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Havana Hotels

From handcrafted Cuban cigars to deliciously diverse cuisine, there’s much to enjoy in Havana, Cuba’s most exciting tropical resort.

About Havana

Havana is the capital and largest city of Cuba. It is also the largest province, major port, and leading commercial center of the island nation. Havana is the largest metro area in the Caribbean in general. The city is host to three main harbours: Mari Melena, Guanabacoa, and Antares. The slow Almendares River runs through the city from south to north. The city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Walls and forts were built to protect the treasure-laden ships as they traversed westward. In the mid-19th century, the walls were knocked down to allow the city to grow. After independence in the early 20th century, Havana experience massive growth with new luxury hotels in Havana Cuba, casinos, and nightclubs being built. The United States prohibition of alcohol only furthered the city’s popularity as a swanky getaway spot. After years under the rule of Fidel Castro and partnership with the Soviet Union, the local government has turned to tourism for city renewal. The new insurgence of growth makes it a great time to find cheap hotels in Havana Cuba.

Havana feels like three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado, and other newer districts. It has been around for 500 some years allowing to boast some of the most diverse styles of architecture. There are castles built in the late 16th century and modern high-rises. The Cuban capital is, by far, the leading cultural center of the country. There are a wide variety of Havana points of interest including museums, palaces, public squares, avenues, churches, forts, technology exhibitions, and art and music festivals. Of course, the Caribbean beaches are high on visitors’ “what to do in Havana” lists.

Where to Stay in Havana

Because Havana has only recently been reopened as a tourist-friendly location in the early 1980’s, it is much easier to find where to stay in Havana. It also makes it much easier to find cheap hotels in Havana Cuba. There are over 800 Havana Cuba hotels along the northern coast of the island. The best hotels in Havana Cuba range around €85 to €180, making options for where to stay in Havana quite comparable to each other. Most hotels in Havana city center are equally luxurious and resort-like, but there are a handful of boutique Havana Cuba hotels as well.

There are a wide range of hostels and shared-room bed and breakfasts in beautifully converted buildings. They offer simple rooms, laundry facilities, shared kitchens, and sometimes even dance lessons! The Art Hotel Havana is one of the more interesting and affordable Havana hotels. It offers free internet, free parking, free breakfast, air conditioning, and transportation to the airport. It regularly has excellent ratings, all helped by their great customer service, lovely garden, and lively bar and restaurant. The Chateau Miramar by Be Live is one of the gorgeous waterside and relatively cheap hotels in Havana Cuba. Due to its premier location, the Chateau’s amenities are a bit simpler with public wifi, a breakfast buffet, and a simple restaurant. Their pool, though, is just a stone’s throw from the ocean!

The best hotels in Havana Cuba are the luxurious hotels in Havana city center. They are four and five-star options with the best amenities and proximity to the many things to do in Havana Cuba. The Iberostar Parque Central is one such choice. With its colonial architecture matching the rich culture of the streets, the Iberostar is often considered a tourist starting point for tours around historic things to see in Havana. The Saratoga Hotel is another of the premier Havana Cuba hotels. There are a variety of suites with king and queen-sized beds and views of local parks. They also have a massage salon and a chic terrace restaurant.

Some of the best cheap hotels in Havana Cuba are its Havana airport hotels. The airport is further inland making these options more affordable. Nonetheless Havana airport hotels do not spare the island vibe amenities. Many still have pools surrounded by green palms. The Hostal Aeropuerto is one option that also has free parking, included breakfast, air conditioning, and a simple restaurant.

Things to Do in Havana

The 500-plus year lineage offers many historic-related things to see in Havana. Not sure where to start when finding what to do in Havana? Start with the many landmarks and historical centers. Habana Vieja contains the core of the original city of Havana and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fortress San Carlos de la Cabana is one of the most impressive fortresses from colonial times - specifically its walls constructed in the late 18th century. The Necropolis Cristobal Colon is a cemetery and open-air museum - one of the most famous in Latin America for its beauty and magnificence.

Havana Dining

Havana primarily features traditional Cuban cooking as its own cuisine. Cuban cuisine has Spanish, French, African, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese roots. The majority of dishes reflect the slow and laid-back culture, sautéed or slow-cooked over a low flame. Many dishes share the commonality of sofrito, which consists of onion, green pepper, garlic, oregano, and ground pepper fried in olive oil. Many restaurants also feature other Caribbean and Latin American dishes. Mas Havana is one top-rated restaurant with delicious empanadas, ribs, and cocktails. They have a great happy hour where drinks are half off. Visitors should make sure to check out their hotel restaurants as well. Many Havana Cuba hotels have great food amenities display fantastic views of the best things to see in Havana.

Havana Shopping

Shopping is not as popular of an activity for tourists in Cuba, but Havana offers the top shopping options in the country. There are many general stores with common goods and gifts shops more obviously aimed at the international visitors. Havana points of interest, in regard to shopping, are found in the city’s music, old books, and hand-rolled cigars. Cuban cigars are considered some of the highest quality tobacco products in the world. Locally they are called puros or habanos - the latter also being the name of Cuba’s official cigar company. Oftentimes visitors can buy these desirable cigars in their Havana hotels.

Havana Nightlife

Havana nightlife has long been an international staple, especially for Americans. During the American prohibition, Cuban tourism skyrocketed as travellers flocked to their bars and restaurants. Nowadays, where shopping is less of an attraction, Cuban bars still offer great drinks and colourful music. The Havana nightlife atmosphere is more laid back and easy going than excitable and party-like. It is important to note that Old Havana, one of the main districts in town, closes early. Look in the newer districts or in the Havana hotels for a good drink or a salsa dance. La Zorra y el Cuervo is one of the top clubs and things to do in Havana Cuba with a jazz theme. It has intimate vibes and delicious mojitos.