It might look unmistakably neobaroque, but the ornate Centro Gallego was erected as a Galician social club between 1907 and 1914. The...
Gran Teatro de la Habana
'A style without style that in the long run, by symbiosis, by amalgamation, becomes baroquism.' So wrote Cuban novelist and sometime...
Statue of José Martí
Films for kids behind the Hotel Inglaterra. There's another one next to Cine Chaplín on Calles 23 and 12.
This cafe has all the ingredients of a Champs-Élysées classic: a great location in Parque Central, waiters in waistcoats and delicate...
Paseo de Martí No 416 · interesting places nearby
Hotel Inglaterra information
Havana's oldest hotel first opened its doors in 1856 on the site of a popular bar called El Louvre (the hotel's alfresco bar still bears the name). Facing leafy Parque Central, the building exhibits the neoclassical design features in vogue at the time, although the interior decor is distinctly Moorish. At a banquet here in 1879, José Martí made a speech advocating Cuban independence, and much later US journalists covering the Spanish-Cuban-American War stayed at the hotel.
Just behind lies Calle San Rafael , a riot of peso stalls, 1950s department stores and local cinemas, which gives an immediate insight into everyday life in economically challenged Cuba.