Hotel Nacional de Cuba
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This hotel gives some sense of what life was like for tourists pre-revolution and how the culture is now trying to embrace the influx of tourists while staying true to revolutionary ideals, which is a tricky balancing act. So - you have a gorgeous, ornate and relatively well-maintained property (especially by Cuban standards, where things are often held together with baling wire and bubble gum) that coexists with several large portraits of Fidel Castro in the lobby, and it has retained the artillery, trenches, and bunker out in the garden area overlooking the Malecon as a reminder of the 1962 missile crisis. The elevators are slow but reliable, while the plumbing is a bit more temperamental. Expect to have problems with flushing your toilet but the maintenance staff is quick and efficient. Housekeeping service is adequate if slow. The breakfast and dinner buffets are large but sometimes crowded, but there are plenty of choices. The wait staff at the buffets are friendly if somewhat overwhelmed, so patience and a smile will get you that coffee refill quicker than being demanding. There is also a more casual restaurant on the lower level with great soup and huge sandwiches, as well as a fancier gourmet restaurant that we never tried. Don't miss the bar tucked into one corner off the lobby that is a throwback to pre-revolutionary days and has a gallery of all the celebrities who've had a mojito there. There are two outside bars, one just outside the lobby and another at the far end of the grounds overlooking the sea and malecon - both have good drinks at reasonable prices. We particularly liked the outside restaurant, La Barraca, which serves "criollo" food - typical Cuban food. Really liked the ropa vieja (shredded roast beef) and the pork dishes. The servers might try to push you into more expensive entrees (the only time we experienced this in Cuba, by the way) but don't bite! There is also a decent cigar store on the lower level with a good selection of cigars and also accessories.
I was hugely disappointed with the hotel nacional. I would definitely recommend visiting the gardens for a drink but don't stay here. It's horrendously overpriced. The room smells damp, we had no hot water. We had to bring our bags into the hotel ourselves (which I don't mind but the people working there were really rude and unhelpful- maybe because we were young). Internet is 7CUC an hour which was the most expensive we saw throughout Cuba. The breakfast wasn't great - average. Cuba is a hard one. The hotels are expensive and for a 5 star hotel I expected more. It was more like a 2/3 star experience. I far preferred the hotel Sevilla mercure where the staff were friendly and there was a fun vibe. Hotel nacional relies on its name to get people in but it was a rip off.
The hotel Nacional oozes tons of charm AND it has a pleasant outside garden bar where you can have a drink not even for an outrageous price (think CUC 2,50 for a beer). Also it sports a good alternative to the expensive Tropicana cabaret, the Cabaret Parisien. We walked the Malecon (seafront boulevard) from the Paseo to the Nacional, about an hour walk, and had some drinks and admired the historic hotel. Then we took an old American Chevy 55 taxi back to Havana Vieja for CUC 12. It was great fun!
Built in 1932 this hotel offers stunning architecture. Right on the water. You'll have a view of the ocean on one side or Havana on the other. Changing your currency there is easy. Staff was friendly. Leave something for the maids every day and they'll leave you a thank you note. The carpets smell musty but no big deal. Nice clean rooms. Slow elevator. Good air conditioning. Fantastic sitting area in the back on the water. Good buffet for breakfast and dinner. Great coffee!
I didn't stay in the hotel, but this hotel is a must see, lots of history, this is the hotel to visit if you're looking for those hard to find cigars, The Casa de Habana in the basement is one of the best around Cuba.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
Optional meal plan available including breakfast and dinner daily.
- 436 rooms
- 1 Buffet
- 2 a la carte restaurants (Cuban, international)
- Snack bar
- 6 bars, including: Lobby bar, Disco bar, Parisian cabaret
- 2 pools
- Fitness Centre
- Tennis court
- Beauty salon
- Meeting facilities
- Business centre
- Internet station (fee)
- Live entertainment (Cabaret parisien)
- Massage and steam bath
- Laundry services
- Cigar shop
Standard room includes:
- 2 double beds
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Satellite television
- Hair dryer
- In-room safe available for a fee
- Max occupancy: 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child
Bonus Features - Continental breakfast included daily. Historical Tour, 3 times daily.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
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Hotel Nacional de CubaHavana,Cuba
- Hotel Contacts
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Calle 21 y O Vedado, Plaza, Havana 10400 Cuba
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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