El Comendador is a small and charismatic hotel located in the very heart of the historical center of Old Havana, very near Plaza San Francisco de Asís and Plaza de Armas, but on a quiet street.
The property, that belonged during the XIX century to the family of Don Pedro Regalado Pedroso y Zayas, "Comendador de la Orden de Isabel La Católica", was erected in the XVIII and XIX centuries and was subjected to numerous changes until 1864, when following the addition of the mezzanine, it acquired a similar appearance to the one that distinguishes it today.
Exceptional for the intimacy and silence offered by the environment of its interior spaces this hotel, of a marked Mudéjar (Spanish-Moorish) influence, is old and beautiful featuring large wooden doors, sober furniture, with both simple renaissance elements and original pieces of Cuban heritage that grant a peculiar and charming feel to it.
El Comendador consists of an attractive lobby, a popular restaurant that offers paellas, and three floors of blue shuttered rooms set around a central atrium which is filled with vegetation.
Access to the rooms is through narrow staircases and balconies that overlook the courtyard. There are no luxuries in them, but they are spacious, with lovely furniture, metal bed frames, comfortable mattresses and bathrooms that combine old style tubs with modern shower heads. The Standard ones have low ceiling beams but the ones on the superior floors boast beautiful high ceilings (important info if you are over 6 feet / 1.80m tall).
Breakfast is not very popular among guests, but you can always skip it and explore Plaza San Francisco or even Plaza Vieja for other options.