Hotel Mesón de la Flota has the looks of a Spanish Tavern, or better, of the inns of yore where sailors that traveled aboard the legendary Galleons Fleet gathered during their stays in the port of Havana.
Being so close to Havana’s harbor, one of the most important of the Americas in the 18th and 19th century, there’s a big chance that ship’s crews stayed here or in similar inns in this area. The Office of the City Historian wanted to pay tribute to this part of Havana’s history and there’s a nautical flavor all around it.
Its main advantage: its location, on one of the most beautiful pedestrian streets of the Old Town, only steps away from two of its prettiest squares: Plaza Vieja and Plaza San Francisco de Asís, and very near to most interesting sites in the historical center.
The ground floor is a restaurant and tapas bar including a tablao flamenco that features live performances every night, and sometimes around lunch time too. It means there is music, foot-stomping, the characteristic clapping, hustle and bustle from around 8 to 11pm every night. This, of course, can be a pro or a con depending on the guest: If a light sleeper, or if someones who likes to go to bed early, not the right place. But if the the party hours fit your schedule or if you are someone who likes intimate hotels with not many rooms, centrally located and with lots of charm, you will really like it here.
The 5 guest rooms are upstairs, arranged around the inner courtyard where the restaurant and stage are. They are large, beautifully decorated and offering balconies, a flat screen TV, a desk and a minibar.