If you are looking for somewhere inexpensive that is close to Havana & has a relaxed, friendly vibe, you should consider Hotel Tropicoco, on the Beaches East of Havana (Playas del Este).
Tropicoco brings all the benefits of an all-inclusive beach hotel while being just a short courtesy bus ride from the vibrant capital. You enter a bright, attractive lobby to be greeted by the most friendly, attentive staff, who provide good activities & entertainment by day & night. There are beach watersports on offer as well as a swimming pool & tennis courts. If lazing in the sun is more your thing then there is the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar beach, where the hotel has a beach bar & you can drift off to the sultry sounds of live Latin music.
The excellent service, facilities & price make Hotel Tropicoco one of the most popular hotels in the area & it attracts a diverse group of repeat visitors. With a dedicated beach area nearby, Tropicoco is also popular with gay travellers. However, it probably won’t appeal to fussy visitors, with a two-tone art deco exterior that could certainly use a lick of paint.
Many people use Tropicoco as a base for days & nights out in Havana but you will find a decent standard of food & drink at this hotel, particularly the breakfast, & there are great cappuccinos served 24 hours a day. As is the case with most hotels, off-season visitors sometimes report a decline in certain standards but you will never find Tropicoco anything but excellent value.
Whether travelling as a singles, couples or a group, if you want a laid-back, inexpensive place that provides a fun atmosphere & great access to Havana, you should stay at Tropicoco.
Hotel Tropicoco was previously known as Hotel Cubanacan Tropicoco.
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Telephone - national & international calls
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Water sports (non-motorised)
Details of Standard Room
The 188 standard rooms at Hotel Tropicoco are clean & simple, if a little dated. Higher floors provide great sea views that can be enjoyed by all, thanks to generally reliable lifts. Simply furnished with wicker furniture, standard features include air conditioning, satellite TV & safe. All rooms are ensuite though the shower design makes it easy to soak the floor, while some toilets can be quirky. The standard rooms are a decent size & bright, particularly those on the 4th & 5th floors.
The beaches east of Havana are known as "Playas del Este". They are just 20 minutes from Downtown Havana, and include from West to East: Bacuranao Beach, Tarara Beach, El Megano Beach, Santa Maria del Mar Beach, Boca Ciega Beach, Guanabo Beach, Veneciana Beach and Rincon Beach. Choose from 7 km of white sand beach...
Bacuranao Beach is the closest to Havana, and strictly speaking is in the Celimar, Habana del Este district. Through the beach runs the fresh water Bacuranao creek. The beach is not easy for the tourist to find, but is popular with the locals and the Habaneros.
Playa Santa Maria del Mar is a pleasant non-touristy beach, but packed with Habaneros at weekends. It has white sand with remains of coral and shells. Its waters are crystal clear with different shades of green and blue. Underwater, Santa María shows a beautiful landscape of coral reefs, shellfish and lively colored fish. It is an experience to dive in these waters, due to the abundance of the fauna and its irregular landscape.
Guanabo is a charming seaside town with a magnificient beach and a nightlife provided by many discos.