http://havanajournal.com/travel/entry/santa_isabel_hotel_a_colonial_option_in_havana/

HavanaJournal.com: Cuba Travel

Santa Isabel Hotel: A Colonial Option in Havana

Posted January 26, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Travel.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url]

image
Santa Isabel Hotel. Facade

image
Santa Isabel Hotel. Lobby

image
Entrance to Santa Isabel Hotel.

The attractiveness of Havana’s Historic Heart, with a nearly 500-year-old history, is a true complement to the wide variety of offers provided by the leisure industry in the largest Antillean Island.

Declared World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as one of the world’s architectural treasures, Old Havana has a large tourist infrastructure consisting of nearly 100 establishments, including many hotels and inns from Spanish colonial times.

Over 30,000 buildings, many of which boast a centennial history, are located in Old Havana, where a perfect harmony exists among fortresses, churches, and tourist, commercial and cultural centers, among others.

One of those facilities is the Santa Isabel Hotel, housed in the former Mansion of the Count of Santovenia, which was built in the early 18th century and sold to a US citizen who turned the building into a hotel under the current name from 1867 to 1887.

Opened as a luxurious hotel with new airs in 1997, and run by Habaguanex S.A., the Santa Isabel provides the comfort of a five-star lodging facility, in an atmosphere in tune with the colonial environment in which it is located.

The hotel’s 27 rooms, including 10 junior suites, boast the additional attractiveness provided by Spanish-style furniture, with iron-wrought beds, and small balconies in the rooms on the third floor.

However, the hotel’s privileged location is its major attraction, since it is situated just a few meters away from the place where the first mass and the first assembly were held, during the foundation of the then Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana.

The Santa Isabel Hotel, Casa del Agua and La Mina Restaurant, along with such buildings as the palaces of the Second Corporate and of the Captain Generals, are some of the most relevant edifices surrounding the so-called Plaza de Armas (Arms Square), which is closely linked to the history of the Cuban capital.

That area is one of the major attractions for the hotel’s guests, who are at a walking distance from a live and latent image of old colonial society, in addition to an intense cultural life.

Of course, like the hotels Sevilla, Plaza and Inglaterra, the Santa Isabel Hotel has welcomed many celebrities who have bet on its comfortable rooms and excellent services.

The list of distinguished guests includes celebrities such as Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, who said that his stay at the hotel was a sort of family life, with furniture and an atmosphere that reminded him of his country.

US actors Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis, and Cuban vedette Rosita Fornes, also had words of praise for the Santa Isabel Hotel in recent years.

