Hotel Occidental Miramar
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... plastic bags – they are both hard to come by and may be needed when you least expect it!). I did carefully cut off the surface all around the cheese before eating any. Maybe I totally missed out on the sweaty palm and fume and sun-marinated flavors, but it just felt better…
It’s interesting too like I mentioned in April, how Rodolfo has REMOVED the seat-belts in his car, and I have to lock my door to make sure it doesn’t fling open as we drive. Again, I ...
... into the pool. Not 3 seconds later the guards come and ask us to leave :D. A very nice night !
On sunday, we, a good part of the people from the night before, go to a little street music festival. We then pass at the hotel nacional for some internet. I then get to now that it is not possible to send money to Cuba from Switzerland via Western Union or other means. There are some other possibilities, but they take more time. I will also learn later on that there ...
... in sweat and happy with our attempt. On the way back we decided to pop into the old town to find a gift for Maura, our wonderful casa particular owner who had been over-and-above good to us. She had talked about perfume so we went into a drugstore to check out the prices (which were astronomical) and were confronted by a local (who we assumed worked there) asking us if we needed any help. The long and short of it was she had followed us in, gave us ...
... requires a certain code of behavior before entry. The museum is quiet interesting and contains lot of photos and memorabilia. The Mausoleum contains Che’s remains and those of his followers who fought and died during the failed Bolivian revolution. His body is not on display instead a stone carving, flower and eliminated star indicate where he is buried. There is also an eternal flame which was lit by Fidel in 1997.
Of course the best story for me was visiting the ...
... and parts, just barely hanging in there as functioning passenger vehicles. They´re all super funky in just about every way imaginable, with all manner of clever modifications keeping them on the road. The very existence of this massive fleet of functioning ancient vehicles throughout the island is a pretty good example of the profound ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Cuban people. Cubans are truly masterful at making do with what´s available. Even ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Occidental Miramar Havana
Nice hotel, location a bit too far out!
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!
The staff on reception were not that great, quite rude and unhelpful at times. It helps if you can speak at bit of Spanish as English is limited.
It can take a while to get into the town centre though and will cost around 10-20 pesos (£5-£10) depending on which taxis you get. If you get a panataxi they are much cheaper but you have to ask the hotel to call for one otherwise if you get a taxi from outside the door they charge you twice as much.
All in all a nice hotel but would recommend staying closer to town if you are planning to spend a lot of time in the centre.
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.
Just got back from a week at the Occidental Miramar.
It was a great visit. Last visit we stayed in Old Havana, and thought we'd see the other side this time. If you start in Old Havana, it seems you never get to Miramar without special effort. In Miramar, it's expected you will be going to the other parts too. From the hotel, there's a free shuttle 3 times a day to La Rampa (Vedado) and Old Havana.
Staying here, it was easy to see the Miramar features. These include some of the better restaurants in Havana, like El Aljibe, Calle 10 Paladar, the musical venue Casa de la Musica. And in fact, the restaurants right in the hotel weren't bad at all. (Not all food in other areas of Havana is this palatable to NA tastes. )
Also in the area, Miramar Trade Center, Supermercado 70, Aquarium, Karl Marx theater, and some interesting other hotels you can visit and eat at. Check out the nearby Melia Habana, nifty. Shopping center in the nearby Comodoro can be used by non-guests too. Walk around in the neighbourhoods, and see some great houses from all periods from art deco back. Some of the great old social clubs of the high classes can be seen, though many are off limits to tourists, reserved for citizens or for army recreation nowadays.
The hotel was very comfortable, most of the pictures you see just don't do it justice. The rooms well kept generally, and a very nice pool. BUT the hotel is not on the ocean if you care about that, it's on the main avenue of Miramar, Quinta Avenida.
- some things like bottled water are overpriced at Hotel (2 CUC). Remedy: go to the astonishing Supermercado 70 a couple of blocks away, and get the best deals in Havana on big bottles, and food you never thought you'd see in Havana
- When you go to the doorman for a cab, they like to ask you where you are going. If not too far, and a hotel vehicle is available, before you know the staff has rolled up a van for you. They will overcharge you for these trips, so ask before you go what the charge is. Counter with a half of their price, if you don't know the usual rate. Insist on a metered cab if they don't give you your rate!
- attending musical events: don't expect guest services to help you buy anything but the approx 3 crusty shows they get commission on. For info on what's really available, timba shows and the like, look at (---).
- The pool is very nice. But beware that the perimeter of the hotel is very open, and you might find some mischief going on by uninvited guests, hookers on the prowl, and moochers especially. Watch your posessions. Note: some cubans and outside guests use the pool by permission or payment, wearing colored wristbands, these folks are okay!
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).
There was a great restaurant called Hostal El Canonazo in Habana El Este on the other side of the big white statue in Old Havana. It is a very small restaurant but the food was excellent and prices were reasonable. We also went to watch the Cabaret Parisien which was very entertaining. The downside to the whole Cuba trip, is people smoking EVERYWHERE. Second hand smoke cannot be avoided!!!
Havana Cuba Hotel Novotel Mirmar (great hotel)
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