I was disappointed not to be able to book the Park Central after reading the excellent reviews but after the 1st day in the Telegrafo I realised that we much preferred the Telegrafo. If you want the glitz of a posh hotel them by all means stick with the Park Central where I had the best banana daiquiri of the trip but if you want more atmosphere then choose the Telegrafo. Our comfortable room was on the 1st floor at the front and I was apprehensive of traffic noise as my husband is a light sleeper. However it was just a quiet hum and ceased early in the evening. It was very pleasant to stand on the balcony, drink in hand, and watch the world go by. The breakfasts, although not outstanding, were more than adequate with a wide variety. Pastries were heavy but good bread for toast. The bar had a water feature which was cooling if the weather was hot and was more welcoming than the reastaurant and we ate there a couple of times. The food was good and very reasonable. We had coffee on a couple of mornings (coffee in Cuba is good and you can get fresh coffee everywhere) on the terrace at the front of the hotel. The pastry place next door that previous reviews have said was good was full every time and we never found a seat but the Hotel Inglaterra beyond it also has a terrace and does reasonable lunches (one sandwich which came in a baguette was enough for my husband and I too share after a big breakfast). There was often a Cuban group playing here a lunchtime. A small tip is to sit at a back table and you are less likely to be bothered by countless paper sellers. Mind you the 1cuc paper gives the seller a good income and, if you display the paper on the table, you won't be bothered again. We were even given a bottle of fizz, some chocolate and a card from the management for my birthday. A nice touch. Also try the bar attached to the National theatre a few doors along. It does a fantastic value tapas plate to share. Finally, the cheapest coffee of the trip was a little bar on the left-hand back corner as you face the Park Central. It is obviously one the locals use. Food available too but we only discovered the place on our last morning so didn't try this. Oh, and try the organised trip of the city for 19cuc. So much information it brings the city to life for you. If you are lucky enough to get Josh as your guide say hello for us. Enjoy Havana it's great.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Telegrafo Hotel Havana
- Hotel Telegrafo Havana