Considering these favorable opinions, the Santa Isabel Hotel is one of the crown jewels of Cuban tourism in Havana’s Historic Heart, because of that familiar touch of class that many vacationers are looking for.
Attractions
“Simon Bolívar” House
Museums
Calle Mercaderes No. 156 e/ Obrapía y Lamparilla
Ciudad de La Habana
Aquarium of Old Havana
Places of Interest
Calle Teniente Rey No. 9 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes
Ciudad de La Habana
Arabian House
Museums
Calle Oficios No. 16 e/ Obispo y Obrapía
Ciudad de La Habana
Asian House
Museums
Calle Mercaderes No. 111 e/ Obispo y Obrapía
Ciudad de La Habana
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
Places of Interest
Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Churruca
Ciudad de La Habana
Car Museum
Museums
Calle Oficios No. 12 y Callejon de Jústiz
Ciudad de La Habana
Cathedral of Havana
Churches-Places of Cult
Calle Empedrado No. 158 e/ Mercaderes y San Ignacio
Ciudad de La Habana
Center for Contemporary Arts “Wilfredo Lam”
Institutions
Calle San Ignacio No. 22 esq. a Empedrado
Ciudad de La Habana
De la Real Fuerza Castle
Places of Interest
Calle O´Reilly No. 2 e/ Ave. del Puerto y Tacon
Ciudad de La Habana
El Templete
Places of Interest
Calle Baratillo e/ O´Reilly y Enna, Plaza de Armas
Ciudad de La Habana
Farmacia Museo Taquechel
Museums
Calle Obispo No. 155 e/ San Ignacio y Mercaderes
Ciudad de La Habana
Fernando VII Monument
Monuments
Calle O´Reilly, Plaza de Armas
Ciudad de La Habana
Forma Gallery
Art Galleries
Calle Obispo No. 255 e/ Cuba y Aguiar
Ciudad de La Habana
Generals of the Army Palace
Places of Interest
Calle Tacon e/ Obispo y O´Reilly
Ciudad de La Habana
Guayasamin Foundation House
Art Galleries
Calle Obrapía No. 112 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes
Ciudad de La Habana
Havana Customs House
Places of Interest
Calle San Pedro
Ciudad de La Habana
House of Africa
Museums
Calle Obrapía No. 157 e/ Mercaderes y San Ignacio
Ciudad de La Habana
House of Benito Juarez: Distinguished personality of Las Americas
Museums
Calle Obrapía No. 116 esq. a Mercaderes
Ciudad de La Habana
House of Carmen Montilla
Art Galleries
Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Churruca
Ciudad de La Habana
House of La Obra Pía
Museums
Calle Obrapía No. 158 esq. a Mercaderes
Ciudad de La Habana
House of Poetry
Institutions
Calle Muralla e/ Oficios e Inquisidor
Ciudad de La Habana
House of Silver Work
Museums
Calle Obispo No. 113 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes
Ciudad de La Habana
Instituto Cubano del Libro
Institutions
Calle O´Reilly No. 4 esq. a Tacon
Ciudad de La Habana
Lions Fountain
Places of Interest
Plaza de San Francisco de Asís
Ciudad de La Habana
Monument to Santo Domingo Convent (Royal and Pontifical University of San Geronimo of Havana)
Monuments
Calle Obispo esq. a Mercaderes
Ciudad de La Habana
Museum of Cigar
Museums
Calle Mercaderes No. 120 e/ Obispo y Obrapía
Ciudad de La Habana
Museum of Religious Art
Museums
Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Churruca
Ciudad de La Habana
Museum of the City
Museums
Calle Tacon No. 1 e/ Obispo y O´Reilly
Ciudad de La Habana
National Museum of Natural History
Museums
Calle Obispo No. 61, Plaza de Armas
Ciudad de La Habana
Neptune Fountain
Places of Interest
Avenida del Puerto
Ciudad de La Habana
Numismatic Museum
Museums
Calle Oficios No. 8 e/ Obispo y Obrapía
Ciudad de La Habana
Old Havana and its Colonial Fortress System
World Heritage Sites
La Habana Vieja
Ciudad de La Habana
Old San Francisco de Sales’ School
Places of Interest
Calle Oficios No. 6 esq. a Obispo
Ciudad de La Habana
Plaza de Armas (Parade Ground)
Parks
Calle Obispo y Tacon
Ciudad de La Habana
Segundo Cabo Palace
Places of Interest
Calle O´Reilly No. 4 esq. a Tacon
Ciudad de La Habana
The Christ of Havana
Places of Interest
Bahía de La Habana
Ciudad de La Habana
The Traditional Malecon of the City of Havana
Places of Interest
Ave. Antonio Maceo
Ciudad de La Habana

Destinations  
Ciudad de La Habana


Hotels  
Santa Isabel, Hotel
City
Calle Baratillo No. 9 e/ Obispo y Narciso Lopez
Ciudad de La Habana

Nightlife  
Cafe O´Reilly
Bar
Calle O´Reilly e/ San Ignacio y Cuba
Ciudad de La Habana
Cafe París
Bar
Calle San Ignacio esq. a Obispo
Ciudad de La Habana
Santovenia
Lobby bar
Hotel Santa Isabel
Ciudad de La Habana

Restaurants  
Al Medina
Arab cuisine
Calle Oficios No. 12 e/ Obispo y Obrapía
Ciudad de La Habana
El Condado
International cuisine
Hotel Santa Isabel
Ciudad de La Habana
El Globo
Light Meals
Hotel Santa Isabel
Ciudad de La Habana
La Mina
Cuban cuisine
Calle Obispo No. 106 esq. a Oficios
Ciudad de La Habana
La Torre de Marfil
Asian cuisine
Calle Mercaderes e/ Obispo y Obrapía
Ciudad de La Habana
Los Marinos
Fish and seafood
Ave. del Puerto e/ Justiz y Obrapía
Ciudad de La Habana

Member Comments

No comments have been posted yet.