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We booked Havana because we wanted individuality. Havana has that. It is quirky and stylish and fun. A welcoming staff and its own parking lot are undoubted ticks. This isn't for the traveller who wants corporate uniformity. The rooms are quirky and designed to reflect the age and history of the property. Rooms have a remarkably well stocked big orange fridge full of goodies to buy. The hotel also has a conservatory style restaurant overlooking the river walk. Food is fine. Havana is to the north of the city centre but within easy walking distance of the Alamo etc and the superb river walk. A downside? The hotel is a fair distance away from other eateries etc.
There is a lot to like here if you prefer a small hotel with a historic feel, or lots of character. But nearby construction made me feel like I woke up in a blender. All. Day. Long. Not pleasant for a weekend getaway even for this history buff. Moreover, even though the staff was pleasant there was no visible effort to make up for the noise and inconvenience caused by the construction. This was a missed opportunity, as it looks the construction has a long way to go before it is complete. A little ‘pardon the inconvenience’ gift bag with cold water or a bottle of wine and a couple of chocolate chip cookies would have gone a long way toward making up for the bad feeling. Sorry but I cannot recommend.
I have to start by thanking April (front desk) and Sean (food and beverage manager) and all the staff at the Hotel Havana for helping to make my son's wedding weekend truly exceptional. Family and friends filled all 27 rooms for the weekend and the wedding reception and Sunday morning brunch catered by Ocho, the hotel's restaurant was excellent. From the moment we walked into this lovely historical property we felt as if we had been transported to another place and time. The hotel is old world charm and absolutely beautiful! My husband and I stayed in one of the Havana King rooms on the 3rd floor (room 31). The king size bed is super comfy, the old fashioned shutters, distressed furniture, and robes for guests to wear add warmth and character to an already charming room. You will not find a coffee machine or microwave in the room which can be an inconvenience if you want a cup of coffee in your room as soon as you wake up. But, I can see why the hotel would not provide these modern conveniences as this is not your typical conventional hotel experience. However, in the lobby you will find fresh coffee or you can enjoy a delicious breakfast at Ocho or have it delivered to your room. What you will find is an old fashioned SMEG refrigerator filled with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that you can buy if you wish. In the evenings, you can relax with a drink at the Havana Bar or sit outside in the lovely patio. Overall, this has to be one of the most beautiful properties I have ever stayed at. I encourage anyone traveling to San Antonio to experience the charm and hospitality of this historical property at least once in their travels.
This 105 year old former private hotel allows one to not only step back in time, but escape the heat of San Antonio with probably four foot think stone and mortar walls, and a basement bar that seems to be even 10 degrees cooler than your air conditioned room. The service is impeccable from the front desk, to the Ocho Restaurant with spicy Cuban Fusion Foods, to the Bar with Eric mixing great summer cocktails from a bygone era. The rooms are majestic with sold wood floors and very sound proof. A front and rear balcony on each floor to be shared by guests adds to the experience. Avoid the chain hotels and search out this gem on your next trip to San Antonio (and directly on the Riverwalk!)
This place is really unique and is as close you will get to Cuba. After visiting Cuba several years ago we could not wait to visit this Hotel. It had a nice feel in the rooms to the restaurant. We love being at this hotel. The breakfast food was yummy. My hubby enjoyed the coffee.
We picked this hotel for our long weekend in San Antonio because we didn’t want the typical convention hotel experience of the big chains. A few days before our trip, I suffered a bad ankle sprain which left me unable to bear any weight on that foot. I contacted the hotel to check on the accessibility of the room, concerned that a small boutique hotel might not have the facilities that a large chain hotel would have for persons with disabilities. They were very helpful & accommodating, providing a brand new shower chair for the bathtub in our room. I traveled with a knee walker/scooter as well as crutches for backup in the event I needed to go up a step or two, but found that I could access all facilities in the hotel with the knee scooter, including our queen room and its bathroom. I could access the big covered front porch from the lobby, where I enjoyed sitting as a thunderstorm rolled through. There are steps at the main entrance, but a chairlift at the side entrance brought me to the main level. Our room was on the first floor, but we could have easily accessed the upper floors with the elevator. The hotel is lovely and beautifully decorated. The restaurant Ocho was excellent—we ate there 3 times. It can be accessed from the street level without any steps. Everyone was extremely kind and accommodating, from the front desk staff to the restaurant waiters. HC access to the Riverwalk was just across the street to the east, via the plaza at the Tobin Center. We were able to walk/roll to the Pearl complex from the hotel. We had a wonderful time in San Antonio in spite of my injury.
We didn’t stay overnight, just visited the bar. It has a really cool vibe - dark with lots of red votive candles everywhere. It’s a great place to chill, have a drink with friends or a date. The bartenders were very friendly.
Fun hotel on the River Walk. Walking distance to everything downtown. Access busy tourist area or stroll to the Pearl District. Older hotel with character, not for those who want sterile cookie cutter rooms. Clean. Staff was fantastic. On-site, self parking. A little tight for our full-size truck. Ocho restaurant also charming, good food and drinks.
We absolutely loved Hotel Havana, and our 3 night stay there. Eight of us met there from different areas in the US to celebrate our dear friend who passed one year ago. It was a lovely weekend of love, friendship, and honoring a person who we all miss so much. Hotel Havana made our stay so fantastic, and we are forever grateful for their compassion, and support. Rudy was absolutely wonderful to work with, and was very understanding when we were often making too much noise. He was just so kind and welcoming to the eight of us, and we are truly grateful to him, and his kind heart. It was a lovely weekend, and when we return again, we will absolutely stay at Hotel Havana. We loved the rooms and the entire warm atmosphere there. It is right on the Riverwalk, and a great location. Make sure you also go downstairs to the Havana Bar. Robbie is the bartender, and an absolute delight. Has to be the best bartender in San Antonio, for sure. Super fun, personable, welcoming, and makes a fabulous drink. Make sure you ask for his “Texas Tradition” which is his own creation. We will really miss Rudy and Robbie and their kind hearts. Thank you to Hotel Havana for making our celebration for our dear friend so special.
While the hotel is quite beautiful and has a true old world charm, we had some significant problems. Our room shared a wall with the restaurant and we were awakened at 12:30 AM to a VERY loud party on the other side of the wall,. It went on for over an hour. I was forced to go out to the desk in my nightgown and beg for ear plugs. I asked the person at the desk to ask the restaurant staff to get things quieter but showed no concern. It was horrible. We paid big bucks for this room. The staff the next morning was gracious and took 20% off of our bill, which I appreciated, but that was not enough. Would NOT stay here again. Also the lighting was awful and there were no reading lights or luggage racks....weird. The location is good but not worth the huge bill.
Located in Downtown San Antonio, Hotel Havana is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as San Antonio Majestic Theater and River Walk. This 27-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and free in-room WiFi.
Enjoy the garden views at Ocho, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM.
All 27 individually decorated rooms provide iPod docks, full-sized refrigerators/freezers, and minibars. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Other amenities include free newspapers, free local calls, and safes.
Hotel Havana features free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and express check-in. Self parking is available for USD 17 per night. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with luggage storage, tours or tickets, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include express check-out, free newspapers, and a terrace.