The Hotel Terral’s main virtue is undoubtedly its location facing The Malecón (Havana’s beautiful and very lively seaside drive and promenade).
Standing in the belly of a U formed by Havana’s curving coastline, the hotel offers unique views stretching from the Hotel Riviera (Vedado neighborhood) on the west to the Morro Castle on the east. If you are ever bored while inside the hotel, you need only cross the street and sit on the seawall to watch Havana go by or just the waves crashing onto the rocks.
Of a very contemporary minimalist design, the hotel itself is fresh breeze of modernity and comfort that sparkles among the old ruined buildings in this part of Havana. Inside, the Terral conveys the feeling of being on board a cruise ship, as it is basically a steel structure covered with glass and ornamented with black wood trim. There are design details and caprices all over, including light boxes on the walls and in the tables of the lobby, and lamps that attain the status of mobile sculptures, specially made for the hotel.
All 14 rooms have balconies overlooking the sea, or a big terrace in the case of the two Junior Suites. All are spacious and modern, conforming to the classy minimalist theme. Being on a big busy thoroughfare, they can be somewhat noisy, since the windows do not completely seal out the environment.
Hotel staff is friendly and very helpful. Breakfast in the small, cozy restaurant off the lobby is a real pleasure, since the restaurant faces the beautiful blue sea. Everything is fresh and cooked to order, and the bread is delicious.