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Hotel Roc Presidente
Ranked #21 of 79 Hotels in Havana
Cuba
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52 reviews
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“Good value for money with excellent location”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is my second visit to this Hotel,but the previous one was some years ago so it was like first time!! I chose it this time for the location and was pleasantly surprised to see it has improved. Still the Hotel has the flavor you expect in a Hotel of the Fifties!!
Being a City Hotel, with pool in the center of Vedado area at just 3 or 4 blocks from Malecon it is already a benefit.
Positive: The quiet ambiance, a terrace in front of the Hotel, the pool with sunbeds, snack-bar and grill with good service and nice simple food. there is a door connecting rooms with the pool so you do not have to cross the lobby after enjoying the pool.
I do coincide with JoeDassing about the coffee try it at the Lobby bar or at the snack bar in the pool.
Rooms: mine was good with 2 sets of windows one with view to the city and the other to the sea... so ask for the ones at the corners of any floor..
Kids: Please be aware that for kids under 10 years there are not activities and swimming pool do not have child area, although it has an area of 0.60 cm

Room Tip: Corner rooms have 2 big windows and views to the city and the sea. Hotel also has connecting rooms f...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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ivettehabana, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Roc Presidente, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Dear HHunting1260: We are very grateful with your beautiful review, we are very satisfied because you had a wonderful time in Roc Presidente. Thank you for all your comments and explanations about the hotel and the services. We appreciate your recommendations about the coffee. We hope you decided to visit us again for the three time. We will receive you with our best attentions. The best regards.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Well it was OK. First off it is a nice hotel and we had a great room on 9th floor. Handy location for sea front and short taxi ride into town. BUT, in ten room the aircon, though "working" had no effect at all. Just a gentle tepid breeze. The food was distinctly average (we were bed and breakfast). The staff seemed to be helping themselves to food while the guests were eating - they were picking up the food with their bare hands and just shoving it into their gobs. Not a great image.

The staff were very matter of fact and distant, they didn't seem to want to chat at all unless they were recommending their friends eating establishment.

I suppose I would summarize by saying nice clean hotel with good views from upper rooms, decent location, but lacking in any Cuban vibe. Oh yes, and the slowest lift in the world, ever.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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ivettehabana, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Roc Presidente, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Dear Sir EdParsons706: Thank you for sharing your experiences and have written their opinions about their stay at Roc President. We regret the incidents that you saw in the restaurant, the hotel management will analyze. Thanks for your opinions about other things tos inside the hotel and hopefully you can get back to our hotel to welcome and serve you as you deserve. Greetings.
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is my fourth stay at the Hotel Presidente. It is still a good and reasonably priced hotel in Havana. The buffet was better this year compared to previous years (except for the coffee which was still as bad... buy your coffee from the bar in the lobby instead). The rooms still could benefit from some maintenance but they are overall good and clean.

A couple of changes this year : there used to be a Cadeca (money exchange office) in the hotel but not anymore, in addition there is now wireless internet in the lobby ($) and lower floors of the hotel (not the upper ones). There is now also a band that play in front of the hotel every night until about 11PM, nice new change unless you are in one of the lower floor and want to sleep early.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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ivettehabana, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Roc Presidente, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Dear JoeDassin 1: We appreciate so much you have booked in Roc Presidente hotel and we are very glad to welcome you again. Thank you for sharing your experience between us. Thank you for your opinions about the buffet, WIFI and the band. We noted your recommendations about the rooms. We hope you follow thinking to visit us. The best to you. Sincerely.
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

I arrived very late and stayed for only one night since my flight was the next day in the afternoon. The security and reception staff were very nice and helpful. The breakfast buffet was average. But the worse thing was that you are not able to get normal water to drink unless you pay 2CUC for a little bottle which is crazy expensive for Cuba. In a four star hotel I expect to be able to get some water with my breakfast if I want it.

It's very positive that they have a pool since the days are warm. To be able to jump in the water and cool off is just great even though the pool is not in its best standard. The guy working in the pool is very keen on giving good service and keep everything clean and tidy though so a five star for him.

There was an intern that took me and my friend to a restaurant called Restaurante Porto Habana. Really service minded and nice guy. Really good restaurant but don't order Piña Coladas since they didn't meet the standard.

Overall most of the personal were service minded but not impressive breakfast, crazy that you can't get water and the pool could be better standard.

