The ONLY reason I took this hotel was for the all inclusive and free shuttle to Havana. If you can afford food and drink (and Havana is cheap) then go to one of those hotels. This is not a 3 star, even at Cuban standards. It is a 1 or 2 at the most. I stayed at a Veradero 4 star the next week and put this to absolute shame. I have traveled 3 times, in 4 hotels, in Cuba, and numerous in Mexico, and Dominican and this is the worst yet. I will not go on about things, I will just list facts I took note of when I was there 2 weeks ago.
There is no ice for drinks unless you ask. Someone stated not purified if you ask for it. Your choice.
There is no water in rooms. Fridge but no water. You have to have a container with you and ask at the bar.
The drinks are warm, the food is cold. If you do not get to buffet right when opens, it will be cold. No heaters or coolers under food. Repetitive. Same thing 7 days in a row. Seriously nothing changes.
Also once the food is gone it's gone. They don't 'top up" things.
little cups. If you go bring coffee cup or cooler cup or you get small plastic cups.
no "bar menu". You have to know what you want. Once a type of booze is out, it might not be there for a few days. We drank brandy then "none til tommorrow". Pina Colada. " no more til tonight". What????
only red wine, no white at supper. You can buy some at the store but they don't have it to serve.
When you flush your toilet it takes about 30 minutes to fill up. Ask your partner if they "went" cause you will have to wait!
Shower is dribbly only. No problems with hot/cold water though.
Flies and bugs. I have not seen so many flies in a buffet before. The bugs at night are a killer. Bring repellent. (it is thier rainy season so that brings out bugs so take that with a grain of salt)
Birds eating right off the buffet table. They fly in and grab a noodle an fly out. I didn't mind the birds so much as the flies.
no sweetener. Just sugar. Little thing true, but still there.
The pool is filthy. They clean it but I'm not sure what they are cleaning. Flies and bugs floating in it.
Don't go to the gym! Seriously! It has black mold growing on the walls and the machines are just rusty machines from about 15 years ago. Only bikes and weights. The hotel is on a flat land with streets in grids. Lots of easy jogging areas. Do that not the gym or you may get some lung disease.
The rooms gave you 2 bars of soap on arrival and then the next day they were gone! We had to ask for replacement and then they said "tomorrow" The other bathrooms (not your room) have no soap and/or toilet paper. This is why I believe I got sick. Dirty, flies and nothing to wash with. This is a bad combo.
ok the shuttle really works well. He leaves on time at the hotel and Havana to return. He doesn't hang around waiting for those people that are always late. You're late, tough!
It leaves at 930, 130 and 630 and comes back at 1 and 6. There is no late return. Cost is about 15 CUC to come back (or so they say)
The coffee and Cappiccino is good (for Cuban coffee) It's out of a machine for breakfast but really not that bad. The Cappicino's are made properly.
They don't chimp on the booze, so that's good.
If you go feed the 3 wild cats. One will come to you, the others will only take your food.
The beach is nice.
The people are nice. The lobby girls are good. The lobby bartenders are nice under the circumstances. Even the "grumpy" pool lady isn't so bad.
Gay friendly hotel.
Well that's it. Feel free to email if you want more info.
- Also Known As:
- Gran Caribe Club Atlantico Hotel Havana
- Gran Caribe Hotel Atlantico
- Gran Caribe Havana