We stayed here on our arrival in Havana, for 3 nights. Its not so easy for taxi drivers from the airport to find as it is in the pedestrianised part of the old town, but this makes it a great location once you are settled in. Some of the staff were very friendly, others more indifferent and on our early morning departure we had to be quite persistent to get our breakfast on time and to get a taxi ordered. Having said that, this hotel is an easy introduction to Cuba, being in the heart of the tourist area and with lots of restaurants all about. The rooms are big, are in a reasonable condition and pretty comfortable. The bathroom was big but only just clean enough. This place feels like it is really a restaurant with about 5 rooms attached. The main activity is feeding and entertaining, with daily and nightly flamenco, groups of tourists. If you want to eat here, they seemed to insist we had the 20 CUC set menu, which we didn't want and were not very happy when we went elsewhere rather than be bamboozled into a meal twice as expensive as you needed to pay. This review is written with hindsight, after three weeks in Cuba, and fantastic hospitality and great food in the casa particulares. Hotels seemed rather pale, but expensive, comparisons by the time we finished our trip. Oh, and hotels in the old part of town, do not have mains water, so the water lorry comes every morning at 5am, outside your window and fires up its pump to pump your shower water into the hotel. This was slightly cheaper than the Hostal Valencia we stayed in on our return to Havana, but I would say the extra CUCs were worth it.
- Also Known As:
- El Meson De La Flota Hotel
- El Meson De La Flota Hotel Havana