(Holmfirth, United Kingdom)
Jan 30, 2023
We stayed in this wonderful old, traditional Spanish hotel in the centre of Havana for 5 days. The saying goes : Location, location, location. Well this hotel fits that perfectly. Smack right bang at the big square in Havana couldn’t be better situated.
On our arrival at the next hotel we realised that we had left shirts in this hotel. The concierge, Julio César Moralles went above and beyond to arrange for transportation of the forementioned shirts to new hotel in Varadero without charge to us. Hence the title of this review. He couldn’t have done more or try harder & for that I’ll be forever grateful.
Thank you Julio.
Not as good as it could be.
(Gattonside, United Kingdom)
Jan 28, 2023
Considered to be one of the best hotels in Havana but really no where near 5* Our Colonial Room was large but no facilities such as a kettle or coffee etc. Bed was large and comfortable but the room needed dusting and bathroom door and wardrobe doors were stiff to shut. Bathroom was large and shower was good. The room colour was drab and dated.
Breakfast was buffet style with a wide range of options including omelettes cooked to order. fruit juices were rather strange. Bread is poor quality but there is a man tasting it constantly.
Great view from the rooftop pool area.
Impossible to get through the front door without a barrage of hustlers asking if you wanted a taxi etc. The hotel really does need to address this. Watch out in the evening for hustlers who come alongside and start chatting saying they work at the hotel and the offer to show you where there is a good restaurant which is on their way home. We fell for this once - fortunately the restaurant was not at all bad but at the end of the day day there was a request for money from the "hotel doorman" There was no threat but this sort of thing makes you wary of locals who you can never be sure whether they are being genuinely friendly or hustlers. Be aware. Having said that Havana is a safe city and we never felt at risk in any way.
The Parque Central is a potentially grand hotel which with a bit more attention to detail could be so much better. It is nonetheless and excellent location