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“Excellent hotel and location”
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Hotel Florida
Ranked #24 of 79 Hotels in Havana
West Sussex
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent hotel and location”
Reviewed June 20, 2009

Stayed at the Florida for 3 days in May as part of our honeymoon.

Hotel is a lovely restored colonial building right in the centre of the old town. The rooms were comfortable with air con, table and chairs, large wardrobe (inc safe), big bathroom and balcony. The chambermaids did a great job and left us some lovely towel sculptures in the room.

Breakfast was included with our stay and included pastries, bread, cheese, meat, fruit as well as a bacon, eggs etc. Obviously with this being Cuba its not up to UK standards but it was prefectly edible.

Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Our taxi didn't turn up on the last day and they couldn't do enough to help.

This hotel is not as well equiped as some of the large hotels but the location and the old building was what did it for us. There was a bit of noise due to its location but we didn't find this a problem at all.

Havana as a whole is excellent just to wander around. We did the open top bus tour from the harbour as this is a good overview of the city. The Museum of the Revolution is interesting and a good way to escape the heat for an hour. Don't go to Havana for shopping or amazing food (you won't go hungry though) but the people are very friendly and the place is fascinating.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2009

Upgraded to suite upon arrival. Nice staff and the best location. We had so much fun! Two negatives in our stay. One-the air conditioning seemed to turn down at night. During the day the room felt cool and refreshing but a few times during our stay we woke up very hot in the middle of the night. The other issue we had was finding a hypodermic needle on the porch of our hotel-which apparently is a common problem. A women across the street seems to throw them across after her insulin injections. The hotel dealt with the problem swiftly and were very apologetic but it ended at that.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Avalon Beach, Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
285 reviews
92 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2009

Choosing an Old Havana hotel seemed a lottery....but this IS A GOOD PLACE TO STAY. I've read other reports about staying in the room over the nightclub...and that is exactly the room we had! You are lulled to sleep with the Salsa rhythm...or you were in the nightclub anyway !
Staff here were generally much better than (the more expensive) Hotel Raphael, which we stayed in later in our travels.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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98 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2009

Architecturally, this hotel is beautiful representation of Havana's glorious past. It's located a short distance from Parque Central and is in the World Heritage-listed Old City.

The hotel represented average value, with the positives and negatives as follows:

Positives
Large, attractive room and bathroom.
Attractive, plant-dominated atrium.

Negatives
Front desk staff were inconsistent at best: occasionally not knowing their job (I do speak Spanish, so language was not an issue.) and presenting as disinterested at times.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2009

This was our first hotel in Havana, and it was one of the best we stayed in - but remember good for Cuba is decidedly average by world standards. The room was a decent size with a lovely colonial feel, a comfortable double bed and a massive bathroom. Staff were friendly, but the food was shocking

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank rayw
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West Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2009

We were booked into this hotel by an independant travel firm specialising in Cuban holidays. It wasn't our first choice but we were assured by the agent that we would not be disappointed and indeed we weren't. The hotel is in 2 parts - the original bit at the front and a newer part at the rear. Our room was in the new part at the rear on the top floor. The room opened out on to the roof garden which proved to be an excellent venue for sitting out and eading our books in the sunshime away from the bustle of the streets below. Previous reviews have noted the noise from the Salsa Bar in the old part of the hotel. Nothing was audible from our room in fact quite the opposite. The location is ideal for exploring old Havana and both restaurants provided decent if not excellent food.
All in all we really enjoyed our stay at the Florida and having called into a few of the bars in the other hotels we were really pleased that we had stayed there.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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scot in cuba
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 8, 2009

We stayed in this hotel for one night on our way to another resort. We were very tired so did not notice much. However, we returned on our way home and unfortunately were then able to see how this hotel needed a good clean!

If you want to sleep we would not recommend as the noise from a) the bar until 3 a.m. and then outside from 6.00 a.m. was terrible.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Florida
Address: Calle Obispo esq. a Cuba. Ciudad de La Habana, Havana 10100, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#18 Luxury Hotel in Havana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Florida 4*
Number of rooms: 25
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