As an well-traveled American, I was a little skeptical about our 4-5 star rated hotel in Havana. Well, I must say, we were pleasantly surprised!!!
The Melia Havana is located oceanfront (no beach / just rocky coastline) in one of the best neighborhoods of Havana - Miramontes' - walking distance to the mansions along 5th Avenue. There are other hotels next to it. They all looked very run down (one was a Triton brand).
The hotel was built (or completed) in 1998 and could use a little TLC, but considering the social and political climate in Cuba, the hotel is first-class and opulent. The hotel's website accurately depicts the style / condition of the hotel. You can easily exchange USD to CUC (Cuban Local Currency) at the hotel.
We ate in the restaurant each morning for breakfast and found the usual items for American breakfast (omelet bar, some meats, eggs, fruit, pastries and delicious croissants) along with Cuban breakfast specialties (rice, chick peas, seasoned ground beef) and even some Spanish specialties (blue cheese, chorizo, Serrano ham). One of my favorites became "white National cheese" with quince paste on a croissant!
The restaurant has other dining options: Chinese and Italian restaurants as well as a sandwich café. We only ate one dinner (Chinese) at the hotel because it was our first night and we arrived late. No need to eat at the hotel for dinner because there are many National (government owned) restaurants serving delicious food in some of the opulent, abandoned mansions. We grabbed a jamon/queso baguette at the café one afternoon and it was very good (it even came with piping hot french fries!)
The rooms were nicely appointed - even had current model TVs with access to CNN, the Weather Channel and other random stations! We were in 2121 - VERY NICE and VERY LARGE room with a wrap around ocean-front balcony. As in many other countries, the beds are not big & fluffy. The bathrooms were sparse but had what we needed: 2 wash cloths, 2 hand towels and 2 bath towels - no more / no less. They provide a pull-out-from-wall hairdryer that will do in a pinch (I brought my own travel one with more horsepower!). They did provide shampoo and shower gel, but we chose to use our own and give the hotel's supply to the needy locals that we visited.
The pool is absolutely huge. They have a pool-side towel cabana to check out towels. A nice bar with one side as swim-up. And yummy Mojitos!
We were able to visit the beautifully stunning National Hotel. While impressive and full of rich history (especially if you are impressed by where famous people sleep), I would choose the Melia Havana over it because it is much more modern (large rooms / large bathrooms).
If you ever find yourself lucky enough to visit Cuba, you can't go wrong with this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Miramar, overlooking the sea, 20 minutes from airport, 5 minutes from Havana Convention Center. 397 rooms, 4 suites, 12 Junior Suites, 98 Royal Service, sea view with balcony, Full bathroom, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Safe, Minibar, 220 volts. Restaurants: Italian, Oriental Fusion, Grill, cafeteria and Buffets, 5 bars, Swimming pools with children's area, Babysitting service. Sauna, GYM, Massage, WI-FI Internet in all the hotel, Meeting facilities. Live Music. Free shuttle to old Havana. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Evoline ltd, TripOnline SA, Cancelon and HotelsClick so you can book your Melia Habana reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Melia Habana Hotel Havana
- Melia Hotel Habana
- Melia Hotel Havana