Hotels in Havana have history as well as modern amenities. The Hotel Habana Libre in Vedado, for example, was once used to host soldiers after the taking of the city. There are still photo exhibits here, not to mention an always-open restaurant. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba was once a gambling location in the 1950s.
The ResidenciaAcademicaConvento de Santa Clara in Havana is a nunnery turned hostel. As one would expect with a hostel, you are given bed and breakfast at vastly inexpensive prices.
This hostel boasts a quiet, meditative atmosphere reflective of its past as a nunnery. Positioned directly next door is a lovely museum showcasing the building’s rich history. The grounds are not expansive; however they do include a quaint courtyard and a dining area on the ground floor which is surrounded by refreshing plants and flowers.
A mere walking distance from the hostel you can find the beach and the Havana Port. Also closely located is a ferry shuttle service to take you around in the port. A few blocks in the opposite direction guests will find the Explanada del Capitolio which contains the Capitol, a large theatre, and a beautiful park.
None of the rooms have air conditioning, which is just as well in the wintertime. This will however, encourage you to go out and see the sights in the summer time. There are no televisions and the lavatory, is communal. Breakfast is included in the cost of your stay.
Rooms start as a six-bed dormitory and go all the way up to a suite with its own private terrace. Rooms start at £17/night, and reduced rates can be applied for groups.
Positioned in the heart of all Havana, close to most of the historical and important sites to see is the Hotel Conde de Villanueva. This historic themed hotel is beautifully designed with an indoor patio. Originally built in the 18th century, it was remodeled in 1998 and is now a prime location for couples and sightseers.
The main attraction of this particular hotel is its cigars making and smoking room/area. The entire hotel is a smoking hotel. A professional cigar roller is on staff and happy to speak with guests about his profession and the history of cigars. This glimpse into one of the industries that makes Cuba special is something that brings even non-hotel guests to the hotel. Private humidors are rented out for guests who want to keep their cigars fresh. The history alone is interesting even to non-smokers. Taking in the wonderful cultural beauty of the hotel is an experience in and of itself. The courtyard is filled with plants and flowers and has lovely rocking chairs for guests to relax in.
Two restaurants and two bars are located within the hotel which serves up Cuban and International cuisine. Room service is also available upon request. Services include a shoe shine, laundry, and parking as well as internet via hotel PC’s and air conditioning. Concierge is available to help you navigate your way around Havana and make your stay pleasant.
Located just a few blocks north of the ResidenciaAcademicaConvento de Santa Clara, the Hotel Conde de Villanueva is also right in the center of the historically rich Havana district. Taking a stroll around you can find many shops to browse through as well as nightclub or two.
Hotel Conde de Villanueva only has nine rooms which are quickly booked. Rooms include a junior suites, standard rooms, and suites all rooms have ensuite lavatories and boutique toiletries as well as irons, hairdryers and free wifi. Prices range from £90 to £125 per night depending on the room.
Havana is a vastly historic city, as can be observed through its monuments and museums. Consequently, many of the hotels have also taken on a very historic theme. The Hotel Los Frailes carries this tradition of blending history and modern convenience. The interior of the hotel is beautifully historic, but it is the staff that goes the extra mile and sets this hotel apart. The staff here dress up as monks, making the historic theme religious. The hotel strives to take guests back in time and immerse them in Havana’s unique past.
Located in the heart of the hotel neighborhood, you will find that this hotel, like many others, is within walking distance to all of your bookmarked sightseeing locations. Nearby are two of the most beautiful squares in Havana: Plaza Vieja and Plaza de San Fransisco de Asis.
Rooms are decorated in colonial monastic style, the goal being to bring guests a sense of serenity and calm. This does not mean guests need to leave behind their modern conveniences. Amenities include air conditioning, in room phones, satellite television and a safety deposit box. Some of the rooms have no windows, but the warm artificial light and the incense make the room comfortable. The inner mezzanine gallery is full of lush plants and comfortable seating.
The hotel has only two different room types: the standard and the junior suite. Room rates are fairly decent at £46 and £60 per night, respectively.
This five star hotel is located a mere block from the Capitol building, right in the center of all of the action and excitement of Havana. The IberostarParque Central Hotel strives for an image of sheer elegance. This hotel was designed in the Spanish colonial-style architecture.
Amenities include the always hard to find parking, air conditioning, meeting and conference rooms, a mini bar and room service. Within the hotel you will find three restaurants; one buffet styled restaurant and two themed restaurants. In addition to the restaurants, guests will find that there are multiple bars from which you can choose. The pool is located on the roof and has the most stunning views.
Room choices range from double rooms to the Presidential suite. Rates begin at £113/night.
Located away from the tourist area of Havana, this El Bosque Hotel is one of natural beauty. El Bosque is located right in the heart of Havana, allowing you to experience it as a local would. The Havana Forest is just outside the window, giving you a priceless view of the city’s largest green space.
The rooms themselves are lushly appointed with ensuite lavatories and boutique toiletries. Air conditioning is provided in all rooms and is often needed in Havana in the summer. There are smoking rooms and special non-smoking rooms available.
El Bosque hosts a restaurant as well as a bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day Other amenities include 24 hour reception services, free Wifi, parking, a large outdoor pool, a gym, a relaxing spa, bus services, as well as laundry and dry cleaning services.
The rooms offered range from double to superior double, starting at £170/night