Everything about this hotel is great, except my room. My room could have used a fresh coat of paint (but so does the rest of Old Havana). When I asked for a room changed, guest services were willing to change but told me that my room was actually one of the better ones. So I decided to stay. The bed was uncomfortable and the headboard wasn't even attached. If you're looking for a more modern appeal, go to Parque National which is a few feet away. Despite this, I took advantage of the opportunity to stay because of the historic relevance. The hotel was in a prime location in old Havana. It was as if being right in Times Square in NYC. I didn't appreciate it until the latter half of my stay. I ventured to varying restaurants but was greatly disappointed by the food quality. Turns out the hotel had better dining (an indoor and outdoor restaurant with slightly different menus). Most mixed drinks were 3 CUC and many of the meals were 6 CUC. The indoor restaurant had various sandwiches for 3 CUC. At night, there was a live band at the outdoor restaurant, but such was the case at every Cuban restaurant I visited.
The hotel was in a prime location. There's a bus tour that comes right in front of the hotel. It's about 5 or 6 CUC and it will give you a tour of the city. It takes roughly 1 1/2. Your pass is good for the entire day. I strongly recommend this. Stay away from the bike tours, they are rip offs. One gentleman told me the bike tour was 25 CUC. Turns out, it was 25CUC per hour. 25CUC does sound bad in North American and European terms, but multiply that by 24 (local peso) and they're literally getting paid $600 hr. Needless to say, he was biking very slow and took advantage of every opportunity to say hello to friends and family. And also took a route that I had no interest in seeing. I would also recommend stay away from the hecklers also who will try and flag you down. Everyone in Cuba has a scam (they're all alleged teachers, doctors, musicians or trying to open up a school for children). I'm a fan of culture and history and tried to engaged people in conversation. Everyone will gladly speak to you, but only enough to tell you how tough their living conditions are and can they get a tip. You have to see yourself, but if your trip gets overwhelming... No matter, which hotel you're at.... this is a great place to escape for drinks, food and a good seat in Times Square.
- 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