This is not a perfect hotel. But it IS perfect for a stay in Havana because it encompasses Cuba in so many ways. if you can't live with idiosyncrasies then don't stay here - but if you can then definitely do. Our room was serviceable (we stayed 5 nights), old fashioned but effective air conditioning, clean enough, decent shower (with a life of its own) and breakfast was good. Location is absolutely ideal for a visit to the city. Live music at breakfast, live music on the ground floor bar, live music at the rooftop bar (who doesn't want to drink cocktails at midnight overlooking Havana ?). If you're visiting Havana to feel like you're going somewhere different then this is the place to stay.
I loved Havana and this hotel undoubtedly helped ! There are rumours that it is going to be modernised - that would be a terrible shame, especially if it turns into an anonymous western style bland experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It's the oldest hotel in the city, founded in 1875, declared Nacional Monument in 1981 and located in the center of the city, in front of the Central Park and near to interesting places in Old Havana. The architecture, history, location, and the presence of the cuban culture are the principal atractions of this charming hotel. It was considered one of the most famous hotels in Cuba and the world, attracting the atention of many important personalities like: Sara Bernhart, Enrico Carusso, Ana Pavlova, Imperio Argentina, Gabriela Mistral, Jose Marti Perez, Antonio Maceo among others . Concerts by the Band of the City, launching of books, recital of poems, talkings about history and exhibitions, are the kind of activities offered to guests and cuban population. You can also enjoy the cuban plastic arts since its tables and the menu of the Colonial Restaurant designed by the most famous cuban painters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inglaterra Hotel Havana