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“Very Authentic. Location could not be better... !!”
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Hotel Inglaterra
Ranked #16 of 79 Hotels in Havana
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“Very Authentic. Location could not be better... !!”
Reviewed 14 March 2012

FIRSTLY ~~ request a balcony facing the main street as many rooms have no windows. I was very happy with my stay here. My room was small but quaint and I saw some of the other rooms and they were quite spacious. My room was clean and my maid Alicia was amazingly great. The lobby and restaurant are extremely nice. The breakfast buffet was pretty decent actually ~~ fresh juices, fruits, eggs, meats, delicious cheeses, salads, meatballs... I was pleasantly surprised. There is a fun patio on the roof and in the front of the hotel... often with great live music. This hotel is in the middle of EVERYTHING. The cabaret bar at the National next door is a super fun racious bar. The Floridita is a block away. More about the room... My TV got some great english movie channels including Showtime so it was nice to take a break in my room. Upon checking in I suggest you tell front desk you want use of your room safe. You will pay 2 cuc (the Cuban equivilent of $2) per night upon check out - a wise investment.
I will definitely be staying here again. My bathroom was tiny but had great water pressure and was very clean and cute. Don't expect high luxury though.

Room Tip: I stayed in 306 which was small but had a little balcony. I saw rooms 307 and 311 and they were far...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

We were pleasantly surprised with the hotel having read bad reviews. We requested a room with a window & got a spacious one with a balcony too. The ensuite was large, modern and clean with plenty of hot water.
Breakfast was superb (we had expected just toast and coffee), there was so much to chose from the buffet (help yourself). The architecture of the hotel is grand as it is old.
As the hotel is in the centre of the old town we could walk to most places of interest. We would stay here again.
One tip: if the money exchange bureau next to reception is closed then if you use reception to change money the rate is not very good. Best to find a Cadeca office to exchange money.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Moss, Norway
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Old gem with a lot of charm and great value if you pay the price we were able to get through booking on the net. The room was spacious and comfortable, with all you expect, but slightly worn, and not quite up to the standard of the absolutely wonderful reception aerea.
Staff was very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was as good as any in Cuba.
Some street noise are to be expected, but it was never annoying.

Room Tip: Rooms facing Prado may suffer from some street noise.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Our room was so beautiful, very spacious with high ceilings. Very old but in a nice, colonial way. Location doesn't get better than this. Next to the Capitolio and in la Habana vieja, it's just perfect. The rooftop terrace was nice but a bit quiet compared to the one in the street, where there was always a band playing music and it was lively and fun. It's a wonderful hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We have just returned from 2 weeks staying at the Hotel Inglaterra in Havana and would like to say that the whole experience was totally wonderful. The building itself is so full of history and totally beautiful. The staff were always courteous and helpful, doors were opened, reception people were always available for help and direction, our room maid was lovely and made great efforts to provide different towel sculptures every day! The public areas are impeccable and the food is about as good as it gets in Cuba. Breakfasts are full of variety (don't expect english bacon by the way) but you can have eggs served any way you like (scrambled is particularly good). Loads of really fresh local fruit, yogurt, cheese, good bread, pastries, in fact all you could expect from an international restaurant. We would recommend the snack bar, the restaurant but particularly the 4th floor rooftop restaurant. The views are terrific and the food is slightly more casual (mainly griddled but extremely tasty). If you do not speak much Spanish it can be quite a relief to have Richard up there on hand to smooth your way! The rest of the staff are also really friendly and helpful. Our room was very comfortable and had a suberb bathroom with the best shower we have ever experienced - very new with lashings of hot water. Whilst we were there the room was being measured for new curtains, and new beds will arrive very shortly although ours were not uncomfortable. The photos on the website show the rooms as a bit flowery and dated however ours was not at all like that. As far as we know they are working up floor by floor in making improvements and no expense was being spared. The only criticism of the room was that the painter of the window frames was either having an off day or was extremely drunk as rather a lot of the paint seemed to be on the windows instead of the frames! Oh well, never mind, perhaps he will learn with time. As for the location, yes it is rather noisy, but what else do you expect if you stay in the centre of a major city? We did not mind a bit overhearing the practise sessions for La Traviata during the early evenings, in fact it persuaded us to book tickets for the final performance which was unusual for us but totally wonderful. The greatest advantage of the location was the easy access to all of the most famous bars and restaurants. It was also very easy to pick up the Havana tour buses which stopped just opposite. They were open top complete city tours with the option to get on and off at any point for just 5 pesos (CUC) per day. What a bargain! It was also too much of a temptation to resist a ride in an old 1956 Ford Fairlane convertible.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kristiansand, Norway
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

This hotel may need to be updated a little, but it will still be my nr one choice if I go back to Havana!
The location is perfect. Right next to Capitolio and a lot of other sights you have to see if its your first time in this fascinating city! Habana vieja is definatly the place to stay.
This hotel is the oldest one in Havana, so beweare of that if your picky. We wanted to stay cheap and central. And we got that! Keep in mind that some rooms dont have windows... But hopefully your not going to spend your entire vacation in the hotelroom.
The breakfast was nice. I loved the rooftop bar. The view was so lovely!

So basicly this hotel is worth staying at even though it has some bad reviews! Id go back :)

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Anyone who expects any accommodation in Cuba to be state of the art hasn't read the history books....remember this country is very, very poor and everything, except for the small casas particulares and paladares, is state-owned. So your stay at the Hotel Inglaterra will take you back forty, maybe fifty, years to when there weren't the same choices or concepts of service. The hotel itself is clean and comfortable in a shabby, rundown sort of way. Its public areas evoke thoughts of better times; how lovely it could be if the money was there to spend on it. Our room was, like many I believe, interior, with a little window looking out on to the internal patio. Our children's actually had its own balconette! So, I guess it's the luck of the draw. The rooms have televisions with cable TV, which rather surprised me; the plumbing facilities left a lot to be desired and the air-conditioning units, which probably arrived with the Ark, were those sort of individual, noisy exterior boxes but they were very effective. Breakfast like most of the catering in Cuba was meagre and not very good. The bakery products were rough and heavy and the hot food selection very unappetising. But it was no better nor worse than in many other places we stayed....this, in Cuba, is par for the course. The idea that what we were eating was a feast for the average Cuban who earned a pittance to put that food in front of the bloated foreign tourists, was enough to make us try to clear our plates the first day and make sure we didn't take very much on following mornings. The hotel is very central, an easy walk to the old quarter. The staff are friendly enough although there is that feeling, all over Cuba, that it is really done for the tips and there is a quiet resentment amongst state employees in the tourist sector against the "fat cat" tourists. La Habana itself is not to be missed, especially since, if there is any kind of regime change in the next decade or so, it is likely to turn the island into another Puerto Rico or a satellite of Miami, with a McDonalds on every corner, and the decaying charm of the city will disappear in an instant.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Inglaterra
Address: Paseo del Prado No 416 | San Rafael y San Miguel, Havana 10200, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #16 of 79 Hotels in Havana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Inglaterra 2.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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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