Paseo del Prado

Paseo del Prado, Havana: Address, Paseo del Prado Reviews: 4.5/5

Paseo del Prado
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A popular street in Havana known for music and nightlife.
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our56
Melbourne, Australia543 contributions
We discovered this place merely by accident, although it would be hard to miss if you are walking around the central part town Havana. It was a nice place to just walk, relax, stop and look at all the different arts and crafts the locals had on display for selling to the many tourists that were here pretty much all the time, what made it even better was the weather being a nice sunny day. Although at night it didn't appear to be anything more than a paved walkway between the two roadways so it pays to come during the early afternoon or evening as this is the busiest time with the most locals displaying their wares here.
Written May 22, 2020
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Yoe D
Cuba9 contributions
well, well this is my third visit to havana city and I am happy to say that I have had a wonderful time in this beautifull place and most of this great experience is due to havanatours.nl travel agency who provided us with an excellent service during our stay there; humble, smiling and profesional staff always happy to scort us on our trips through the city either on a bike, on foot or in amazing road trips in the most efficient and fancy american old fashion cars I have ever seen, visiting places with a lot of history and dipping into the real Cuban culture all over the city. I just have to say thanks a lot for the amazing time you gave us and that I hope once I come back you will be there still to show us more from this beautiful country.
Written January 19, 2020
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Karina S
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Couples
The staff was very friendly and the hotel is amazing. Actually I can't stress enough how great the staff is, I want to take all of them home with me. Even the chambermaids leave you cute little notes in the room. The attention to detail is superb. The pool and the spa are deffinitely a must see. The rooms are very luxorious and always smell amazing and clean. The food is great and the view of Havana is the best.

Special thanks to: Luis, Deborah and Cirina! Love you!
Written March 11, 2022
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Michael S
69 contributions
Friends
I was not hotel guest but wanted to enjoy the rooftop. And eat something.

Menu is a flyer with limited choice. On the list 70% of the thinks were not available. We finally got something that was ok. Not fancy or special.

The bill was in local pesos but hotel accepted ONLY payment by card converted in USD.

We paid for 3 sandwiches and 3 beers USD 100.

I dont mind paying when you get for your money but here definitely a scam.

Based on this single event, i Ill avoid to stay in that hotel.
Written May 2, 2022
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Siul Z
Montreal, Canada4 contributions
I won't be going anytime soon. Worst service ever and they are all looking for ways to rip you off your money.
Bad smell in the room and also military trucks at the hotel door all days.
Not recommended.
Go to Mexico or Dominican Republic, trust me.
Written November 15, 2021
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zaneta m
Newmarket, UK47 contributions
This pedestrianised area is a great walk from Central Park to Malecon, a lot of arts and souvenirs can also be obtained there.
Written September 26, 2019
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silviaponce778
Guttenberg, NJ134 contributions
Friends
The second city limit during colonial times, a place to see and be seen, the Paseo del Prado (today's Paseo de Marti) showcases many beautiful buildings (unfortunately many of which have fallen into disrepair but are in the process of being restored). During the weekend the walk turns into a artist's market with many paintings and crafts available for purchase. Don't miss the famous Lions and the Faroles (street lamps) that are such distinctive features. And if you go to end of El Prado -walking towards the Capitol building until you reach Prado y Neptuno you will come across the infamous Corner of Sin - La Esquina del Pecado - of Cuban pop culture (across the street from the blue hotel - Hotel Telegrafo). Okay, I won't tease and I'll give you the story. In the 50s there was a very beautiful light skinned black woman that would go up and down the street and all the men lusted after her (hence the name of the corner) because she had a tiny, tiny little waist and a behind that a famous reality star would kill for. And no one could figure out how she could have such a tiny waist and such a big behind. It just didn't make sense. It wasn't until one day that someone figured out her secret. This oh-so-fascinating behind all the men were crazy for was actually baby pillows. And that is how she got her famous name - La Enganadora. And if you think I'm making this up - I'm not. There is actually a very famous Cuban song by the same name that tells the story. You can hear the story for yourself - just set to some really good music.
Written January 31, 2018
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Greg T
Vancouver, Canada139 contributions
Couples
Paseo was an absolute delight to have experienced, as no matter what time of day, or weather conditions, Cubans were out being Cubans! My experience with Paseo was very much like walking along Malecon, another personal favourite, as I had the opportunity to hang with Habaneros. Were we ever approached to buy cigars, rum, etc.? Absolutely! Did we ever feel unsafe? Absolutely not, as a simple, polite “No Gracias” was always more than sufficient. Face the obvious that locals know you don’t belong, as even though I tried my best to dress local, I still stood out as being a tourist! Go figure!

