Hotels in Havana aren’t the same as the lavish beach resorts that line the coast. They can be a bit older and less flashy. A common problem that many travelers have issue with is plumbing. Full stand-up showers may not be standard in the older hotels in Havana, and you may not have immediate hot water every time you want it.
Iberostar Parque Central
Right in the heart of Old Havana, the NH Parque Central is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the city. You can see the Capital building as well as Parque Central. Head to the top of the hotel for some lovely views, or for a dip in the pool up on the terrace. There is also a restaurant and a gym for guests. Their address is Neptuno, esquina Prado Zulueta Habana Vieja.
Another classic hotel in Old Havana, in fact not far from the NH just mentioned. You’ll be able to see all the historic sites of the old quarter on foot, and then come back to your spacious room to relax. There are 2 restaurants and 2 bars for convenient meals or a casual drink. A gym, spa and roof-top swimming pool round out the list of amenities the Hotel Saratoga has to offer. The hotel is at Prado 603, esquina Dragones, Habana Vieja.
You may find that staying right in the city can be a bit crowded or noisy, so the Oasis Panorama could be more your speed. Its in the Miramar district, southwest of central Havana. They have double-size rooms and suites, all with private terraces and air-conditioning. There are 3 restaurants to choose from, as well as an informal snack bar. You can also grab a snack or a drink at the pool-side bar. You can find the Oasis at 3rd Ave and 70th Street, Municipio Playa.
Hotel Conde de Villanueva
A little more expensive than the other hotels mentioned so far ($200US per night, on average) but it’s a gorgeous old building in Old Havana and it only has 9 rooms so its quieter than a large hotel. Take care when booking because some of the smaller rooms don’t have windows (ask for a suite if that bothers you). Their two restaurants will serve you either traditional Cuban cuisine, or a menu of international foods. The gardens are beautiful and home to several birds, including a strolling peacock. Their address is Calle Mercaderes 202.
Near the Old Square, the Hotel Raquel has ornate and lavish architecture, making it a hidden gem in a residential neighborhood. There are just 21 rooms on 3 floors, and some of the rooms have their own private balconies. All the rooms and suites are air-conditioned and have their own bathrooms. As for other features, there is gym with massage services, a restaurant and a bar on the premises. Their address is Calle Amargura, no. 103 esq a San Ignacio.
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