This hotel was fantastic, the staff were very attentive and helpful and only too happy to suggest places of interest. Our room was clean and comfortable and the balcony gave a great insight to the everyday life in this vibrant city. The reception is impressive and the lobby bar is full of atmosphere and serves great drinks with better service but be aware it can get busy. Breakfast was plentiful and I would highly recommend the omellette bar. We did also eat in the steak restaurant and though the prices may seem a bit steep the meal more than made up for it, possibly the best steak I have had. The hotel is in THE perfect location for anyone wanting to experience Havana to the full in every aspect. I would recommend that first time visitors do arrange to join one of the city tours before venturing out alone as it will give you your bearings and plenty of interesting information about this outstanding city. Other than the tour I was more than happy to wander freely around the city both day and night and although you are constantly asked to take taxi’s/ buy cigars (which can easily be dealt with by telling them you aren’t interested) I did not feel anxious or threatened at any point, something I can’t say for other cities I’ve visited. The rooftop pool area is also a great place to relax and take in the sun (beware though the sun is stronger than it seems), as I was informed by my partner, and I have to say that the views over the city were breathtaking especially over the central park, taking in the Capitolio building.
The only sour point for me was leaving after just three nights for Varadero, though we are going back for a week next year. I would wholeheartedly recommend this extraordinary country and this superlative hotel to anybody. Worth every penny and more.
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