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When we arrived at Havana airport, we were lulled into a false sense of security as a twenty-something year old with legs-up-to-her-armpits met us straight off the plane and glided us past all of the controls and into an air conditioned bar where a cold beer was waiting. Really. Reality returned ten minutes later when we had to go back to collect …
Upon arrival to Cuba my heart fluttered with excitement. Jeremy and I promised each other this visit while at a concert of Rodrigo y Gabriela and their band C.U.B.A. With a place to stay the first three nights and some semblance of plans for after the thrill comes from not being sure if you'll pass through customs no problem. All went smoothly and we were greeted at the airport by our host's eager daughter. Havana is ...
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Ray - This gorgeous man saw Leslie and me taking pictures at his apartment building with a staircases to nowhere. Within minutes he invited us to his home on the 27th floor. We rode the only elevator of our trip, met lounging neighbors and playful kids along the way, and were treated to some of the best views in town. We were welcomed into the home he shared with his aunt and were invited to ...
Tuesday 17 April 2012 - Habana - Cuba
Castro, cigars, cha cha, Che and CUCS. Sass, salsa, singing, swindling and soul. Rum, rum and rum ( in Spanish - Ron, Ron e Ron) This is what we experienced….
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... safe and to watch out at night , blah, blah, blah. The reality of it was that whilst we were in Havana I felt remarkably safe. Yes we grabbed the attention of the Cuban males ( you couldn’t find 4 girls more different to the Cuban woman out there) but not once did we feel unsafe or uncomfortable, even walking through the streets of an evening and through crowded tourist spots.The weather was absolutely amazing. When we got off ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Saratoga Havana
Spent 3 nights here in the middle of our holiday. This hotel is advertised as a 5 star hotel and it certainly felt like it. There were staff everywhere to open the door, help with your luggage etc.
Saratoga hotel, Havana - Great!
Excellent except for breakfasts which were only luke warm and the poached eggs were solid. Raul, the concierge, is very helpful and pleasant. Rooms very comfortable and well appointed. Bars are very good and the bar staff are knowledgeable. All in all - terrific.
I stayed here on business for 6 days in September 2006. It was my second trip to Cuba and my second trip to Havana.
I agree with most people here and believe the Saratoga is an excellent hotel by cuban standards. Fortunately the problems with the hot water where solved when I went there so no cold showers for me!!
My new husband and I stayed here for the start of our honeymoon in Cuba. It was one of the better hotels we experienced throughout our trip however, it is important to realise that Cubans have no notion of what good service actually is. The conceierge Raul was, however, more than attentive to our needs and was very helpful provided we were firm with what we wanted to do and did not just go along with his suggestions (what he described as the most amazing restaurant with a pretty terrace and an exclusive private dining experience was, in fact, a shack in his friend's garden, a 45 minute cab ride away with the usual selection of grilled meat with rice and beans and every other person in the hotel eating there too). That said he is useful for local information. The Saratoga rooms are spacious, clean and (for Cuba) tastefully decorated with a nice view of the square, Capitol and Patargas cigar factory. Food is terrible, the paladares were so much better than any restaurant we tried, including that of the hotel. The rooftop pool is without doubt a major boon in smelly Havana. Yes there are problems with hot water but this is the case with the whole of Cuba and mostly occurs in the middle of the night. And yes everyone is on the make, after a tip, giving you a recommendation, both inside and outside the hotel, this can get tedious but it is mostly harmless. Having taken a look at other hotels in Havana it is probably one of the best, but at no point will you feel pampered or looked after as you would expect in 5 star hotel. Many of their efforts to be helpful are in fact laughter-inducing (if you don't laugh you will cry). The hotel offers a welcome respite from the exciting, hot street-life of Havana. Ultimately, Saratoga tries hard and for that we were grateful.
We stayed on our honeymoon in November. Loved the place. Excellent facilities for havana and it had just opened. Found the staff really friendly and the hotel in excellent condition throughout.
The best in Old Havana
Of all the historical hotels in Havana, the Hotel Saratoga is by far the best. We stayed in a room overlooking the Capitola Builiding and the parks, Wow, what a view.... The room was beautiful and very comfortable. The pool on the roof overlooking the city is spectacular. The only negative was the quality of the food on the morning buffet. Overall, I highly recommend this hotel if staying in Havana, just make sure you adjust your expectations when traveling there.
Hotel Saratoga was my first experience of a 5 star hotel in Cuba, and compared to the 5 * Sandels Hotel Princesa Del Mar in Veradero, it was very good.
A Very Good Hotel
We stayed at three different Hotels in Havana, The Saratoga, NH Parque Central and the Nacional. This Hotel was the best of the three. We arrived late 11.30 pm, however we were welcomed most heartily with a cocktail. The room was large and clean and the bathroom was spotless. If I were going to Havana again this would be my first choice without a doubt.
A further thought - if a swimming pool is important to you then unfortunately this hotel only has a small pool on the roof but it does suffice.
The Saratoga is a newly renovated luxury hotel very well situated across from the park and Capitolio. Since it's on the outer edge of where renovations are taking place it borders a more run-down area of old Havana which gives you a good sense of local life in all its decaying, noisy, musical beauty.