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Our first time to Cuba and like what we see.
I didn't really know what to expect from Cuba, you here so many things of revolution, people power, snubbing the states etc. It would be good to see for myself.
Airport things were fairly normal, the visa that I got at Costa Rica was a separate piece of paper that was stamped and not your passport, while they seemed to have a weird custom …
Early. Very early. Still dark when we left the hotel and agreed a 10 CUC price for two bike-taxis to get us as near as possible to Plaza de la Revolution. Being pedalled through the back streets of Havana in the dark of an hour before dawn seemed odd. There were lots of people about - some of them coming back from the ‘discotheque …
The hire car needed to be back in Havana for 5 p.m. to avoid an extra day’s charge but we reckoned we only needed a couple of hours to go back there so JD and CC were back at Chino’s place after breakfast where we picked up his brother Angel, another well known birding guide in the area. Angel was going to take us to …
The 1 hour flight to Cuba took about 4 hours as our plane was delayed. The airline gave us a food voucher for the trouble but since we had just eaten we decided to wait….wait until everything shut that is!! We ended up trying to spend it at a bar but it didn't include drinks so it wasn’t so successful. Anyway our midnight arrival in …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Deauville Havana
It's cheap, the pool is nice and the rooms are not a bad size. that's where the good points end. For the price you don't expect luxury .. but you do expect a bit better than you get.
I stayed at Deauville in June 2003. I was not expecting too much, but still some problems came as a surprise...
Pro's and cons
Stayed a week at the Deauville.
Room was at the 10th floor, beautiful sight at the Malecon and Havana Centro. The room was clean. The chambermaid(s) surprised me each day with a creative composition of bath towel and bed pillow: Heart, boat; her speciality was duck/swan.
The bar at ground level was ok, so was its staff. Staff at the reception could do a lot better. The swimming pool and its bar were not inviting.
The disco most of the time pretty empty.
I only had breakfast, it was not a success. Not enough tables, not enough servants, food regurarly run out.
Would I go there again: Yes, the basics are not bad, but don't get annoyed about the cons.
We got a package. $578 Cad included Flight, taxes, hotel and breakfast.
Stayed at the Deauville for a couple nights in Oct. 2004. I travel a lot as an airline employee and found this to be one of the worst hotels yet. For Cuban standards it was probably pretty moderate. I got a room with a 5 foot view of the building next door, two droopy twin beds (no queen available apparently? Didn't seem that full) and a shower that spayed in every direction. The beds made my back incredibly stiff for the rest of my vacation. The shower was just frustrating. The seal on it was broken so the spray went in 3 directions. Very, very annoying. I asked to switch rooms but they didn't seem to care and said no. They said they would send someone to fix it. They never came. We made due and left a couple days later anyway. No alarm clock but they did give us a wake-up call in the morning on time, which was nice. The breakfast was pretty bad but the food in Cuba is not the main draw!
I found the location excellent with my day starting early with walks along the malecon.I walked a few mornings to the National to have a cigar and coffeewhich took about 20 minutes.I felt safe walking due to the police presence.as it gets over whelming "Hey you my freind Where are you From" .I found the location is within a 2 dollar 3 dollar cab ride distance to most locations.Try to get a room away from street level,I was on the second floor the first night as the hotel was full but after asking,was told to come back at noon the next day and was givin a room on the 5th floor over looking the malecon.......take earplugs just the same as it is noisy with the old trucks rambling by at 5 am and the people gathering at night and early morning as it nevers sleeps in Havana.If you want quiet then go to Varadero as the Deauville is the real Cuba.Breakfast is filling but nothing to write home about,stick to the hard-boiled eggs,toast,coffee and fruits.Pool was great addition,would spend my day at Partagas and RYJ cigar factories and then cool and chill by the pool late afternoon.Staff is friendly and competent,in fact I had accidently left my safety deposit box open with my passport and $300 in it and it was there with my room cleaned with out incident,with the keys dangling there on my return.to see this made me feel safe.Rooms are clean,water was hot,staff was friendly but hey this is a good clean cheap 2 star......coffee is great in the lobby as well as the cuban sanwiches........forget dinner,get to the Paladares.....Chicas are not a problem there outside but for the most part if you show you are not interested they leave you alone.A lot of Americans were here which surprised meas well as European's as well as some Japanese..If you want to see Havana and the real Cuba come here,if your Varadeo type who comes here to fly and flop on the beach,I'm sorry to have wasted your time reading my review...........Will I go back?......SI,in a heartbeat.......
We stayed in the Deauville Hotel in Havana for three nights, and then went back for another couple of nights after three weeks touring western Cuba. Arriving in the hotel was a shock and a pleasure - in a rundown area which is dimly lit at night, the hotel looked uninviting. But jet-lagged after the long flight from England, we spent much of the night gazing out of our 13th floor room at the wonderful Havana skyline, including the forts and the Capitolio. The second stay was on the fifth floor, which gave less splendid views but a great glimpse of local life, as Cuban children played on the wonderful Malecon and splashed in the waves. Courting couples strolled along or ducked the huge waves, depending on the weather - and although the run-down area made us feel at first as though the plane had taken a wrong turn to Baghdad, we started enjoying the glimpses down onto people's rooftops where they kept their dogs, played, hung out their washing and simply relaxed in the sunset. Breakfast pretty basic, staff sullen, but the sixth floor pool was good and - as our second visit showed - we'd definitely return. And a triple room was huge - for four of us, we booked two rooms the first time, then rattled round in a generously sized triple the next. Enjoy!
Nice view and location but...
Terrific view of the Malecon. Large room with good size bathroom and balcony - though just loose wires on the balcony light socket. Mattresses had long ago seen better days but room was clean and comfortable. Dining area and breakfast pretty non-descript while lobby bar, duirng my visit, was dominated by extroverted Norwegian and a couple of less than subtle young ladies seeking US $. Within walking distance of historic Havana and a little longer to Vedado.
Hotel (double) was $90 US in high season - including breakfast.