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.
- 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