The Melia Cohiba is a lovely hotel. I stayed here for 3 days before heading to Varadero.
The lobby, dining rooms and pool are gorgeous and the staff are very professional and helpful. The location is in Vedado, not the main tourist area, but a daily shuttle bus will take you to Old Havana for free. Just be aware of when the shuttle leaves and returns and you won't have to pay for a taxi. I really liked the location personally, it was right next to the Malecon, and thus had fantastic ocean views, sea breeze, and the Malecon is a great place to hang out in the evenings. It's a quiet and more relaxing setting than being in the heart of Havana. Vedado is a nice neighbourhood for sightseeing too, there are beautiful embassies only minutes from the hotel along the Avenida Paseo, and lots of friendly locals who will be interested in talking to you.
A couple of other local spots to check out near the hotel, a couple of blocks towards Old Havana along Calle 3 is a little roadside cafeteria that has GREAT milkshakes and fruit smoothies for the equivalent of 10 cents Canadian! Perfect for a hot day, be sure to leave a little tip for the lady making it for you. There is another cafeteria in the small mall right outside of the hotel entrance where you can pick up bottled water for a great price. A nice man named Dariem works there some days, he speaks great English and can give you tips about touring in Havana. Be sure to tip him too.
My room was very nice and the hotel is so tall that the view was spectacular, I watched the sun go down over the ocean every night! The air conditioning works really well which is a relief after a hot and humid day wandering the city.
All in all I think this hotel is great and I would stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Privileged location in the modern Vedado district. Modern rooms with spectacular views of the ocean, city and majestic Malecon ocean drive. Buffet, gourmet, Italian and grill restaurants. Habana Café with memorabilia evoking the 1950`s. Spacious and comfortable multipurpose rooms for meetings and banquets with capacity for up to 500 persons. Executive floors with Royal Service and Business center. Lobby bar opened 24 hrs, piano bar, bar with live music and a Cuban cigar and rum sampling bar for connoisseurs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Cohiba Hotel Havana
- Melia Hotel Havana
- Melia Hotel Cohiba