This is a wonderful old hotel and you shouldn't miss the chance to stay here, especially if your room overlooks the Malecon. But keep in mind that, like the rest of Cuba, you'll not get the same accommodations or food that you would in other hotels with five-star ratings in other countries. In short, this is no Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons, folks. But it is among the best that a developing country has to offer right now. Our room was updated alright, but it was rough around the edges. The rug looked like it had been installed in 1962. And the bath was not well constructed or maintained. The shower temperature would go up an down with the flush of toilets. The breakfast buffet had umpteen different choices, but the quality of the food is not what you would find in the U.S. For example, if hot dogs, frozen vegetables and day-old coffee are your idea of breakfast, well, then dig in. Still, it's worth staying here for the charm and that's why I gave it a very good rating instead of average. Plus, many of the vintage U.S. cars -- now used as taxis -- gather out front and that's a treat in itself.
If you can, get an upper floor room that faces the Malecon.
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