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If I had to rate our trip to Cuba, it would rate a +10, or as many of our group have voiced “WOW” many times during the trip, and after we arrived home. And this from a well traveled group; one even owns a travel company.
cuba. It was my first international Trip.... i loved cuba...the beach was really beautiful. the people was very nice. But it was a little expensive and the people were very poor... if they ask for money in the streets the police punished them.... one time i was writing on the shore beach... and they asked me if i can give them my pen and notebook …
Cuba! So we are up early after a late night - both feeling a tad hungover...so we get to the airport with every person saying "wow, Australia, you are a long way from home". Our flight is delayed a bit so made the hangover worse, but we finally arrived in Havana. We managed to get in (the customs people wear a bland army green outfit, but the woman all wear short skirts, some with high ...
... help. We dont, but he is very plausible and he mentions that it is the anniversary of the death of Fidel Castros mother and there is a music and dance event on at 2PM and he plays bongos in a band playing there. This story holds true as a couple earlier had mentioned they were dancing there later. His name is Angel and we walk with him, he shows us the Bueno Vista Social Club and we have our picture taken there. A little while later we are at the building ...
... rooms to rent in family run private homes - and that was where we were to spend our first couple of nights. On arrival the buzzer wasn´t working as the electricity was down, thankfully, between the taxi driver, a guy parked in front of the casa and three passers-by, our hostess was beckoned to the 1st floor balcony and threw down the keys. The decidedly sketchy looking staircase lead up to the the bright open rooms of the house and our ...
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The Melia Habana is some distance from downtown, but one can take the free bus shuttle into town and return. The four restaurants on the property are all excellent, and highly recommended.
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Above average hotel
Good service/amenities and clean. Nice view from rooms facing the seaside. Equivalent to Canadian 4 star accomodation. A bit far from old Havana -- around 15mins by taxi (+/- $10 taxi ride or one can use the free hotel shuttle).
Our first impression when we arrived at this hotel and were being shown to our room was that we had arrived in a prison! The rooms are set in long narrow rows around a quadrangle, which reminded us of the inside of a prison.
Stayed here with our 2.5 year old daughter in Feb05, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a great room overlooking the ocean, huge, gorgeous balcony, marble everything, very clean, good service. Food was ok, not great - it was better in Varadero. While there were not a lot of children at the hotel, it wasn't really an issue, although I did feel a little uncomfortable when she was loud during dinner. Staff was great to her. There wasn't a lot for her to do aside from going to the pool, but we spent most of our time in Havana anyway so it was fine.
A class act
My wife and I stayed at the Melia Habana for one night only but we could easily have made it a week. We received excellent service, the hotel staff were polite and curteous, the food was very good the whole hotel was exceptionally clean and tidy. As the heading states "a class act".
Dont know why people with no knowledge of were they are visiting talk the way they do to a place like Cuba, I was skeptic at first and now that I am writting this review after just arriving home, I will say that this hotel and many other in Cuba are excellent to stay at, in this Melia hotel, rooms are very comfortable, bathrooms are large and with a bathtub, towels are plush and large you can even use it at the pool, buffet for breakfast is plentyfull you can ask for a omellete to a sunny side up eggs, juices at large amount , breads with a variety, sliced to buns, dinner, i was surprised to see stone crab clams as many as you can eat, in Miami they are 45.00 and up for 3 clams, at the buffet for 25.00 dollars you you eat and drink all you can, the pool is good, and yes they ask you if you are a guest at the hotel, too many jineteras, Cuban name for prostitutes, dont blame them( the security) for asking, it is their job, a mulato woman and a white man, a prostitute with a visitor, I felt secure at this hotel, they also carry a safe deposit box which is handy, never saw a fly, but you see fly's all around the world.
I was harassed the whole time because people thought I was Cuban it
seems to be that they can not conceive the thought that some one from a Latin America country would visit. The whole time they looked at me as if I was a Cuban Prostitute and that my husband who is white was the person who was paying me to be there. I will never visit again I have never been treated so bad!! it was extremely disappointing me.
Millions of flies in lobby
The lobby is swarming with flies. The lobby needs a revolving door. This might help keep some of the flies out. Instead, it has automatic glass doors that separate when the electronic eye detects you. Unfortunately, the doors are always open, because people are constantly exiting/entering the hotel. And unfortunately, also, flies enter the hotel with the people. The hotel is modern and attractive. Service is below average throughout.
Excellent hotel in Miramar
We spent one night at the hotel staying on their "VIP" 9th floor. This is a big modern hotel equivalent to a good four-star hotel in North America Rooms are spacious with very comfortable beds and great views of Havana and the ocean. Bathrooms are very nice.
When you have a VIP room you also get access to their VIP bar on the 9th floor where you get access to an excvellent compliementary buffet for breakfast lunch and dinner - if you are not planning to eat out the food is very good and it saves you the cost of eating out.
The hotel is located close to the ocean (no beach) at Miramar, which is a more modern, attractive and spacious alternative to staying dowtown.
Note it is a 15-minute drive downtown although taxis are cheap.
Pleasant, nice location and good service``
Nicely located in the Miramar section of Havana. The sea is outside your porch and a nice view of Havana. Good service, friendly staff and an excellent breakfast to begin a day.
We went to Cuba for our honeymoon. In Havana we stayed at the Melia Habana Hotel. As honeymooners we were provided with an incredibly big an comfortable room overlooking the ocean (by the way you can’t swim in it). We were given a bottle of rum, a big basket of delicious fruit, and sparkling wine. The service was good in this respect. Architectural speaking, the hotel is nicely designed with a big swimming pool (although somewhat cold) and gardens with native vegetation. However, we found uncomfortable people asking if we were guests in the hotel. For instance, once I was reading next to the swimming pool when the person in charge of cleaning the pool and giving away towels asked me, in a rather rude way, if I was staying in the hotel. I quietly said yes, and he insisted I give him my room number, which I did and showed him my key. After this, his voice changed completely. He apologized and told me he was asking these questions because I was not using a hotel towel. For god sakes, I was reading! And there was no sign saying that it was prohibited to be in the swimming pool area without a hotel towel! Anyway, needless to say, he spoiled my day. I don’t understand why if they have problems with people getting in, they don’t use surveillance cameras instead of having big guys questioning everybody. We were asked three times in one week.