Hotel El Meson de la Flota Being a port city, Havana was always open to sea trade from all corners of the world. On the Mercaderes street, a short distance from the bay and the historical Old Square, El Meson de la Flota opens its doors to visitors, bringing back the image of the old 18th and 19th century inns; those that serves as a meting place for sailors from the legendary galleon fleet during their stay in Havana.
The inn has five comfortable rooms and a restaurant that resembles a Spanish tavern that serves delicious tapas and select wines. The decoration of the inn features sea motifs with scale model replicas of old vessels, complemented by the charm and emotional call of a flamenco “tablao” that undoubtedly invites us to drop in and enjoy a night out.
Hotel Park View This is one of the newer additions to the Habaguanex stable and one of its better values. This old hotel, originally opened in 1928, has been entirely restored and remodeled. Rooms, while by no means large, are comfortable and inviting. Their biggest drawbacks are the tiny, 13-inch television sets and the smallish bathrooms, which have slightly cramped corner shower units. Three interior units on each floor have no window, while the end rooms are slightly larger and come with a small balcony overlooking the shady little park that gives this hotel its name. The seventh-floor restaurant serves up standard Cuban and international fare, but with a wonderful view over the Morro Castle. Facilities:
Restaurant; 2 bars; tour desk; laundry service
Hotel Plaza Built in 1909, this is one of the more historic hotels in La Habana Vieja. Suite no. 216 is still rented out, replete with bat and ball and other memorabilia from one of its more famous guests, the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth. Albert Einstein and Isadora Duncan were also guests here. The building also served as the headquarters of El Diario de la Marina newspaper. However, historic charm is in greater supply than actual comfort or luxury; although rooms have attractive dark-wood furniture and the bathrooms have tubs, they are a little spartan. You’ll find just as many famous ghosts haunting the nearby Hotel Sevilla , while enjoying more comfortable accommodations in some, but not all rooms. Still, the rooms are spacious and clean, and quite a few have narrow, private balconies. The hotel is undergoing major renovations throughout 2009, its 100th anniversary year. The lobby is worth checking out, whether you’re staying here or not, for its intricate mosaic tile floor, bas-relief trim, and stained-glass atrium skylights. And, by all means, come by for an afternoon drink at the rooftop Solarium Bar, with great views of Havana and the neighboring Bacardí building. Facilities:
3 restaurants; 3 bars; concierge; tour desk; car-rental desk; 24-hr. room service; laundry service; dry cleaning
Hotel Inglaterra This is yet another of the more historic and better located hotels in Havana, although it’s definitely showing its age — it’s been in business since 1875. The ornate lobby, with its colorful Moorish mosaics, and the lively streetside cafe, are the best features here. Rooms are perennially desultory and dated, and most have small bathrooms. However, quite a few of the rooms do come with a small balcony overlooking the Parque Central, a nice perk. The rooftop bar is one of the few such perches to stay open relatively late (closed Sat), although the concrete balustrade obstructs the views when seated at your table. Facilities:
3 restaurants; 2 bars; concierge; tour desk; car-rental desk; 24-hr. room service; laundry service; dry cleaning
Hotel Tejadillo It’s hard to find a better located hotel in Old Havana. Just a half-block from the Plaza de la Catedral and La Bodeguita del Medio, and about 2 blocks from the Malecón, this recently renovated old mansion provides decent value and ample colonial charm. The spacious rooms have high ceilings, comfortable new beds, and Oriental throw rugs. About half of them come with fully equipped kitchenettes. Most are set around a typical central courtyard, with a central fountain surrounded by lush tropical plants and large sculptures. The biggest drawback here is the fact that quite a few rooms have no windows. Breakfast is served in a little dining room, or in a separate open-air courtyard. There’s a lively little bar here and it’s far enough removed from the rooms so as not to keep you up. Facilities:
Restaurant; bar; concierge; tour desk; laundry service; dry cleaning
Hotel Los Frailes on the narrow alleys of Old Havana, the Los Frailes Inn stands just a few steps away from the majestic convent of Saint Francis of Assisi and the populous Old Square. The former mansion of the fourth Marquis and Captain of the French Navy, Don Pedro Claudio Duquesne, once visited by the finest nobility, ecclesiastical dignitaries, military authorities, renowned artists, the best of Cuban and foreign society, has become today the perfect place to enjoy the voice of silence and meditation in the pleasant afternoons of the old city. Right at the entrance, a copper sculpture of a monk welcomes visitors, inviting them to an imaginary trip to a medieval abbey. Its lobby bar, comfortable rooms – only the 4 mini-suites have balconies – and quiet courtyard, decorated with outstanding works of art, its enigmatic and intimate atmosphere combined with the suggestive sound of a water fountain, invite you to contemplation and meditation in this exclusive inn. Facilities:
Bar; concierge; tour desk; 24-hr. room service; laundry service; dry cleaning
Hotel Beltran de Santa Cruz an elegant XVIII Century house, located very near Plaza Vieja, opens its doors transformed into a welcoming inn.
