I stayed at the Melia Cohiba at the end of a recent tour of Cuba. We had already experienced the excellent Melia Santiago in Cuba's second city and were expiating the Chiba to be of the same standard. It was. The location is interesting- not very far from the Malecon harbour front promenade drive and within easy walking distance of the Havana Riviera hotel, a famed Mafia hangout in the mid and late 1950s; the Vedado area is right nearby. Habana Vieja (6 Km away) required a short taxi ride, but there was plenty to see and do in the immediate area around the Cohiba and in the Vedado section of the city. This is a big hotel (22 stories and over 450 rooms). My room and the rooms of my clients were comfortable, elegant and modern most of them with views over the harbour and ocean (note that the power outlets are 220-240 volt European style); the public areas were very elegant (marble everywhere) with exuberant plants and shrubs and fine decoration-a real pleasure to walk around. Restaurants were excellent and the breakfast buffet in the Plaza Habana restaurant was exceptionally good. Didn't try the pools but reports of them were positive. As always in fancy hotels in Cuba the cost of internet service was much too high (about $14 or 15 for a couple of hours I seem to recall) and the speed was often poor. The elevators were also sometimes a problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Privileged location in the modern Vedado district. Modern rooms with spectacular views of the ocean, city and majestic Malecon ocean drive. Buffet, gourmet, Italian and grill restaurants. Habana Café with memorabilia evoking the 1950`s. Spacious and comfortable multipurpose rooms for meetings and banquets with capacity for up to 500 persons. Executive floors with Royal Service and Business center. Lobby bar opened 24 hrs, piano bar, bar with live music and a Cuban cigar and rum sampling bar for connoisseurs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Cohiba Hotel Havana
- Melia Hotel Havana
- Melia Hotel Cohiba