Iberostar Parque Central Hotel
What We Love
- The rooftop pool and its views of some of the city’s most distinctive buildings
- The address adjacent to picturesque Old Town puts Instagram-worthy sights within easy reach
- Live Cuban music in both hotel bars
What To Know
- There’s a fee for WiFi
- The hotel is divided into two sections: colonial (for those seeking atmosphere) and modern (best for updated amenities)
- Only some rooms have balconies
Parque Central tells a winning story of old and new, from its place on the borders of central Havana and Old Town to its look: Spanish colonial architecture, French windows and doors, and an aesthetic that recalls romantic old Cuban films make this enormous property one of the more picturesque in Havana, while a newer, more modern take inside is still quaintly charming. It’s a perfect jumping-off point for exploring Cuba’s capital as a whole, but with many of the offerings guests make excuses for to stay behind to experience—including a Cuban Cigar lounge, live music, and a rooftop pool from which to take it all in.
Guests have their choice between two atmospheric eras. The 427 rooms are divided into two groups: the older, more character-filled colonial rooms have a restrained palette and furniture that calls to mind 1970s James Bond films. Connected via an underground tunnel, the newer, more contemporary rooms feature pops of color and gleaming bathrooms, some with dual sinks. All have double-glazed windows to minimize street noise – a thoughtful touch.
There are two lobby bars, both of which host live Cuban music events – ideal for jet-lagged guests without the energy to venture further afield. There are also three restaurants: a classic steakhouse with candelabra-topped tables, another serving Mediterranean-style fare, and Mirabana, where guests dig in to innovative and classic Cuban dishes and floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the city. The rooftop pool is the biggest draw, particularly during hot Havana afternoons.
Surrounded by plenty of stunning historic buildings and branching avenues, the hotel’s location on verdant Parque Central can’t be beat. It’s only a short stroll to Havana Vieja, the old quarter, and streets that look like old postcards come to life, with classic cars in myriad colors regularly passing by. The Capitol Building and Havana Pier are also within walking distance, as is the legendary Bar Floridita, a Hemingway haunt that dates back to 1817.
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The hotel is an excellent choice in Havana. The services are varied and the staff is pretty nice. The location is the best. I recommend the rooms on the upper floors because the traffic sounds are quite strong. Both buildings are good alternatives.
Generally this is a lovely hotel in a perfect position in central Havana. We stayed for four nights on a B&B basis and the breakfast on offer was of the buffet variety with plenty of choice. The staff were excellent, very friendly and helpful. The meat products available were quite poor in quality but we found this to be the case throughout Havana. We were in the new part of this hotel. The lifts were temperamental and for 5 days we never had an occasion when all of the lifts were working. For 2 days only one lift was working. This caused chaos and was challenging for people checking in and out, particularly when the cases were being delivered and collected. There were some frustrations, particularly over the inconsistency of the quality of the cocktails and the fact that sometimes you could get snacks and other times they would only serve a full meal. The service by the pool was generally very good.
A good location on central square. The old cars for hire on the square and also hop on hop off bus and also some restaurants.
The hotel is split into two old and new. We stayed in the new but wish we’d booked into the old. Our room didn’t look out onto anything and was rather dark but it was a junior suite and was very clean.
Good choice of food at breakfast and really nice and polite staff.
The lounge in the old part was very colonial. Piano or saxophone as entertainment.
I spent four nights here on two separate occasions, starting and ending my journey in Cuba here both staying in the new section. I cannot recommend this place enough. It has a great location and lovely friendly helpful staff.
The two rooms I stayed in were both decorated to a high standard.
The breakfast was excellent and there was plenty of choice. I would recommend either getting there early or towards the end, otherwise you might struggle to get a seat and it can get quite crowded. There was plenty of staff on hand to take away your dirty plates and keep the coffee cup filled up!
I ate at the rooftop bar and Mediterranean restaurant and both provided excellent meals (these were both in the colonial section)
My only gripes-
The first room had a dripping toilet that didn't stop
the lifts were very slow and in fact two were out of order during my first stay, which meant at busy times you had to keep requesting the lift as it was full by the time it reached the lower floors.
noise- in my first room there appeared to be music starting somewhere below after 9pm till 11pm just as I had gone to bed after a long journey. The second room overlooked the road and there was a constant traffic coming in through the window. I actually checked to see if the window was open but it wasn't.
The first room had a shower in the bath and the surface was very slippery, no bath mat was provided which would of been helpful.
The hotel location is excellent for touristing -- walking in Old Havana, easy access to the vintage car cabs out front, near la Floridita. The roof deck restaurant and bar has a great view of the Capitol. The property is large and the buffet breakfast was a bit of a mob scene. I've never taken a cruise but that breakfast buffet is what I imagine a cruise ship is like. The concierge was excellent. The desk staff were having some issues. I was there over New Year's so it was a very busy time. If you are an American you will not be able to use room service or put charges on your room you'll have to pay cash to get drinks at the bar. However you will probably opt to take advantage of the many options just a short walk away in Old Havana. The property was in good shape, furniture and finishes were fine, although rooms facing the interior courtyard are a bit dark. But again, if you're doing things right you won't be spending much time in your room you'll be out enjoying Havana. Good water pressure and hot water. I was in the newer part of the hotel and did go to check out the Colonial side, including its roof pool and bar, which was crowded. It had more character than new side, but it's not a boutique by any stretch. There were fabulous looking Airbnbs and also much better value for money at lower price point hotels that has oodles of character, like the Plaza de Armas where my friends stayed. The newer Iberostar property near the Malecon looked ultra modern and sleek from the outside. You can book directly with Iberostar on their website and you can prepay by credit card, and you can also book and pre-pay your airport transfers. That was convenient.