The bestie tried to convince me that this hotel, which her cousin stayed in, was the only place to stay in Havana. She mentioned the spectacular roof top pool, and I was imagining a lot of rich white people in one place. In the end, we compromised with a luxury hotel in Cuba and a mediocre hotel in Buenos Aires.
The hotel is about 45 minutes from the airport, and located right in the centre of Havana. As you drive up to it, you see its’ grand stature, against the surrounding decaying buildings.
And the foyer is larger than life. There was marble everywhere. And yes, you guessed it, white people everywhere.
The staff was extremely attentive and spoke exceptional English. Despite my initial concerns about staying here, all those concerns washed away once I got to our room.
Our room was the Junior Suite (we got an upgrade!) and contained everything a girl could ask for; a bath and a full length mirror. Sorted.
I have to give it to the bestie, she did good. The hotel and room were Ah-mazing! Two double beds, enough room to put our suitcases and to move about, a little chill out area and a MASSIVE bathroom.
As I waited for the bestie to arrive from Paris, I explored the hotel.
The hotel is split up into two sections, connected by a tunnel complete with a water feature. The second section (where our room was) was (and probably still is) part of the hotel extensions. There were no works going on at the time, or they may be very good at hiding scaffolding and construction workers.
The restaurant, which is on the roof top, had a mediocre food menu, but the view makes up for it, especially at sun set. We ended up having dinner here on our last day.
Oh, and that roof top pool… have a look yourself. And yes, that’s how we lazed around the pool too.
The view from the top is just as amazing as the rest of the hotel. As you walk around the roof top, you get a 360 degree view of Old Havana. Of the water on one side, and the decaying city on the other. It was such a contrast!
Once the bestie arrived, we hit the bar up for Cuba’s infamous drink; the Mojito! (they were a bit weak to be quite honest)
Even though luxury hotels aren’t usually my first choice, the double bed was most welcomed after the bunk bed in Panama City. I suspected mine had bed bugs, but the bestie didn’t, so I have no idea what was up with that. The hotel facilities were amazing, as for the staff.
I would definitely recommend this hotel for your stay in Cuba, however I have heard great things about homestays.
[Source: Hotel Parque Central Havana]
Hotel Parque Central
a: Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Habana Vieja, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
t: + 53-7-860-6627