Top 5 Havana Hotels

Have an upcoming trip to Havana and you’re wondering what hotel to book? Well let us enlighten you with our “Top 5” Havana Hotel Picks. If you decide to take our advice, which we highly suggest you do 😉 feel free to give us a call or email us so we can help you with your hotel accommodation arrangements. Here’s our top 5 picks from 5 – 1…

5. Hotel Nacional: A classic hotel considered a symbol of history, culture, and Cuban identity

With its privileged location in the center of Havana, it stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, and offers a great view of the Havana Harbor. The hotel´s majestic figure combined with a modern concept of hotel comfort make it the ideal for those wanting to experience the classic Havana experience. The hotel, which is 20 kilometers away from Havana’s international airport, ranks among the world’s ten Palace Hotels and was the only five-star hotel in the Caribbean region from the 1930s to the 1950s. It has been visited by hundreds of celebrities from the spheres of art, science and politics – it was even featured on the TV Show, “The Simpsons”.

 

4. Saratoga : A luxurious hotel with a vintage vibe in the city center of Havana.

The elegant colonial-style hotel known for its vintage vibe Hotel Saratoga lies at the heart of Havana. It overlooks the Parque de la Fraternidad and the Capitolio, and it’s within sight if the Partagas Cigar Factory and the opera house. The hotel was originally opened in the 1930s but it has been rebuilt behind its original façade, offering a luxurious mixture of style and comfort. The hotel has two fine dining restaurants, a spa, a business center and a rooftop pool. Celebrities such as Jay-Z and Beyonce stayed here while visiting Cuba.

 

3. Melia Cohiba: The hotel opposite of the city coastline in a modern district of Havana.

Located in El Vedado (where the city’s main cultural centers are located) and across from the popular Malecón Avenue (seaside promenade), the Meliá Cohiba Hotel offers spectacular views of the sea and the city. It has become an ideal destination for business people who stay in its Royal Service section. The Habana Café inside of the Melia Cohiba has also attracted many guests. From the Meliá Cohiba Hotel, guests can easily go to sites that are located within a 12-kilometer radius, including Old Havana, Revolution Square, and the Havana International Conference Center. Additionally, guests can enjoy popular cafes in the area such as Habana Mia 7 and the Havana Jazz Café.

2. Melia Habana: A classic hotel between the city and the sea. 

Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and with the largest swimming pool in the country, the Meliá Habana is a leading business hotel and welcomes important VIP guests due to its close proximity to the Miramar Business Center and the Havana International Convention Center. Additionally, this hotel offers its exclusive Royal Service. This hotel recommended for business and incentives trips. Not visiting for business? Enjoy its 3 freshwater pools opposite the sea with panoramic views.

 

1. Iberostar Parque Central: An Elegant hotel known for its colonial-style architecture.

Nestled in the heart of (central) Havana. Known for its colonial-style architecture, which pulls in the rich culture of the streets, this hotel is regarded as the best hotel in Havana. The polished hotel is a 6-minute walk from the National Capitol Building and 14 minutes on foot from the Malecón promenade.

Warm rooms feature satellite TV, minibars, coffeemakers and balconies; some have wood floors and/or views of the National Capitol Building. Suites add antique furnishings and separate living/dining rooms. Other hotel amenities available to guests include an outdoor rooftop pool, a spa area and an exercise room.

Guests as well as visitors alike can enjoy visiting their 3 restaurants offering international, Creole and Mediterranean dishes. Live Cuban music is provided nightly in the palm-flanked lobby bar.

 

Top 5 Havana Pools

The iconic city of Havana with so much to see will leave you amazed. The hot heat present throughout the island will also leave you finding ways to cool down. May we suggest refreshing yourself with a mojito poolside while still enjoying the spectacular views this city has to offer? With that being said, we present to you the top 5 pools in Havana.

#5 Saratoga Hotel Rooftop Pool

 The rooftop pool in the modern yet classic Hotel Saratoga overlooks El Capitolio and the Opera house. This glorious hotel that exhibits a baroque and colorful culture will transport you to the colonial times. Enjoy the architecture of this hotel as well as the rooftop views while sipping on a cocktail poolside. It’s to no surprise Beyonce chose to check out the views from this pool herself.

