If you’re planning a trip to Cuba, you’ve likely come across the term “Cuban standards” — as in, “it’s OK by Cuban standards” — in your travel research. Because Cuba still deals with supply issues, there may be several aspects of a Cuban getaway that don’t meet the expectations of discerning travelers. With that said, these three Havana hotels deliver nice amenities and plenty of historical charm. Take a look at our top picks for the best boutique hotels in Havana.
For leisure travelers who want to stay in Old Havana, the 96-room Hotel Saratoga is the best luxury option (and it's priced accordingly). The chic rooftop pool with great city views; upscale, stately rooms and plush suites; impressive art; swanky bars; free Wi-Fi (rare for Havana); and air of historic elegance help make this a top pick.
The atmospheric, mid-range Hotel Telegrafo has an excellent central location, parked right at the end of Prado Street and looking toward the Malecon. It’s an ideal spot for sightseeing, and the Telegrafo itself could be counted among the area’s landmarks. It dates back to the 1800s and is famed as the first Havana hotel with telephones. Hints of that history are still on display in the hotel’s courtyard and restaurant. Its 63 rooms are simple but have flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and some have balconies. A few maintenance issues are ongoing, like AC leaks, but these are common throughout Cuba.
This no-frills value hotel in a residential part of Vedado is intimate, with just 30 rooms and few features. It occupies a neocolonial-style home dating to 1940 that once belonged to the wife of Fulgencio Batista, and its large porch with rocking chairs and preservedhistoric details are notable aspects -- though the competitive rates are probably the biggest draw. Rooms are clean, if basic, and up to four guests can fit in a single room. It's a perfectly serviceable option for the price, but leisure visitors should note that there's no pool and Old Havana isn't within walking distance.