Hotel Inglaterra opened its doors in 1875 and was declared National Monument in 1981 for its historical values. It is considered the oldest hotel in Cuba that still stands as such.
Being located in one of the busiest corners of Havana, next to the Gran Teatro, facing the Central Park, and a few steps from the Capitol, its location is perfect for exploring the city.
Its beautiful neoclassical façade contrasts with its interior decor, featuring beautiful stained-glass windows, colorful mosaics, Spanish heraldic symbols, window grills, candelabras and intricately worked ceilings.
The extravagantly decorated lobby has a bar and a restaurant that whisk you off to Morocco with their arabesque archways and green, blue and gold tiles. In the main bar there is a sensuous bronze statue of a Spanish dancer - La Sevillana- which gives its name to the bar.
Rooms are spread over three floors and are comfortable and basic. Some have balconies overlooking the Central Park, or the boulevard, ideal if you want to see and hear the hustle and bustle of the city. Others are indoors, more suitable if you need a good rest. The rooms all have different dimensions.
One of the hotel’s best features is undoubtedly the wonderful roof top terrace, with sun loungers, a bar, live music at night and fantastic views of Central Park.
The Cafe del Louvre, outside the hotel, was known in colonial days as the Acera del Louvre, a gathering place for bohemian society and for rebels against Spanish rule. A plaque at the hotel entrance honors the "Lads of the Louvre Sidewalk" who died for Cuban independence.
Today, just as lively, it always has traditional music groups playing, and tourists enjoying the entertainment and cocktails.
In short, a historic hotel in an old beautiful charming building, in the heart of the City of Havana.