Havana, the most important tourist destination in the Cuban archipelago, provides a large number of places and facilities for tourism, including a wide variety of options.
The tourist offers located in the historical center of the city, invite tourists to enjoy almost five centuries of rich colonial architecture, customs and traditions in its 4.5 square kilometers.
It is important to mention that Havana’s historical center preserves a unique collection of castles, fortresses and buildings of high patrimonial value which were built around a system of squares mixed with monasteries and temples.
This city, regarded centuries ago as the Defense City of the West Indies and the Key to the New World, currently represents a living museum of the most diverse construction styles that portray the its different development stages.
Declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as World Heritage, Havana comprises many of the museums, churches, cultural centers and buildings constructed during the colonial times, including about 33,000 that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
The company Habaguanex S.A., founded in 1994, is in charge of the tourist activity in the area with 20 hotels, 38 restaurants, cafeterias and bars; as well as the children’s park La Maestranza, among other facilities.
A new hotel will be added to the company’s portfolio bearing the suggestive name of El Terral, a reference to a nocturnal sea wind.
This new facility has 14 rooms and is included in the strategy to open small hotels, with very personalized services, in the old areas of the city.
The emergence of this type of facility, next to hotel giants with hundreds of rooms, aims at rescuing an ancient tradition from times when this type of hotel met the lodging needs in big cities.
Those seeking adventures through the webs of streets and alleys in Old Havana can find small hotels where, behind a façade that seems to have stopped in time, visitors can enjoy all the comforts of modern tourism.
Although these facilities have many common features, each of them holds unique characteristics aimed at specific tourist groups.
An example of the above is Tejadillo (32 rooms), a facility that joins three big hoses from the 18th, 19th and the 20th centuries, where 17 rooms are fitted out with a kitchen for those who prefer to cook their own meals.
Cuban cigar lovers may enjoy an excellent place at Conde de Villanueva, the mansion that belonged to the illustrious nobleman, while El Mesón de la Flota is a reminder of the Cuban position as the key to the gulf during colonial times.