Hotel ROC Presidente
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OverviewIn the heart of Havana in the El Vedado area. Approximately 3 km from Old Havana; 130 km from the Varadero airport.
Hi. We are a 45 and 52 year old adventurous Australian couple who have traveled. Booked by our travel agent for the first and last night of a bus tour of the island March 2017. This hotel like most is government run and well past it's prime. No doubt magnificent 100 years ago. Like most things in Cuba. Time stopped in 1962. Clean with a pool. 24 hour cafe and bar. Where you can get a toasted sandwich, a coffee, alcohol and cigarettes. No tea. Cubans don't drink tea so if you visit you'll need to bring it with you. Lifts don't work half the time. Water pressure is great in some rooms and non existent in others. So before anything check the water press in case you need to change rooms. No tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms. Rooms have fridges but like all Cuban hotels they are empty. You should always carry water with you as you can't drink the tap water.There's money changing facilities in the lobby but rate wasn't great. Restaurant was just okay. Breakfast is included so we just had fruit, toast etc to get us through to lunch. Rooms have safes which they charge you an extra $2 per day to use. Hairdryer was at least 30 years old so bring your own. It will take you two hours to stroll to anywhere of interest or $10 in a cab. Wi-fi available but you need to buy a card from a telephone centre. You need your passport and they cost $2-$3 per hour.Tourism is one of the islands main economic resources so everyone is opening bed and breakfast type homestay business. Costing around $35 per room per night. They can be identified by an upside down anchor sympol sign. Basic and very varied they can be everything from a shared room to a couples room with air con, stocked fridge, tv, safe, ensuite...Cuba is an interesting place but only for the seasoned traveler. It's like camping. You need to be resourceful, prepared. Hardly anyone speaks anything but Spanish.
We stayed in the hotel for a second time, for one week in the beginning of March 2017. Booked via a travel agency, one week in Havana and one week in Varadero. Havana was absolutely the best part of our holiday! Presidente is a charming old style hotel, with a beautiful lobby and a nice veranda. Enjoyed sitting there and watching people. Our room in the 9th floor was in a good condition, clean and good beds. Since our visit two years ago, the pool had been renovated. The personnel of the hotel is polite, however some hint of business hotel kind of attitude could be seen although most of the residents were tourists. The lobby bar is a bit expensive. We found nearby cafes which also the locals use. Some hundred meters to the west there are good restaurants with a view to Malecon. The Habana Cafe at Melia Cohiba is at a walking distance. We also found a local bank and changed money there (around 500 meters to west). We preferred the location in Vedado, as its less noisy and close to the sea. We even walked to the centre, though taxis and hop on - hop off bus can be used, too.
Step out on the patio and listen to music. Superb. Step inside and admire the classicness of the past. Rooms are nice, beds better than most in Cuba. Showers excellent. Breakfast the best we had. Perfect. No. Not as vibrant an area as old Havana, but good for relaxing and a day or two decompressing.
The front desk service at this hotel was the worst I have ever experienced. They were not helpful and sometimes even lied to me. The breakfast is almost inedible and not worth the price they charge for the buffet. Even the coffee was not drinkable. I would not stay here if you can avoid it.
The check in starts only at 4 p.m., but some of us had to wait for the rooms until 6 p.m. And some other people were coming later, after us, and getting rooms before us. Interesting. The good thing though was the upgrade to a better room (suite on the top floore. Thank you.WIFI only at lobby area. You can buy internet cards: 1 hour - 2 CUC (2 EUR). The connection is sometimes good, but sometimes bad. The food is OK for breakfast and dinner. Nothing special, but you won't be hungry. Drinks (beer 2 - 2,5 CUC, wine 3,5 CUC) pricey for such place and quality). Always few cabs (taxis) waiting at the entrance of hotel.Currancy exchange at the lobby: 1 USD = 0,87 CUC, 1 EUR = 0,97 CUC. Hot water was not a problem as somewhere else in Cuba.The room was clean and normal, despite few minuses. Safebox for a charge.2 elevators working, but some patience will help :)Yes, the hotel is old, but a little bit charming. I would say, 7 points of 10.
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- Items of a personal nature
- 158 Rooms
- 1 Pool
- 3 Restaurants
- 2 Bars
- Internet access (fee)
- Car Rental Desk
- Laundry service
- Tour Desk
- Currency Exchange
- Massage (fee)
- Medical Services (fee)
- 1 Queen or 2 Double beds
- Mini Fridge
- Air Conditioned
- Hair Dryer
- Safety Deposit Box
- Satellite TV
- Maximum Occupancy 3
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Hotel ROC PresidenteHavana,Cuba
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- Extra Info
C/ Calzada 110 Esquina Avda de los Presidentes Plaza de la Revolución, Havana Cuba
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