As many other reviewers have pointed out, the Hotel Deauville is NOT the Ritz-Carlton. It's run down, and when I was there there was only one elevator working, which always sounded like it was about to die (it didn't). However, it does have an excellent location, both in terms of views and proximity to Old Havana. All rooms basically have ocean views, but only one side and the front rooms have balconies. I had a room on the 9th floor facing the ocean, and the view was great, but it was a bit noisy at night due to the people from the hotel's disco, who tend to hang out across the street. On the positive side, some of the 'noise' was actually live music, singing and playing. The higher the room, the better the view. There didn't seem to be much hot water, so brief showers are a must.
The pool is on the 6th floor, and was pretty basic (and the water was cold). But it was a nice place to hang out if you wanted to get away from the city for a bit (and the bartenders were very nice). The breakfast was pretty average, but you could get an omelette made to order, and in general, there are lots of food options in the area. A real find was a restaurant called 'Castropol', which was a couple of blocks further long the Malecon (towards the old city).
There was also a bar/lounge on the main level which had free entertainment in the evenings, including two fantastic flamenco dancers who did flamenco to rock music (awesome fusion).
rooms on the left/west? side of the building (e.g., facing the street) or on the front all have balc...
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