we stayed here while traveling in Cuba on a "people to people" visit sponsored by "Ocean Doctor". This bustling hotel definitely caters to foreign tourists. The location is perfect to explore Havana. It meets western standards and nothing....except water(more in a bit) ...is for want. after check in you need to goto the money change window and easily convert your Dollars or Euros to "CUCS"...the official tourist currency. the official exchange rate is 87 CUCs per 100$US. You now will have the means to explore Cuba as everything is about CUCs for Cuba....the need for hard currency. It s also the main reason that the best careers on the island are in the tourist industry as citizens are paid their "official"salaries in Cuban pesos....worth around 1/25 of a CUC. a tip in CUCs is everyones goal! That being said the 24 hr. bar was great, the breakfast buffet immense, the gift/cigar/rum shop stocked....all priced in reasonable...for tourists...prices. Cubans not allowed except to work. Purchase a WIFI card on the second floor(bring passport to prove you are a tourist) for slow communications...10 CUCs per 2 hour card. Our rooms(we bookended our trip here) were spacious and modern w/ mini bars,good mattresses,safe,lotsa towels, and clean. small door opened over balcony so as to hear..and smell the city. only reason not 5star...was on third morning....NO WATER....whole hotel. Welcome to Cuba LOL. problem solved by our afternoon return. also note we were in the "old" section of the hotel which is connected via an under street tunnel to the "modern" section...don't miss the great images adorning the tunnel. We were able to use the bathrooms and eat in the Modern building as they had water. We understand this water issue was an isolated occurrence. Don't miss the awesome rooftop pool and bar for great views of the city. Staff was great w/o exception. lively music in lobby evenings. always felt VERY safe in and out of the hotel. This hotel is a great choice when exploring Havana. 4 1/2 stars for us.
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