The Santa Isabel is a pocket palace for rich holiday makers. Only about thirty rooms, a perfect place in the heart of Old Havana. A bar was built on the roof in November 2007, a trendy place.
This hotel review is a translation of the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.
The Santa Isabel overlooks the Plaza de Armas, a few feet from the Ambos Mundos. For transfers from the airport, 15 miles away, you should anticipate 45 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Rated as a historic monument, the Santa Isabel was the first hotel in Havana to offer room service and bathrooms for its guests. In July 2000, there was renovation work.
Rooms 1301, 1302, 1303 and 1315 do not have a view of the square... They should be avoided!
Built in 1710, then made into a hotel in 1867, the Santa Isabel is in a superb, arch shaped, three storey building, with large windows covered in shutters and wrought iron balconies. Its style is simple, both on the inside and outside. A patio, decorated in tropical plants and a pretty fountain, occupies the central square. This relaxing place is ideal when the weather is hot.
To have a paronamic view of the town, go to the terrace on the hotel's roof which overlooks the roofs of Havana.
27 rooms of which 17 standard and 10 junior suites. Immense and refined, the Santa Isabel's rooms have a colonial style that will please people who are nostalgic for this period. The furniture consists of unique pieces made by Cuban craftsmen. The decoration is quite simple: marble flooring and exposed walls. It has 5 star standard: air conditioning, bath, satellite TV, minibar, direct telephone for international calls, safe, 24 hour a day room service. The rooms have a balcony overlooking the square but also the neighbours, so keep quiet! The junior suites also have a private Jacuzzi.
The Santa Isabel only has one restaurant, El Condado, on the ground floor. The setting in the restaurants is similar to the hotel: simple and deliciously nostalgic. Large bay windows open onto the plaza de Armas. Cuban and Spanish cuisine is served. The chef uses a lot of tropical fruit and little fat. Note: a good selectoin of Argentinan and Chilian wines. Several bars with one on the terrace for a beautiful view over the colonial town.
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