The covered courtyard in the center of the hotel
Room 6 (we think) on first floor
Joaquín Gómez, a wealthy merchant, built this mansion in 1836, and it functioned as a hotel from 1885 to 1950. In 1999 it reopened after a complete restoration. Today a light, elegant reception area leads onto a colonial archway that gives the hotel an old-world atmosphere, making it one of the top choices in Habana Vieja. Its simple room design, lovely architecture, and quality fixtures give it an edge over many of the district hotel picks, although some rooms are far superior to others, and some are in need of a lick of paint. Rooms facing the colorful Calle Obispo are your best bet. Notice the contemporary stained-glass ceiling on the upper floor as it spreads a rainbow of color onto the elegant marble stairway. The hotel also has a lively piano bar featuring live Cuban music daily from 7 pm to 1 am.
Calle Obispo, esquina de Via Cuba, Havana, Cuba
Nov 22, 2004
The room and the staff are great - the bar has the best late night Salsa dancing for visitors - a party going on. However, they overbook - so watch late arrivals - rooms are not guaranteed. They do find you somewhere else instead.
May 14, 2003
I enjoyed everything about this hotel except that the noise from their nightclub kept me awake. I finally was able to move to another room and get a good nights rest but that was difficult because other guests were also trying to move rooms. The problem is that a number of the rooms overlook the nightclub which opens at 11PM and closes at 3AM so unless you will be staying up all night consider staying somewhere else.