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.
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