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.