My hotel stay was arranged by my (religious) group so I had no say in where we stayed. I read the TripAdvisor reviews before my trip so the first thing I did was check the water pressure in my shower -- subpar, so they switched me to a top floor room with a great view of the ocean (and better water pressure). The hallway of the top floor reeked of mildew but my room smelled fine. Toilets were not very strong -- if you wanted to flush twice, you had to wait a few minutes between flushes (but everything ultimately flushed away). Cleaning lady did nice job in the room -- make sure you tip her each day -- my friends did not tip and were left letters by the cleaning lady hinting at a tip. Breakfast was more than adequate as far as selection. Hair dryer was weak -- bring your own along with a converter. I found front desk people to be fine -- they were not rude but they were not overtly friendly either. If this hotel was anywhere else but Cuba, I would have given it 1 or 2 stars but given the financial situation of Cuba, I think you have to lower your expectations -- hence the 3 stars. However, if I were to go back to Cuba, I would not stay at this hotel again. Instead, I would find a better hotel, especially since I like to stay in 4 or 5 star hotels in general.
Most important tip for Cuba travel in general is to bring small packets of tissues because most places in Cuba (outside of the hotel) do not have toilet paper in the bathrooms!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ROC-Hotels Presidente **** is located just 3 kms from the old historical part of Havana, "La Havana Vieja", a twenty minutes drive from the Jose Marti International Airport. It is only 20 minutes from the East Side beaches and 200 meters from the renowned Amadeo Roldan Theatre. Located in El Vedado, only 200 meters from the famous Pier of Havana, "el Malecon", on the Avenue of the Presidents, and flanked by the Cuban Foreign Office and the "Casa de las Americas", the Hotel Presidente rises gracefully with its 10 floors of history and in its peculiar colours of vermilion. The Roc-Hotels Presidente characterises itself for being housed in a spectacular building from the 1920's, being the first skyscraper in the city of Havana, and for its breathtaking interiors representing the era it was built in, but with all its modern comfort and services that the client seeks. The Hotel was reformed in 2011 following a clear luxury style and keeping all the grandeur of its recent history that included many famous personalities of diplomacy and business companies, as well as the art world. It is for this reason that an exquisite care was taken to preserve every detail during its restoration and decoration. Throughout the interior of the Hotel, displayed are more than 400 classified pieces of art, giving a very unique taste to the guests from the moment of their arrival. They can enjoy the "Lobby Museum", relax by the poolside, or go on interesting excursions to Pinar del Rio, Varadero, Santa Maria del Mar or other famous sites nearby. We offer bed and breakfast (CP board), breakfast and dinner ( Half board). We have WIFI in all rooms and all service areas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Presidente Hotel Havana