Presidente is off the beaten track, which is exactly where you want to be in Havana. Nestled in a residential neighbourhood and a block away from the Malecon, you see many elements of Cuba life from the wrap-around veranda. There is an elementary school across the street providing an interesting window on Cuban families. Located on the corner of a main boulevard, the parade of automobiles is endless. 40s and 50s american cars of all manner of condition belching black smoke from replacement diesel engines (Cuban mechanics must rank amongst the world's most resourceful). The surrounding neighbourhood is an interesting slice of life in present-day Havana. Crumbling mansions fight the elements, outdoor markets sell vegetables and caged birds, a luxury hotel 10 minutes away along the sea wall; walks from this location are always interesting. Keep your eyes on the sidewalk though. Lots of potholes and missing manhole covers are a hazard.
Staff were generally hepful and friendly. The breakfast buffet is plentiful and the wine cheap ($10 Cdn a bottle) and you're only 5-10 minutes away from Parc Centrale by cab($5 Cdn) when you're ready for the tourist experience. If you want to experience the REAL Havana, Presidente is a great base from where to begin your explorations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ROC-Hotels Presidente **** is located just 3 kms from the old historical part of Havana, "La Havana Vieja", a twenty minutes drive from the Jose Marti International Airport. It is only 20 minutes from the East Side beaches and 200 meters from the renowned Amadeo Roldan Theatre. Located in El Vedado, only 200 meters from the famous Pier of Havana, "el Malecon", on the Avenue of the Presidents, and flanked by the Cuban Foreign Office and the "Casa de las Americas", the Hotel Presidente rises gracefully with its 10 floors of history and in its peculiar colours of vermilion. The Roc-Hotels Presidente characterises itself for being housed in a spectacular building from the 1920's, being the first skyscraper in the city of Havana, and for its breathtaking interiors representing the era it was built in, but with all its modern comfort and services that the client seeks. The Hotel was reformed in 2011 following a clear luxury style and keeping all the grandeur of its recent history that included many famous personalities of diplomacy and business companies, as well as the art world. It is for this reason that an exquisite care was taken to preserve every detail during its restoration and decoration. Throughout the interior of the Hotel, displayed are more than 400 classified pieces of art, giving a very unique taste to the guests from the moment of their arrival. They can enjoy the "Lobby Museum", relax by the poolside, or go on interesting excursions to Pinar del Rio, Varadero, Santa Maria del Mar or other famous sites nearby. We offer bed and breakfast (CP board), breakfast and dinner ( Half board). We have WIFI in all rooms and all service areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Presidente Hotel Havana