Hotel Lincoln (Av. de Italia #164, esq. Virtudes, tel. 07/862-8061, www.islazul.cu, CUC30 s, CUC40 d low season, CUC39 s, CUC46 d high season) dates from 1926 and features graceful public arenas, including a lobby boasting chandeliers and Louis XVI–style furnishings. The 135 rooms are no great shakes. Facilities include two eateries, a rooftop bar, and entertainment.
The budget Hotel Islazul Lido (Consulado, esq. Ánimas, tel./fax 07/867-1102, CUC26 s, CUC36 d low season, CUC36 s, CUC46 d high season) has 63 rooms with lackluster utility furniture and tiny balconies. Safes can be rented (the Lido has a reputation for theft), and the dreary, overly air-conditioned lobby has a snack bar and Internet service. The rooftop restaurant is open 24 hours.
The Hotel Hotetur Deauville (Calle Galiano y Malecón, tel. 07/866-8812, www.hotetur.com, CUC25 s, CUC30 d), billed ridiculously as three-star, was in the midst of yet another refurbishment at last visit. It remains a totally lackluster hotel to be avoided.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition