Havana hotels run the gamut, but prices are comparatively higher than other Latin American capitals – especially in emblematic Habana Vieja, where reservations can be hard to get. The three key hotel neighbourhoods are: Habana Vieja for history, Vedado for nightlife and Miramar for beaches.
The hotels in Havana below have been classed into three different pricing categories:
Luxury (over CUC250)
Moderate (CUC150 to CUC250)
Cheap (up to CUC150)
The prices quoted above are the starting price for a standard double room and include taxes and breakfast unless otherwise specified. The prices below are rack rates; prices will drop (sometimes significantly) when rooms are booked as part of a package or online. Bear in mind too, that some hotels drop their prices in low season (March to June, excluding Easter Week, and September and October). Take care with star rankings for Cuban hotels - subtracting one from marketing blurbs helps appropriately manage expectations.
Hotel Santa Isabel
To date, the only (supposed) 5-star hotel in Old Havana's historic core, the Santa Isabel occupies a privileged spot on picturesque Plaza de Armas. The setting is charming, with many of the 27 rooms overlooking the Plaza or Havana Harbor, which is largely what attracts famous guests including Jimmy Carter and Robert Plant. However, like many historic buildings (this one dates from the 1700s), interiors can be dark and musty, plus hotel staff can be bristly and less than efficient.Address: Plaza de Armas, Baratillo #9, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 860 8201.
Parque Central Hotel
This well-situated, upscale hotel straddling Central Havana and Old Havana has been setting the standard for luxury lodging in the Cuban capital for years. In 2010, the Parque Central added 149 rooms in its new, chic La Torre building, further cementing its reputation as one of the city's best places to stay. Connected to the original building (with 277 rooms), La Torre is more low-key and the rooms fresher. The rooftop pool with panoramic city views is a real draw here.Address: between Prado & Zulueta, Calle Neptuno, Havana,
Telephone: (7) 860 6627.
Widely considered one of Havana's top luxury hotels (just ask Beyoncé and Jay-Z who celebrated their wedding anniversary here in 2013), the Saratoga offers understated elegance in a prime location across the street from the majestic Capitolio Building. There are 96 equally-comfortable rooms, though décor varies from charming colonial to modern chic – 'deluxe patio' (or standard rooms) overlook the interior patio and are less desirable. If budget allows, upgrade to a suite – from the wraparound balcony to mahogany interior, they're spectacular.Address: , Calle Paseo del Prado #603, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 868 1000.
Hotel Habana Riviera
Once upon a time, this hotel overlooking the Malecón was a major mobster hangout (it was built by infamous mafia kingpin Meyer Lansky) and everything from the retro, low-slung couches in the lobby to the legendary shows at The Copa Room cabaret throw back to that bygone era. Unfortunately, it can feel like the rooms haven't been updated since then. On the upside, even standard rooms are giant, each has city or sea views (go for one on the upper floors, with a balcony), and the windows actually open. The seawater pool here and lobby bar are attractions in themselves.Address: , Paseo and Malecón, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 836 4051.
Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Built in the 1930s by a New York firm, this historic hotel is a national monument and a destination in its own right. The rich and famous have always favoured its beautiful gardens overlooking the Malecón – notable guests include Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg and Uma Thurman. The hotel's cigar bar is tops (especially during December's film festival when the Nacional is packed with luminaries) and the Cabaret Parisien is popular for its scantily-clad, floor show. The rooms here are nothing fancy; upgrade to the sixth (executive) floor if you're coming for more than the history.Address: Vedado, Calles 21 & O, Havana,
Telephone: (7) 838 0294.
One of the city's most striking examples of Moorish architecture (the façade and lobby, anyway), this historic hotel is a feast for the eyes, from the exotically tiled lobby to the sweeping city views from the Roof Garden Restaurant. Its location (steps from the Paseo del Prado, Gran Teatro and many museums) puts Havana's highlights at your beck and call. The rooms are rough around the edges, however; best to check one out before checking in. The lobby is always abuzz with live music, clinking cocktail glasses and laughter.Address: corner Paseo del Prado, Trocadero 55, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 860 9048.
Hotel El Terral
One of Havana's newest properties, this boutique hotel is superbly perched overlooking the Malecón – and every room has a private balcony from which to appreciate the killer sea views. One guest says it's like being on a ship, you're that close to the water. So chic and popular is this place, you'll be lucky to land one of the 14 rooms. Doubly lucky are those that book a corner room (with two balconies) or one of the two suites each with long, deep terraces. The staff are friendly and pay meticulous attention to detail, plus you can walk to some excellent restaurants and sites.Address: corner Calle Lealtad, Malecón #551, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 860 2100.
Hotel Saint John's
Although this hotel in Havana's verdant Vedado section of town has a great location and is walking distance from the Malecón, it has seen better days. The 86 rooms are pretty well worn and not all electrical outlets, faucets or lights may be working. But there's a small rooftop pool, the famous Pico Blanco disco on the top floor, and some rooms have sea views, which allows many guests (especially students and younger travellers, who favour this place) to overlook the shabbiness.Address: between Calles 23 and 25, Vedado, Calle O #206, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 833 3740.
Park View Hotel
A great location combines with a nice price to make the Park View a perennial favourite. Close to both the famous Museo de la Revolución and the exquisite Museo de Bellas Artes, this small Havana hotel provides a warm welcome to the city. Functional rather than fancy, rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV and a safe deposit box. The on-site restaurant has awesome city views and hotel staff are friendly.Address: corner Morro, Habana Vieja, Calle Colón corner Morro, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 861 3293.