Well, a lot has been said about Hotel Plaza in Havana. It's not an argument anymore to say "you have to remember this is Cuba".....with all the construction sites around in Havana, it's obvious tourism have, and will "explode" even more in the years to come. It's useless to live of memories in the past for this type of hotels. If this hotel wish stay in business, dramatic changes must be done! No doubt that Hotel Plaza is run down, and you need something in order to make you sleep if you fail to succeed in booking a room facing inward. It will most likely become better with rooms facing "Grand Hotel Manzana Kampinski" as construction works is about to finish and it seems to be less traffic between these two hotels compared to rooms facing busy and noisy Agramonte (street).
The rooms are very basic, air condition might work or not, the same goes for showers, toilet flushers and more. One day it is working, the next it does not. Note that the staff can be helpful and move you to another room if there is any available. They did that with two of us, and the "new" room was somewhat better. After we changed rooms we had to put some towels around the air conditioner to reduce street noise, due to big gaps out to the extremely busy Argamonte. The cleaning of the room was satisfactory and there are also some comfortable seating groups outside some of the rooms.
The location of Hotel Plaza must be one of the best in Havana because a whole range of the attractions are easily within walking distance. The bar and the seating areas on the ground floor are nice and comfortable. So after a busy day out it's relaxing to cool down with a refreshing Bucanero and a few drops of Havana Club, and not to forget the pleasure of smoking a good Cuban cigar. The Cigar shop on the ground floor offers many of the more well known Cigar brands and the prices are fair.
Breakfast which is served at the top floor is good with several choices of cold meats, egg, omelets and fruit salads. Breakfast can be experienced differently from day to day though. You can either have your breakfast inside, or outside with nice view to different city landmarks. To sit outside with your morning coffee, which happens to be really good, and a morning cigar gives a good start to your day!
All and all I find this hotel to expensive and it's not exactly good value for money. I doubt I'll stay in Hotel Plaza again unless the rooms are totally renovated and the level of noise is reduced dramatically.
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Hotel Havana