Hotel Habana Riviera Hotel 4 star
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Paseo Y Malecon Vedado - La Havane Havana, Cuba -
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The Habana Riviera is the favorite hotel for people who are nostalgic of the 1950s. Reknown for its cabaret, the Palacio de la Salsa, closed down a few years ago, before this was a place of pilgrimage for tourists from all over the world.

This hotel review is a translation of the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 4.12 /10

    The Habana Riviera in on the sea front, to the west of the Malecon. A 30 minute walk from the historical centre of Havana. For transfers from the airport, 15 miles away, you should anticipate 45 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    Even though they are impersonal, the rooms are comfortably furnished in a simple manner. They have air conditioning, satellite TV, direct telephone for international calls, minibar, bathroom with bath and hair dryer. Their advantage: all have an unimpeded view over the sea. 24-hour room service.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    Built in 1957 and renovated in 1997, the Habana Riviera has kept its 1950s style. A tall tower with about fifteen floors and 352 rooms. One floor is reserved for businessmen. The shared quarters are sometimes a little autere, with long corridors leading to the rooms. But art lovers will be happy to admire the many original paintings by Cuban artists, exhibited in the hotel. With its period diving board, the large outside swimming pool has an old style atmosphere.

    Food and drink 7.40 /10

    The hotel has several restautants proposing Creole and international specialities either "à la carte" or as a buffet. The restaurant on the ground floor, the Aiglon, is worth a visit just for the style. A panoramic restaurant further up, has a beautiful view over the town and the bay. The Al Fresco café offers snacks. Meat lovers can find a grille restaurant. Ostrich is on the menu.

    To know

    The hotel is managed by the Cuban chain Gran Caribe. VIPs, diplomats or members of the governement often go there, as well as many famous show business and sport people: Leonardo de Caprio, Chico Buarque, Johnny Weismuller, Ginger Rogers, Fangio, Michel Legrand, Benny Moré, Kid Chocolate etc.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, water-polo, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The location on the Malecon
    • It perfect 1950s look

    disadvantages

    • The closing down of the Palacio de la Salsa
    • The dilapidated state of some of the facilities like the pool (with its amazing diving board)

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score nc/10
      • Package deals in juillet 2011 Posted on 2013-06-03 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Ce n'est pas ma première visite dans cet hôtel mais cette fois-ci, on a eu une chambre lamentable. Il faut savoir que certaines chambres ont été refaites, notamment dans les étages supérieurs et sont magnifiques mais les autres !! Rien à voir : Odeur d'humidité terrible... Les joints des vitres ont été remplacés par des sacs plastiques, La porte du balcon ne s'ouvrait pas, Mais la salle de bain était neuve. On a eu l'impression d'être dans une chambre en cours de rénovation mais pas finie !!

      • Advantages

        Emplacement sur le Malecon Vue magnifique Certaines chambres très belles

      • Disavantages

        Certaines Chambres insalubres Un peu loin du centre historique

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      • Overall Score 4.25/10
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