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“Being a National Monument doesn't mean its brilliant.”
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Hotel Inglaterra
Ranked #13 of 81 Hotels in Havana
Reviewed 25 January 2014

On our 5 night stay in Havana we had 4 nights almost next door at the Telegrafo (excellent place!) and our last night in the Inglaterra. I believe this is the oldest hotel in Cuba (1875) and some of the ground floor public areas have original décor and ornate Spanish style ceramic tiling. Both bedrooms we had were on the first floor, somewhere at the rear, and the rooms were clean enough but neither had windows, just a noisy aircon unit. Our bathroom was very old fashioned but functional. At first we couldn't open our very old room door as it appeared to have swelled. After applying shoulders we finally prised it open and with similar effort we managed to shut it and go to the roof terrace for a drink. I think this is probably the nicest area of the hotel and it felt good to see sky after the darkness of our hotel room.
Alas dark clouds rolled over followed by a heavy downpour. We realised this was going to be a heavy shower when it started raining in through the roof canopy and the bar staff covered the till and computer with plastic sheets and closed the bar.
I don't like my Mohito watered down so we went back to our room to discover that rain was running down an inner courtyard wall, then in around the joints between wall/windows to the corridors and across the tiled floor towards our room This was why the door was swollen. We created a dam just inside the room with towels and waited for the downpour to cease - which took about 90 mins.
We thought about going down to the reception and asking for another room but we were only staying for one night before moving on to Trinidad and then I remembered a saying that I had heard a guide use when he was taking a couple around Havana. ' Remember that wherever you are on this holiday, you are still in Cuba' and that just about sums it up. I guess if Cuba was like every where else, why would we come here? But please Mr Inglaterra, if you have such thing as a maintenance budget, try and spend some money on upgrading rooms at the rear of the hotel

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

A tired hotel much overated by the travel bulletins. Grumpy Reception staff, basic rooms, bedroom doors that slam shut with a very loud bang at all times of day & night making sleep difficult, food basic. The only plus point is its location right in the middle of old Havana.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank John O
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Common areas were well kept. Much of the 19th. Century interior was intact. Worth a visit!
Had small room with malfunctioning lightning. Changed to other run down room. Leaking toilet. noicy air condition. Trouble sleeping because of loud roof bar band and neighbouring disco. Bad breakfast.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

Right in the heart of Havana so great for touring and sightseeing. Hotel is historic, over 100 yrs old. Lobby and common areas are very nice. Very good breakfast buffett.

Stayed 2 different time. First room on back was good if old and probably last updated in the 1950's. Had a fridge with water and beer at $2.00. Safe in room. Small bath w/shower.
Second room overlooking main street and the park at front of hotel. View was great but....roof in closet leaked and had mold all over wall in closet. Very small bathroom. Sitting on toilet, your feet in the shower. Sink stopper stuck open. Asked front desk to fix and they said no!
TV on wall above headboard so had to lay upside down to watch.
Internet is available but very slow....normal in Cuba.

Room Tip: Try to check out room before checking in. Room on front can be noisy.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

I stayed at Hotel Inglaterra twice on a recent visit. This is a nice, centrally located hotel. Restaurant on the room is very casual and nice. The view are fabulous. Staff is nice and rooms are comfortable. It's a bit noisy down on the street but you are in the middle of everything. Only two blocks from the capital and one block from the promonade.

Room Tip: Our room on the second floor was bigger than our room on the first floor. Bell staff is helpful.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Location is very convenient. Facilities is also better than some other 4 star hotel in the neighborhood. Due to the building construction, most rooms do not have a window - this happens to other hotels which built from old colonial style buildings. Anyway we are satisfied with the quality / price.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

This hotel is located very well located at old Havana . Doesn't seem to be a good place to stay but to is one of the best place to take Mojito or beer when you are tired in old Havana and listen a live Cuban music !

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Prado No 416 esq San Rafael, Havana 10100, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 81 Hotels in Havana
Price Range: £105 - £341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Inglaterra 3.5*
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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