Even though hotels in Havana are controlled by state-run chains, you will still find a variety of accommodations catering to all price ranges.Â However, because these chains divide areas among themselves, youâ€™ll find that some areas are either exclusively high range or budget in scale, with no other choices in the vicinity.
Most holidaymakers and medical tourism vacationers tend to congregate in the Habana Vieja area. Â Hotels here are beautifully decorated boutique establishments, located in grand old buildings. Â The accommodation choices are controlled by a single hotel chain, so youâ€™ll find few budget accommodations in Habana Vieja to speak of.
Vedado is one of Havanaâ€™s most elegant localities, and accommodations here consist of private apartments and rooms. Â Pitching camp here will put you in close proximity of several new museums that have evolved from post colonial houses. Â The Plaza de la Revolucion too is just a couple of kilometers from Vedado.
Centro Habana is a mostly residential neighborhood, but it has its own pulsating energy. Â Accommodations here consist of private rooms in large apartment buildings, many of which were constructed before the revolution. Â
Habana del Este and Playas del Este
Private homes (casa particulares) and rooms can be rented in the Playa area. Â The Habana del Este and Playas del Este neighborhoods are full of all-inclusive beachfront resorts. Â You wonâ€™t necessarily be away from the pleasures of the city â€“ these neighborhoods are just a 15 minute ride from the city center. Â These resorts offer guests a variety of activities, although you will find better all-inclusive facilities in Varadero and east of Playas del Este. Â On the bright side, all-inclusive facilities can offer a better and more consistent range of dining choices than you would find in a city hotel. Â In a town where stumbling on a good diner can sometimes be a challenge, this is nothing to scoff at.Â
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