Guest Rating: 5 (based on 14 reviews)
Address: Calle Amargura, No. 103 esq. a San Ignacio, Havana Vieja
Telephone: (537) 860 8280
Fax: (537) 860 8275, EMail: send mail to hotel
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|A shaft of honey golden light shines through the dome into the lobby of Hotel Raquel, illuminating the fine furnishings and guests down below. The light is just the beginning of what distinguishes the Raquel.
This hotel has some unlikely (as well as unbelievable, once you see the gorgeous interior) origins: it was built in 1908 as a storage warehouse for textiles. Taking in the soaring marble columns and intricate stained-glass "mampara´s"(folding screens) throughout the lobby, it’s hard to imagine this as a warehouse. Just a brief look around reveals the poignant reference to Jewish culture throughout the Raquel, underscored by paintings with biblical themes by contemporary Cuban artists. The elegant restaurant here serves typical Jewish cuisine.
Guests at the Raquel are treated like family, something Cubans are known for and which staff take seriously, says the hotel representative who tells the story of a guest who fell asleep on a lobby couch. ¨Then, we very carefully removed his shoes and placed them neatly together under the sofa¨. She explains that in the hotel’s 10 year retained almost all the original staff. ¨It's our house, our home¨ she says.
The final stop in the wrought iron elevator’s trajectory is the roof, with a picturesque dome where honeymooning couples can enjoy a romantic dinner; it’s also a great spot to enjoy a drink or just to look out over the city.
Hotel Raquel Details
Number of Rooms: 25|
Meal Plan: Room & Breakfast
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Hotel Raquel Room & Rates
Standard Room... from US$189
Hotel Raquel offers 25 comfortable rooms spread over three floors around a central atrium. The 21 standard rooms are as tastefully decorated as the entire hotel, with wood and wrought iron furniture and beautiful fabrics recalling its days as a textile warehouse. Not all have a view.
Junior Suite Room... from US$257
Of its 25 comfortable rooms spread over three floors around a central atrium, four are junior suites. They’re bigger than the standard rooms and have either a balcony or terrace. Each is tastefully outfitted with wood and wrought iron furniture and beautiful fabrics reminiscent of the days when it was a textile warehouse.
Hotel Raquel Location
|Raquel Hotel is located on the corner of a quiet street and nearly triangulates with two photogenic squares in the old city: Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza Vieja. Many interesting sights and gastronomic and cultural sites are easy to reach on foot.|
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Old Havana Restaurant: El Jardín del Edén|
Description: Carved out of the supremely elegant lobby by stylish partitions, this sumptuously furnished eatery is a bit pricy, but the regal ambience will surely seem worth it to some. The a-la-carte international cuisine includes Jewish dishes (though no kosher options). A music trio occasionally plays traditional Cuban music.
Speciality: Arab Food, International Food
Hours: Breakfast: 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Havana Restaurant: Vuelta Abajo|
Description: Located on the ground floor of the Conde de Villanueva hotel this place has been decorated with Cuban paitings from famous contemporary painters.
Speciality: International Food
Hours: 07:00 - 23:00 hrs.
Old Havana Restaurant: Lejaim Bar|
Description: Table seating below the lobby's breathtaking atrium and skylight is available at this well-appointed bar, where musicians are known to perform traditional Cuban and classical music. An open-bar option is offered Wednesday evenings.
Speciality: Light Meals
Hours: 24 hours
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