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:
or disinterested staff
- dirty and/or broken things including the
furniture, linen, fixtures and plumbing
- 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
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
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
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
Villa Megano [B]
Villa Los Pinos [B]
Islazul Las Terrazas Aparthotel [B]
Atlantico Aparthotel [B]
Hotel Saint John’s
Hotel el Bosque
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]
Hotel Habana Paseo
Okay to Good
Armadores de Santander
Park View Hotel
El Meson de la Flota
Hotel ROC Presidente
Hotel Quinte Avenida Habana
Hotel Ambos Mundos
Cubanacan Boutique Chateau Miramar
The Very Good
Hotel Palacio del Marques
Hotel Tryp Habana Libre
The Top Five
Hotel Iberostar Parque Central
NH Capri Hotel