Once a magnificent mansion owned by Count Santovenia, the Santa Isabel was established as a hotel back in 1867. It occupies an ideal location, overlooking Plaza de Armas and has been a favourite with the good and the great, including Jimmy Carter, Jack Nicholson, Sting and King Juan Carlos II of Spain.
The hotel has 27 spacious rooms, including Deluxe Suites, all furnished in a 19th century style décor with the original tile flooring and French doors opening out onto a delightful terrace. Santa Isabel has lots of charm and character although it is an antique; hot water occasionally fails to flow, staff can be indifferent and we recommend dining out.
Santa Isabel is a landmark on the corner of the Plaza de Armas of Havana's old town.
- Rooftop terrace
Santa Isabel is a beautiful 19th Century mansion that is close to all the main sites of Havana’s old town and the Malecon for a stroll along the sea wall. It is a lovely base from which to explore the city of Havana.
Why we like it
Santa Isabel is just a bundle of character overlooking the oldest square in Havana. The Castillo de la Real Fuerza that borders the Plaza de Armas is on one side, the Museo de la Ciudad on the other, and the start of the Malecon just behind.