Anyone who expects any accommodation in Cuba to be state of the art hasn't read the history books....remember this country is very, very poor and everything, except for the small casas particulares and paladares, is state-owned. So your stay at the Hotel Inglaterra will take you back forty, maybe fifty, years to when there weren't the same choices or concepts of service. The hotel itself is clean and comfortable in a shabby, rundown sort of way. Its public areas evoke thoughts of better times; how lovely it could be if the money was there to spend on it. Our room was, like many I believe, interior, with a little window looking out on to the internal patio. Our children's actually had its own balconette! So, I guess it's the luck of the draw. The rooms have televisions with cable TV, which rather surprised me; the plumbing facilities left a lot to be desired and the air-conditioning units, which probably arrived with the Ark, were those sort of individual, noisy exterior boxes but they were very effective. Breakfast like most of the catering in Cuba was meagre and not very good. The bakery products were rough and heavy and the hot food selection very unappetising. But it was no better nor worse than in many other places we stayed....this, in Cuba, is par for the course. The idea that what we were eating was a feast for the average Cuban who earned a pittance to put that food in front of the bloated foreign tourists, was enough to make us try to clear our plates the first day and make sure we didn't take very much on following mornings. The hotel is very central, an easy walk to the old quarter. The staff are friendly enough although there is that feeling, all over Cuba, that it is really done for the tips and there is a quiet resentment amongst state employees in the tourist sector against the "fat cat" tourists. La Habana itself is not to be missed, especially since, if there is any kind of regime change in the next decade or so, it is likely to turn the island into another Puerto Rico or a satellite of Miami, with a McDonalds on every corner, and the decaying charm of the city will disappear in an instant.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Inglaterra Hotel Havana