Havana Theatre & Inglaterra Hotel
Daytime & Evening Live Music
Hotel Inglaterra in about 1900
Standard Room On-suite Bathroom
Standard Room at Inglaterra
View from South Facing Rooms
Inglaterra By Night
Jose Marti Monument & Inglaterra
Dancing to Live Music
Founded in 1875, the Inglaterra is Cuba’s oldest hotel and has been declared a National Monument. It was exceedingly popular in the nineteenth century and is still favoured by visitors who particularly enjoy hanging out in its covered café, having drinks or sandwiches on tables individually decorated by Cuban contemporary artists and watching the world go by.
A hiss through the potted plants could signal your chance to buy a coin with Che on it, or a newspaper, or rather more exotic wares. But if that vexes you there is always the wonderful Seville-style tiled bar to visit, with its gilded flamenco-dancer statue, thought to be of the celebrated nineteenth century Spanish courtesan La Belle Otero.
The rest of the ground floor of the Inglaterra is also lavishly decorated, with chandeliers, stained glass, ornate wrought iron, marble floors and moulded ceilings.
The pavement café has a distinguished history. It used to be known as La Acera del Louvre (the pavement of the Louvre café which stood on the site) and became a meeting place for supporters of Cuban independence from Spain. A prominent Spaniard was even converted to their cause on the site – on 27th November 1871, when the Spanish military captain Don Nicolás Estévanez, heard the shots of eight innocent medical students being executed he broke his sword in two and renounced his military career with the words ‘Humanity and justice are more important than my fatherland’. Stirring stuff, and although the Inglaterra isn’t one of Havana’s most shipshape hotels it is extremely popular for its evocative atmosphere and location.
© 2012 Nigel Hunt
Cafe / snack bar
Car rental desk
Elevators / lifts
Internet on hotel's PCs
Malecon max 5min walk
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Old building restored
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Shops max 2min walk
Snacks and drinks 24 hours a day
Telephone - national & international calls
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Very similar to the standard rooms with balcony and view on the busy centre of Havana.
© 2012 Nigel Hunt
110 volt outlets
220 volt outlets
Baby's cot (on request)
Bathtub or shower
Desk with chair
Hot & cold water
Minibar / Fridge
Rooms at the Inglaterra are cosy rather than sleek, but given the age of the building it would be churlish to expect gleaming sophistication. The rooms come in all shapes and sizes and those facing the street are more spacious than those facing into the building’s courtyards.
Interiors are rather chintzy, with rose-strewn frills and flounces on curtains and bedspreads. The chandeliers are horrid but the old built-in cupboards are endearing. The modern furniture is slightly bashed about but the colonial rocking chairs found in some rooms are attractive. The original tiled floors are very pretty.
Please note none of the rooms at the Inglaterra are double-glazed. Please be prepared for a certain amount of ambient racket from canaries in cages, passing traffic and voluble Cubans.
© 2012 Nigel Hunt
More Hotels in Old Havana:
UK Sales :: Audrey :: +44 20 7498 8555 or 0800 298 9555
USA & Canada Sales :: Jeffery or Bastien :: Toll Free 888 361 9555
Havana Tourist Center :: Idelsis :: +53 7 863 9555