Old Havana

Old Havana: Address, Old Havana Reviews: 4.5/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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Bohemian, rhythmically Latin, certainly picturesque and, above all, charming.
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Pablo
Toronto, Canada159 contributions
Oct 2019
Last year my g/f and I stayed at a lovely hotel called "Panarama" located just outside of Havana , probably a twenty- five minute drive to the old town of Havana. The modern Panarama Hotel has a glassed- in elevator and rooms were very spacey with a refrigerator, air and modern bathrooms. Our room looked out to the large pool and bar around the back. The complementary breakfast was huge with plenty of meats, eggs, fruit , cakes etc. Often they had a small Cuban group play in the evenings. One certainly doesn't need a car while there, as there are plenty of taxis in the area and outside the hotel. Prices for a single was under one hundred dollars. There was a large shopping area across the street,though food was in short supply and expensive We often walked to various restaurants in the area. Havana was amazing and we went daily, photographing the areas and people. Usually we headed to Obispo Street which is closed to traffic and there were endless people, bars and restaurants. Hemingway spent much of his time while writing his novels at some of the hotels there. Change your Cuban Cu.s Your money will go a long way (25-1) in the local currency. Changers are on the street but be discrete and careful. . An ice cream goes for ten cents as compared to cu.s. which easily is one to two dollars ( tourist price) The Hotel Panorama offered free daily trips into the city .We usually tipped the driver who picked us up at a special location, and took us back to the hotel.
Written June 6, 2020
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McGilver
Squamish, Canada47 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We took a horse buggy ride our first day in Havana and had a wonderful time. It gave us a good sense of where we could go in the city and how to get there. Our tour guide/driver named Rafael who’s buggy is number 19, gave an amazing tour of the city. He took us to all the greatest hits as well as stopped somewhere along the way for us to get a drink, do some shopping in a market and took us on a tour of an old cathedral. We had someone with slight mobility issues and he was helpful getting her in and out of the wagon. I highly recommend hiring him if you’re going to take this to her and for only $10CHe took us to all the greatest hits as well as stopped somewhere along the way for us to get a drink, do some shopping in a market and took us on a tour of an old cathedral. We had someone with slight mobility issues and he was helpful getting her in and out of the wagon. I highly recommend hiring him if you’re going to take this tour and for only $10UC each we had a fabulous 3 hour tour and a lot of laughs. If you decide to take this tour bring along some children’s toys or clothing for Raphael‘s beautiful wife and young 2 yr old child -he greatly appreciated the gifts we returned with the next day.
Written February 7, 2020
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s1rw
Markham, Canada63 contributions
Feb 2020
Our tour guide , Mia, made Cuban history comes alive starting at Old Havana’s main square with the Havana Cathedral in the Plaza de la Catedral towering over you and the baroque architecture buildings survived the centuries despite neglect. Walking through the narrow cobblestone streets crowded with visitors, signs of rental units, blue doors indicating schools, shops located on stairs, tenants using baskets with ropes as lifts and the beautiful dressed colorful kissing ladies standing in the square. Very impressive wood used as cobblestones next to the Governor mansion to appease his wife. The beautiful Cathedral of San Cristobal, where the remains of Christopher Columbus was kept before removed to Seville. The architecture of the building where Hemingway stayed and the small crowded bar frequented by him “Le Bodeguita del Medio” with a band blasting music and people drinking mojito and cristal beer. It feels like stepping back in time and make you wonder what a beautiful place it once used to be.
Written February 20, 2020
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RyleyNS
Ottawa, Canada116 contributions
Mar 2022
We booked a day trip to Havana from our resort in Varadero through Sunwing. It was supposed to be a historical tour and I looked forward to learning more about the history of Cuba. The visit to Earnest Hemmingway’s house was really cool but other than that there was not much historical about it. It was nice to see the architecture of old Havana but it was quite dirty and there were a lot of people asking for money. The tour guide said he would take us to cigar shops well he took everyone to one and it was sketchy. You couldn’t by a box of cigars, only singles or there was a bag with 6 different ones in it that he was really pushing as the “best deal”. That translated to me that he got a better kick back from it. We didn’t trust they were real so we didn’t buy anything there. For cigars, buy from the airport. It was the best deal and they are sealed so you know they are real. We did get a ride in the old cars which was pretty cool as well. The day ended a fort for an evening ceremony where they fired a cannon. We were dropped off here and the tour guide didn't explain anything about the fort. We just stood around and waited for the canon ceremony.. It was a very long day, 7:45 AM pick up and a midnight return and not at all worth the time or money you will spend on it.
Written March 24, 2022
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944michelem
Port Hawkesbury, Canada238 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Just back from spending 7 days in Havana and 3 days would have been plenty. The car tour was great and $30, some charged $60! Did the hop on hop off bus tour and it was great but we couldn’t hear the guide through the sound system above. The architecture is lovely but crumbling and work is ongoing to restore some areas. Wifi is difficult to find except in one area, And the wifi cards are $1 for 1 hour, purchase at hotels because some may charge you $3. We stayed in a very nice Casa on Factoria street that was very central and all brand new. Good food is difficult to find but the sandwiches and pizza at Cubanita were delish and between $2-$4, Cafe 500 is also new and their menu was great, I recommend them! Taxis have no set fees for tourists so be sure to haggle before you get in the car! Tourists are overcharged blatantly and can be harassed quite a bit! If anyone offers to lead you to a restaurant, show you a statue or take a picture for you then they expect to get paid for it. We were approached by many to help buy milk for their babies, don’t do it!!
Written February 28, 2020
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Gen & Dany
Padua, Italy4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples

