We spent 5 nights at the Telegrafo, 3 at the start of our trip and 2 at the end. We were very pleased with our stay. Both rooms were very large and comfortable. They had 2 huge (more than 10' high) windows that opened to beautiful, cool breezes. They overlooked a main street and park, and it was fun to watch the old cars pass below. All rooms are different - some have 2 bathrooms, some overlook the inner "courtyard". The room selection seems to be random - some singles in our group got a room with 2 bathrooms. The beds were extremely comfortable, the pillows sparse. The rooms were spotless. There's a safe in the room.
The front desk is efficient, if not particularly friendly/welcoming. It's easy to exchange money at the front desk - ask for the denominations you prefer. The doormen open the door for you when they feel like it.
The buffet breakfast is good, with fresh omelettes made to order. The dinner, not so. Eat your lunch and dinner elsewhere. The Hotel Parque Central is across the street (they have a great bar on the top floor).
If you are hankering pizza, there is a good place to get pizza or pasta across the street (I can't remember the name of it, but it's across the small street to the left as you leave the hotel). But beware, they like to add-on things that you don't order (bread, for example. if you didn't order and don't want it, refuse it) and will also serve more expensive soda (coca-cola instead of the local cuban cola, or perrier instead of regular bottled water).
The Malecon is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
- 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