Hotel in the Historic Center operated by the Office of the City Historian.
In 1732, Don Gabriel Beltrán de Santa Cruz contracted the building of a house in the Old Square, to be home to the Counts of Jaruco, but passed away during the early stages of the work. His widow, Doña Antonia Aranda y Avellaneda, daughter of the Governor of the San Salvador de la Punta Fortress, expanded the project requesting that a smaller scale likeness of the main house be built in the courtyard, known henceforth as the "The Little House ", finished in 1739.
With the course of time it was inhabited by families and prominent figures of Havana’s society such as: Pedro Beltrán de Santa Cruz, Count of San Juan de Jaruco; Josefa Catalina de Santa Cruz, sister of the Marquise of Cárdenas de Monte Hermoso; the Family of the Marquis de Casa Peñalver, among others.
The most distinguished personalities that visited the city were lavished and hosted here, amongst them: The Baron Alexander von Humboldt, the eminent German scientist, and three French princes: the Count of Beaujolais, and the Dukes of Montpensier and Orleans; the latter was afterwards crowned as King Louis Philippe of France.
Today, the Beltrán de Santa Cruz is a full of charm hotel ,very intimate and in a great location (only a few steps away from Plaza Vieja, one of the most beautiful and full of life squares of the city).
"The little house" was completely renovated by the office of the City Historian but without suffering major transformations, maintaining its original structure and colonial air. Its typical Spanish inner patio is the main gathering place for guests, starting in the mornings with breakfast which is, let us say, quite correct and consisting of: choice of eggs, bread, fruit and coffee.
Rooms are large and beautiful. They feature a colonial décor and stylish furniture but most of them have no windows or views and, be aware, the narrow-steep stairs up to the second floor rooms is not suitable for people with even mild mobility difficulties. There are rooms on the ground floor that are accessible for wheel chairs.
Standards overlook the inner courtyard while the 2 Junior Suites offer balconies to San Ignacio Street, in the very heart of Havana so expect some noise...liveness is part of the charm of the old town after all.
Internet access (no WiFi) in the lobby. There are computers available and internet cards for sale.
All in all a very charismatic child-friendly hotel with an excellent location that makes it ideal for spending a night or two in Havana.