April 25, 2007
The room was well kitted out with a fridge, coffee-making facilities, a TV, and a couple of comfortable chairs, and we were reasonably well stocked by way of soaps, bath oils, shampoos, and body cream in the fully tiled bathroom.
Breakfast was a grand affair with a superb choice of dishes ranging from a variety of breads and croissants, a range of cereal, plenty of cold meats and cheeses, fresh fruit juices, strong Cuban coffee, and loads of options for your cooked breakfast including bacon, sausage (a bit too spicy for me in the early morning), tomato, freshly prepared eggs to your liking, and loads of other stuff that I wasn’t sure about and wasn’t brave enough to try. Most of it looked extremely appetizing and there was no way my diet was going to survive this holiday. Mind you, I’m saying that so often nowadays that perhaps I shouldn’t kid myself that I’m weight watching!
Each night there was some classy entertainment in one of the bars, like a jazz ensemble, piano recital, or Cuban classical guitars, and we spent a fair time one night enjoying the simple pleasure of a Reserva Rum whilst a couple of middle-aged guys, seemingly oblivious to their audience, picked their way through tunes that they enjoyed playing on their guitars. Sometimes it seemed as if they were experimenting with an arrangement for the first time as they explored the chords of well known songs with their apparent impromptu performance.
The hotel’s lobby is a huge affair with its atrium soaring skywards and its many balconies, strewn with vegetation, looking down on the polished entrance. There’s a decent swimming pool with an ample supply of sun-beds, which seems to be linked to the sea, although that’s not the reality. This was a real tranquil area and we usually took breakfast on a small veranda overlooking the pool.
In the hotel were three a la carte restaurants, although we only ate breakfast here, and I overheard a number of complimentary comments from other guests about the food quality.
In the lobby, next to the tourists' information and exchange bureau was a fascinating pictorial display outlining the history of Cuba. It was clearly biased and it seems that these "dogma boards" are standard in hotels and larger shops. Some great photos and "interesting" English translations!
From journal Eating in Cuba