El Globo (the balloon) cafeteria is outside the hotel, its name from days gone by when it was a balloon launch. The spot now is a wonderful place to get drinks invented by the bartenders, including the Santa Isabel, made with whipped coconut, blue curacao and lemon. Their exquisite Obispo cocktail is concocted with white rum, orange juice and grenadine, and there are many Cuban classics: Mojito, Daiquiri, Havana Special, Cubanito, Cuba libre and Cuba Bella. Its light food menu includes ham, cheese and vegetable sandwiches, tuna, chicken and hot or iced tea.
The El Condado restaurant is another fine surprise, and in addition to their habitual international menu, they offer 17 different varieties of traditional Spanish cooking. Some are so ancient that many of today’s Spaniards don’t even remember them! The house specialty is a superb Cuban chicken dish called Pollo Mayomb
The Santovenia Snack Bar has both a food and drink menu, and the chef suggests the orange-garlic pork, roasted ham with mango sauce, or tortilla a la Habanera.