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Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Ranked #6 of 80 Hotels in Havana
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We have just returned from our honeymoon in Cuba, staying in the Hotel Nacional for 3 nights before moving on to Varaderos. The hotel is beautiful! It has so much history - in fact there is even a historical tour of the hotel available! The room we had was massive with 2 double beds, and a big bathroom. The front of the hotel overlooks the sea, with the rear looking over into Havana - this is a view with a difference - new hotel buildings mixed with old dilapidated ones!
All the staff were really friendly and keen to help/talk to you.
The negatives were few......no tea/coffee making facilities in the room, and the restaurant menus do not cater for vegetarians - although we knew to expect this before we went. But they are always happy to provide a salad!!!
We spent a lovely few hours around one of the outside pools, again with faultless service from the waitress there.
I fully recommend the half day tour of Havana - you get a real feel for its history and get a feel for where you would like to explore on your own.
Havana really is an eye-opener and well worth a visit - but we were glad to move on after 3 days.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Havana is a great city that I would recommend to any traveller who is looking for a real travel experience rather than luxury. If you are going to spend time in Havana then for me the Nacional is the only place to stay. Whilst it may be a little tired this is more than compensated for by the history and elegance that surrounds you on every turn.

Rooms are a little old but stylish and clean, and you may even be lucky enough to stay in a room that has previously been used by one of the many famous guests that have stayed at the hotel over the years. These rooms are easily identifiable by the plaques within the halls giving information on the famous individuals that have stayed within one of the numerous rooms.

Staff are very helpful but the reception is extremely busy so at times you need to be patient. Numerous beautiful bars where you will be able to sip a cocktail and smoke and smoke a cigar from the big selection available to purchase within the hotel’s own cigar shop which can be found on the ground floor.

Breakfast by Havana prices is a little expensive, but there are a number of small cafes surrounding the hotel where you can eat at a much lower price and also enjoy the company of some of the locals.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Our room was clean, comfortable, and the entire hotel is filled with the type of classic elegance that calls to mind a bygone era. Architecturally speaking the hotel is stunning. I loved being able to sit on the hill in the back and watch the cars drive by on the Malecon. We were treated to an amazing breakfast buffet with great variety and native treats every morning.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Antonio M, Director General at Hotel Nacional de Cuba, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear guest

Thank you for your positive comment about the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, this is a National Monument for its stunning architecture and its history.
We are glad to know you enjoyed our charms and services.

We hope to see you again when you return to the Hotel.

Best Regards,

Antonio Martinez Rodriguez
General Director
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Amazing hotel as well as city! Hotel was like stepping back to the thirties so much history and
Character it was Quirky ... If you want a modern hotel that every thing works well .... book somewhere else! This was Cuba and they try very hard to please you and that's worth a lot. It has a fantastic show which was like in the thirties clubs .fantastic. The restaurants were pretty good too
The only downfall when you wanted to go to the old city you had to get a cab which come in many forms ...ours was an old convertible American car which we loved every time... So no downfall! A must see hotel even if you don't stay.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 8 th floor fantastic view. If you give a tip of one cuc which is 75p your cleaner w...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Antonio M, Director General at Hotel Nacional de Cuba, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear guest

Thanks for sharing your positive comments with Trip Advisor users.
The stay at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba allows time travel, the Hotel is 83 years old, but the histories on this site, started earlier.

Thanks for recommending us. We will like you come back to Hotel.

Best Regards,

Antonio Martinez Rodriguez
General Director
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Lining in Hotel Nacional de Cuba is something fantastic. Keep in mind that there stay many famous persons. It was the very famous hotel of Hemingway. An old fasion hotel. Beautiful rooms, excellent food and breakfast. There you can drink the famous Mojito.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Antonio M, Director General at Hotel Nacional de Cuba, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2014

Dear guest.
Thank by to characterize as a fantastic Hotel and for sharing your comments through Trip Advisor.
We are glad to know that you enjoyed the rooms, breakfast, lunch and mojito.
We will like you come back to the hotel when you make an upcoming trip to Havana.

Best Regards,

Antonio Martínez Rodríguez
Director-General
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Not only is this a Historic property, the staff and service makes up for the less than perfect rooms and yet most important is cleanliness and safety.

Jose at the front entrance was always cheerful and Humberto the chef at Breakfast served perfect eggs and omelets as you ordered.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Antonio M, Director General at Hotel Nacional de Cuba, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2014

Dear guest.

Thanks for your opinion about the Hotel.
The Hotel is a National Monument, it is like a museum.

We will congratulate Joseph and Humberto for the cordials services.

We will like that you come back to the hotel when you make your next trip to Havana.


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Antonio Martínez Rodríguez
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

The hotel was built in the '30s, and some features are still the original ones. This has consequences: do not expect to have a super-efficient bathroom. This said, it has enough charme and history to compensate these little problems.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Address: Calle 21 y O | Vedado, Plaza, Havana 10400, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Havana
#6 Luxury Hotel in Havana
#7 Business Hotel in Havana
#8 Romantic Hotel in Havana
Price Range: £156 - £320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Nacional de Cuba 5*
Number of rooms: 426
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With an exceptional location in the very center of the city of Havana, facing the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the entrance to the Bay of the capital; with a rich and surprising history, combining: milestones; the validity of our history and national culture, have done that since its inauguration in 1930 has welcomed countless personalities of world history, culture, science, sport and politics. ... more   less 
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