Melia Santiago de Cuba

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Avenue de las Americas y Calle M, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Caribbean

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Rated 13% higher but also costs 35% more than other 3 star hotels

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  • They need to clue up re buffets


    I spent 3 nights staying here. It bills itself as a 5 star which seems optimistic to me.

    The biggest thing that needs sorted out in my view was around the buffet. If you are on any sort of a speciality diet, tread carefully. Its serve yourself but each item in the buffet doesn't have its own serving utensil - serving utensils are shared between different items. Thus if you are sensitive to the possibility of cross contamination from 1 food item to another, you can't trust the purity of what you are eating. Dairy, egg or any other kind of food allergy? Religious considerations in your diet? Vegetarian / vegan? Any kind of specialist dietary requirement is at risk from eating here. Its even worse than that. If you look in some of the dishes, its obvious some of the food from adjacent food items have been spilled in when some people have been serving themselves.

    I tried to raise this point with a couple of people who were behind the counter wearing chef's gear. I asked if I could have something freshly prepared since what was already on was clearly contaminated with spilled other food. I was told bluntly that I couldn't. I took this to the lady on the door to the restaurant and she rustled up the head chef for me. He said that this wasn't his responsibility since the food had been spilled by clients and not by his staff. I tried to explain that he should manage his restaurant in a manner that prevents against such risks. His reaction suggestion he understood the point. The next day and the day after, things were exactly as they were when I 1st arrived.

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    5 star accomodation


    Big rooms, friendly staff but not very helpful (they couldn't call as a cab couse the boss said it's an expense), great breakfast and dinner buffet, expensive internet, not so central, too international, TV was broken (5 stars !!!).....

    Directions: Right on the busy Avenida de las Americas, 1 km from the International Hospital and the Convention Center, 1.5 km from the shopping mall, 2 km the historical city center, 7 km distance from the Internation Airport Antonio Maceo.

More about Melia Santiago de Cuba

santiago is the music town of cuba

by hanspeter_W. about Live Music

in santiago you can find almost every day concert, live music
Have a look at the pros : salsa, casino, mambo, chachacha or son courses and lessons offered by members of Conjunto Folklorico de Oriente founded in 1959 or Ballet Folclórico Cutatumba, an Afro-Cuban group well-known in North America and Europe. Some of the oldies and goodies of Cuban music still perform : Los Jubilados, 70-year olds, sometimes at Casa de la Trova; Kokoyé, folklore group of Afro-Cuban and Haitian musicians. Not to be missed, the Vocal Divas a band of senior women singing a cappella. Sweat along with young chicos and hot chicas at Discoteca La Iris, calle Aguilera 617, e/Bamada y Placido. Bring ear plugs. And if you don't pick up (because he/she can't hear your opening line), you won't go home alone after cruising (for maybe ... 30 seconds) at Club 300, down the same calle Aguilera, between Lacret and San Felix very close to Parque Cespédes. Bring condoms.

Dancers and musicians performing at Cabaret Tropicana Santiago (similar to Havana's Tropicana) : located about 2 miles out of town : 35cuc per person; on a smaller scale, the Santiago Café at the Melia Santiago Hotel : 5cuc per person. Otherwise, lots of music shows by up-and-coming and established stage artists where dancing along is allowed ; ) Locations on calle Heredia : Casa de la Musica at #208, Casa de la Trova (Patio de Artex) at #304, UNEAC's Patio de la Jutía Conga at #266, Museo del Carnaval at #303, Casa del Estudiante at #205 or the Patio de los Dos Abuelos (Grandfathers' Patio) at calle Pizarro (Pérez Carbo) #5 on Plaza de Marte and Casa de las Tradiciones at 154, calle Jesus Rabi, e/San Fernando y Princesa. On certain Saturday nights, up to 10,000 Santiagueros could show up to dance with live band music when Noches Santiagueras sprouted up in 3-4 different venues, varying from week to week. Are these still on? Check it out.


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A night out in Santiago de Cuba City?

by jonnyc1st

Hi, I am best man to my brother who will be marrying in Cuba in early July 2008. I am trying to organise a stag night for him and perhaps 8 other friends. We'd like to eat some good food, maybe see a show (tropicana perhaps) and drink some good rum and dance. we're not looking for anything too crazy, just a fun night that will give us all an insight into life in the city.
also if anyone has any ideas of a fun group activity or place of interest for the day time, please let me know.
does anyone have any ideas? or perhaps a good website to visit. cool night clubs etc?

Re: A night out in Santiago de Cuba City?

by Terry253

Best Cuba website

also google and go to their Santiago page

for monthly music listing google egrem santiago de cuba

re good food in Cuba: Now there's an interesting thought! I guess Hotel Melia Santiago (the only hotel in town that approaches first class) would be the best bet. they have several restaurants. More interesting would be a "palador" but they change all the time. you should ask around when you are there. I seem to remember a nice rooftop one in one of the streets just behind the Cathederal but I don't remember the name.

during the day, you could visit the Moncada Barracks, not a bunch of laughs but very interesting.
or El Castillo fort - not much going on here but good if you are big on forts.
or El Cobre - a 45 min. taxi ride to Cuba's most holy site - good for tacky religious souvenirs.
or organise a couple of hours of salsa lessons. according to Cuban law (as I understand it) you will need to be staying at a hotel in order to do this legally. you should ask for Cuban dance partners (young ladies of course) for each of you. Expect to pay about US$20 (equivalent) each per hour but for a group you should get a better rate. Great dance teachers are to be found at the dance group Folklorico Cutumba. Maybe your hotel or the tourist office could put you in touch. Please be aware that these girls are highly respected professional dancers and are not jineteras.

for night life
start with a few mojitos on the terrace of the Casa Grande Hotel overlooking Parque Cespedes.
Go over the road to La Casa de la Trova, Herredia Street, a must!
then 200 metres down the road Artex dance bar,
finally, try a hot, sweaty little dance bar called Casa de las Tradiciones, about 10 minute walk behind the Cathederal - normally a great mix of locals and tourists with loads of character.

Have fun!


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Address: Avenue de las Americas y Calle M, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Caribbean