Right on one corner of the Port Avenue, facing the Havana harbor and on edge of the historic center stands the hotel Armadores de Santander with its magnificent façade, tall colums, marble stairways, massive doors and windows.
Its architectural motifs and decor evoke the beautiful and maritime Spanish region of Santander.
The hotel comprises three adjoining buildings and features 32 rooms, including three duplexes, a junior suite, and a thoroughly contemporary suite with a whirlpool tub in the center of the bedroom and a four-poster bed.
From many rooms, which are filled with sea breezes, guests can see ships entering and leaving the bay of Havana.
But the best feature of this hotel is the rooftop bar and terrace with its great views of the port. The hotel also features a billiard room and the fine restaurant "Cantabria".
This property is another rescued jewel of Old Havana, re-opened in 2002 after a complete restoration that returned the building to its former glory as a hotel.
Its location is great for visiting the old town since it is at walking distance from everything there is to see, and particularly close from the city's biggest craft market, the rum museum with its charming bar, and the new microbrewery down on the pier.
Recommended for those who like architecture and hotels with character.