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Could be better.
OK, you're in Havana so are not expecting perfect service and the height of luxury.
You're certainly not going to get it at this place anyway !
The building is nice, and the lobby / bar isn't too bad. It is also quite a handy location for all the main sights. Trouble is, you get accosted by all sorts of beggars, 'guides' and rip-off merchants the second you step out the door.
I would not recommend eating anything at this hotel. The breakfast buffet consisted of cotton-wool bread, hard boiled eggs and unidentifiable pink meat. My veggie wife was hungry in Cuba !!
We also ordered a pizza at lunch time, it was terrible, and we had 'delhi belly' for days afterwards.
The room was adequate, but was noisy and smelled of diesel - as does most of Havana. The air-con unit was noisy too, and there were stains on the ceiling caused by leaks.
When we were about to check out, a couple of guys came up to our room with a big cart of paint. They proceeded to paint over the ceiling stains, presumably to satisfy the next occupant of the room ! That says it all really.
I would recommend the Parque Central across the road - we went there to use the pool and it was a different world.
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.
Local cigars (Relobas) for cubans are $1US for a package of 25 cigars, or $1Us for a fake brand name cigar or up $17US for a certified Cohiba cigar (cigar shops). Lots of peso stores in the area, even the famous ice cream shops, theatres etc. I would recommend this place mainly for its atmosphere and location, however if you want ultra clean, luxurious surroundings then stay home.
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.
Not worth the money anymore, go to El Telegrafo
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 :).
So all in all this hotel has reached the end of its economic lifespan.
Next time I will definitely book in El Telegrafo, just across the square. Do not be fooled by the exterior, walk right in and if you, like me, are into Gaudian architecture you will fall in love instantly.
Great eye for detail (check the signs around this place). They also made the best Mujitos I had when I visited Havana for two weeks. And their staff is doing everything they can to make sure that this little jem gets on the map. So go there before the big travel agencies find this oasis!
Otherwise, try Hotel Florida, which would be my second choice for the next visit.
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.
Right in the Thick of It
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.
The beds are a bit firm and thin. The rooms are a little dark (always conserving in Cuba), so don't plan on reading much in your room unless you bring some 100 watt bulbs. As mentioned, the street side rooms are a little noisy, but we live in the middle of a city, so we are used to it. The breakfast buffet is interesting, not exactly gourmet dining, but there was enough variety and the view from the roof is beautiful. The staff was always helpful and friendly.
The important thing to remember is that this is Cuba, tourism is relatively new here, they're still learning how to do it, don't expect the Ritz-Carlton. Relax and go with it!
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.
The first room where I spent a night was terrible. The bathroom was very filthy with nasty order. I was forced to change to another room on the third floor. Although the room was away from the street, it was similarly bad in every sense of the word.
While the cleaning maid tried to clean the room as much as possible, the money I left her was stolen by one of the staff. DO NOT LEAVE ANY MONEY IN THE ROOM FOR THE MAID. PLEASE GIVE THEM IN PERSON THE DAY BEFORE YOU DEPART.
ALSO DO NOT LEAVE IN CASH OR VALUABLE IN THE SECURITY BOX. YOU WILL REGRET IT !!!
This is a hotel you should avoid in Havana. There are other nice hotel in the city.
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!
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