If you are looking for a picturesque base in the centre of Old Havana, look no further than Hotel Raquel. This beautiful colonial hotel is not only in the historic centre of the city but also just 5 minutes away from the impressive Malecón seawalk.
Raquel has wonderfully ornate design, from the art nouveau ironwork to the stained glass canopy roof that overlooks the stunning central lobby. There is also a beautiful rooftop terrace where guests can relax & watch life go by in the cobbled streets & squares below.
Unsurprisingly, given its unique architectural features, the Raquel hotel is run by the city historian’s office, with profits going to the cultural restoration of the area. Hotel Raquel also has great modern facilities with a bar, snack bar, restaurant & fitness centre. These communal areas are also beautifully decorated & run by very helpful staff.
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
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
The high ceilings of the 21 standard rooms echo the hotel’s colonial past, with some also having balconies. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms as well as large beds, satellite tv, mini bar/fridge, safe & telephone. There are 19 twin rooms & 2 double rooms, while interconnecting rooms are also available for groups. The other 19 are twin bedded. There are 16 rooms with balcony & 6 rooms without windows.
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.