A very attractive four-storey early twentieth century building, restored and reopened in 1991, well located for sightseeing in Old Havana and Centro Havana, and particularly for visiting the Capitolio, the Museo de Bellas Artes, the Gran Teatro de La Habana and the Museo de la Revolución.
The Plaza is a rather curious triangular building, but its lobby and bar with a central fountain and lots of singing birds are very atmospheric and the roof terrace has excellent views of the area, particularly of the Bacardi Building.
Although most staff are professional and friendly, sadly the same can not be said over the last years of the doormen and security guards. The later are infamous for being unnecessarily scary and plain rude. But please be reassured this is not typical of any other hotel in Cuba.
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)
Details of Standard Room
The Plaza’s standard rooms are of varying sizes but they are all very pleasant with cream-coloured walls, terracotta tiled floors and wooden furniture. They walls are hung with prints - often very good woodcuts – by local artists. The beds and wooden chairs with rush seats are comfortable and some rooms have colonial style rocking chairs. The bathrooms are tiled in gleaming white from floor to ceiling and are very clean. The windows have wooden shutters which can be closed against the sun during the hottest part of the day. The rooms facing outwards to the street, rather than into the courtyard, are the most spacious.
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.