I booked a room in this hotel for five nights towards the end of September. It's a really cute little place and my attic room (35) was adorable - quite small, but very well furnished and with lots of nice touches throughout that give it a really unique atmosphere. The staff at the front desk were great, especially letting me check in early after a long drive up from Corpus Christi.
I do have a few small nitpicks: the room is reasonably priced (I booked through Expedia and got a discount because I was staying more than three nights), but there are a LOT of extra charges. You'll pay about $15 per night for self parking, there's no complimentary breakfast and the cheaper items on the room service menu are pushing $10. If you do order from room service, you'll also have a long wait for your meal. I found it easier to make a trip to a supermarket and stock up on food than to try to get anything in the hotel. As well as this, there is currently a massive construction project going on about 100 yards up the road and they did start work at about 6.30am every morning. Good luck if you want a lie in!
In terms of location, the hotel is less than a ten minute walk from downtown and the Alamo. However, it is situated at a point where the neighbourhood feels like it might be beginning to deteriorate - it's literally just outside the limits of the touristy part of the city. As a woman travelling alone, I felt confident enough to walk around there during the day, but I wasn't entirely comfortable with the thought of being out there by myself after dark.
For drivers, San Antonio is a massive pain to navigate because the whole of the downtown area is a one way system covered with roadworks. When you do eventually reach the hotel, it's quite easy to spot and has a reasonably large car park. However, you will have to pay to use it - I'm not entirely sure what the charge is for as it's self parking, but it'll automatically go on your bill and if you're there for a few night it soon adds up.
In summary, I did like this hotel and would definitely consider staying there again. I was just a little off put by the amount of money it cost for anything beyond a basic room.
Good points: quirky, within walking distance of downtown.
Bad points: expensive, paying for parking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on a quiet stretch of the North Riverwalk known as the Museum Reach, directly adjacent from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Hotel Havana offers elegant accommodations in the heart of San Antonio. From the studios to the Penthouse Suite, each of the 27 rooms and suites is uniquely appointed and designed for comfort. All feature original Bastrop pine floors and are decorated with antique furniture, Turkish rugs and vintage Cuban artwork with an emphasis on creating elegant but uncluttered space for a restful stay. Our luxurious bed linens are custom made and bathrooms are stocked with Red Flower body care products. Each room comes equipped with our signature mini bar featuring local and international snacks, drinks and souvenirs.Hotel Havana is also home to Ocho, a restaurant and lounge space serving drinks and food downstairs in the intimate hotel basement and upstairs on the riverfront. The property was reopened in 2010 by hotelier Liz Lambert and Bunkhouse Group and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. ... more less
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