Hostal Valencia is one of the first buildings in Old Havana to have been restored and turned into a guesthouse by the Office of the City Historian.
Also known as “The house of Valencia in Havana” due to its cult of the Valentian traditions and specifically to its paellas, awarded in national and international contests, it was originally the mansion of Governor Sotolongo and dates from the late 18th century.
Location is absolutely ideal to explore Havana since it’s in the very heart of the old town, only a few steps away from Plaza San Francisco de Asís. Its picturesque inner courtyard is full of exuberant vegetation that that gives a great cozy feeling. It is altogether a good spot to rest and refresh oneself with pleasant cocktails while accompanied by live Cuban music.
Rooms are on the first floor, arranged around the courtyard. They are truly lovely, very comfortable and spacious, with massive doors that open onto small balconies overlooking the street or the beautiful patio.
One thing to keep in mind is that its situation on a pedestrian street allows no vehicles. Taxis will drop you some 50 meters around the corner and you will have to drag your suitcases all the way to the entrance.
Breakfast is good, staff very friendly, and there is live music at night. Things like good pressure in the shower and decent working air conditioning could be unsatisfactory in some rooms, some days, but for a couple of nights stay in Havana it’s a fair choice if your expectations are not too high.