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Aparthotel Montehabana

Montehabana Hotel isbrand new, and currently exceptional value for money. Except for thevery low price we don't know why it is only categorised as only 3stars. At this hotel you can get a whole apartment, and a lot morebesides, for less than you normally pay for a small room elsewhere. Butwhat really makes this hotel a wonderful place to stay is the qualityof the staff at all levels.

The Montehabana is located in Miramar, the poshest neighbourhood in allHavana. It overlooks one of Havana's biggest grass parks, it is verynear the seafront, Miramar Trade Centre, most of the embassies, andsome of the best shops. Gaviota Montehabana was built in a woodedterrain of the XVIII century, well-known as Monte Barreto that definesthe warm, natural and calm atmosphere.

The Montehavana apartments with well-equiped kitchen-dinning-livingrooms suits both long-staying guests and conventional tourists. Theconvenience of being able to prepare your own food and drinks when youlike makes you feel like its your home and not a helpless hotel guest.

Aparthotel Montehabana has the best communications setup of any hotelwe know of in Cuba. There are 2 hotel PCs with internet. Your laptopcan be connected via fast (for Cuba) WiFi throughout the large mainlobby, cafe, bar, and on each floor by the lifts. Also, nearly allapartments and rooms can have internet by ethernet cable via (a PLCmodem connected to) any power socket. If you buy a 100 hour internetcard you get access for 2.50 CUC an hour. We don't know of any otherhotel in Cuba with internet this cheap. The modern hotel telephoneexchange allows for dial-up connections too, and the phones in therooms even have a modem port.

The Montehabana 24 hour snack bar is starting to get a reputation bythe Cuban locals for serving the best hamburgers and fries in the area;and at just 2.50 CUC they are cheap too. Most evenings a live bandplays well-known Cuban music. Since it is the only 24 hour snack bar inthe district, at the weekends the bar has quite a buzz of youngaffluent Cubans coming from nearby nightclubs. Not many hotel bars inHavana can boast such pulling power of the local people.

Aparthotel Montehabana has a free basement car park with lift/elevatordirect to your floor which is both convenient and secure. There is anice maker machine on each floor and very well run laundry service. Themajor currencies can be exchanged for local currency (CUC) or withdrawnusing Visa or Mastercard at the Cadeca near the lobby until 8pm.

The on-site grocery store is currently rather disappointing. Mostfrustratingly it does not have fresh bread, fruit or vegatables. Nearbyyou can discover most essentials if you have keen hunter-gathererskills.

Since Cuba is generally very hot and sunny I guess you will be glad tolearn that Montehabana guests can make free use of the neighbouringOccidental Miramar Hotel luxury 4 star swimming pools. Available too isuse of their "Best in Cuba" well maintained international-standardtennis courts. At the time of writing this review I am unclear whetheror not it is necessary and where to pay for use of the courts. Usuallyonly 1 out of the 6 tennis courts is in use at any one time.

Although we strongly recommend the freedom and fun of hiring a car in acapital city with relatively no traffic, taxis are cheap, and guestscan catch a shuttle bus with several daily departures toward the citycentre for 5 CUC.

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Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Cafe / snack bar
  • Car rental desk
  • Children's swimming pool
  • Disabled facilities
  • Elevators / lifts
  • Fax
  • Garden
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Internet by Ethernet cable to your laptop
  • Internet on hotel's PCs
  • Laundry & Ironing Service
  • Lobby bar
  • Massage
  • Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
  • Modern building
  • Money exchange
  • Nightclub nearby
  • Nursery
  • Parking
  • Poolside snack bar
  • Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
  • Restaurant
  • Safety - front desk safe deposit box
  • Safety - smoke detectors, fire alarms, strobes, ex
  • Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
  • Sauna
  • Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
  • Shops max 2min walk
  • Snacks and drinks 24 hours a day
  • Swimming pool
  • Taxis desk
  • Telephone - National & international calls
  • Tennis courts
  • Terrace
  • Tours & tourist information desk
  • TV room/bar (international channels/videos)
  • Voltage 220/240

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