Stayed recently for four nights at the end of a two week trip to Cuba and the hotel was more or less what I expected. Cuba doesn't do great hotels, so don't expect them.
Arriving near midnight I had a friendly welcome from the receptionist and was escorted to my twin room on the first floor by the night security man. Room 6 is at the front and on the corner. Probably one one of the noisiest rooms in the hotel as regards street noise, which really gets going at 8 am with people on their way to work/school. If you want a quieter room, pay more and ask for a room on an upper floor and away from the street. Room 5 is also noisy and smaller.
The minibar is a bargain. Half bottles of rum for 3CUC! Watch out for the hangover. Breakfast is heavy on the carbohydrates and cold scrambled eggs and grilled frankfurter. Stick to fruit and toast and get in there early, before 7.30.
I didn't bother with the bar or meals. My room was cleaned and bed made, more or less efficiently.
When checking out I discovered that they only accept credit cards for large amounts (like room charges or big restaurant bills), Extras must be settled in cash and be aware that if you want to leave your bags for a few hours before heading to the airport, they charge 1CUC per bag. A bit grasping I thought, but then, hey, this IS Cuba!
The location is very central, right in the heart of Havana Vieja and surrounded by plenty of bars and restaurants so you could do a lot worse. Give it a try.
Advice to the hotel - get Jamie to give your kitchen a makeover.
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