Hostal Valencia (Oficios #53, e/ Obrapía y Lamparilla, tel. 07/857-1037, fax 07/860-5628, www.habaguanexhotels.com, from CUC70 s, CUC110 d low season, from CUC80 s, CUC130 d high season) might induce a flashback to the romantic posadas of Spain. The 18th-century mansion-turned-hotel originated as the home of Governor Count Sotolongo. It exudes charm, with its lobby of hefty oak beams, Spanish tiles, and wrought-iron chandeliers. The 12 spacious rooms (some air-conditioned) and junior suites have cool marble floors and are simply furnished (hot water is said to be unreliable). The La Paella restaurant is a mega-bonus.
Attached to Hostal Valencia, the Hotel El Comendador (Oficios #53, e/ Obrapía y Lamparilla, tel. 07/857-1037, fax 07/860-5628, www.habaguanexhotels.com, from CUC70 s, CUC110 d low season, from CUC80 s, CUC130 d high season) is another endearingly restored colonial home. Its 14 exquisite rooms feature marble floors, iron-frame beds, antique reproduction furnishings, local TVs, old-style phones, and mini-fridges. Modern bathrooms have claw-foot bathtubs, hair dryers, and toiletries. Rooms on the mezzanine are cramped; take an upper-story room with lofty ceilings.
El Mesón de la Flota (Mercaderes #257, e/ Amargura y Brasil, tel. 07/863-3838, www.habaguanexhotels.com, CUC55 s, CUC86 d low season, CUC64 s, CUC105 d high season) is a classic Spanish bodega bar-restaurant with five intimate rooms. Each features antique reproductions; one has a magnificent vitral. It’s overpriced, despite its charm.
Hotel Park View (Colón, esq. Morro, tel. 07/861-3293, fax 07/863-6036, www.habaguanexhotels.com, CUC57 s, CUC86 d low season, CUC57 s, CUC90 d high season, including breakfast), in a sober green-and-ocher color scheme, has 55 lofty-ceilinged rooms, nicely furnished with green marble highlights. Some bathrooms have stand-up showers; others have tubs. Third-floor rooms have balconies. It has minimal facilities, but the Hotel Sevilla is around the corner.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition