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Casa Granda By Night

Casa Granda By Night

Hotel Casa Granda

An institution for almost a century (Graham Greene was one famous figure who featured the hotel in his novels), this grande-dame hotel stands over Parque Céspedes. A more enviable setting is hard to imagine! We like this hotel on almost every level, although many of the staff seem indifferent, there's no on-site parking, and despite a recent refurbishing in 2005, this hotel already looks weary and overdue for yet another face-lift.

We love sitting at the open-air ground floor snack bar overlooking the park – a great venue for catching the buzz of activity, and for sampling a mojito and cigar. The main restaurant offers sumptuous decor, including gilt mirrors and chandeliers; it does a reasonable job with criolla and continental dishes, although it's a tad pricey for what you get. The open-air rooftop grill is to be enjoyed for the spectacular views over the city.

Guest rooms here vary quite a bit. All have antique reproduction furnishings and sombre bottle-green fabrics, but for a hotel of this quality we find the white ceramic tile floors detract from the period mood. You might want to splurge on the suites, with their more regal furnishings and gold fabrics. And try to get a west-facing room for the views over the plaza. All rooms are air-conditioned and have satellite TVs, phones, in-room safes, and hair-dryers. Standards fall well below those of the Hotel Meliá, but we consider this a great bargain since rates came down in 2008.

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Car rental desk
  • Conference halls & rooms
  • Disabled facilities
  • Elevators / lifts
  • International cuisine
  • Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
  • Medical services
  • Money exchange
  • Old building restored
  • Post Office
  • Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
  • Restaurant
  • Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
  • Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
  • Telephone - National & international calls
  • Tours & tourist information desk
  • TV room/bar (international channels/videos)
  • Voltage 220/240

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