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“Not Comfortable.”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Colina

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Hotel Colina
Ranked #62 of 78 Hotels in Havana
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
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“Not Comfortable.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

First off, let me say that Havana is a very beautiful city. The way of life in cuba overall i guess is just much more laid back and relaxing as opposed to the way we just rush through life here in the west with a million and one things to do a day. The people are very friendly and shun the very idea of violence.So yes Cuba is probally one of the most safest places to travel. none the less, because you are in a communist country were the people are poor you will get people who will try to sell all types of things juat to make a buck, but think about it , if you were in there posistion wouldnt you do the same? the Average Working cuban (40 - 50 hours a week) makes 12 dollars a month. so u understand why they have to beg and suck up to tourist so much. also, because of the high poverty rate there is alot of prostition in this area, many girls at night about a 5 minute walk from the hotel wait around hoping to get picked up by a tourist so that they can make some money. anyhow, the disocs at night are fun and the people love to dance. now in regards to the hotel. when i first arrived they gave me a key to room 516. i went up and opened the door, the first words that came out of my mouth was " WTF" hell naw im not staying in this room, the room wash old and dirty and moldy and full of rush, and the shower was old and dirty and right beside a nast dirty toliet. you would feel better if u didnt shower at all to be honest. anyhow, i moved to another room ( 506) which was a bit bigger and cleaner, but still nothing newly developed.everyday i showerd with my shoes on thats how i felt as far as being comfortable. anyhow i decided to go visit another hotel about a 10 minute cab fair away ( 5 pecos) the name of the hotel was copacobanna, wow what a difference, in comparasin to hotel colina, this place was heaven, it was soooo clean and very developed and its only a few minutes from the alive part of the city. my advice to anyone thinking about travelling to hotel Colina i would suggest that you go another hotel. ppl go to hotel colina for the price and for the location but to be honest if ur gonna feel unfortable its not worth it , ur on vacation and you deserve to feel comfortable instead of just settling for less, theres another hotel about 5 minutes from hotel colina called " Habana libre" whch is very developed you think ur in canada, but the price is about 150.00 a night, so if money is not an issue for you then i suggest u stay there, if not, beleieve me go to copacobanna so u can feel comfortable , hotel colina is not a bad hotel its just very old and not very well kept, the staff can be nice but they dont care to renovate the building at all , no new paint, furniture, or anything at all. but if ur a student looking for a cheap place to crash for cheap then go here.

Room Tip: not comfortable
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Gatineau, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012

Hotel was part of a package, good price for total package and hotel met my expectations, shower, air conditioner ( working fine ), tv with international channels, breakfast was fine with chef making eggs/omelettes etc. plus standard latin american buffet fare, ham, cheese, bread, hot items on buffet ( pancakes ) and fruit. Location Location Location, near university, 23rd avenue, Melia runs the Havana Libre close by with good 25th floor restaurant and other big hotel amenities, bar, cafeteria and top floor entertainment club.

During my stay a large number of United States university students were staying in the hotel, apparently breaking the government embargo by taking courses at the University.

There were some late nights with noise generated ( assumption students on cheap rum ) but in general hotel met my expectations.

One note the Cadeca to change money on 23rd avenue is better choice then changing with hotel, I was directed to another hotel Cadeca for money exchange rather then the one on 23rd which is open to eight p.m. the others close on a capricious standard, time. lunch break etc.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

very noisy at night, thanks to a discotheque close by.
old building, poor maintenance, service average.
Room in a poor state.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2012

I stayed at Hotel Colina in Vedado (Havana) Cuba from February 2nd through February 16th, 2012. When I checked in I gave the hotel clerk $3.00 CUC (about 3 dollars) and asked her to get me a good room. I got a room on the second floor which was completely refurbished. The room was new, spotless. The washroom had a new toilet, sink, shower and was smartly finished with ceramic. There was a safe in the room. The bed, mattress, pillows looked new and were cleaned. The room was cleaned on a daily basis. The price included daily breakfast which was okay by Cuban standards : bread, eggs, some fruit, cereal, juice, tea and coffee.On the down side, the hotel is located in a busy area and the sound of traffic (trucks, old cars without mufflers) would wake me up at around 6:00AM. Aside from that, my stay was top notch and I highly recommend Hotel Colina.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Spanish Town, British Virgin Islands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2012

It's a 2* Hotel in Cuba. I mean..really..you can expect something from a 4 or 5 one and still get disappointed, but not from this. Yes, hair in the bathroom, stained towels and half broken furniture. Was too afraid to look under the bed or try the air conditioned, but...Great location. 5 min walking from the Zorra y el Cuervo Jazz Club and the Buena Vista Social Club, 7 min from the seaside promenade and across the rod from the University of Havana. You can find Internet and good restaurants next door at the Habana Libre Hotel, where at the 25th floor there's a club with a great view as well. The National Hotel is close as well. You can use their pool. All in all, for it's value and just as a place to crash, it's doable. Good breakfast and great positioned cafeteria. Just on the street, great spot to have a coffee and look at people passing by. They have cheap sandwiches too. The staff wasn't bad either. Wouldn't do it to myself again, though.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Bermuda
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2012

Stop me if this sounds familiar...

We had a room there in January 2012 for one week. We got the package from Sunwing. This included flying to Varadero, the shuttle van back and forth to Havana and the room which includes breakfast.

To start with the little good ...
1) Currency exchange in the hotel
2) Decent location in Vedado. We went to Vinales for 3 days & left our things in the Havana hotel as it was a good base
3) Breakfast eggs are good. There's fruit, juice, yogurty & tea if you're there before 9am or if you ask.
4) Cafe has a great full meal for 3.50 CUC & reasonably priced food and drinks which is hard to find in the area
5) Tour operators located in the lobby most times. Staff were fairly friendly & helpful with good english from the main desk
6) a Fair amount of younger male travellers at the hotel, so if you need, the hotel appears to be accomodating to alternative lifestyles... I didn't ask though

Other not so good ...
1) Floors not so bad... the maids did a good job with this old hotel.
2) Lights in hallway out late at night
3) Soundproofing is limited- the doors are the old doors with wooden slats at the top so you could see out into the hallway, etc.
4) Shower weak, but there was always hot water
5) Sometimes elevator not working or very busy, but only 5-6 floors so not end of the world
6) sheets are old & a bit scratchy... OK after first night. None of the pillows I used this trip were comfortable. Thin & unforgiving here. Too big elsewhere
7) Other food at breakfast: old cereal, tired spaghetti
8) Asked for late checkout & were quoted the usual 50% of regular price which was certainly too high at this hotel


Generally uninspired & there were casa particulair to stay in nearby. But in the end, it's the price that makes the difference here. The hotel & the Havana transfer were a convenience at little added cost. It might be difficult to find other people at the Varadero airport looking for a transfer at night, so

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Weyburn
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

Located across from the steps of the university and centre of old Havana makes easy walk past the old structures of Spanish times. Easy to walk to Capital. Hotel National, museums 30 minutes. Lots of eating places, if you like Cuban. Hotel is like all Cuba needs repair. Busy area. Breakfast good, Lobby bar Restraunt good and cheap. Small rooms but clean comfortable bed and hot water. Many international guests.Not fancy nearby Melia is classy.Location good but not a very great hotel.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel Colina
Address: Calle L e/ 27 y Jovellar | Vedado, Havana 10400, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
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Ranked #62 of 78 Hotels in Havana
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Colina 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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