Hotel San Miguel is housed in a splendid colonial mansion from the 19th century which belonged to Antonio San Miguel y Segalá, a journalist, politician and businessman, who bought it to live there with his family at the beginning of the 20th century.
It is a cozy intimate hotel of only 10 rooms, with a great location in Old Havana, a beautiful stonework facade and a wonderful terrace on the top floor that invites you to enjoy the sea breeze and the stunning views of the harbor and Havana’s fortresses: El Morro and San Carlos de la Cabaña.
The hotel interior areas are outstanding too, starting with the wide marble staircase with wrought iron banisters which gives grandeur to the reception , the marble floors, the original stained glass windows. The décor and furniture are also antique being in harmony with the architecture, and there are reproductions of photos from the mid nineteenth century embellishing the walls.
Rooms are of good size, stylish and quiet. Some offer balconies and views of the bay.
Customer comments agree that the staff at this small hotel is especially attentive, helpful, and polite, and that breakfast is pretty adequate.
The location of the San Miguel is privileged, within walking distance to all sites of interest in the historic center: La Bodeguita del Medio, the former Presidential Palace, now the Museum of the Revolution, the plaza Vieja (Old Square), the National Capitol.
Next to the hotel there is also El Palacio de la Artesanía (Craftsmanship Palace), another restored colonial building, with little shops to buy crafts and souvenirs, have a cup of coffee or enjoy traditional music bands playing in the central courtyard.