If you are looking for somewhere inexpensive that is close to Havana & has a relaxed, friendly vibe, you should consider Hotel MarAzul, on the Beaches East of Havana (Playas del Este).
MarAzul brings all the benefits of an all-inclusive beach hotel while being just a short courtesy bus ride from the vibrant capital. You enter a bright, attractive lobby to be greeted by the most friendly, attentive staff, who provide good activities & entertainment by day & night. There are beach watersports on offer as well as a swimming pool & tennis courts. If lazing in the sun is more your thing then there is the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar beach, where the hotel has a beach bar & you can drift off to the sultry sounds of live Latin music.
The excellent service, facilities & price make Hotel MarAzul one of the most popular hotels in the area & it attracts a diverse group of repeat visitors. With a dedicated beach area nearby, MarAzul is also popular with gay travellers. However, it probably won’t appeal to fussy visitors, with a two-tone art deco exterior that could certainly use a lick of paint.
Many people use MarAzul as a base for days & nights out in Havana but you will find a decent standard of food & drink at this hotel, particularly the breakfast, & there are great cappuccinos served 24 hours a day. As is the case with most hotels, off-season visitors sometimes report a decline in certain standards but you will never find MarAzul anything but excellent value.
Whether travelling as a singles, couples or a group, if you want a laid-back, inexpensive place that provides a fun atmosphere & great access to Havana, you should stay at MarAzul.