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Tuesday 25 December 2018

Hotel Comodoro Cigar Shop (Casa del Tabaco 'La Escogida') Havana

                    I have been coming to this cigar shop for about 12 years but it wasn't always at this location. Even before it was in the Hotel Lobby it used to be tucked away hidden where all the shops are, facing the hotel, to the right. It had a different roller at that time, Crisantos Miranda, he was quite famous within the cigar world. The move to the hotel lobby gave it the exposure it needed and this recent move gave it the proper space that was built specifically to house this even has it's own bathroom and a private smoking room. It used to be that you had to know that there was a cigar shop here or you would never have found it, many came to see Crisantos and to buy some of his custom rolls. Today most hard core smokers that come to Havana know of this shop and it's new popular roller Alejandro Gonzalez Arias or as everyone calls him, Alex....I can't believe that he's been there 5 years. I was checking previous pictures of this shop and the first ones I have with Alex were from January 2014, WOW, how time flies. He's done a terrific job of promoting himself and the shop. There hasn't been one person that I know of that has said anything negative about him or the shop. That goes for the rest of the staff as well, Andres the manager, who I've known the longest, and the girls Fara and Katy. Everyone put up with me for the two months I was there, I visited the shop frequently and usually brought my own cigars....Thanks to everyone for making me feel welcome and at home. They were attentive to all customers that entered the shop and I never saw anyone in a bad mood or mistreating anyone they came in contact with. I'm happy to have this shop so close to where I stay in Havana and it's made a huge difference in my getting comfortable in this area. Looking forward to seeing you all again next time I'm there....and if any of you haven't already paid them a visit, you have to go.

PS.......prices on the custom rolls have gone up slightly. Torpedo from 4.55 to 5.80, Churchill from 5.20 to 6.45 and the Robusto from 3.65 to 4.80. The Petit Corona went from 2.60 to a Corona (slightly longer) at 4.40.

Hotel Comodoro
3ra y Calle 84
Miramar, Playa, Havana
tel. 204-5551 ext.1272

Private Smoking Room

Andre the manager at the previous location

Katy and Alex at the previous location

Fara with Alex recently

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