The shaking of hands is a requisite upon meeting business acquaintances. Introductions in Cuba may be more elaborate and take longer than in some parts of Europe or the USA. Cubans who are personal friends, men as well as women, will often kiss each other on both cheeks when meeting. Foreigners are not expected to follow this custom, though some may choose to do so. Business cards are useful.
Havana Dress Code
Smart clothing is necessary for those seeking to do business in Cuba, though at many meetings most participants choose not to wear a tie. Since the climate is tropical lightweight outfits should be preferred to heavy. In the cooler months it may sometimes be necessary to wear a jersey or warm raincoat.
Generally speaking, cigarette smoking is more widely accepted than in the USA or some parts of Europe. At business and social meetings it is best for smokers to refrain until confident of the opinions of their host.
Havana Business Hours and Banking
Banks open on weekdays only. Generally, their business hours run between eight o'clock and noon, and between one o'clock and five o'clock. Currency exchange offices in smart hotels may stay open longer.
US credit cards and travellers' cheques are not accepted in Cuba. Those from most other countries (e.g. EU members and Japan) are accepted. The US dollar, however, is the currency most in demand in Cuba and in practice is that most used by foreigners.
Black market currency trading is illegal, and money should therefore be drawn or exchanged in official exchange offices, be these in hotels or banks. Receipts should be retained in case airport officials ask to inspect them.
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Paseo y Malecón, Vedado Havana Cuba
Located along the Malecon, Havana's waterfront boulevard, this elegant hotel is considered a classic among Cubans. Its proximity to the historical-cultural center of Havana, makes this hotel the perfect place from which to explore the city. In the night time the Riviera...
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Calle 0, esq. 21, Vedado Havana Cuba
The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has more than sixty years of history and still keeps its prestige among those belonging to GRAN CARIBE group. Considered as a CLASSIC FOR DISTINCTION, it was opened on December 30th, 1930. In 1992 it went through a general restoration preserving...
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Calle Neptuno E/ Paseo Del Prado Y Zulueta Havana Cuba
This luxurious hotel facing historic Central Park is located in close proximity to the famous Malecón Boulevard that runs beside the sea. Also nearby are monuments, museums, shops, night clubs, cafés and cabarets. Enjoy the colorful spectacle as thousands of 1958...
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Calle Baratillo # 9 c/ O'Reilley y Narciso López, Old Havana Havana Cuba
Santa Isabel opens its doors with elegance, splendor and comfort, charactaristics it has had since it was founded more than 100 years ago. Located at the Plaza de Armas, just meters from the square where the village of San Cristobal de Havana was founded. Admire the...
Mercaderes, No. 202, Esq a Lamparilla.
This charming and luxury hotel, the former mansion of the Villanueva Count, fascinates the visitors with its sobriety and intimacy. Its homely atmosphere, the breezy inner courtyard, its spacious corridors and its beautiful stained-glass windows, combine to create an... more
Calle Obispo No. 153 Esq. A Mercaderes,Havana ,Cuba
The construction of Ambos Mundos Hotel began in the 1923. Its ground floor was dedicated to lobby and the first and second floor to residence with 19 rooms each and bathroom services. In May of 1924, it grows with the construction of the third and fourth floor, 18 rooms... more
Calle Luz No. 4 Esq. A San Pedro.,Havana ,Cuba
The hotel offer: 39 accommodations, 34 Standard rooms of which four have terraces overlooking the harbor, one Junior Suite with Jacuzzi, and one Master Suite with Jacuzzi and three duplexes. All rooms are high ceiling designed with their own traditional atmosphere, located... more
Ave. 1ra e/ 44 y 46 Miramar Beach,Havana,Cuba
At the Copacobana you can take full advantage of Cuba´s wonderful climate. Most of it´s 168 rooms overlook the sea and all are serviced by highly dedicated staff. The hotel features one of Havana´s top restaurants. more
Calle Obispo Esq. A Cuba.,Havana ,Cuba
This stately colonial building, built in 1836, was once home to well-known families and affluent businessmen. It opened as the Hotel Florida in 1885 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the capital city´s best appointed hotels, offering guests American and European... more
Paseo del Prado 416, esq. San Rafael,Havana,Cuba
In the heart of Havana´s historical center, surrounded by famous buildings such as the beautiful Grand Theater and the Capitol, you will find this landmark hotel. All rooms have a fabulous views of the Central Park and the awe inspiring rococo and baroque buildings that... more
Ignacio Agramonte 167,Havana,Cuba
A lasting trade of the past, a jewel of the renovator colonial art, a seal of Cubanhood and universality, Plaza de Cuba Hotel, with the fascination and singularity that only the Classics can offer. Because of its attractive and distinctive style, the staff efforts and the... more
Calle 19 y M, Vedado Havana Cuba
Located in the heart of Vedado, this 4-star hotel couples distinction with convenience. Its proximity to the historical-cultural center of Havana, makes this hotel the perfect place from which to explore the city. The hotel features one of Havana´s top restaurants. more
Ave. De Las Terrazas No. 2, Playa Del Este, Santa Maria,Havana ,Cuba
To provide perfect combination for the right vacations are part of the characteristics of Gran Caribe Premium Hotels. Villa Los Pinos is not exempt from this privilege. Its warm environment and excellent services confirm its unquestionable quality. This Gran Caribe Premium... more
Tejadillo # 112 esquina a San Ignacio, Old Havana.
