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Hotel El Comendador , Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
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This comfortable little hotel, which shares some facilities with the adjoining Hostal Valencia, is housed in an eighteenth century building which belonged to the family of Don Pedro Regalado Pedroso y Zayas, who was a ‘Comendador de la Orden de Isabel la Católica’. The Hostal Valencia has become so popular that it is often frustratingly fully booked, but the Comendador is, if anything, even better, and certainly quieter, although it is slightly more expensive.

The rooms are very comfortable indeed, and unlike the Valencia they have air conditioning – indispensable in the summer months. Highly recommended, whether you choose a high-ceilinged room on the upper floor or a more cosy one on the mezzanine. The right-hand back room on the top floor has a charming view of the Diana, Princess of Wales Garden and the ships coming and going in the harbour. The tapas bar on the ground floor is excellent and is much frequented by European residents of Havana.

The Comendador was restored and is now run by the Office of the City Historian of Havana, so all its profits are reinvested in the restoration of the city’s historical centre.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
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Air conditioning
Car rental desk
Hotel was recently renovated
International cuisine
Internet on hotel's PCs
Malecon max 5min walk
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Nightclub nearby
Old building restored
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Restaurant
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shoe cleaning
Shops max 2min walk
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Voltage 110/120
Details of Standard Room  
There are two types of standard room at the Hotel Comendador – high ceilinged ones on the upper floor and lower ceilinged ones on the mezzanine. The high ceilinged ones are very attractive – as we mention in our introduction, Room 14 has a particularly good view over the ‘Garden of Diana, Princess of Wales’ to the harbour – with ‘Havana blue’ ceilings, attractive Colonial style furniture, old prints on the walls and baths with lion’s claw feet. The mezzanine rooms, although less spacious in terms of ceiling height, are also delightful with their decorative iron beds and little casement windows within larger shutters opening to the street, and similarly decorated bathrooms. Many clients favour the mezzanine rooms as being cosier and more welcoming than the grander option upstairs. 4 of the rooms have matrimonial bed. The other 6 are twin bedded.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
110 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Balcony (subject to availability)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Double bed
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
Details of Junior Suite  
There is not an awful lot of difference between the high-ceilinged standard rooms at the Comendador and the hotel’s 4 junior suites. The latter are the same as regards basic characteristics (see below) but have the additional advantage of a small ante-room for visitors. The seating is exceedingly formal in style, though: lounging about seems inappropriate in these straight-backed Castillian-style chairs. One almost feels one should be clad in doublet and hose or ruffs and farthingales to sit on them.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
110 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Balcony (subject to availability)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Telephone
Guide to Old Havana
The heart and soul of Havana is the old town Habana Vieja, declared a Heritage of Mankind Site in 1982 by UNESCO. It was keen to preserve the beauty of its architecture and promote the historical importance of its role within the region.

The following are just some of the interesting places to visit: Plaza de Armas, centred around a statue of the patriot Cespedes and emcompassed by shaded marble benches and second-hand booksellers, is the first public square built in the city. Plaza de la Catedral is perhaps the most beautiful square in the Caribbean which is surrounded by examples of the finest baroque architecture in the country. El Templete, small neoclassical temple which marks the spot where the first Mass was said in 1519. Castillo de la Real Fuerza is one of the oldest forts in the Americas, it holds modern art exhibitions downstairs and the battlements afford good views over the harbour. Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the seat of government and governor's residence was transferred from the fort to the built. The presidential palace and then the municipal palace until Castro seized power it is now Museo de la Ciudad de la Habana. Museo de Arte Colonial, fine palace constructed in 1720, its yellow courtyard and little-altered architectural features are complemented by a large collection of 17th- and 18th-century furniture. Calle Obispo is Old Havana's most important and smartest thoroughfare, pedestrianized with missile heads as bollards.
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