If you want a clean and reasonable hotel to see the sights of Havana then the Copacabana in the embassy district of Havana is perfectly acceptable. It has the benefit of a pool next to an enclosure of a Carribean pool so most rooms have a view and sound of the beautiful sea without a sandy beach. After a tiring day seeing the colourful sights of old Havana the pools are refreshing. The staff are generally helpful and the surprising towel creatures designed by Elsa our chambermaid was like coming back to a cruise ship cabin every night. The breakfast selection was superb; fresh breads, fruit and juices. Good coffee from a machine, deli meats and cheese, Fried eggs or omlettes prepared in front of you and variety of cereals and potatoes and Cuban dishes and pasteries that you could choose from to start your busy tourist day. There was alway a musical group playing in the lobby bar so expect to be confronted by a band member to buy a CD for $10CUC which is the going rates for all groups CD's around Havana. The going rate for a taxi to old Havana from the hotel is $10CUC which is fair for a 40km trip one way. Also there is a T1 Tourist double decker bus for $5CUC infront of the hotel which you
can jump on and off around Havana while you get the best view of Havana from the top of the bus. Thanks to our Sunwing rep. Gretel we learned these alternatives and prices because otherwise the tourists are fair game to be taken for as much as they are willing to give. It gets tiring and disappointing after awhile always being asking for a tip for something being done for you. The tourist information centre in the hotel services only the government tours and their or friends with taxis which are well organized but not so helpful if you want to see some local musical group or good local restaurant. This hotel has some low water pressure on the 5th floor but I just learned not to shower at the same time as everyone else. When in Cuba don't expect what you have at home and you will meet the nicest people and see the most beautiful diverse culture and scenery in the Caribbean. This vacation package at the Copacabana will give you the most for your buck to see one of the most interesting cities I have visited in all my travels.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Copacabana
- Copacabana Hotel Havana