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El primer día llegamos a La Habana, Cuba como a las seis por avión. El viaje fue bien pero me dio miedo porque no me gustan los aviones. Cuando llegamos a La Habana fuimos a rentar un carro rápidamente. Yo querría rentar un BMW pero mi padre no querría gastar tanto dinero en la renta de un carro pues entonces mi padre …
A few days exploring the city
Stayed in Havana for a few days, Hotel Comodoro Bungalows (Cubanacan Hotels)
... mostly beer and eating chicken. They have stations where you can fill your 1.5l container with beer. Ablutions also unusual with portable toilets positioned over drains which feed into the sea. We think and hope they were just for the carnival though. Also that we will never need to use them. Had an interesting dinner. Chicken paella and James an indeterminate fish dish. Back to watch the carnival ...
... touts (hustlers) haranguing you with their famous line, "taxis? Rum? Cigar? Chiquas (girls)? That being said, the Cuban people are very friendly and full of life and Cuba is one of the safest countries I have been to. Gun violence is non-existent and muggings and robbery is rare due to the heavy police presence and stiff penalties for crime here. Ok, now where was I,? Oh ok, after Habana Vieja we went to walk ...
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I just returned from Havana this week and stayed at the Comodoro. It is a great location and the pool is really fantastic. The review from Toronto (below) provided great information. The rooms in the hotel are a bit small, but for two people we were fine. We had a great balcony with an ocean view. I never saw cockroaches as mentioned in other reviews, but we did have a lovely gecko residing in our room which added flavor to the stay! The room was very clean as was the bathroom, but it is probably at a 2-3 star standard in the US. However, after visiting most of the hotels in Miramar, we found the Comodoro to have the nicest lobby and pool area. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There is a fantastic breakfast buffet. There is also a nightly dancing and live band show. The daily shuttle to downtown Havana saved a lot of taxi fare. We also had mojitos and veggie sandwiches at the pool bar, which were inexpensive and good. We did not spend any time at the "man made" beach, but there were several people enjoying this area. I also never saw the gym or spa--which seem to have been closed. But, there was an opportunity to get a nice massage by the pool. Another friend stayed in the bungalows and really enjoyed them. I would really recommend staying here and spending time by the pool!
this was not great experience - having stayed in the Brisas in Guardalavaca which was well run clean and an enjoyable experience I am afraid this was anything but - 49 people arrive from the airport and only one person on the check in - staff were not helpful or friendly- the hotel is grubby and in desparate need of a pressure washer, particularly around the pools, paint on all white woodwork around the bungalows and a man with a broom. The hotel attracts students who study locally and party goers to the loud disco - I find it disconcerting to have to carry my own bags to rooms walking along narrow paths by pools when party goers are throwing each other into the pool fully dressed. Food at breakfast was average at best and a fraction as good as our previous hotel.
I have stayed at the Comodoro on a few occasions and from the moment I walked into the Lobby I felt welcomed. During each stay in this ocean side city resort, I had nothing but the best service. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. The rooms were always spacious and kept in very good order. The number of restaurants offered a various choice of good dining experience. Many wonderful memories I have were experienced in the 24hour hotel lobby bar. I met many people from many walks of life while sipping on Cuba's world famous Mojito's, laughing and learning new cultures. I recommend this Hotel to anyone.
I stayed at the Hotel Comodoro for a two-week period from April to May 2004 and thought that I should share my experience at this hotel with you.
Well after watching cockroaches crawling over the deserts at out resort in Guardalavaca for the previous 10 days you would think we would be used to it by now, however we where not ready for the size of these babies!! Good/quick check in, however no information was given about facilities, restaurants and opening times etc. We made our way to our bungalow which looked lovely from the outside, went in and found in a bit smelly and damp and also only 1 bed, got into 2nd room to the sight of our creepy crawly friends! (not just us, most people we spoke to also had extra room guests!) Spent one (sleepless) night as we arrived at 12.30am (with broken air-conditioning) before moving into a hotel in town the following morning. The pool is nice but with sun loungers crowding the small paths makes it hard to get around the pool areas. The rooms in the bungalows were really dated and a bit like an old Butlins chalet. For the time we were there we found it just too far out from Havana, it cost $8-$10 dollars each way in a cab.
Not too good
We arrived after spending 10 days at Guardalavaca where we had a relaxing time.
The accomodation in the main hotel was disappointing, our room left a lot to be desired, the general areas and bungalows (although we didn't see inside) appeared to be a lot better. The restaurants where pleasant, in particular the Italian and there was a good selection for breakfast.
Our beds were like bouncy castles and we spent a very uncomfortable 3 nights, the bathrooms smelt of damp and our shower constantly leaked.
Good 3-4 Star Hotel
Hotel Comodoro is a good hotel, not very good, not very bad, but a good hotel. The rooms at the bungalow are decent and clean, the rooms in the hotel are older but clean. The bathrooms can use an upgrade, especially the showers. The staff is friendly and there are always more than enough doormen to be of assistance right in the Lobby. There are three restaurants, the buffet is O.K. but you get tired after a while in an all inclusive. The Italian not bad for Cuba and the Cuban restaurant has a nice ambience and decent food. You are in a very nice are - Miramar and right on the ocean. Business center and internet connection very bad. All in all O.K. for the price
I stayed at the Commodoro for just over a month as I was studying
If you have children and want to spend time in Havana then this is a good place to stay. The hotel itself is probably the closest to a resort hotel in the city. As a family of 5 with 2 teenagers and an 8 year old we got 2 'bungalows' each with a separate sitting room, bathroom and bedroom and a small kitchenette with a fridge and cupboards containing nothing but glasses. The balconies are nice to sit on as there are palm trees outside nearly all of them and they overlook the swimming pools which weave there way throughout the complex.