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“beautiful city (old city)”
Review of Havana

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caracas
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
12 helpful votes
“beautiful city (old city)”
Reviewed 21 May 2009

La havana is a beautiful city, the problem is the same meals every day. Some cuban people ( in the El Vedado Hotel) are very rude with the turist. If you have a problem with the reservation in the computer ( is your problem) not yours. All the people in Sta Clara is a wonderful and nice people. The best days that I stay were in Sta Calra and Varadero beach.

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Victoria, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
29 helpful votes
“Interesting, but now I've been there, done that.”
Reviewed 30 April 2009

I travelled to Havana with my partner at the end of April 2009. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort in Varadero and took a day trip into Havana.

First, we didn't realize the bus ride to Havana would be almost three hours long each way. FAR too much time spent on a bus. Second, the history of Cuba is not all that captivating to me, so it was difficult for me to feel interested in the stops we made in Havana.

We visited Revolution Square, which just looked like a big parking lot across the street from a large statue and momument. We visited the Capital Building (didn't go in, weren't given the time) but it looked like every other capital building, just dirty and old. We visited a cemetery, which we weren't expecting.

Old Havana was where we had the most free time - it was certainly one of the highlights of the trip, but still not all that great. We wandered a few blocks - there is amazing history in Havana - buildings that are hundreds of years old and still standing and functioning. We visited Hemingway's apartment building and his favourite watering hole in Havana. The city is very large and run down - I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting it to be quite so run down and dirty. We also went through the market in Old Havana - but nothing much special there - all the usual tourist items that are mass produced and probably don't reflect real Cuban culture at all.

We did take in an evening show at the Tropicana Nightclub - definitely worth it. Beautiful outdoor show theatre, wonderful Cuban music, fabulous costumes (think Las Vegas showgirls). It IS a bit cheesy, but embrace it and have fun. They give you a bottle of rum per four people, so you can have a good time! (Bring some pesos for toilet paper though - you won't find any in the stalls for free!)

All in all, I found it a bit of a letdown. Perhaps it was because we were on the typical tourist bus tour, and you never get an authentic experience this way. I am glad I visited Havana and Cuba in general, but I'm not sure I would go back.

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west sussex
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
16 helpful votes
“Wonderful place - but beware scams!!!”
Reviewed 25 April 2009

Cuba is fabulous. Had great time with Voyages Jules Verne tour (Return to Havana) EXCEPT - you are constantly told that Cuba is safe, safe, safe night and day. We had a different experience. We were staying in the Hotel Parque Central situated in a Havana square where there are 4 or 5 other v v good hotels. Just round the corner from the Hotel Inglaterra is the Bar Nautilus - small, basic bar. One evening we were invited in for a drink - so we went. The staff loaded our bill (3 times as much as our 5 star hotel prices for 7 drinks) and became very very intimidating when we queried the bill. Then THEY LOCKED THE DOOR to prevent us leaving, and staff and Cuban customers stood in front of it. It was v v frightening and only by paying the full bill (approx £60 for 7 drinks!!!!!) was the door unlocked and we were let out. We returned to our Hotel v shaken and reported what had happened to us. We took a trip to the Police Station at our own expense and were met with huge apathy and no English speaking staff. We have reported this incident to VJV and to the Cuba Tourist Board in London, and our VJV was v helpful after the event. Since our happening we have since found that this bar's procedure of preying on 'rich'(!) tourists staying in that particular square is rife. We returned early the next day and quickly took attached photos - SO PLEASE BEWARE!!!!!!!

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Gold Coast
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
“Havana Rocks!”
Reviewed 24 April 2009

We spent a week in Havana in December 2008 and had an amazing time. We thought Havana was best explored on foot, and happily spent days wandering the streets. We marveled at the decrepit beauty of the architecture, the dancing and singing of the locals and recommend heading down the backstreets, you never know what you might find! We found it very safe and the locals very friendly. The people watching along the Malecon is fantastic, it's a long walk, but worth it, especially if the waves are crashing over the wall. I shot some video footage of the trip which probably best describes the wonderful things we saw...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC1D4UGbqkA

We stayed at the Hotel Florida and the Nacional, both great for their own reasons. We had our best meal at El Templete (great seafood, it's across the road from the malecon in the old town) and it's definitely worth the trip to Miramar (get a taxi) for the roast chicken at El Aljibe Restaurant.

Of course there are things you could complain about, life in Havana is far from perfect, but we had such a good time I don't have a bad word to say, GO!

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Israel
Level 3 Contributor
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
“The House of Carlos and Neyda was Beautiful & Comfortable”
Reviewed 1 March 2009

The House of Carlos and Neyda, is a horizontal property that completely occupies the second floor of the building located at F Street between the streets 13 and 15 of the modern district of Vedado, parallel to more well-known G Street or Presidents Avenue. A “Casa Particula” as the one of Carlos and Neyda it must take care of thus and does, to the maximum, the details. From the very moment of the reservation, as much Carlos as Neyda take care of and facilitate all the necessary information that you require without interfering for that reason, in your privacy, they are so great & friendly!
Your first impression of the House of Carlos and Neyda is the beautiful lobby. The house is decorated with furniture of colonial style, refined to antiques and objects of exquisite taste turning it into unique.
The rooms are amazing with huge beds, a nice wardrobe, a minibar and a cozy bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. All of them have windows, from which splendid views of the zone of Vedado can be contemplated. The lingerie is changed daily and the rooms cleaned with skillful cleanliness.
The House of Carlos and Neyda is in the middle of everything, which makes planning a walk along the Havana? Strip easy. The house offers services of breakfasts and dinners with the best of the Cuban traditional kitchen as well as the international specialties, in a comfortable atmosphere. All elaborated by Mrs. Neyda and served in the dining room provided of a relaxed and elegant atmosphere.
From the terrace you will enjoy unforgettable sunsets accompanied by the wind that simply arrives from the famous Malecon and a very propitious tranquility for the reading or for a pleasant conversation between friends.
The corridor of the house that leads to the rooms is decorated with linen cloths and reproductions of national painters as much as international.

Our stay was more than comfortable we truly had a great time. Can't wait to get back..... The only bad thing is that you won't want to leave once you get there!!

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