Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Santa Isabel

Calle Baratillo 9, Havana, La Habana, 10100, Cuba

This 17th-century building is so stately that the Counts of Santovenia made it their home until 1867, when it became one of Habana Vieja's most elegant hotels; today, it's one of the neighborhood's most modern lodging options. Rooms have Spanish-colonial furniture and contemporary works by Cuban artists like Zaida del Río. Most overlook the Plaza de Armas, though some have port views. Best views here are to be had in rooms and junior suites that overlook the popular Plaza de Armas, with its many booksellers, artists, and restaurants. There's also a lovely lounge-bar area for cocktails and a decent on-site restaurant.


  • rarely is a soul seen in the vast lobby, ensuring plenty of privacy
  • rooms have spectacular views of the harbor or Plaza de Armas


  • customer service can be on the poor side
  • the hotel tends to overbook and send people elsewhere upon arrival




Phones: 7860–8201


17 rooms, 10 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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