Jersey City, New Jersey
July 9, 2004
Only one block from Plaza Vieja, about 2 blocks from Plaza San Francisco, and about 3 blocks from Plaza de Armas, the location is great. No cars on the streets in Habana Vieja, the pedestrian-filled streets are great for people-watching and quiet late at night.
A mere five guest rooms above a "tavern-like" restaurant, the staff and bartenders will all know who you are. The rooms are very large with heavy wood furniture, double-high ceilings, and private baths. If you get one of the streetside rooms, you will have a balcony overlooking the street.
Inside is an open courtyard. Downstairs at the bar and restaurant, each night there is live music and Flamenco dancing. I found this a great way to experience Cuban nightlife without having to leave the convenience of my hotel. Both locals and tourists were in the place enjoying the festivities. And the place quiets down (no more music/dancing) around 11:00-11:30 pm, so you can get a good night's sleep.
Rooms have a TV (with cable), air conditioning, and a stocked fridge. Nevertheless, you will NOT feel like you are in an "Americanized" hotel - this definitely is Cuban.
The hotel includes breakfast, which will be served by a pleasant bartender, but only if you let it be known that you are looking for food - otherwise they'll assume you're getting it elsewhere.
From journal Havana Cuba - Habana Vieja