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Hotel Telegrafo
Ranked #10 of 79 Hotels in Havana
Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great hotel”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

I had a 2 days reservation in this hotel but I decided to leave after the first. Nothing to do with the hotel that was great. The rooms are clean, the food great and the beds comfortable. My favourite part is indeed the cafe. It looks just like Europe. Once you see it you know what I'm talking about. This hotel was my salvation in Havana. A dirty, stinky, suffocating place. I've been to many 3rd world counties before but none of this is even comparable with Havana (example, India and south east asia both have interesting things to visit... there's history and culture... therefor is worth the risk of being kidnapped LOL. Havana is a different story).
The staff of the hotel is professional and courteous. I have no complaints... well... maybe just one. No internet in the hotel. You have to go the the Iberostar hotel across the street and buy a wireless card (super slow) to access the web. :(

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed there for four days earlier in 2013. Although Telegrafo is not a luxury hotel, it provides everything you need to take in everything Habana has to offer. Everything was very clean, the rooms were serviced daily, the breakfast buffet was more than descent and dining options were good, although a bit pricey. The location is just perfect: the hotel is right across the end of Paseo de Marti and the central square (were the buses depart) giving the perfect access to Havana Vieja and most of the big museums. We had a nice room on the first floor but since the hotel has been renovated with double glass windows, there was no noise at all, despite its very central location. The building itself is very beautiful and of some historical significance, since it roofed the country's first telegraph, hence the name. There is a very nice patio giving on Prado where you can have dinner or drinks gazing on the people, the old cars, the locals and tourists mixing as they go along. It is good value for money.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Our family of four stayed at Hotel Telegrafo from July 22nd to July 25th, 2013 (3 nights). The hotel is very well maintained and the service is great. Everybody greets you and the maid who looked after our room was excellent and very friendly and accommodating. Our twin boys aged 9 really enjoyed the hotel and they will love to come back. The breakfast buffet was good with plenty of choices.
The hotel is centrally located and close to other hotels, restaurants and "paladars" (private restaurants). The hotel staff recommended "The Asturianito", a private restaurant a short walk from the hotel and we went there 3 times during our stay.
We will definitely come back to this hotel if we travel to Havana again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013

I really enjoyed staying here. Normally I'm a budget traveller so loved the room. Staff were helpful. The room was an internal one with a view over the bar so I got a great view of a live band playing there one night. They finished before 12 midnight so I also got some sleep.

The breakfast wasn't great but lets face it food in Cuba is not known for being amazing. There was, however, a great Casa Paticular around the corner (left, then right) that did a really good lunch/dinner. Sorry can't remember the name!

Very central location. As a lone female traveller I felt very safe!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Hull, UK
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Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights and although the room and bed were small compared to some other hotels we stayed in whilst in Cuba, we found the hotel to be interesting..particularly the old 19thC brickwork in the bar. Our room looked out into the bar but it wasn't noisy. We only had breakfast at the hotel (good choice of dishes), so can't comment on the evening restaurant. The staff were very friendly. There is a cadeca (to change money) about 100m away and it was a 10 minute walk to the Malecon and into old Havana. The open topped tourist bus stops just outside...worth going on to see the suburbs. We arrived late in the afternoon after our flight from the UK and rather than face the huge queues to get pesos at the airport, our taxi driver suggested we drove to the hotel and he waited whilst we changed money there..but only change a bit as the cadeca has a better rate!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

I stayed in the Telegrafo from 28th July to 5th August. The room was very comfortable, the location excellent and the service perfectly friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet did contain a lot of stuff I would not want to eat for breakfast (or any other meal) like cold vegetables, but there was plenty of coffee, juice, rolls, cheese, cold meats - and freshly made omellettes. I would recommend this hotel for anyone planning a trip to Havana. It also has a travel desk which can book tours and excursions beyond Havana.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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London, UK
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We were due to stay here four nights, but could only cope with one, swapping instead for the Parque Central just opposite. Service was terrible, and it all felt very communist, with plastic sheets on the beds and minimal bedding. Breakfast was average, in a dark room with dreadful coffee. Some of the rooms were lovely, but although we had booked a larger one we were not offered a change. Overpriced for what it is.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Telegrafo
Address: Calle Prado 408, Havana 10100, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Havana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Telegrafo 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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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