. With its bedrock layered with Spanish empire treasure, slave-fuelled sugar wealth and a heavy top coating of communism, Havana is simply one of the world’s most exciting, confusing and compelling capitals. It is these attractions that make Havana become a destination for all travelers to explore. However, travelling in Havana is not cheap, especially for accommodation here. As a wise tourist, just follow these below choices which can offer you good service without breaking your budget.
Osmani Hernández’s tasteful renovation was a pioneer among the new generation of Old Havana guesthouses because while preserving the gorgeous tiles, 19th-century architecture, it also brought in decent beds, light fittings and bathrooms for its nine bedrooms.
• Doubles from £18 (bed and breakfast) or £270 for the house (sleeps 18), Calle Habana 106, cvitrales.com
This small colonial is located in a very amazing position– across the road from the Museo dela Revolucion in one of Havana’s most up and coming neighborhoods. The one-floor houses are so outstanding with rough stone wall and timber ceilings, an internal courtyard and roof terraces and a pretty, spacious living area that looks out to the lively street.
• Doubles from £53, Calle Chacón 209, Old Havana, boutiquehotelsincuba.com
NH Capri La Habana
A stone’s throw from the Nacional – the grande dame of Havana hotels – the Capri was the 1955 high-rise creation of the mob, who ruled the city back then. Its rooftop pool featured in the opening sequence of Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1964 propaganda film I Am Cuba. After the revolution its glamour slumped and eventually the government closed it down in 2003. It re-opened in 2014 as a partnership between the state and Spanish chain NH Hoteles. Many of the rooms have amazing views of the Florida Straits and are fresh, simple and contemporary (though decorated with black and white prints of Havana in the 1950s). Other historical flourishes remain in the form of polished granite floors with bronze inlays and original lobby chandeliers. And the rooftop pool is back in business.
• Doubles from £110 (bed and breakfast), Calle 21 between N and O, Vedado, +53 7 839 7200,Nh-hotels.com
If you go traveling with your partner, this penthouse may be the best choice. Basing on the 1950s style, this type of house was designed and owned by a Cuban-British pair who already successfully runs a renovated art deco apartment in gritty Centro Habana. Tropicana is a swan fashioned from an ugly duckling just behind the Hotel Deauville. It has a large roof terrace with a view of the ocean and Havana landmarks including the old Spanish harbor fortress El Morro de la Cabana.
• From £99 per night, sleeps two, Calle Galiano, Centro Habana,tropicanapenthouse.com
This hotel opened in mid-2012 on Havana’s famous esplanade, the Malecón. Behind its steel facade are 14 spacious, sea-facing rooms, two of them junior suites with large roof terraces and fantastic views. The bland marine-themed interiors won’t win any design awards but this was the first significant state opening on the city’s iconic seawall for about 20 years.
• Doubles from £111 B&B, Malecón and corner of Lealtad, Centro Habana, habaguanexhotels.com