The previous reviews on here had worried me, but it really wasn’t all that bad. It could certainly do with a little sprucing but c’mon people, this is Cuba!! This hotel used to be the Hilton back in the 50s and I’m sure it was impressive then, now it just needs some TLC but is totally fine for a brief stay if you’re not planning to spend all your time in your hotel – why would you, you’re in Havana?!
Because of the way our tour of Cuba operated we actually stayed in this hotel twice in a week. Both times we were happy enough with it. Our first room had a bit of a leak in the bathroom which had caused damp on the wooden door, leaving a pretty musty smell. The second room was much better and seemingly had been recently redecorated.
Both rooms were kept very clean and they were extremely large with comfy beds. !! There was a separate dressing room area with wardrobe and sinks, as well as a safe and we also had a fridge. (Don’t buy water in the hotel, instead go to the booze shop out the front of the hotel, to the left where it’s much cheaper)
We had amazing views, we were on the 21st floor and the 18th floor, truly a great view over Havana – probably pretty hard to beat.
Breakfast was a busy affair (and accompanied by full-on piano playing!) but we never had a problem finding a seat and the food (for Cuba) was pretty good, though the coffee was pretty bad! Would recommend the freshly cooked waffles with delicious sun-ripened fruit.
Service at the front desk was good, and that’s also true of the business centre. We also had a look round the shops ‘underneath’ the hotel – you can find a few essentials eg shampoo, toothpaste etc if you need them. There was also a decent shoe shop with a good range of Havianas at 10CUC (around £6.50).
We didn’t eat in the restaurants but one evening, after a long days touring, we went to the café attached to the hotel; La Rampa. I’ve uploaded a couple pics of the menu to give an idea of what they sell and the prices. It was fine and the pizza was actually pretty good. I think this is also where room service for the hotel comes from, so all in bodes quite well if you fancy a snack in your room.
All in, I would stay here again. It’s not terribly luxurious and yes, waiting for the lifts in the morning was a little tiresome. But the location is great, there’s always lots of taxis, it’s an easy walk to the Malecon, opposite the largest and most popular icecream parlour in Havana and the views from the room are first class.
- Also Known As:
- Tryp Habana Libre Hotel Havana
- Tryp Habana Libre Hotel
- Tryp Hotel Havana
- Tryp Hotel Habana Libre
- Habana Libre Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 5- star Tryp Habana Libre, one of the most emblematic hotels in Havana, is located in the heart of the Vedado district. This majestic 25- story hotel (572 rooms) offers a unique view of the ocean and of the magical city. Ideal for business people, events, getaways and honeymoons.Guest Rooms532 rooms: 282 Standard, 250 Standard Panoramic ViewDining4 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet), 3 Cafeterias, 2 Bars ... more less