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... hot and whats not and get on our feet.
The next few days saw us milling around doing the touristy thangs - Habana Vieja (the old town); a walk on the Malecon; Capitolio... We found our Salsa in corner bars and restaurants mostly everywhere but there's only so many time you can hear 'Chan Chan' or 'Guantanamera' before it runs a little thin...
So taking a chance we headed to 'Casa de la Musica Habana' for night out on the town. ...
... the ration booklet helps them get through the
month without having to contend with much outright hunger. The book basically entitles them (for
free or incredibly cheap) to a couple weeks worth of rice, beans, flour,
eggs, sugar, bread rolls, and soy-based ¨meat¨ products.
*****In terms of violent crime, the cities in Cuba are about as safe as any in the world. Or at least that is the shared perception of both locals and visitors ...
... and well mannered. He seemed happy to chat so we went for a beer and a talk about all things Cuban.
I'm going to refer to him as Alex. That isn't his name, but I won't be giving anything away about his identity as the things he told me can get gim thrown in jail. The night before I had been sitting on the Malecon sea wall (again) watching the sun set (cliched, I know) when a young man in his early 20's came over and started to chat. The conversation went in the way that ...
... a chat with the landlord.
He is called Camona, he worked for government and sold his car to renovate his house for hostel business.
To renovate his house, he spent about 15000 CUC. According to the lonely planet it was illegal to sell house in CUBA(they can only SWAP for houses). So I wonder why he would be willing to spend so much in the house which he is not legally the owner of the house. He told me actually he could sell the house by ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Plaza Havana
OK, you're in Havana so are not expecting perfect service and the height of luxury.
We expected more of this hotel. It is renovated but it lack of good service the room we liked, no toilet paper in the bath room, we asked for it twice and never get back to us, also the towel look dirty and old. the breakfast in the roof restaurant was good, but dinner in the restaurant in the first floor is expensive and good. for the price $120.00 u.s, you can get a better deal in town.
Perfect location-right in the thick of the main action, historical area, malecon closeby, people, cigar factory, music, music, music, museums etc. The front of this hotel looks old and elegant and same applies when you first come into the large lobby area. Breakfast which is usually included is on the roof top with incredible views of the city. For about $10Us you can have a full supper here as well. Food is OK but not incredible. In lobby is a bar and another restaurant. Also just OK. Rooms are just OK. Main attraction is its location and historical aspect. Within 1 km or less is everything you could want to see or experience. Ideal for walking to attractions or else use the inexpensive 3 wheeled motorcycle (lemon) taxis or manual bicycle taxis or old private taxis or modern expensive tourist taxis. Music is everywhere you go, on the street, in the homes, cafes, restaurants etc 24 hrs each day. Street people hassle you in a very gentle manner. A simple no thank you with proper body language usually does the trick.
The Plaza on the corner
If you are looking for luxury, it might get 2 stars. But for Cuban atmosphere, I'd give it four. Remember where you are! It's part of the adventure.
Chose the hotel because of its location and the pictures of the lobby (which still looks great from certain angles). However this hotel is in need of some serious changes. Most rooms are too small, the service is not up to standards (with the exception of Nancy at the rooftop bar), had some outages of warm water... Food was mediocre as well. Security is pretty good, but acts more as gatekeepers for the young prostitutes than as barriers. Only good thing was meeting Teofilio Stevenson in the bar :).
Less than more!!!
good location, but problems with credit card. The food was terrible.
Useful cuban athmosphere hotel
Good 3 star hotel but do check prices against other higher star ones in the square. This is a 3star and should cost so. Always look at the room and ask for the newly done better quality ones! They are there (like 4 star).Lovely bustling reception with cafe and bar and music etc. Pleasent Cuban athmosphererather than International boring,Great breakfast room with views and reasonable breakfast. Nice coffee.
We checked into the Hotel Plaza on July 4, 2002 (seemed like the appropriate day for Americans to go to Cuba) and stayed four nights. It is a beautifully restored hotel and you couldn't find a better location in old Havana. Our room was clean and comfortable with a huge bathroom and shower. Plenty of hot water and the A/C worked great, albeit a little noisy, but it drowned out the street noise.
I visited Havana for the first time between July 25 - August 4, 2002 and stayed at Hotel Plaza which is centrally located in Centro Havana and Prado areas as within easy walk from the ocean front. Although the Hotel Planza was build in the 19th century as a private residence, it was converted as a hotel in 1909.
I have stayed at the Hotel Plaza, three times out of eight visits to Cuba. Great location in Old Havana. Across the street from Hotel Parque Cental. A very short walk to the Capitolio and El Paeque Central. The staff was attentive to any of my needs. Small cafe in lobby. Interesting people staying in hotel. Clean rooms and no problem with air conditioner or hot water. Tip:get a room Not facing the street. Cubans love to party, all night.
Esay to get cab or just walk to any of the many hotels located near by. Top floor has dinning room with great view of area. Hotel Parque Central has a great bar, so just walk over!