The suggested combination of modern and old elements is the cause that praises the originality of its attractive design. This house of noble origin, constructed by the parents of Gabriel Beltran de Santa Cruz, first Count of San Juan de Jaruco, belonged afterwards to the descendant of the honorable Marques de Cárdenas de Monte Hermoso.The most distinguished personalities that visited the city at that time were entertained at this house, among them we have the Baron Alejandro Von Humboldt, an eminent scientist and the Dukes of Montpensier and of Orleans. This last became later King Luis Felipe I of France. In the old city, an exquisite hotel will mark your stay with an indelible remembrance.
Hotel Valencia located close to the Plaza de Armas , this small, charming establishment is fit to delight any visitor to the island. In fact, Ernest Hemingway himself used to stay here whenever he passed through Havana, and if you are lucky, you might be able to use the very room that always accommodated the great writer. Decorated in a simple, rustic fashion, the hotel is housed in a building that dates back to the 18th century. The atmosphere is peaceful and the service extremely friendly and efficient.
Hotel San Miguel This 20th century palace is located in front of Havana’s Bay. It’s ten impeccable rooms have been richly decorated with fine bed covers and matching draperies. You will experience Havana’s magic as the decor in San Miguel Hostel transports you back into time.
San Miguel Palace, an elegant architectonic ensemble, is located very near the beautiful Havana harbor.
The building is distinguished by the arrangements and good taste of its four compartments, which show the life-style of the Havana bourgeois of the twenties in the last century.
This building was bought and modified in 1913 by Mr. Antonio San Miguel y Segala, a well-known man of letters, an altruist soul and a great cultural promoter.
Its comfortable rooms, the Gran Salon, made for protocol invitations, the attractive lobby bar and the beautiful terrace lookout with an excellent view of the Morro, La Cabaña and La Punta fortifications, make this hotel a stopping place for all travelers.
Hotel Armadores de Santander This majestic hotel stands up at a corner on the Avenida del Puerto, a main street which surrounds the perimeter of the oldest area of Havana. Its architecture and interior decoration resemble the style of those buildings located in the Santander harbour, Spain. Hanging from the ceiling you will find very similar lanterns used in old vessels, all along the three buildings belonging to the complex. Eclectic and neoclassic styles are shown in perfect balance in this hotel, where architectural integration was achieved after hard restoration work. Roman and Corinthian elements could be identified on both columns and faade. The original building was built in the 19th century. The name comes from tradition. Installation was originally used as main offices by several ship-owners from Santander, Spain, including the Count of La Mortera, owner of an important fleet that sailed the Atlantic Ocean bringing goods and troops to Cuba in past centuries. High comfort, good services standards and friendly personnel characterizes this 4 stars hotel. In this Hotel, you have the right to:A welcome cocktailSafebox service A 10% discount in our companys restaurantsFree entrance to the fallowing museums in the Historical Centre, just showing your guests card.-The House of Asia-The House of Mexico-Cigar smoking rooms-The Obrapias House-The Simn Bolivars House-Palace de Government-The Card Museum-The Numismatic MuseumImportant.