Hostal San Miguel is housed in a splendid colonial mansion from the 19th century which used to belong to Antonio San Miguel y Segalá, a Spanish journalist, politician and business man, who arrived in Cuba in 1869.
Completely and beautifully restored by the Office of the City Historian, San Miguel is today a cozy intimate boutique hotel of only 10 rooms, with a great location in Old Havana and a wonderful terrace on the top floor which is the main attraction of the place and invites one to enjoy the sea breezes and the stunning views of the harbor and Havana’s fortresses: El Morro & San Carlos de la Cabaña.
San Miguel’s interior areas are outstanding too, starting with the wide marble staircase with wrought iron banisters which gives such a grandiose air, the Carrara-marble floors, rescued stained glass and intricate plaster carvings. The décor and furniture are also antique in keeping with the architecture, and there are photo reproductions from the mid nineteenth century embellishing the walls.
Rooms are of good size, stylish and quiet. Some offer balconies and views of the bay.
Most reviews from past guests agree that the staff of this little hotel is especially attentive, helpful, and polite, and that breakfast is pretty adequate.
Internet is available at the bar(where there is a PC) by buying a 30minute/3CUC card (connection is normally not very fast in Cuba).
One important note about the hotel’s location: San Miguel is within walking distance to all tourist sites, but not in the middle of the main hustle and bustle, which can be great for those who prefer more quietness. Palacio de la Artesanía (Craftsmanship Palace), another restored colonial building with 3 stories of little shops to buy crafts and souvenirs, cafés and traditional music bands playing in the central courtyard, are right across the street.