This should be a one star hotel -- not two. It's ok if all you want is a relatively clean place to sleep, it's not really a "resort." We got a good price for 7 days -- it would have cost us more to fly to Cuba on our own, so we figured it was worth it, since we were more interested in backpacking around and doing some scuba. We only spent a couple of nights there -- the rest of the time we spent in Havana (staying at casa particular -- essentially people's homes, which was awesome), and we went on scuba diving day trips as well. So we hardly stayed at the hotel. The food was pretty bad, but edible, and we didn't get sick. The first room they put us in was awful. There was dust on all the furniture and there was no hot water in the room. We requested a different room, and we got a much nicer place, cleaner and more updated. Unfortunately, the windows faced the highway, so it was noisy. The AC worked OK and the room was cleaned well -- we made sure we left tips for the cleaning lady. The headboard looked like it was 50 years old, and on our last day we put our backpack on the side table, which was attached to the headboard, and the whole thing came tumbling down. The manager was pretty nasty about it and he wanted us to pay for it, but we resisted, and in the end he let us go. The staff never seem to interact with the guests, so don't expect any service!
The beach was a 10 to 15 minute walk away, and that particular stretch of beach was not nice (litter, garbage, etc). But if you walked along the beach for half an hour or so, you got to a much nicer stretch.
So in conclusion, the hotel is ok if you get a good price and if you're not interested in a resort per se, but rather want to travel around and sign up for scuba diving day trips (the scuba was fantastic!! and Havana is a superb city). If you are interested in a resort type of deal, this is a really bad deal, so don't even think about it.
PS We found photos of the hotel on line, and they were quite deceiving! The hotel is much older than it looks in photos, and the especially the dining room area is completely unrecognizable in the photos.
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