The Hotel Florida stands on Calle Obispo, Old Havana’s liveliest street, currently being restored by the Office of the City Historian of Havana as the district’s principal shopping area, a distinction it held during the nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries.
The Florida opened in 1885 and swiftly became renowned as one of the city’s better hotels. Its ground floor courtyard has a sliding glass roof, which is a great boon during the rainy season, and the Florida is one of the few places in the city where you can relax, eat and drink without the interminable strains of ‘Guantanamera’ whining in the background like a musical mosquito. The building is elegant, light and airy and the rooms are very comfortable.
The Hotel Florida 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.
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Safety - smoke detectors, fire alarms, strobes, extinguishers, sprinklers
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Shops max 2min walk
Telephone - national & international calls
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Details of Standard Room
Hotel Florida has 25 rooms with vintage furnishings & facilities including ensuite bathrooms (with beautiful marble-lined baths), satellite TV, mini-bar & safe-deposit boxes. A number of rooms also have traditional French doors opening onto balconies so you can relax & enjoy the sights & sounds of Habana Vieja.
The suites are even more luxurious than the standard rooms, with the large kingsize bed dwarfed by the impressively spacious bedroom. Relax on the sofa while watching TV in the sitting room or wander out onto the separate balconies to breathe in the atmosphere on balmy Cuban nights.
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.