Established in 1875, this intimate hotel is Cuba’s longest serving and is designated as a national monument for its architectural as well as its historical importance. It’s perfectly preserved colonial architecture and its Spanish aura make it a must see – whether or not you stay there (don’t miss the lobby’s intricate Andalusian-Moorish tile work). It is in a superb location on the lively Parque Central. Air-conditioned rooms have private bathroom, telephone, safe, radio and satellite TV, minibar, hair dryer, 110 volts. Enjoy special seasonal menus served in the restaurant (with Seville ceramics, palm trees and stained glass) or relax in the excellent piano bar and nightclub. Live Cuban music in the lobby bar. The pavement café is one of the most sociable spots in the city. Other facilities include shops, currency exchange, internet cafe and tourism bureau. At night, the rooftop bar provides a stunning view of the floodlit Gran Teatro and Capitolismo. One of Havana’s most sought after hotels. No pool.