Travel Blogs from Havana
We spent the last few days in Havana, it is so much different than Mexico! We got there by flying through Panama, which was horrible because it took us a full day to get there. So we really only had four days. We stayed at the Hotel Inglaterra, which was ok but I think that next time we will stay at a Casa. The first day we spent on a walking tour …
14th March 2012 - Packed and ready for our transfer - which was an hour late - but hey, Cuba time!! Finally arrived in Havana at 4.30 at the Inglaterra Hotel - fantastic foyer - room a little small, but fine for one night. Walked around marvelling at Old Havana - found a bar with music, then back to the rooftop bar of our hotel, where there was …
I'm writng this on Tuesday the 6th. Internet connections are horrible and it costs $9AUS per minute to call but rest asured that I am ok!! Up 9:00 to repack (bag way too full!), breakfast of toas tand then Toni took me to the airport in her car - another thing I have to thank her for!! Thanks Toni! I was hyped up and the check in girl's …
... buildings and mansions are still unbelievably impressive. People often use the phrase that going to Cuba is a time warp, for the most part it is fairly true, but don't go expecting that you won't see a single car newer than 1959 like I did, as there are quite a few new buses and cars amongst the 1950s Chevs, Buicks and Cadillacs. One thing that is noticeable for a poor and restrained country is that there is no severe poverty, sure the people don't have any money ...
... baroque cathedral, eighteenth century mansions; 19th century government buildings and twentieth century additions to earlier buildings. Much of the old city needs, or is in the process of, renovation-so far, so good.
Our walking tour guide Orestes (with Alex, Hilary and Andy, we now have four guides), former professor of architecture who had served in the Cuban army under Che is 79 and looks 10 years older. Like everyone hired by ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Inglaterra Havana
I stayed at Hotel Inglaterra between 22nd and the 25th of April.
The location of this hotel is superb, but the rooms are quite basic for the price you pay and be warned - On our first night we checked in late and the receptionist refused to activate the safe in the room until the next morning. We went downstairs for a drink at the terrace bar and thought we had taken all our valuables. Unfortunately, a check the next morning revealed that we had left some money in the unlocked safe (the rooms are very dark) and half of it was missing. We tried reporting it to the police and met with the manager of the hotel and their head of security who yelled at us and basically accused us of lying. I don't know whether anyone else has had similar problems, but be careful. For the price, there are other much nicer hotels in Havana.
Zu Beginn meines Aufenthalts wurde mir ein zwar ruhiges aber leider fensterloses zimmer angewiesen. Also als Tipp: beim einchecken drauf hinweisen, daß man/frau was mit fenster möcht. ich glaub das personal verweist auch deswegen gern auf fensterloses, weil manche leut sich über die musik von der darunterliegenden bar beschweren, aber das ist habana und das gehört dazu, mir hätte da was gefehlt. weiters ist das inglaterra ein wunderschön renoviertes hotel mit angenehmem ambiente und einer einzigartigen lage. die menschen, die dort arbeiten waren freundlich bei gleichzeitig wohtuendem abstand. ich war sehr glücklich dort, schlief wunderbar in dem breiten, sauberen bett, erfreute mich täglich an den aufwändigen handtuchfiguren, die mir das personal hinterließ, am abend spielt eine liveband und man/frau kann auf der terasse das leben habans miterleben, ohne selber zu sehr ausgesetzt zu sein. ich hatte trotzdem das gefühl, mittendrin zu sein. ich werd mich jedenfalls wieder dort einquartieren.
Enjoy a capuccino
The downstairs dining room is charming and the perfect place to read or write postcards for an hour while sipping a cappucino!
Stayed here for 3 nights on a tour of Cuba. The hotel was fascinating and the staff very friendly and helpful. A lot of the rooms face a atrium and therefore have no windows but this is made acceptable by the fact the place reeks of class, charm and style. The location in the old town of Havana is simply ideal. I would recommend this hotel to anybody travelling to Havana. The bar at the front of the hotel is the ideal place to sit and have a snack and drink watching the city go by.
Okay just to sleep in
Stayed in the Hotel Dec 20th and January3rd 2005 with my family. The first rooms were okay facing onto the square. One of the second rooms was very noisy facing on to a busy side street. The other room had no windows and felt like being in a cave. I also thought they were dirty but the lighting was so dim it was hard to tell.
The location is brilliant and the public rooms have great character.
Stayed at the hotel 3 nights 26 - 28th Sept.
Location is excellent. Breakfast is awful, don't bother. Get something elsewhere, it's cheap enough.
Food at the top floor was excellent. Views stunning. Richard behind the bar knows some really good restaurants. Great one opposite Central building, huge portions. Although the soup was very salty.
Rooms are nothing overly special, but you can feel the history. Try to get a room facing the square, great views to wake up to. Don't be afraid to ask if something doesn't work, they are very helpful.
We stayed at the Inglaterra at the begining of October and loved it.
Location Location Location
Location cannot be any better. Room are a bit tired but since we were not there for the hotel facilities but for what Havana has to offer we were not disappointed. It's a walk to everything and has a lovely Opera house just to the left. Buffet breakfast was included which was adequate. The Mojito's were the best I had in all of Cuba. Paid $90 for a double room for the night.
Nice Location, that's the best I can say.
The Inglaterra is a very pretty old building located conveniently in the middle of downtown Havanna. The rooms, however, are small and not exactly clean. I paid $120USD for a double for one night which wasn' t the most expensive place in town but wasn't a bargain either. The balcony of my room did over look the big square that was constantly busy and full of people to watch. Noise doesn't really bother me but a lighter sleeper might be kept awake. Water was hot. Safe didn't work. The best part of the hotel are the little restaurant and bar on the first floor and patio.