Tejadillo Hotel is located very near the Cathedral Square, just a few meters from the Bodeguita del Medio Restaurant. An authentic colonial guesthouse can be found after crossing the magnificent large doors of the Hotel del Tejadillo. The house is decorated with... more
Ave. Las Terrazas, Playas Del Este, Santa Maria Del Mar,Havana ,Cuba
Located in the beach Santa María of the Sea, recognized by its fine sand and calm waters. Only 24 km. east of downtown Havana. more
Calle 28-A e/ 49-A y 49-B, Reparto Kohly.
For people full agenda there is nothing more refreshing than a hotel where you can really get away from it all after an absorbing day, but where you can also find executive services and facilities for meeting with important persons. If you are in Havana, that hotel... more
Laguna Itabo E/ Sta María Del Mar Y Boca Ciega.,Havana ,Cuba
Close to the beach and surrounded by the Itabo Lagoon waters. Its abundant vegetation, including red mangrove and beach berries, Horizontes Club Arenal invite visitors to enjoy the waters that surround the facility. 166 air-conditioned rooms with private bath and satellite... more
Galiano No. 1 E/malecón Y San Lázaro, Centro Haban,Havana ,Cuba
This three star hotel recently renovated has the distinction of being located only a few blocks from the entrance to Old Havana, while not being as costly accommodation as the Havana hotels located right in the colonial part of town. Hotel Deauville is located right on... more
Ave. 49 esq. a 36 A , Reparto Kohly
Located next to the Havana Forest, in a spot blessed with privacy and natural beauty but still just minutes away from any point in de city,the Kohly is a hotel where everyone can feel cushy,amused and safe. When you come to Havana, knock on Kohlys door.Youll always be... more
Calle Teniente Rey No. 8 E/ Mercaderes Y Oficios,Havana ,Cuba
In the narrow alleys of Old Havana, the Los Frailes Hotel rises just a few steps from the majestic San Francisco de Asis and the popular Old Square. The former mansion of the fourth Marquis and Captain of the French Navy, Don Pedro Claudio Duquesne, once visited by the... more
Vía Blanca Km. 22 ½, Playa Santa María Del Mar.,Havana ,Cuba
To 100 meters away from the beach, the hotel consists of modern cabanas built in an area where there are royal Poinciana and coconut trees that create a magic atmosphere 61 air-conditioned rooms in cabanas overlooking the sea, with private bathroom, 2 semi-suites and 2... more
Calle Cuba 102-108 Entre Chacón Y Tejadillo, Old Havana,Havana ,Cuba
This hotel has just been opened, all facilities are brand new! This magnificent neo-classical palace is located in the heart of Old Havana, surrounded by cobbled stone streets and historical buildings. The palace was owned by Don José Ricardo O´Farrill, then patriarch of... more
Calle L E/ 27 Y Jovellar, Vedado,Havana ,Cuba
To the east of the city, on the other side of the Havana bay. Next to Santa María del Mar beach and next to the fishermen town of Cojímar, setting of the novel The Old Man and the Sea by the American writer Ernest Hemingway. Recommended for organizers and participants in... more
Calle Colón Esq. A Morro,Havana ,Cuba
Originally built in 1928, the Park View reopens in March 2002 after a thorough restoration. Located in a historical surrounding which includes the newly renovated Museum of Fine Arts, the former Presidential Palace, and the well-known Prado Promenade, the Park View Hotel... more
Calle O E/ 23 Y 25, Vedado.,Havana ,Cuba
In the Vedado area, a few meters away from La Rampa, Havana´s entertainment hub. Is also a prominent feature in this bustling part of the city. It guarantees guests the familiar warmth of personalized and attentive care. With the plethora of activities organized for visitors,... more
Calle Oficios No. 53 Esq. A Obrapía. Havana Cuba
The Valencia Inn, located in a privileged corner just 200 meters from the Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) and a few steps from the Minor Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, is a place where Valencian traditions are worshipped. The old house of Alderman Sotolongo, originally... more
Calle O No. 244 E/ 23 Y 25, Vedado,Havana ,Cuba
In the Vedado area, near the Havana malecón (seawall). This hotel guarantees its guests the utmost privacy and the tranquility of life away from the rest of the world. Opened in 1952, the services provided by the hotel and its prime location have made Vedado one... more
Neptuno, esquina Prado y Zulueta, Havana,
DescriptionNH Parque Central offers you every facility for a successful conference, meeting or incentive trip. There are two multifunctional conference rooms with a capacity of up to 60 people, two elegant and comfortable board- rooms for up to 16 persons,... more
Paseo Del Prado No. 164 E/ Colón Y Refugio. Havana Cuba
Is located on El Prado, the first major promenade built outside the walls of colonial Havana, is a superb point of departure to explore the city´s historical centre. It is a small and warm hotel that has gained recognition for its personalized services. Havana´s ´José Martí´... more
Calle Consulado No. 210 E/ Animas Y Trocadero.,Havana ,Cuba
Near the water and La Habana Vieja this hotel has 65 air-conditioned rooms, all with private bath (cold water only) and telephone, TV, grill, snack bar, cafeteria, currency exchange, safety deposit box and taxi service. Has a pleasant terrace that stays open late into the... more