Hotels in Havana Cuba

Some of the cheaper hotels in Havana Cuba can be comfortable while other higher-priced “palaces” can be a disappointment. It’s not always the cost that defines what you will get. This is only one of the factors.

What to expect

In general, the main complaints about hotels in Havana are:

  1. rude or disinterested staff
  2. dirty and/or broken things including the furniture, linen, fixtures and plumbing 
  3.  poor quality food 

If you can accept that the hotels in Havana, like the physical infrastructure of Havana itself, deteriorate in the humidity, heat and hurricanes—with little chance of repairs—then you can understand the conditions.

The surly attitude of staff is something else. At worst you can be robbed... pilfering of luggage or padding the bill... but for the most part you will just be ignored. Expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised when someone smiles or helps you.

The desk staff can seem annoyed when you “bother” them; the maids, who know you will tip them or leave clothing, are in a friendlier mood.

This lack of service is found all over the city, in every enterprise, due to low wages and poor working conditions. Local people suffer just as you may suffer. So it’s not just an abuse of foreigners; it’s general abuse of the population. If someone is really friendly to you in the streets, that’s a tip-off that they are about to try to part you from some of your cash.

My ratings for hotels in Havana Cuba 

You can divide the Havana hotel properties into five main clusters:

  • the worst
  • the cheap but acceptable
  • the okay to good
  •  the very good and 
  •  the top five 

It’s not always the cost that determines the quality. The worst are mostly found in the bottom price brackets and the top five are among the most expensive. 

However, it’s the ones in-between where you need to take care. Always check out the opinions of past guests at the www.tripadvisor.com  site before committing to a stay. Check the latest opinions because conditions at Cuban hotels can change in a heartbeat.



To get my latest letter from Havana...

The Good the Bad and the Acceptable of hotels in Havana Cuba

[B] means Beach location, a 25 minute drive from Havana

The Worst

Villa Megano  [B]

Villa Los Pinos  [B]

Islazul Las Terrazas Aparthotel  [B]

Atlantico Aparthotel  [B]

Hotel Lincoln

Hotel Lido

Hotel Victoria

Hotel Plaza

Hotel Tulipan

Hotel Saint John’s

Hotel Neptuno-Triton

Hotel Deauville

Hotel el Bosque

Islazul Caribbean

Club Acuario

If you are wondering why anyone would book into hotels in Havana Cuba with on-line descriptions such as “filthy, bug-ridden, rude, prostitution, mold, etc.” there are a few upsides that keep the guests coming year after year.

Many of the above hotels in Havana are beach-side at Santa Maria del Mar, a beautiful location. Others are found in central locations of Havana. These hotels are cheap and feature attractive young women on or near the premises. This is a big draw for many visitors.

If you want to take a Cuban into your hotel room you must pay an additional daily fee.


Cheap But Acceptable

Gran Caribe Club Atlantico  [B]

Bravo Club Hotel Arenal  [B]

Tropicoco Hotel  [B]

Villa Bacuranao  [B]

Islazul Colina

Kohly Hotel

Hotel Habana Paseo

Montehabana

Hotel Vedado


Okay to Good

Armadores de Santander

Park View Hotel

El Meson de la Flota

Hotel Florida

Hotel ROC Presidente

Memories Miramar

Hotel Sevilla

Hotel Raquel

Hotel Quinte Avenida Habana

Habana Panorama

Habana Riviera

Hotel Copacabana

Hotel Ambos Mundos

Cubanacan Boutique Chateau Miramar


The Very Good

Hotel Telegrafo

Hotel Nacional

Hotel Saratoga

Hotel Palacio del Marques

Hotel Inglaterra

Hotel Tryp Habana Libre


The Top Five

Hotel Iberostar Parque Central

Melia Cohiba

Melia Habana

NH Capri Hotel

Hotel Terral