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Cuba Travelogue Summary


 


December 31, 2005 - January 7, 2006 in Havana: Hotel St. John's, which is a cheap 3-star hotel. The room smelled rotten wood, and one of us had allergic reactions due to mold. Avoid it!

January 8 - 13, 2006 in Varadero: Sol Palmeras Hotel & Bungalows, an excellent 4-star all-inclusive hotel. Recommended!

January 1-7 & 13-15, 2007 in Havana: The first and last two nights we stayed at a Hotel Vedado which is a cheap 3-star hotel which was OK, except that the safe deposit box in the room did not work, the air conditioner did not work, and the room needed paint and new furniture. The remaining nights we stayed at a Casa Particular. We had booked in advance, but when arriving the apartment was not available, but the owner was able to find another apartment in a lower category that what we had booked.

January 8 - 13, 2007 in Playa Ancon: Hotel Ancon, a good 3-star all-inclusive hotel which had been refurbished after damaged by hurricane Dennis in 2005.

January 2 - 8, 2008 in Havana: Stayed at a Casa Particular i Vedado. Nice neighborhood! Explored other parts of Havana than during previous visits.

January 7 - 11 & 15 - 17, 2009: Stayed at a Casa Particular in Vedado.

January 11 - 15, 2009: Hotel El Castillo in Baracoa. Perhaps the best hotel in Baracoa? At least the hotel with best view! Recommended!


Bookings
1) Hotel stays were booked through Vacacionar Travel Agency (recommended), or Hoteles Cubanacan.
2) Taxi transfers were booked at Vacacionar Travel Agency (recommended).
3) Bus transfers at Viazul (recommended).
4) Domestic flights were booked through Wideroe.no. Flights to or from Cancun (Mexico) were booked through OpenJet.co.uk or sister companies.


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