Havana It is the capital of Cuba, also known as Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana and The City of Las Columnas. Its foundation dates from the colonial era and its situation is privileged, in the Bay of the same name, considered one of the safest and largest bays in all of America and the world.
We have not really looked for accommodation in this destination, we have simply limited ourselves to using the hotel that came with the chosen package (which we would not use but that was cheaper than taking a flight only). This is none other than the Mercure Sevilla.
Therefore, unlike on other occasions we have not had to reserve anything, and do not even manage any paperwork.
Interesting could be the price of the reference accommodation, which is around 60-80 € the night and room, including breakfast, and that can be managed from your own website.
The Location It is privileged, in the heart of Havana and a few steps from the Capitol, which is accessed by walking along the Paseo del Prado. Its facade, as well as the hall are very careful, being even one of the must-see visits of the city (for the latter and for its roof, with beautiful views over the city).
As we can read on the internet, since 1908 there is accommodation, with 178 rooms They are in perfect condition.
It also stands out among its guests the good condition of their bathrooms and the cleaning Absolute of the whole hotel.
Also note that it has 2 restaurants, 3 bars, meeting room, food and breakfast service and swimming pool.
Already back, we do the “GUIDED VISIT” of the accommodation with details and impressions it has caused us.
In general, the Mercure Sevilla is an old and poorly maintained hotel, except for its common spaces (swimming pool, hall and bars). It has absolute surveillance throughout the hotel and multiple services but we have encountered a rude service and lack of experience.
his Location If it is enviable, a few minutes from the Capitol and the downtown area of Havana.
The rooms They look old, not because they are poorly maintained (since the service does them every day) but because of the age of the building combined with a little modern style (including carpets).
He bath It was a disaster on the two occasions (and two different rooms) in which we were staying, even pooling completely in one of them when turning on the shower. It is not too small
The cleaning It is not bad, but as we have said, the problem is the age of the building.
As for the breakfast and meals, one of the hotel's restaurants (where it is served) has a full buffet with a more than enough variety.
What undoubtedly makes the Mercure Sevilla so famous are its common areas, starting with the roof, from which (in addition to the rooms on high floors) offers excellent views over the city taking advantage of the unbeatable location.
Highlighting the availability of computers to access the internet (slow and expensive), swimming pool (acceptable), shops and a beautiful hall decorated in Spanish "al-Andalus" style with a bar in a kind of courtyard simulating those of the same Seville , where to take some very tasty animated mojitos with Cuban music groups.
Juve's reflections: "In the Hotel Mercure Sevilla, there are many images that come to mind ... those computers of the Pleistocene where we were old waiting to upload four photos, the first Cuban beers that we had in the company of a voluminous lady who took several hours to give us the rental car <>, the mojitos at the patio fountain with some musicians all great, the privileged views of the attic restaurant, the gorillas at the door of the hotel and the elevators with that fake and corrupt smile " A taxi gentlemen? Do you want cigars? Anything else? ”, And of course the day we parked in front of the door of the Hotel and released the famous phrase“ What palque or palote, to take x ... with parking ”hahaha It was a good base of operations ... "
The we would recommend? Strongly NO. Very expensive for what it offers (unless you have it in the package as it happened to us). There are options in private homes much more affordable, well located and that will give you more contact with Cuban life.
Juve and Isaac, from Havana (Cuba)