We read all the bad reviews before we booked but went anyway. The hotel is right in the heart of Old Havana where most of the things we wanted to see and experience were close by. The staff were wonderful, loved the bar, the weather was fairly cool and windy when we were there March 8 to 11th so we didn't spend any time on the Terrace but I imagine it would be delightful in warmer weather. Nice little bar up there and a great view of the harbour from the front and old buildings and a square from the side. The hotel is very old and beautiful. Marble, high ceilings, real wood doorframes, doors, wardrobes etc. Our room was on the first floor, which is actually about 1 1/2 floors up from the lobby. Comfortable bed, pillows. Very basic washroom and there was a drip from the ceiling above us when you sat on the toilet but it was small and not constant so we were not bothered. The water was warm, not hot but when you're walking around in the sun all day it is still refreshing. Water pressure wasn't great but all in all, we knew we were better off than 95% of the Havana people so who were we to complain? Didn't notice any bad smells from the harbour as others stated. Room was noisy in the daytime and early evening but quiet at night. We were in the city, we didn't expect anything else from a small hotel. But this is the place to stay if you are looking to meet and speak with the locals. My husband was using his Spanish (what little he had) and got very good at it too as everybody was so patient and when he was searching for a word they helped him out. Great restaurants nearby that we could walk to, the malecon is not far, the market a few blocks. All those small narrow streets with cobblestones filled with people. We spent very little time in our room except to sleep and would sit in the bar which had tables with open windows to watch people going by. Reception was extremely helpful as was the bellhop and the bar staff by directing us, giving us ideas etc. We visited some of the upscale hotels and were so glad we were not staying there. We were in Cuba for a week, with 4 nights in Varadero where we got our share of being spoiled and then the 3 nights here, where we got to see the real Cuba and meet real Cubans. Would definitely go back.
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