others in the Americas*******, that their social welfare system is more generous and more stable as compared to much of the developing world (and thus the majority of their citizenry healthier and more educated) and that their fundamental cultural strengths (arts, music, sports, etc..) remain remarkably intact, not in the least because of government support and a lack of corrosive outside influences. Many Cubans are proud of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Habana Riviera Havana
After reading all these review i stayed a litle worried because i had choose H. Habana Riviera for my 3 nights at Habana City.
El mejor hotel que he estado
No tengo ninguna Critica ya que durante el tiempo que estuve 9 dias me trataron Divinamente fue de lo mejor por el momento tanto en el trato como sus restaurantes y sobre todo su comida y desayunos excelentes conparables al hotel Melia Cohiba para mi gusto y esto que cada aņo voy a la Habana
I wasn't planning on writing a review but after our experiences in the Havana Riviera I would like to warn all the future guests because nobody deserves staying in the worst hotel in the Caribbean. I should have paid attention to the other reviews and I would have been better off staying in some other place or never going to Cuba at all.
Unbeknownst to me my travel agent switched me to the Neptuno which had just been hit by the hurricane and so landed at the Riviera. It is dirty,the air conditioning barely works, and I had no hot water. It took 24 hours until I could get lights in the bathroom and only 2 out of 4 lamps were working. None of the public rooms had air conditioning so by the time I had breakfast in the 96 degree, 97 % humidity I was soaked to the skin.
Could be great
This hotel could be great if given a South Beach-style rehab. The pool area especially could be very special. But until then, it's quite subpar. A 1-star hotel by US standards at best. But it is definitely a step back in time. In its prime, I'm sure it was great.
Horrible! The one word that describes this hotel. The rooms were filthy, dust bunnies all around the room and stains all through the carpet. Our bathroom ceiling was covered in mold. When you showered the bathroom would flood. Employees were very rude and would often pretend they couldn't speak English after you just finished a 5 minute conversation with them. Food was terrible, dead flies all through the lettuce and they don't cook their hamburgers enough. My boyfriend ordered one and after one bite he couldn't eat anymore because it was dripping with blood. There are no toilet seats in the woman's lobby bathroom. The only pool at the hotel is right next to the highway and had a 2 inch layer of algae on the bottom. After staying 3 nights out of 7 we left and came back to Canada. We had booked our trip through Conquest and we're suppossed to be at a 4 star beachfront resort in Varadero but it overbooked so we got sent to the Riveria. Conquest did nothing to compensate us for the mistake. This hotel is rated a 5 star in Cuba but it would find it hard to even receive a 2 star rating in Canada. Don't waste your money on this hotel!
Riviera- The return of Meyer Lansky & the mob
This is the hotel built by the mob in the 50's, reminiscent in style to the Miami Beach hotels of the same vintage. It has recently been renovated, more ore less. The public spaces are in good shape; the carpeting in the rooms needs a cleaning or better still, replacement. The lower level restaurant offers reasonably good food, heavily based on chicken & pork. On the 20th floor there's a small restaurant with a great view and good food. This hotel offers good value, if you can bear in mind that you're in Cuba, where since the revolution, a tradition of good tourist hosting is just getting off the ground.
Possibly one of the worst
As a travel agent I stayed in many Hotels in CubaThe Riviera offered dirty rooms, torn carpeting andpoor staff. I took a tour of 30 people to this hotel of them 26 had serious complaints, toilets running over, bathroom unclean, articles stolen. One had been threaten due to a phone bill which was not ther's and they were refusing to pay. Never again at the Riviera there are to many wonderful hotels there.
Great Experience at the Riviera
My mom, sis & I went in the first week of July this year. The suite we stayed in was both inexpensive and very nice. Complete with a clear view of the sunset, it was a very pleasant experience. We're planning another trip before the end of the year.
Was there in June 2003 and had a wonderful time in Havana. As a single male traveller I was never wanting for lovely female companionship and good friends as long as the US dollars held out.The Riviera is a good 4 star. The restaurants are pricey but the food is good and definitely all Cuban fare. I only saw one other tourist there in the 2 weeks and most guests were cubans from around the country. The staff was terrific. I was taken to a hospital for confinement due to suspected SARS and when I returned they offered a big fruit basket and some warm words of encouragement. The hospital is a whole other story. The shops in the basement are expensive with mostly knock-offs coming from Panama. The Carocal shop is for basic needs and is priced fair. The pool is huge and deep and three feet below the deck so getting out can be testy. All of Havana is only a 4 dollar taxi away and the cocotaxis are a real hoot. They charge 50 cents per kilometre and are an open air motorized covered cart. The room was a dissapointment on the 9th floor, No balcony and the room was dirty by my standards...mostly stained carpets etc. The elevators work well and one big annoyance is the cards for the room, power and safe lose there codes every day or so which means a trip to the front desk. They will provide a small fridge on request that will make one tray of ice cubes every 3 days. The washroom however was worthy of 5 full stars. They even had a sink stopper which is rare in Cuba. The hotel has a nightclub called the Copa room and is very expensive. The show was cancelled several nights I was there due to total indifference and 60 USD is a lot of money to a Cuban person. I got this hotel as part of a package so it was reasonably priced but I would never pay 125 a night otherwise. Vedado is full of very good Casa Particulares to rent for 35 a night. The stret hawkers called Jinteros assault you as soon as you walk out but they are harmless and not at all agressive. ASfter a week, they can be fun to talk to once they get to know you and believe me...Cubans have phenominal memories...especially for a mark if you fall prey to one of their scams. The security in the hotel is tight beyond belief and eyes were on me at all times. The lobby bar is 4 bucks us a beer and 7 for a rum based drink. Vodka and gin drinks are not worth mentioning due to price and quality of the bartending. This hotel could raise itself to a five star if they hired an international chef and put some money into the rooms. The mattresses are horrible and the pillows were only 2 inches thick. I put my neck out the first night but they have a doctor there 24 hours a day to give you a \n asperin and a free massage. Don't let me put you off going because they do have better rooms with terraces and the restaurants higher end menus realyy aren;t bad if you don't mind 60 dollars a plate. Next time to Havana i will stay at the hotel National as it is the same price and a true 5 star.