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“Favorite in Downtown Old Havana”
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Hotel Inglaterra
Ranked #14 of 80 Hotels in Havana
Reviewed November 23, 2012

As the oldest hotel in Old Havana, Hotel Inglaterra is a beautiful hotel right on the Prado with easy access to everything in downtown Old Havana. After a few days in downtown Old Havana, the gas fumes from the old cars were quite overwhelming, and a trip to the beach for fresh air was needed. In the future, I will not stay more than four nights at the Hotel Inglaterra for this reason, which is too bad as the neoclassic architecture of the building and extremely friendly and professional service at the bar/coffee lounge and front desk are worth a longer stay. There is also an outdoor patio with great service. The rooms are not four star and the bathrooms fall short of luxury too, but they are not dusty or moldy or unacceptable; in fact, they're clean, comfortable and they have a wonderfully nostalgic atmosphere to them; they're just Cuban, where everything is a little worn down. The entire first floor is dripping with beautiful chandeliers, stained glass, and history, however, and will easily make up for any missing l'Occitane products in the bath or Frette bedding. It's hard to find real luxury in Cuba anyway, if that is what one is looking for, without going to New Havana, where, quite frankly, accommodations and entertainment seemed more like what one would find on a cruise ship anywhere on earth, as depicted in movies anyway, as I have never actually been on a cruise ship, even just to be polite. The location of the Hotel Inglaterra is unsurpassed if one plans to spend time touring Old Havana, which could easily keep one busy for more than four nights. After a few nights at Hotel Inglaterra, a move to something right on the Malecon, where the breeze was better and the air fresher, was a good choice for me. One can still get safely and easily to downtown Old Havana on foot or by bicycle rickshaw. Or, maybe the fumes won't bother you at all.

Room Tip: The fourth-floor rooms we had faced the street and they had a little balconette which had windows yo...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I had the pleasure of spending 2 nights in this hotel November 2012
It`s fair to use the word pleasure because whilst yes, the bathrooms are certainly below normal 4* standards, the shower DID work (even though only lukewarm at best) the toilet DID work (albeit slowly) one needs tio remember this is Cuba .....
I found the staff extremely accommodating at all times and when I discovered there was no razor point reception had an adaptor delivered to the room within minutes, it sounds silly but it`s little things like this that make a difference to the overall experience
My room was pretty noisy (1st floor) but as this is a city centre hotel (excellent location for tourism) it would be unfair to expect peace and tranquility - it just isn`t going to happen !
For the price paid, approximately GBP75 per night for a double including breakfast I found it very good value, the bedroom was average at best but the public rooms, restaurant, bar etc. are pretty well looked after and certainly attractive, I would definitely stay again

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Inglaterra is on the main road in old Havana - close walking distnace to all the sights and touristy stuff. Enjoyed the experience but it's really quite noisy and 'full on'. Room was old but adequate. Very good shower and beds OK. AC unit needed resuccitation and was old and noisy. Lifts slower than a snail. Lovely garden bar on roof. Breakfast not bad but predicable. Internet expensive and hard wired no wifi. All in all OK but probably debatable if I would stay again - better choices I think such as Hotel Raquel.

Room Tip: Take decent soap - towels are also small - bring your own if possible.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed in this historic hotel for 3 days in March of 2011. Unfortunately, didn't ask to change the room as some other travelers did! The room had no window! ...but...we didn't want to spend much time in the room. All we wanted is to see Havana and this hotel is just in the middle of everything which was an absolute must for us. We walked everywhere for hours and enjoyed every minute of it.

The hotel offers breakfast which is included in the price but I agree with many comments that this is a very basic breakfast.

If all you want is spent a day up to a couple of days in Havana, this hotel is perfect and I am going to be back to this hotel for its location. I would prefer another hotel that is just around the corner, the Parque Central, but this one is just outside of my price range!

Room Tip: request a window!
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The location is just great, you will live the cuban experience. It is a classic hotel with the havana flavor. The rooms are clean as well as the bathroom. The beds are confortable and if you want to rest that is the place to stay in. The food is fabulous specially at the terrace and the music also.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

What you have to expect from this hotel it is the perfect location to visit La Habana. The hotel is in very relaxed refurbishment process and our stay was fair good. The room decoration was quite old fashioned and the linen was pending of a very hard cleaning process. The water preasure was another thing to improve and also the A/C system.
In the good part of the hotel, was the location to walk whole La Habana city center and just one step from La Habana Vieja. The breakfast buffet was quite good and the terrace bar has an incredible views of the Capitolio. Also the lobby was interesting with some examples of Cuban painters works in table tiles.
We were in two differents parts of our travel and Hotel Inglaterra was a good experience of our travel, forgeting some aspects.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

This is a popular spot in Habana Vieja, have breakfast or a quick lunch there. Their sandwiches are always a safe bet. They have great outdoor seating to watch the word go by, also indoor seating if you need to cool off.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Inglaterra

Address: Paseo del Prado No 416 | San Rafael y San Miguel, Havana 10200, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 80 Hotels in Havana
Price Range: $150 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Inglaterra 2.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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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