We spent 4 nights in the Nacional de Cuba before moving on to the Blau Varadero for 10 nights....
Go with an open mind, this hotel is an experience, and this is Cuba after all !
From the minute we left the Airport en-route to the Hotel you could see the poverty, buildings crumbling apart. This is a Country that closed itself off from the Western world some 60 years ago, where people get ration books and an ifastructure that is stuck in the 50's.
With this in mind to suddenly pull up at this Grand imposing Hotel, i felt humbled, privelaged, like Royalty.
Considering that Hotel workers get paid more with tips then brain surgeons, it's suprising how impersonal a majority of the staff are. It's a shame, but i know how to enjoy myself and if they can't make me smile, i'll sure make them smile and watch it bounce back at me :)
This Hotels is a great base and it's easy to lose hours in the Garden people watching, sat there with a Mojito and a Cuban cigar, imagining the stars such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and are very own Winston Churchill doing the same many years ago.
You can also sit at the end of the Garden and watch locals lined up along the Malecon on a Sunday night having a party of there own, felt like a King watching from a Cuban 5* !
Breakfast is indifferent, sprouts for breakfast ! - You don't go to Havana for the food, only had to eat out once or twice to appreciate the breakfast experience!
Our room was great, bathroom was modern and clean. Bed was changed daily,great nights sleep. Limited chanels on the TV, but i didn't come to Cuba for that !
Location wise ..... 45 min walk to old Havana, or a few quid in a Taxi.
Visited Parque central, which is probably the most modern Hotel in Havana, a little stiff for me and a million miles away from the reallity outside it's doors. The location of the Nacional was far enough from the hustle and bustle to take things in your stride.
in a nutshell - I wasn't keen to stay at this Hotel to begin with as i normally do beach holidays, it turned out to be the best part of my Holiday. Went onto the Blau- great Hotel, great food (mostly imported), great beach, super sincere friendly staff, but Varadero could have been anywhere in the world and certainly not Cuba. i missed the culture of Havana, the faded grandness and majesticness of the Nacional.
Will i be back ? Hell yeah ! Trip to Anigua first :)
- Also Known As:
- Nacional De Cuba Hotel
- Nacional De Cuba Havana