Inaugurated in 1875, this is cuba's oldest hotel; Graham Greene stayed here when he last visited Havana in 1958. Though the interior seems gloomy at first, give your eyes a chance to adjust because there's much to admire here: photographs of old Havana, intricate Andalusian tiles, the shield of Spain's Catholic Kings behind the bar. Rooms are gloomy as well, but they seem more "real" than those in the glass-and-steel high-rises. The ground-floor Gran Café del Louvre is
a great people-watching spot, the roof-terrace restaurant has nonpareil views, and all the sights of Centro and La Habana Vieja are a short walk away.
Jan 7, 2003
We recently spent five nights at the Inglaterra over New Years 2002. The atmosphere at the hotel is superb but insist on a room with a balcony -- the views are great. The rooftop terrace has spectacular views and the regular rooftop band, "Charisma", is one of the best we heard in Havana. The downside is that the hotel tends to be loud between the band and the street noise. The rooms (we stayed in two) can be a bit dingy. Don't eat in the restaurant
-- there are better places in Havana.
Jul 3, 2001
The lobby and its bar and dining room, the outdoor patio, and the view from the roof make this my favorite place to visit. When I take people to the hotel, they all agree it is their image of Cuba. The only problems are that some rooms are really small and drab and sometimes they overbook. And of course, there is no better location for getting to know Havana than Central Park.