Guest Rating: 5 (based on 5 reviews)
Address: Baratillo St. number 9 between Obispo and Narciso Lopez Sts., Arm Square. Old Havana
Telephone: (537) 860 8201
Fax: (537) 860 8391, EMail: send mail to hotel
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|Palatial in magnitude and elegance, the Santa Isabel enjoys what is perhaps the most privileged location of all hotels in the area: facing the charming Plaza de Armas (a cobbled square flanked by colonial-era constructions, museums and restaurants), the long, three-storey property is literally in the very heart of Old Havana, close to the sightseeing beat’s most interesting sites.
The colonial grandeur of the façade is well matched by the large, air-conditioned lobby, where crystal chandeliers, ostentatious upholstered sofas, and period furnishings take one back to the time the property was owned by the Count of Santovenia, a member of 19th century Cuban nobility. A less formal and more relaxed atmosphere is found in the shady Spanish-styled courtyard which adjoins the lobby, where one can enjoy a fine cocktail or quiet read at one of the tables surrounding the central fountain.
Off the lobby is the Condado, a posh restaurant appointed with antique furnishings that extends the general mood of elegance found elsewhere in the hotel.
In addition to affording a spectacular view of the Plaza, the hotel rooftop is a place of some historical significance: in 1830, the Count arranged for a hot-air balloon, carrying a flower-decked basket, to lift off from here, in honour of princess María Isabel Luisa. Though some efforts have reportedly been devoted to re-staging this spectacle as part of the hotel’s entertainment offer, guests will have to content themselves with the magnificent vista, refreshing breezes and recorded music for the time being.
Accommodations at the Santa Isabel have the colonial charm found at several other Habaguanex hotels. The long terrace overlooking the Plaza, shared by west-facing rooms, is doubtless one of their most attractive features. The hotel suite has also known a number of famous guests, including ex-US President Jimmy Carter, Jack Nicholson and Sting.
The Santa Isabel is the kind of formal, high-class establishment that might not suit all tastes or wallets. For those who can afford this rather pricy establishment, the hotel has plenty of history, colonial appeal and an unparalleled location to offer.
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Hotel Santa Isabel
ADDED VALUES HONEYMOON OFFER
Standard roomFrom October 2, 2012 to October 31, 2013
- Romantic Dinner in the hotel
- A bottle of wine or cava
- Upgrade to Suite or Junior Suite (upon availability)
- Honeymoon breakfast
- Late check out free (upon availability)
- Daily turndown service
- Private check in
- Welcome cocktail
- 10% discount at Habaguanex Old Havana Restaurants
- Free entrance to authorized Museums
- Free safe deposit box service
- Opus Havana Magazine
- Free Old Havana map
- 15% discount in your hotel restaurant
Valid for 3-night or longer stays. Valid for couples presenting proof of recent wedding upon check-in less than 6 months prior to arrival.
Super savings for summer season!
Standard room from: €84From May 1, 2013 to July 15, 2013
From August 21, 2013 to October 31, 2013
*Advertised rates are based on single occupancy
Hotel Santa Isabel Details
Number of Rooms: 27|
Distance to Airport: 25 km
Meal Plan: Room & Breakfast
General Hotel Facilities
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Hotel Santa Isabel Room & Rates
Standard Room... from €84
Standard rooms at the Santa Isabel have been tastefully appointed and decorated to offer an authentic colonial feel (the accommodations have original tile flooring, French doors opening onto a spacious terrace, wrought-iron beds and faux period furnishings). Ten west-facing rooms share the hotel’s long terrace, divided into generous sections by planters, which overlooks the Plaza de Armas and makes for a supremely relaxing spot from where to gaze at the lovely environs in the company of a cocktail or book. Four rooms face neighboring buildings on the east end of Obispo and should probably be avoided by anyone interested in a view, which is afforded by one room with a window facing the bay and port area.
Junior Suite Room... from €130
The hotel’s nine junior suites have the same interior design as the standards but offer extra space (a spacious seating area). All face Plaza de Armas and come equipped with Internet service.
Suite Room... from €221
A popular room with visiting VIPs (to date, actor Jack Nicholson, performer The Artist Formerly Known as Sting and ex U.S. President Jimmy Carter have stayed here), the hotel suite adds space to the already splendid mix found in the junior suites.
Hotel Santa Isabel Location
|Facing the lovely Plaza de Armas, the Santa Isabel stands at one of the nerve centers of Old Havana’s sightseeing beat. The hotel is also a block away from Avenida del Puerto, next to the water, a pleasant walk away from the seawall and taxi-ride away from Vedado.|
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Old Havana Restaurant: La Mina|
Description: Bar Restaurant La Mina is hard to miss for anyone visiting Havana due to its size and prominent location on the city’s oldest Square Plaza de Armas. Food-wise it is hard to get excited about La Mina but the terrace is great for those of us who like to watch people while sipping on a Mojito.
Speciality: Cuban Food
Hours: Daily: 12 noon - 12:00 Midnight
Old Havana Restaurant: El Condado|
Description: Reportedly one of Havana’s finest, this elegant restaurant feels like the mansion’s original dining room. Divided into two sections or salones (the blue and less formal pink halls), the Condado serves a la carte criollo and international dishes. A trio enlivens the atmosphere with Cuban music until around 6 p.m.
Speciality: International Food
Hours: Breakfast: 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Old Havana Restaurant: El Templete|
Description: El Templete reopened its doors 4 years ago as an upscale seafood restaurant where the Spanish chef Carlos Castillo runs the kitchen. El templete is named after the nearby historic attraction El Templete where in December 1519 San Cristobal de la Habana was founded. This seafood restaurant is one of the better restaurants in Havana.
Speciality: Fish and Seafood
Hours: Daily between 12 noon and 12 midnight
Old Havana Restaurant: Santovenia Lobby Bar|
Description: A pleasant and typical Spanish-styled open-air courtyard adorned with a central fountain and tropical planters, the Santovenia offers a wide range of Cuban cocktails and light snacks.
Speciality: Light Meals
Hours: 24 hours
Old Havana Restaurant: El Globo Bar|
Description: Invoking the hot-air-balloon spectacle staged by the Count of Santovenia on the property’s rooftop, this bar is located on the hotel portico and is a truly pleasant spot whence to watch the goings-on of the cobbled plaza and savor a specialty cocktail. A less formal establishment than the Condado, the Globo offers more economic Cuban cuisine and snacks.
Speciality: Cuban Food, Light Meals
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Old Havana Restaurant: El Cañonazo Bar|
Description: Located on the hotel rooftop, this discrete bar has a wonderful view of the hotel’s picturesque surroundings and the bay area. A grill offers criollo barbecued meals.
Speciality: Light Meals
Hours: 12:00 – 11:00 p.m.
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