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... writes and more. It's hard to nail the true feeling of Cuba just in writing without the smells, humid air, honking horns, sounds of old cars rumbling down poorly kept streets and more. Our host lives in a neighborhood called 'barrio hueso' it's easily walkable the touristy old Havana, sea walk "malecón", and fancier neighborhood of vedado. On Saturday evening after five to six hours of walking, museum-ing, exploring ...
... dinner. Photos of Che lined the walls, and their alter to Santerķa sat in the corner.
Luis & Jose - This duo lured us into El Angel de Tejadilla for the best mojitos in all of Cuba. But better yet, they introduced us to Santerķa, a religion that combines Western African beliefs with Christianity. They each wore a green and yellow beaded bracelet, or eleka, that represents a deity. In this case, Orulu, God ...
... away. These are private homes of Cuban folk and they will put you up during your stay and feed you breakfast and dinner if you wish. Our first one was with Noris and Israel – a delightful seventy- six year old couple who treated us as long lost family and Finn as a newly found granddaughter. We stayed with them for three nights in the old part of Habana as we explored the city with its multitude ...
... and into the airport it was stifling , at that point I was thinking ‘Oh my God, how am I going to stand two weeks of this heat?!’ – but once out in the open, it wasn’t too bad and definitely bearable! It was hot but not so hot that we couldn’t do our ‘touristy’ activities and walking about wasn’t uncomfortable, but it was hot enough to know that we were in Cuba!!
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... biggest international investors in Cuba (at least according to the Canadians we spoke to). Yet, human nature is very adaptive and Cuban people just get on with life. Cuba is not a military state. It does not, so far as I am aware, inflict murder death and destruction on the population and people do not disappear in the middle of the night never to be seen again. In fact they seem very happy. Compared to the UK there is a massive material divide but emotionally they seem ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Telegrafo Havana
Stayed here for almost 2 weeks in Dec,03/Jan,04. Great rooms (provided you are overlooking the street,not the atrium which can be very noisy) and a good position on the border of Old Havana. Housekeeping staff were pleasant as was the lady who runs their restaurant at breakfast,the lady on the travel desk and the constantly pressured clerk on the front desk, but forget about the rest. Wake up call requests were ignored, the hotel would not cash travellers cheques and the "food" was terrible(even on Cuban standards). Furthermore the security guards on duty in the evenings constantly attempted to sell "cheap cigars" , and chicas (girls)who they offered to bring to your room , provided you paid both them and the girl of course.The one internet connection was always busy or "down" and international phone calls were charged at $4US a minute (in cash thankyou). There are better hotels than this in Havana. The NH Parque Central, situated across the road, seemed to offer far superior service and a much better atmosphere.
We stayed at the Telegrafo for the first 3 nights of our "Cuban Splendors" tour (which was terrific, by the way) and really liked the hotel. The lobby and reception are very nice but the real beauty is the rooms. They have very high ceilings and are really tastefully decorated. Our room looked over the park which was lovely, although some of the rooms had a back view which apparently was not nice. The bathrooms are also nice, although the water can be a little erratic.
I stayed at the Hotel Telagrafo during a trip to Havana and Varadero in May. I read the reviews and was not disappointed - totally met my expectations.
Great location - on the edge of La Habana Vieja. My room was on the second floor, overlooking Parque Central.
No problems with noise or otherwise. Breakfast buffet is okay. Only problem was I had to wait for the water to heat up in the shower (5 mins.). If that's the least of your worries in Cuba - no big deal!
The hotel was very accomodating. I decided to stay an extra day in Havana. Left my bags with the concierge for the day (and evg. - stayed at a private house). No problems - friendly service.
Internet access in the lobby of the hotel was a real bonus.
Great option in Old Havana
My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon and it was (for the most part) a delight. Management upgraded us to a suite at no extra cost and even threw in a little bottle of Cava, which was a very charming touch. The hotel is very modern, safe and comfortable and much more welcoming than some of the better-known Havana institutions. Service is patchy in places but this is a problem all across the city, not just here. The internet cafe in the bar is a real boost. You won't be disappointed.
Better value elsewhere
I am always surprised when I read the reviews about the Telegrafo. Haven't these people stayed anywhere else?Yes, the Telegrafo is fine, but there are places with more charm and are of better value. The thing I don't like about the Telegrafo is that they allow the 'street girls' into the rooms at night and I don't think this is good for security. Most of the staff are very nice, and the bar/coffee shop/dining room is good. However, it could do with a refurbishment around the accommodation areas.
Very Good Central Hotel
Great hotel on the fringe of Old Havana. Very clean, safe and modern with very helpful and obliging staff. Good restaurant and house bar was a bit different and interesting. Have stayed twice now with no complaints at all. Recommended.
stayed here 3 times. Really nice rooms with excellent no noise a/c and HIGH ceilings like an Italian palace. New building with old traditional feel. Great location. Human scale hotel not so big that its lots of stupid bus tour guests walking by/leaving rooms at 6.30am.
A really good find, the Telegrafo was great value with nice new rooms. The other places round the location might have a bit more character but rooms in the Telegrafo are more comfortable and the bar, built around the remains of the original is the best on the Parque Central
The staff was attentive to our needs. We loved the courtyard cafe with it's blend of old and new architecture,,the entire domed glass roof opens to allow nature in. Our room was very clean and well decorated. Excellent local.
Very new (November 2001), pleasant hotel with modern facilities including internet cafe. Good location and good value, although without very much character.