Las Yagrumas Hotel

, Havana, Cuba
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Las Yagrumas Hotel

, Havana

Rooms: 120

40 y Rio, San Antonio de los Banos - Havana - Cuba 01/07/4460
15 Traveller

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7/10
Excellent staff, good value
Submitted by: Terrance in 06/04/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Large Group/School
I have stayed at the Las Yagrumas several times as I travel with my students to Cuba. This is a good place to stay. Staff is wonderfully helpful, friendly, has a "we can do it" attitude. The entertainment director, Joel, is terrific. Local bands and dancers from the town of San Antonio de Los Banos come out to perform. Cuban families and sports teams frequent the hotel - you're not isolated in a gated tourist hotel like Varadaro. Food is simple but ample and good. Pool is extremely large and clean. Rooms are clean with new TVs, CNN on satellite, quieter air conditioners recently installed, basically furnished, showers, safes. Grounds are very nicely landscaped, lots of recent painting to spiff things up. Well stocked store, 24 hour medical care, bar, outdoor grill for lunches, This is not a resort hotel. Rather it is a quiet alternative located about 30 minutes south of Havana, and close to the Havana airport. It is very safe and has a family atmosphere where the staff work together as a good team. The staff look after some dogs and cats, so if you're an animal lover you have plenty of little friends to pet. I look forward to continuing to stay here.



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2/10
Very unclean
Submitted by: Alexander in 21/03/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Large Group/School
I cannot remember the price, however there were cockroaches coming out of the shower drain, wild dogs & cats roaming around the hotel, the bathroom floor was so disgusting that while using the toilet, you had to ensure you wore nothing but flipflops from the waste down, in order to ensure your clothing did not soak up the moisture and everything on the floor. It was only after four days of complaints that they cleaned our floor.

Furthermore, our light did not work and the food had no variety: Chicken/fish, unrippened pineapple, beans and two kinds of rice: white or dark.

That was it!! I would not recomend Las Yagrumas, just outside of Havana, to anyone.
9/10
Amazing!
Submitted by: J in 19/03/07
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Large Group/School
This hotel added so much more to our cultural experience than if we had stayed at a fancy resort. There was a variety of food at each meal and the service and the staff was very kind and polite to us. It is quite clean and tidy; I would definitely recommend this hotel to any person(s) planning on staying near Havana.
7/10
Great Service, Very Friendly and great staff
Submitted by: Jamal in 05/04/06
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Large Group/School
Although this hotel may not be equiped with some of the luxuries as some of its Varadero counterparts I very much enjoyed staying there. The staff is amazing it has very nice pool, it is clean and excellent service, would definetly recommend it.

Top Local Tips for Havana

Cuba is a very unique experience Make it a point to get away from the gated grand tourist communities, get out into the countryside, meet the people off the tourist track. It's easy to roam the entire country. Havana is a must see, as it slowly crumbles faster than it can be restored, but remains as vital and vibrant as always. Cuba is stuck somewhere between first and third world status, making it a very interesting study. Culture is incredible, very exciting. History is well preserved. Scenery can be stunning. Beaches are terrific.

Be prepared for a Communist country Majority of Cubans are very poor, everyone in tourism expects a tip - we were told that one CUC was appropriate, however, at the end of the day that level of tipping becomes very expensive, .25 CUC coin is more appropriate in many cases - or 15%. Be prepared with your own toilet paper supply and all other personal products. Other than cash tips clothing is greatly appreciated - denim because they get cold in the cooler seasons, especially in the mountains. Writing materials, medical supplies are readily accepted - they are not always available. Cubans have monthly ration cards. If travelling to different areas by car, be prepared for delays and detours.

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