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Hotel Inglaterra
Ranked #18 of 79 Hotels in Havana
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“Great hotel, great location!”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Arrived on Saturday evening, check in was very prompt and staff friendly and helpful. The lobby area is gorgeous. Our room was on the 3rd floor. It was nicely decorated and very clean. It was a little on the small side, but this didn't matter to us as we didn't plan on spending too much time there! Air con worked fine, some toiletries were provided and there was a very reasonable mini bar service. Breakfast was great with lots of choice; eggs, sausage, cereal, fruits, pastries etc. I'd also recommend the sandwiches in the lobby bar, very tasty! Had drinks on the roof bar, every afternoon after a long hot day site seeing. The view is amazing and they also play good music during the day. We even made use of the jacuzzi one afternoon which was refreshing! We came back to the roof bar one night after dinner and there was live music, the terrace was full and there was a great atmosphere. All staff we encountered were helpful and smiling. This hotel was a bargain and I would definitely stay here again or recommend to friends.

Room Tip: The front of the hotel rooms have balconies but there may be more noise from the main rd!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

The lobby of the Inglaterra is amazing in proper European Colonial style luxury (think leather armchairs and ornate wrought ironwork.

The room was ok. It was quite small and had no external window which made it a bit dark. It was decorated to a decent standard but clearly some things had seen better days (ie the air conditioning unit).

Altogether it was decent enough but I'd stay at the Sevilla instead given the choice.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Hotel Inglaterra was the worst hotel we have ever seen. We traveled to Cuba with an open mind (expecting shortcomings), arrived late at night and were shocked by the state of the rooms in this hotel. The lobby is magnificent, staff are nice and very helpful however the rooms are small, dirty (cockroaches, mould, dust and stains) and mostly without a window. There is dust absolutely every where! in the rooms, decorations and the corridors. The first room we were given was absolutely terrible, the bathroom was old, The toilet looked as though it was not cleaned for years! tilings were dirty, shower curtain mouldy and the sheets covered with dust and stains. There are no windows in most of the rooms, well there are but either boarded up or very high up without any view or function. We were shown 3 different rooms all of which were in no better condition. Finally a balcony room became available and we spent the night there with the sounds of the air conditioner keeping us up all night. The bathrooms door handles are terribly placed and turn in the wrong direction! I got my fingers trapped between the handle and the door frame several times. The rooms are crowded with furniture, the paint is peeling on the walls and the bathrooms are ancient! I couldn't understand why the hotel manager thinks filling the rooms up with furniture would make the rooms appealing! Each and every room that we were shown had different tilings and fittings in the bathrooms (not with a decorative purpose)! I have nothing against old fashion hotels but the rooms in this hotel are simply dirty, unhygienic, poorly managed and tastelessly decorated. The state of this hotel is not at all any reflection of the country's circumstances, modern facilities do exist in Cuba and there are various other hotels with clean rooms and proper facilities for guests.

Room Tip: Do not stay here but if necessary then ask for balcony rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

2 great weeks in downtown Havana at a historical landmark Hotel Inglaterra. Staff excellent the most intelligent sweet kind informative Roxanna! She took such good care of me she was exceptional. The hotel has fresco ceilings, atrium, roof top patio and most everything you need. Location is the best in downtown Havana overlooking the Centro Park and steps away from everything. You sense and feel the aged ambience of Old Havana through the eyes of this hotel.
Also the largest group of patios in the downtown for enjoying a good meal or cocktails.
Don't expect the "Four Seasons Hotel" feel from this hotel yet a clean efficient and historic vibe in all respects.
So impressed I was I will again be returning for another great 2 weeks the upcoming March 2015.
I look forward to once again enjoying the comforts of the Inglaterra its staff and waking up every morning seeing, chatting with and being artfully advised by the lovely Roxanna.
Great value, excellent hotel and best location in Havana!!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

The Inglaterra (witch had an offer when I visited in May of 59 cuc's pr night) is a perfectly all right hotel in a great location. My room was a bit noizy, -bring earplugs. Nice staff, very nice interior and ok rooms. Be sure to check out the terrace, witch have a tub of some sorts that I did not try, sun beds, bar and evening live entertainment of varying quality.
Do not expect the internet to be working every day, and they soon run out of cards (and get more the next day), strangely enough. You cannot use your usb stick, or at least I could not. For the best internet connection (but also a bit more expencive) go to Grand Park Hotel very near by. Connection almost like home, and usb-stick-friendly ;-) The "buissness-room" is up the stairs. Smile to the guard, and convince him to sell you a card.

Room Tip: I heard the rooms are a bit different in quality. A girl I met had a room facing "inwards"...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

The Cubans have done well keeping this piece of history alive in the middle of old Havana! The rooms are small but comfy and offer all you need for a night or two. The shower stall in our room was very small and was really the only issue I had during our stay.
The restaurant at the bottom was good and offered a free breakfast with the stay.
Good value.

Watch out for the pickpockets and beggars on the streets, they are very aggressive!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We stayed here as part of a one week Sunwing package. The hotel overlooks Parque Central and is only a short walk to Old Havana; it really couldn't be a better location. Our room was a renovated one overlooking Parque Centra. It was large and clean with a huge bathroom. The fact it had 2 comfortable chairs was a plus as well as a good reading light by each bed. Because the roof bar was right above us, we could hear music from the band there most nights but it didn't bother us as we don't go to sleep early. Usually we went up to hear the band, a different one every night. The roof bar/terrace is a beautiful place during the days with great views of the city.

Most afternoons there was a band playing in the arcade in front of the hotel, as well as a different band in the evening. We enjoyed coming back from being out to be greeted with live music. Often we'd stop for a drink and listen. The trumpet player in the evening band was fantastic and we would stay just to listen to him.

Breakfast was included in our package and that is the only criticism I would have of the hotel. It is a buffet and while there is a big selection, it wasn't particularly appealing and often the staff was scrambling to keep serving dishes replenished.

I would chose this hotel again for it's charm over a new hotel with less character like the Iberostar Parque Central.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel 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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