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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Occidental Miramar Havana
We stayed here for 3 nights at the beginning of April. The hotel itself it lovely, the rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The facilities of the hotel are also good although didn't really have much time to use any of them. The breakfast was nice, loads of choice, you could even have brussel sprouts, yuk!
Best food in Havana
This is a good hotel to stay at. Although away from old Havana there is a shuttle bus that takes you there in 20 mins, and when you return it is a haven of peace andl luxury with lovely swimming pools. The food is great and much better than you can buy in old Havana so half board is worth it.
I will go back.
June 2004 was my second trip to Havana, stayed at the Occidental Miramar, first trip stayed at the El Mar in Hemingway. (ok 3 star)
Wife and 9 yr old son stayed at the Miramar, on licensed trip and it was great. 7 day trip and I will go back. Food, room, employees, service all good. My son had a ball in the pool. Entertainment in the hotel was good. Staff arrainged taxi service and all was a good. See the show at Hotel Nationcial (sp)
The people, music, food and markets are great.
This hotel is very appealing aesthetically, the rooms are very clean and spacious. The included breakfast had lots of dishes and fresh fruits to choose from. The taxi rides were very pricy and the prices varied from one taxi driver to the next. Car rental may be a better option. Old havana city tour for 15$ was absolutely interesting. They take you to the most important historic sites. Day trip to Vignales, Pinar del Rio was interesting (included a trip to cigar factory, cave).
Went to Cuba durng Thanksgiving week, with a large group of people. We stayed at the Hotel Novotel Mirmar, and it was a marvelous experience. The Hotel was wonderful 5 star for me. The rooms were clean always, hot water,great view overlooking the main street, and what pools it had. The Hotel staff was wonderful, the Restaurant was grand,and the food was truly good, and plenty of it.Got to love their Expresso in the morning, love their coffee, period. The Hotel provided entertanment nightly, with their native 3 or 4 person bands, and it was really nice. It just felt that you were in Cuba, with their music. The highlight of one of the evenings was the arrangements made to have the Buena Vista Social Club come to the Hotel and entertain our group, (of course that was arranged through our tour group,) but nonetheless a super great experience. It was a great experience going to Cuba, and staying in Havana, but also went to Pinar Del Rio, went to Varadero Beach (awesome) and other places. Truly a great experience. Cuba is frozen in time, but yes this is the best time to see it, as it can be seen in its original state structure wise as the building are really a conversation piece run down a bit but you could see the beauty of them. Yes I would go back in a heartbeat, and yes Hotel Novotel Miramar would be my number one choice. Thank you for this opportunity to review the Hotel.
My best hotel in Havana
The Novotel Miramar is beautifully located in a very elegant are of Havana.Our stay there during theThanksgiving week was absolutely wonderful. The employees were courteous and extremely warm and friendly.We traveled with a group of 245 participants and there were no complaints. As far as the food is concerned,you must remember that you are in Cuba , not home where you are grateful to have everything at your disposal.There are many places to eat differnt foods in Cuba. Make sure you do your research before you go. One of the most popular places to eat are the Paladares. Private homes that offer restaurant style menus at incredible prices. We definitely would stay at the Novotel Miramar as soon as we can travel again to Cuba!!!! Adios Amigos
Modern, Comfortable & Spacious
Stayed here for 3 nights whilst touring Havana. It is a short taxi ride away from old Havana so it is by no means central however the rooms are modern, spacious, cool & well presented with views over the surrounding district of Miramar & towards the sea. There is an excellent large swimming pool layed out in pleasant palm fringed gardens as well as good free evening entertainment (bands, magicians etc)The only downside was that although the breakfasts were excellent we thought the evening meals were restrictive (ie - you either liked it or you didn't & there didn't seem to be much choice) I ended up eating simple pasta dishes to be safe!
Mediocre for the Price,Glad to be back home!
We found are recent stay at the hotel very marginal at best. The accomodations(room) was average, the food and service... was horrible. It seemed that the only way you could any attention was by waving american $ around and then you would question it. The so called "French Chef" that parades around the the dining room is quite a joke, I doubt very much that he even as far as comes near the food to taste it. The inferior food along with the attitude given at the dining room makes for a very low recomendation. The Shuttle bus that is scheduled to take passengers downtown usually is inconsistent and rarely has enough room so your'e better off cabbing it.
The only thing "French" about this hotel is the Attitude!
Novotel - French Style in Havana
The comfortable and spacious Novotel Miramar is some distance from the centre of Havana, but enjoys a free minibus connection, and taxis are always available. Rooms are very spacious, with a fully equipped bathroom, room safe and balcony.
Whilst the rack rate may be a little expensive, it is possible to book through travel agencies in Britain for £35 per night, including an "all you can eat" buffet breakfast.
Several restaurants are available, plus the usual range of shops in a Cuban hotel. A reasonable shopping centre is nearby, as is the Hotel Havana Cohiba of the Sol Melia chain.
Within walking distance is the little-known Museum of the Ministry of the Interior, on the main road into Havana centre, which is well worth a visit.
Written on 4 January 2003