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Hotel Presidente , Vedado, Havana, Cuba
Hotel Presidente, Havana, Cuba
Hotel Presidente from the Avenida de los Presidentes
Hotel Presidente
Hotel Presidente
Hotel Presidente Pool
Swimming Pool
Twin Room At The Hotel Presidente
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The Hotel Presidente towers over the Avenida de los Presidentes in a slightly forbidding fashion, but don’t let that put you off. It is a delightful oasis whose proximity to the Malecon is another big plus, if you enjoy blowy blue afternoons sitting on the sun-warmed wall, gazing out over the waves with a cold beer in one hand and a warm friend in the other.

It is also close to another of our favourite Havana eccentricities – ‘the monument to the shoes’. This consists of a massive classical plinth upon which reclines a well-endowed lady in robes – and on top of the plinth there’s nothing but a diminutive pair of bronze shoes. These belonged to the first president of the Republic of Cuba, Tomas Estrada Palma, whose keenness for Cuba to be annexed by the United States resulted in his being unceremoniously removed, leaving only his footwear behind. A monument to shoes could not be more appropriate in Havana, a city where just about everybody has an extraordinary passion for purchasing footwear and there are more shoe shops per square kilometer than anywhere else we know.

But we digress. Inside, the Hotel Presidente is impressive, with a large, marble-panelled lobby full of antiques and madly grand chandeliers. It’s usually thronged with people, coming and going, drinking coffee or cocktails and meeting or working at little tables. There’s a baby grand piano, Louis XV style furniture, elaborately draped curtains and a beautiful pair of nineteenth century Japanese vases over a metre high standing on carved pedestals inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Parents be warned: this is not an environment for small children. We shudder to think of the expensive havoc that might be wrought in the lobby by over-excited under-fives.

Further sophisticated attractions at the Presidente include a smart restaurant with a promising menu, another large, light buffet restaurant and an elegant swimming pool which looks particularly pretty when floodlit at night. The tenth floor of the hotel is reserved for privileged clients – if you need peace, quiet and kid-glove treatment, request a room or book into one of the wonderful suites on that level. At the time of writing hurricanes and salt-water floods have played havoc with the trees, shrubs and lawns in the area of the Presidente and everything is looking less than lush, but a good hot, humid Cuban summer ought to put matters to rights.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
Air conditioning
Busy street
Cafe / snack bar
Car rental desk
Disabled facilities
Elevators / lifts
Fax
Gallery
International cuisine
Internet on hotel's PCs
Laundry & Ironing Service
Lobby bar
Malecon max 5min walk
Massage
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Medical services
Money exchange
Nightclub nearby
Nightclub, disco or dance hall
Old building restored
Parking
Poolside snack bar
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Restaurant
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Shops max 2min walk
Solarium
Swimming pool
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
Terrace
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Voltage 220/240
Details of Standard Room  
Even before you get to your room at the Presidente you may notice that this hotel rejoices in something that few other Havana hotels have: deliciously scented, carpeted corridors. Carpets in Cuba’s high humidity are often a recipe for dismally smelly interiors, but not here. It’s a positive pleasure to step out of the lift.
These promising standards are more than kept up in the President
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
220 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Disabled facilities
Double bed
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Room service
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
Details of Suite  
The tenth floor of the Presidente is reserved for privileged clients but all you have to do to gain the entrée is book one of the two suites. We wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend these wonderful rooms. With their stunning views of the sea and the city, their generous interior spaces and their own private roof terraces, they are cool eyries of luxury high above Havana’s noise and heat.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
220 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Disabled facilities
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Room service
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
Details of Junior Suite  
Junior Suites at the Presidente do not differ hugely from the standard rooms apart from being even larger than the already generous standard size. With their high ceilings and extra-luxurious bathrooms they provide wonderful havens of peace and quiet. The furnishings are rather formal but it is a delight to relax in air-conditioned elegance after a long day on Havana’s hot and cacophonous street
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
220 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Disabled facilities
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Room service
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
Guide to Vedado
Vedado's heart is along and around La Rampa. This is where Avenida 23 meets the coastal road, the Malecon, and you will find the rather impressive Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Infront of the Hotel Nacional is La Piragua, "The Dugout", where each Saturday afternoon various car and motorcycle club piston heads show-off their gleaming chrome classics.



On La Rampa itself you will find the Cubana (airline) main office, many shops, markets, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.

Directly east on Calle San Miguel between calles Ronda and Mazon is the fine Museo Napoleonico, this mansion is house of a remarkable collection of Napoleonic memorabilia.

Other notable sights are the Copelia, Hotel Habana Libre

Vedado's top sight is perhaps the Cementerio de Cristobal Colon.
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