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
- 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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- Inglaterra Hotel Havana