We went to Havana when the Novotel Miramar had opened its doors only six months ago. In fact, they had not been inaugurated. Moreover, it was inaugurated when we were there. It is in the heart of Old Havana, even in the neighborhood of Miramar, a fancy neighborhood where there are all the embassies and consulates, diplomats, etc.. The truth is that it took us about twenty minutes to get to Old Havana, but the hotel offers a free minibus which runs every half hour and with several stops where you can catch it. It is modern, with a huge pool that is quite luxurious and with good restaurant. The breakfast buffet is amazing. But the best part for me was the official opening party. One day public relations told us that they were going to have the party and of course all the guests were invited. So with our best clothes and showed up at the party which started in the pool. There was a line of waiters with daiquiris, mojitos, etc ... And that's how we ended. But the best was when they started to lead off with celebrities, and we ended up dancing the conga with Javier Sotomayor, the jumping world champion, Stevenson, the boxer and more. The music was put on by a rapper from the island that everyone knew except us, but the truth is that was the night I remember most of that spent in Havana. The hotel is highly recommendable, except for the location. And what lovely people.
The Tryp Habana Libre Hotel (once the Havana Hilton) has become the most popular hotels in the Cuban capital. Although it's clear that the hotel needs some restoration, this is more than made up for by its great location. The views are stunning: the rising sun woke me every morning offering me a unique view of the capital in the morning. The rooms are spacious and airy, with wide, comfortable beds. The bathroom is fine, if a little old. Throughout the hotel there's a special emphasis on the works of Cuban painters and sculptors. The staff are always very friendly and willing to help. Best of all is breakfast, where Spanish chefs oversee every detail and serve up a variety of juices, fruits, cereals, breads and pastries, although the coffee is quite poor. But I don't care about that, or the slightly ageing decor ... I'll be sure to come back here!
This luxury hotel dates back to the 1930's, having been built as part of a wave of tourism in Havana. It became famous for its music, as Cuban musicians like the first Anacaonas - an orchestra composed entirely of women - delighted visitors with the new rhythms of the time. It is now one of the city's most distinguished five star hotels, with guests including the Spanish poet Rafael Alberti and the singer Beyonce and her husband Jay Z. Address: Paseo del Prado, no. 603, corner of Dragons, La Habana Vieja. Cuba.