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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ivettehabana, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Roc Presidente, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Dear Vanessa 8405: Thank you for booking Roc Presidente for your stay in Havana. We are very satisface you have had a nice stay in our hotel also you have received good attention from our staff. We will give your opnion to the guy to the pool. Thanks again for sharing your reviews and we hope if you can come back to Havana you decide to book again in our hotel to receive you as pleasure. SIncerely yours.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

This hotel was way above my expectation. The Hotel is in vedado area close to malecon. Breakfast has lots of choices and the quality is decent. Don't change your money at the hotel, go outside of the hotel on left there is the bank that will give you much better rate than the hotel.

The hotel is around 5 KM away from Old havana. I was playing 5 CUC for the trip to havana. Personally I enjoyed this hotel and I will probably back in three months.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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ivettehabana, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Roc Presidente, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Dear Chotukata: Thank you for having selected the hotel to stay in the Havana. We are glad you have shared your opinion about the hotel and our services. Certainly this type of review gives more value to the hotel and forces his staff and management to be better every day. It will be a great pleasure to give the welcome again in our hotel. The best to you. Sincerely.
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

After reading some of the reviews we were a little worried about booking this hotel but in the end we were very relieved and happy with our choice to stay here. The hotel was clean, inviting, and comfortable. The room itself was well maintained and pleasant. The beds were surprisingly comfortable, with large cushy pillows. The bathroom was clean and we had no problems with water pressure. We also had no issues with the air conditioning.
Clara, the housekeeper on the 3rd floor truly went above and beyond expectations and helped to make our trip that much more enjoyable. She did an excellent job of making sure we were comfortable. She was very friendly and made an effort to get to know us personally. She even gave us a parting gift that her son made for us and wrote us a kind goodbye letter.
In fact, the staff is what sets this hotel apart from all other hotels at which I have ever stayed. They were consistently, genuinely friendly and made every effort to make one's stay enjoyable. They gave good helpful advice and helped to make arrangements for activities beyond what the official tourist desk offered. They were also extremely accommodating and offered us one extra night in the hotel room for free because our flight arrived in the wee hours of the morning.
The buffet breakfast, that was included in our package, was decent. The coffee at the bar was the best I have ever tasted! And the pool bar snacks were ok. For a cheap, delicious meal, walk down a block from the hotel and eat at Calzada y F.
The location of the hotel, although not within walkable distance to the old town, was a great location, It is a couple of blocks from the ocean wall, across the street from an elementary school , in a fairly quiet and safe neighborhood. Gas stations with convenience type stores are within walking distance. Go there to buy water, rather than at the hotel bar; it is much much cheaper! A hop on hop off bus stops right out front of the hotel as well, making it very much conveniently located. The bus is only 5 cuc for the whole day and takes you to all of the major tourist sites.
Other pros were that the pool area, though a bit run down, wasn't terribly busy and was kept quite clean, they had fantastic bands playing on the veranda every night, and had internet access.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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ivettehabana, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Roc Presidente, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Dear Kamomma: Thanks for your beautiful review. We are glad you have had a wonderful time in our hotel. We will give to Clara your opinion about. The staff is very grateful for your review. This kind of opinion makes our work and effort is not in vain and that every day we do best. We hope that you can come back again to our hotel to have another beautiful experience. The best and sincerely yours.
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Kent, UK
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

Four of us (2 couples) stayed here for 2 nights in March. Clean hotel and very nice staff. The rooms were a good size and the beds / furniture were comfortable. The air con failed in my room, but my brothers room was fine. The hotel restaurant was quite good - service was a little slow but the food very good, would recommend that guests try it for themselves.

The buffet breakfast was outstanding - great selection and good quality food.

The buffet dining room has some amazing Art Deco skylights - lots of Art Deco features elsewhere in hotel as well.

All things considered we had a very pleasant stay here and we got a very good bed & breakfast deal by booking through Cubanatur (about £31 per person per night)

This was our 2nd stay in Havana and we thought that the location is perfect - it was just £3-4 for a taxi (4 passengers) to just about anywhere across Old Havana.

Would recommend a carriage ride around the old town - it will show you the sites

Hope to go back again one day,.........

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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ivettehabana, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Roc Presidente, responded to this review, April 12, 2014
Dear Kentish_Bob: The hotel thank you for sharing your experiences and opinions. We are pleased to have achieved your customer satisfaction. This forces us to be better every day in our work. Thank you for your reviews of the rooms and the buffet. Was very nice to have valued the architecture. Hopefully you will return again and enjoy with us. Sincerely.
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Property: Hotel Roc Presidente
Address: C/ Calzada 110 | Esquina Avda de los Presidentes Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Luxury Hotel in Havana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Roc Presidente 4*
Number of rooms: 158
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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