Hotel San Miguel
Lonely Planet review
This often overlooked Habaguanex beauty on the edge of the Old Town has a more elegant, fin de siècle feel than the city's traditional colonial digs. Its ten room capacity puts it firmly in the boutique bracket while its prime location next to the harbor offers priceless sea views.
Characterized by its high ceilings, Carrera marble floors, and sepia-toned pre-revolutionary photos, the San Miguel's 10 individually crafted rooms hark back to the glories of belle-époque Europe. This elegant decor sets it apart from Habaguanex's other 'colonial' hotels and, with a little imagination you can dream you've been transported Proustian-fashion back to Enlightenment-era Paris. Cuba reasserts itself on the rooftop where the harbor-facing Sevillana Terrace frames a quintessential Havana view: the famous Morro castle and its blinking lighthouse engaged in a 400-year-old battle with the wild Atlantic breakers. The hotel is strategically positioned for the full cornucopia of Habana's Vieja's historical sights and the handy new Habana Bus Tour stops almost directly outside the front door.