After arriving late at night following 3 flights from Los Angeles we just wanted to get to our room and have a shower and sleep.
Hotel lobby was nice and reception friendly. We then opened the door to our room and were delighted to find we'd been upgraded to a lovely suite overlooking the Parc Central - fantastic and greatly appreciated! There was also a bottle of bubbly, chocs and flowers (it was our honeymoon but we didn't get this treatment everywhere). We sat and drank the bubbly taking in the experience of watching the Havana nightlife from our room - this was a dream come true for my wife.
The suite was large, quiet and clean.
Breakfast was also a surprise and we were very impressed by the buffet spread and the chef on hand to cook eggs however we wished.
Staff were friendly and always offered to get us a taxi if required, but we also enjoyed walking around Havana.
(a) Arriving in Havana - we came via Cancun and bought our visa/travel card at Cancun airport for US$25. Change money at Havana airport. Taxi to town costs CUC25
(b) Getting around - taxis cost CUC5 while the city tour bus is a good start to get your bearings, it also costs CUC5 and can be caught across the road from Telegrapho
(c) Drinks/Bars - we enjoyed mojitos in the garden of Hotel Nacional, afternoon drinks/music at Ingleterra, cocktails in the lobby of Hotel Florida, more mojitos at La Bodeguita del Medio and daquiris at La Floridita (most expensive place)
(d) Tropicana - despite the negative reviews we'd seen on TA we decided this was a must see. I think you have to go with an open mind as we loved it and had a great time with a bunch of Russians at our table. Yes, it's expensive by Cuban standards at CUC70 and a taxi is CUC15 each way but it's a must see!
(e) Vinales - we also took a day tour here for CUC55. Was nice to see another part of Cuba but I'm not sure I'd recommend this tour - was a long day
(f) Restaurants - the only place I'd recommend was Sociedad Asturiana Castropol at 107 Calle Malecon where we had a great bbq platter. Neptune y Prado next to Hotel Telegrapho was disappointing with poor service. Also tried a local restaurant on San Rafael but it was dreadful and they ripped us off!!!
(g) Jazz Club - was okay but didn't get going till ~11:30pm I think
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GeneralThe historic city hotel was established in 1860 and was then located on Calle Amistad. Around 1888, it was relocated to its present position on the busy corner of Prado and Neptuno streets. In 1911 the hotel was completely rebuilt, and when it reopened it was regarded by the press of the day as the most modern hotel in the city and ranked amongst the top eleven hotels in Latin America. The hotel of today combines modern and colonial elements in its architecture to create a wonderful unity of present and traditional styles. On offer are a total of 63 comfortable guest rooms with excellent views out over the city. The inner courtyard with the original brickwork of its arches forms an interesting contrast to the new design features. The hotel has a large ceramic mural in the form of a collage, showing elements of Havana's colonial architecture and a fountain which appears to magnify the courtyard and its surrounding ruins. There are 54 standard rooms, three suites, and six junior suites available, in addition to a lobby area with a reception desk manned around the clock, a hotel safe, a cloakroom, a currency exchange facility, and lift access. Guests at this air-conditioned establishment may also take advantage of the restaurant, the snack bar, shop. Also available here is room service (charges apply), a public Internet connection (charges apply), and parking for those arriving by car (charges apply). MasterCard and VISA are accepted as methods of payment.Surrounding AreaA famous institution in Havana since 1888, this hotel has since the early 20th century been considered one of the best in all Latin America. It lies directly beside the beach and is only a few minutes on foot from the ''Museo de Bellas Artes'', the ''Capitolio'', and the ''Gran Teatro de La Habana'', famous for presenting the best opera and ballet performances in the city.Property-InformationThe elegant hotel restaurant specialises in Cuban and international haute cuisine. Its decoration creates a unique place with a classical ambience, ready to welcome guests back at any time. Its appointment with modern furniture creates a timeless atmosphere in the halls with stained glass windows. The restaurant is situated on the ground floor of the building and offers guests a breakfast buffet or an individual breakfast, lunch à la carte, lunch from a set menu (offered for groups), and a set menu in the evening.Room-InformationAll rooms are fitted with an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and hairdryer, centrally regulated air conditioning, a double or king-size bed, cable TV, a telephone, a room safe, a minibar, and either a balcony or terrace as standard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Telegrafo Hotel Havana
- Hotel Telegrafo Havana