We stayed at the beautiful Iberostar Parque Central, so a quick right turn out the front entrance put us smack dab on Paseo. As many reviewers have written, it’s essentially a tree lined promenade between two roads. Well, in theory yes, but it’s so much more if you take off the blinders and drink in the life all around you. A particularly noteworthy event for us was a sudden, yet common, occurrence of a torrential July thunderstorm! Nothing new for Havana, however we were soaked within seconds and a long way from the hotel. On the way back, the local kids were doing a “slip and slid” on the tiled walkway, and having an absolute blast! Too cool! I tried my luck at their game, but ended up on my backside to roars of their laughter! Just one of many very cool “life moments” on Paseo.

No matter what time of day, or night Paseo was rocking! Our hotel room was on the “Paseo” side of the building, so there was a lot of yelling going on, daily, late into the night. Loath it or join in, I chose to sit on my balcony, Ron Cubay in hand, and watch the fun! Priceless! Wouldn’t have traded where I was for anything!

So, ultimately, you can see Paseo del Prado any way you want, because the best part is the Habaneros could care less what you think. Perhaps try loosening your collar, dropping your judgements, and go for a walk on the wild side! Viva Paseo!
Written November 11, 2014
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JasonandLynz
Liverpool, UK635 contributions
Couples
This marbled street has two lanes of traffic running along other side but the central part is pedestrianised.

During the day, the trees which overhang off shade on the seats on the side and you can watch the world go by.

We walked down here a few times, once during the day when there was people selling paintings etc, but they seem to pack up late afternoon to make way for the locals who flock to socialise, drink, dance, play music & play games. It's quite an experience to sit there for a bit.

Alongside the Malecon, this is my favourite location as a photographer & if I returned I'd certainly ensure I've blocked out a bigger chunk of my time to experience this again.

Restaurants & bars are dotted along the side (often on the first floor via steps) so there's options for food, drink & toilets.
Written September 13, 2014
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Bob_Michaels
Apopka, FL8,093 contributions
Solo
This pedestrian boulevard / linear park is a great display of ordinary Cuban life. It is a walkway / place for locals to sit and visit / playground for several schools / dance floor / exhibit space and much more. There are locals both walking and sitting 24 hours a day. (is safe and patrolled by many police).

This is also a great architectural wonder designed in 1772 and completed in its present form about 150 years ago with its marble walkway and seats built into the walls. It stretches from the Malecon (ocean) all the way to the Capitol.

One can either walk down the Prado or stop to sit and let everyone else walk by you. I use the Prado every day and frequently just sit and watch life as I live just a block away when staying in Havana.

Sometimes musical groups will just set up and play so every can enjoy and dance. There are many youth dance recitals there. it is also the playground for 3 different schools so you will see kids at recess there just about all the time.

The permuta or real estate exchange takes place there every Saturday morning. Interesting how Cubans market real estate face to face by holding signs since there is no database of properties for sale.

Saturday and Sundays there are always artists displaying their art for sale while also giving art lessons to the local youth.

Anytime you want a beer or some rum just pop into a local store or bar and buy a can, glass or bottle. No problem with drinking on the Prado.

You will probably find a number of women who support their families while on their back with tourists soliciting on the Prado. If you can spare imposing your own moral values on them, you will find most to be normal honest intelligent family oriented people who have no problem with conversational interaction after you decline physical interaction.

I have walked down the Prado many hundreds of times and spent many hours sitting there. It is a part of the Cuban culture that never gets old.
Written January 17, 2014
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