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Cuban style hotel located across from the beach.�It is not in Havana but in Havana del Este, about 40 minutes east of Havana.�The only good thing is its proximity to the beach. Please note that hotel standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other Sun Destinations. Unless travelers are familiar with the resort or Cuban hotels, we typically recommend that travelers book a minimum 4 star resort when traveling to Cuba.

Located 30 minutes east of Havana's historical centre, Hotel Tropicoco offers a wide range of services in a genuine Caribbean atmosphere and is ideal for those wanting to enjoy the beach and be close to the excitement of Havana.

Location: Across the road from the beach, 40 minutes from Havana International Airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Charrua2010 : Toronto
Decent, basic hotel

My wife, 16-month old daughter and I spent a week at the Tropicoco and liked it. It is a quirky, Soviet era hotel with a (mostly) public beach across the street. There is a small part of that beach that is reserved for Tropicoco guests, it was a bit crowded and we did not think it was ideal for us since our daughter wanted to wander around a bit. The hotel is basic and a good value as far as we are concerned - hotels in Cuba seem to be getting more expensive all the time (in central Havana they are VERY pricey) - so whether you would enjoy staying at the Tropicoco really depends on what you expect from a hotel.We found the rooms to be basic (lukewarm water) but more than good enough for a beach hotel.The food was a combination of traditional Cuban (rice and beans, plantains, pork, ect ) and some dishes that were using what they had, which in Cuba changes day to day. The kitchen staff were creative a made some great dishes - I thought the jalapeno peppers with luncheon meat was quite good. We ate fresh fried fish every day. Tropical fruits were plentiful, the breakfast omelettes were great. Milk was powdered, again this is Cuba it's reasonable to expect things like that unless you pay way more than we did for this hotel.The dining room staff were for the most part very good - other travelers have mentioned Osmani - they are right he is excellent the man really understands customer service. We really need to mention that shortly after our arrival, our daughter came down with a high fever and severe cough - we were told by service and medical staff at the hotel to go to a hospital in Havana (where the service was excellent) and the hotel staff really helped us out in getting to the hospital. Mabel at the front desk and the doorman, Orlando, in particular helped us out a great deal during this situation.Other travelers have mentioned the sex trade that seems to go on at this hotel - we saw it for ourselves but having said that it was discreet enough that it did not bother us at all, we walked all over that building with our little girl and never saw or heard anything that was over the top disturbing.Distance to Havana is a real plus here, about 30 minutes drive with taxis outside the main entrance of the hotel all the time and you can choose between an old American car, a Soviet Lada or more modern taxis.Overall, a pleasant stay we would go back for sure but probably not until our daughter is older (no child care facilities, if that is a must go to a more expensive place).

  • Jude D :
Hotel Tropicoco was good value for money

The food was standard however a different selection of dinner meat, fish or chicken every night. 3 desserts all the same each night. I highly recommend the waiter I had Osmany he could get you anything you needed and was a wealth of information. Naiyen our waitress was affable and friendly as well.The rooms are older design, however the beds were fine, the room was clean, had hot water and air conditioning. They supply one towel per day and they are on small side. Bring all toiletries and include a wash cloth as this is not provided. I recommend taking bug spray as there are a lot of mosquitos as well as Immodium to avoid unnecessary problems. For a low price this was still good quality. I would recommend getting ocean view.

  • 74smile4me : Toronto, Canada

No hot water six days, room flooded ,cheeky hotel staff told me go wait in my room, wouldn't change rooms, but. Annd it's a big one, over run with prostitutes, . They all hang out on the front steps, with their pimps, hotel allows this, constantly harassed by them, beach is a disaster, broken bottles, garbage, everywhere, food was edible, they allow, the perverts too bring girls into the hotel , pool is a joke ,it's filthy, the smell from raw sewage downstairs, near the bar, unbearable, , the bar near the beach you have to purchase beer ,so it's not all inclusive,

  • susyOttawa : Ottawa, Canada

no hot water, got stuck in elevator and it went dark, smelly sludge in my shower, tv. not work, food too salty, low on toilet paper, told front desk and they did nothing, walked up five flights for rest of trip with a bad ankle,

  • Harts16 : Strasburg, Colorado
Travelers hotel, Great Beach, No Frills, Safe.

*** Get your VISA in Miami airport -concourse D -$100.00 US.Landing in Havana, Cuba you realize you are in a third world country, it made me SMILE how slow paced and simple it is. A 40 minute ($40 CUC) taxi ride through the country side. You arrive in Santa Maria and the Tropicoco, you wonder is it abandoned with the deteriorating Blue paint and typical moldy looking exterior. Nice main lobby, clean dining room & common areas.~*~The BEACH ~*~...... across the street.....chairs and a free mixed drinks for hotel guests.Clean sand and uncrowded.The food will satisfy your hunger, but don't expect much, bring spices, coffee, etc. Get rooms on the ocean side 5th & 6th floor. NO hot water our entire trip, beds are better than the floor and the day it rained the ceiling leaked. 110 power to charge your devices. Drinks are bottom shelf but plentiful. Nightly entertainment was fun. ~*~ The BEACH ~*~.**Check out (The Atlantico Hotel )for more amenities.**Free bus to Havana & back daily, reserve your spot the morning before.FYI- they know the Americans are coming. Havana is bustling and you can walk around and see the sites or a car ride or carriage ride. It's a tourist town don't fall for the bait and end up in a place you feel obligated to purchase, Cigars, meals, etc. Just say NO and walk away! Exchange money in any hotel the banks are super slow & crowded- 87 CUC to $100. US.~*~The BEACH ~*~Cuba is full of beauty, this might be your only opportunity to see this land stuck in Time before the flood gates of development opens and it will be just another corporate vacation spot.Have fun, enjoy the experience.

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  • 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
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  • 3 Meals daily plus snacks
  • Domestic and international drinks (domestic beer & cocktails daily from, 7am-2am)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • 188 rooms
  • 1 Buffet & 1 � la carte restaurant
  • 1 Snack bar
  • 3 Bars
  • 1 Pool
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Massage (fee)
  • Medical service (fee)
  • Tour desk
  • Shop (fee)

Hotel room with:

  • 2 Twin beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower only
  • Satellite TV
  • Max occupancy 3 persons

Bonus - Free shuttle service daily to Havana.

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Hotel Tropicoco
Ave Sur y Las Terrazas Santa Maria del Mar, Havana 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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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