#4 Iberostar Hotel Parque Central

 The pool within this cosmopolitan yet elegant hotel offers some of the best views of the city. With the hotel’s perfect location, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views from the pool. It’ll be a relief to take a dip and refresh yourself with some mojitos in this rooftop pool after a day of touring the city. You’ll get to enjoy the best sunset views from here as well.

#3 Melia Cohiba Pool

Located near the infamous Malecon, the Hotel Melia Cohiba’s pool offers great views of the city and the sea. This outdoor hydro massage, fresh water, lagoon style pool has palapas, shady areas, sunshades, sunbeds and chairs for its guests. You definitely won’t be bored during your time in this pool as the stages throughout the pool allow for entertaining musical and dance performances. Salsa dancing in the water, anyone?

#2 Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

 

This pool had us at “infinity” and “rooftop” pool. With spectacular, direct views of El Capitolio and the Great Theater of Havana, you’ll be swimming in the heart of the Old Havana. After a swim, you can continue to enjoy the views of Havana while sipping on a cocktail and soaking up the sun at the bar located poolside. In addition to its magnificent pool, this recently inaugurated, European style, luxury hotel will leave you impressed with its “246 large rooms or suites with extra high ceilings and French windows opening out to the old city. Experience a variety of restaurants and bars, which also includes a one of a kind cigar lounge and a roof top Panoramic Restaurant and Bar with spectacular views over the old city.”

Note: Due to U.S. regulations, Americans are no longer allowed to book this hotel (unless booking was made prior to November 9, 2017) until further notice. 

#1 Melia Habana Hotel

 

This classic hotel situated between the city and the sea that has 3 freshwater pools come in as the #1 contender in our “Top Havana Pools” list. With amazing panoramic views of the ocean and its large size (the largest of all the city hotels in Cuba), this pool has a lot to offer – Literally. This pool features palm trees, palapa over the water, hydro massage, hot tubs, aqua bars, shady areas, sunshades, sunbeds, chairs, showers, toilets, lifeguard and towels at the gym club. The 2 smaller pools offer a more intimate setting: One is surrounded by charming gardens, sunbeds and two palapas with canopy, and the other is a smaller indoor pool with cushions and candles. So whether you decide to soak up the sun while on a sunbed or on a chair, or enjoy the shade under the palm trees or sunshades, the many features this pool offers will provide a paradisiacal atmosphere.

 

Want to take a splash within any of these stunning pools? Contact our reservation team to book your stay.

How to fill out your Cuba Visa Card

image1Order your visa on our website cubavisaservices.com.  After you have submitted your order, and once processed, you will receive a FedEx tracking number from FedEx via email (check your spam if you don’t receive it). Please allow 7 business days for arrival or 2 business days if you selected the “next-day shipping” option. Note that we do not deliver to PO BOX addresses.

 

image2Enclosed within your Fedex envelope, you will find your visa along with instructions on how to fill it in. The visa is a blank 2-panel paper slip that you must fill-in with your information. Use a black pen and read all fields before filling it in to avoid making mistakes. Have your passport handy, as the form requires that you write-in your passport number. Any errors on the visa may result in the visa being null and a new one must be purchased.
image3Fill-in the visa with your Last Name, First Name, Birth Date (day, month, year), Passport number and Country of Citizenship. Please note that date format is Day, month, and year. All information should reflect exactly what is in your passport. The left side and the right side must be filled in with the same information.
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image6On the day of your flight, make sure to have your passport and visa in order to travel. All documentation will be verified at check-in. If you are not an American citizen/resident (green card + passport from citizen country) and require additional documentation, please verify what additional documents you will need upon return to the U.S. For example, as an International citizen residing in the U.S. under a student visa may require additional documentation to fly back into the U.S. The same may apply if you are a ESTA visa or multiple entry visa holder.
image7Upon arrival at Cuba, Cuban immigration officials will keep half of the visa. Keep the second half of the visa for departure from Cuba. Keep in mind Visa is valid for only 30 days and it is for one time use only.