we were hosted at Eldix's house in Havana and we can confirm that it was a wonderful experience. 
The house is located in the center of Havana Veja close to all places of cultural interest and entertainment.

If you want to feel immersed in the true Cuban atmosphere, Eldix's house is the right place!!!

The owner was very helpful in planning and coordinating the  stays at the places we decided to visit by booking collective taxis for us and recommending the best options for getting around and eating in typical Cuban restaurants. 

The breakfast is based on fresh fruit, however substantial.
The Bathroon shared with the owner is very clean as the bedroom that, although very simple, is comfortable and equipped with condtioner.

We highly recommend this place ... Eldix Jones has showed competence, discretion and attentive to customer needs!!!!

Dany and Gen
Padua (italy)

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Eldix Jones@eldixj2020
Written February 11, 2020
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Jst
5 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Firstly we got greeted with a warm welcome on the door but once we was in it was like we was invisible. Staff continuously walked past us not making any eye contact. In the end we had to ask the door staff to get somebody to serve us which then took another 10 minutes for a waitress to come to us. Exactly the same when asking for the bill!!! Staff was more interested about entertaining themselves and dancing behind the bar.
Written September 5, 2020
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Ingo N
Zurich, Switzerland46 contributions
Dec 2021
We started our daily trip from Varadero with our taxi driver Luis from Gran Car Taxi of Varadero (there are also Gran Cars around in Habana, that have nothing to do with them) - the driver Luis is an absolute recommendation. He brings you to any place safely and kind. If you need their contact details, please drop me a mail. The taxi company has also very good and trustful guides for Varadero (Jorge) and for Habana (Camillo). We have enjoyed both guides as Jorge is young and Camillo a bit elder - both share their story if you want, very interesting and it helps to understand Cubans and their mentality, their pride and their sorrows. If you don't just want a plain, boring tour to Habana or Matanzas, chose the both, for us it was a gift. Also it is very important that you feel safe with your driver and your guide as some creepy creatures were hanging around in Habana next to the tourist places, always ready to rip you off. You should spend minimum 5 to 8 hours for the trip to see nice locations, to hear from the history of Cuba and to see the beautiful locations.
Next time if we come back to Cuba , I would like to see the cities Cienfuego, Trinidad, Habana, etc and before you fly back to Europe you have some 3-4 days rest at Varadero sea.
Written December 29, 2021
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boo59Leicester
Leicester, UK346 contributions
Feb 2022
Had an intersting day learning about Old Havana. We had lots of photo shots of this amazing old place. There is a funny lady dressed in traditional kit with a cigar. 50 pesos for the photo but worth it. We were hassled by some folk wanting our money but politely say no and they soon leave. Don't exchange money with them. Do this trip if you want to see Cuba.
Written March 6, 2022
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Aunt_Tray
Phoenixville, PA189 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
I recommend taking a tour of Old Havana so that you can have a local guide you through the historic streets. There is so much to see and you may end up just wandering without a guide. I would also suggest going during the day and at night because the atmosphere is different.

The buildings, people, cars, monuments, bars, music, etc. are all part of the unique experience you will have in Old Havana.
Written January 12, 2020
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