The Cuban capital city of Havana has shot to being one of the best cities in the world when it comes to stylish accommodation to choose from. Penned by Cuba expert Claire Boobbyer, travel website Wanderlust has published an article selecting the eight best ones for you to try! Read on and find out more!
Superb hotels for a classy city
It's only fitting that such a wonderful city as Havana offers its visitors the fine selection of accommodation that it does.
As one of the most vibrant and architecturally beautiful cities anywhere on Earth, there's pressure on the travel industry to provide the millions of holidaymakers that visit Cuba every year with the best places to stay. And they don't disappoint.
Havana has undergone an accommodation boom over the last 18 months with several new hotels and boutique "casas particulares" opening, proving that whilst the COVID-19 pandemic may have temporarily halted the flow of guests to these shores, things remained productive.
Not only did many resorts and hotels spring up in renowned places like Cayo Santa Maria, Varadero, and Havana, but many others got a total makeover, with key renovations and refurbishments taking place whilst they were empty.
Which hotels did Wanderlust mention?
The first hotel that was mentioned in the article is the Iberostar Grand Packard, and it's not hard to see why. This hotel recently won a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Best of the Best Award, so it's well-known amongst its guests as being first-class.
"Facing the popular marble-paved rambla, Havana's Grand Packard emerged from the handsome frontage of the city's old Hotel Biscuit. French architect Michel Regembal balanced several glassy layers that appear to float on top of the Biscuit's original facade. It's up here in the space-age overhang where you'll want to linger. The views, ideally taken from the L-shaped infinity pool, of Havana's colonial-era El Morro fortress and lighthouse glinting in the sun are unrivalled." - Claire Boobbyer
The extremely fashionable Malecon 663 also gets a mention. This hotel oozes Cuban spirit and serves as an arty hub, as well as having a magnificent cocktail terrace complete with live music.
The team at the hotel also restores vintage finds, and upcycle furniture, cook with local organic farm ingredients and use artisanal soaps made by locals. It's a memorable experience that will last a lifetime!
More historic options
Another mention in the Wanderlust article that we can't omit is the Hotel Nacional de Cuba. If only hotels could talk, this one could fascinate anyone who stayed here!
Some of the rooms were booked by the Mafia in the 1940s for the infamous "Havana Conference", and other more illustrious guests include Gary Cooper, Erroll Flynn, Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Walt Disney. Even Johnny "Tarzan" Weissmuller plunged into the swimming pool from the balcony of his room!
"Take a room on the executive floor and grab a minty mojito on the breezy terrace before taking the history tour to clue you in to the December 1946 Mob Conference, the Hollywood starlets who've stayed and the tense days of the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis. The tour's your pass, too, to the towers for normally out-of-bounds bird's-eye skyline and shimmering Atlantic views." - Claire Boobbyer
Moving on, some of the other hotels that appear in the article are the magnificent Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana in all its baroque beauty, the belle epoque and effortlessly cool Casa Vitrales with its stunning 360-degree rooftop terrace, the plush 1930s villa converted to Paseo 206 in Havana's leafy mansion neighbourhood, gastro-specialist Tryp Havana Libre, and last, but definitely not least, La Reserva.
"This restored Spanish tile-clad mansion in Havana's artsy barrio boasts huge rooms with fancy bathrooms, curated with Cuban and European furniture, Murano glassware and contemporary Cuban art. Tap into Havana's magnetic spirit with conversation and cocktails around the all-day alfresco bar in the patio, all tropical foliage and scattered seats. And dine under the stars at new La Bodega celebrating all things regional Cuban cuisine. Fruit and veg are sourced from La Reserva's out of town gardens, and cheese, pickles and terrines from local foodies Santuario Gourmet." - Claire Boobbyer
More accommodation options than ever
With these eight hotels, as well as the multitude of other fine options around the capital city and island as a whole, guests loking to explore the capital of the "Pearl of the Caribbean" are spoiled for choice.
The locations, the cuisine, the service, the facilities, the decoration, the rooms, and the exquisite levels of comfort all contribute to making Cuba the top destination in the whole of the Caribbean.
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with the Cuba Tourist Board.