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Hotel Armadores de Santander , Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
Armadores de Santander & Muelle Luz (Light Pier) c.1904
Armadores de Santander & Muelle Luz c.1904
Terrace At The Hotel Armadores
Hotel Armadores De Santander Terrace
Armadores de Santander Hotel
Hotel Armadores De Santander
Armadores Hotel Suite
Hotel Armadores De Santander Suite
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About Hotel Armadores de Santander
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The Hotel Armadores de Santander (which means ‘Shipowners of Santander’) overlooks the port of Havana. The building’s façade, with its stone reliefs of the coat of arms of Santander surrounded by maritime motifs, is wonderfully evocative of the city’s seagoing past.

Havana’s entire raison to be, was the excellence of its natural harbour and its strategic position within the Spanish Empire in the Americas. Nowhere is this easier to appreciate than from a balcony of the Armadores de Santander. The building was commissioned by Don José Cabrero Mier, a native of that city. Many important Havana shipowners maintained offices there, notably Don Ramón Herrera y Sancibrián, Count of Mortera, who after beginning his career as a weaver in the Spanish town of Mortera was driven by poverty to emigrate and try his luck in Cuba. Here he became a hugely successful banker and shipowner. During the Cuban Wars of Independence Don Ramón dedicated a part of his fleet to the service of the Spanish crown, for which he was rewarded with his title.

The Hotel Armadores de Santander was restored and is run by the Office of the City Historian of Havana, so all its profits are reinvested in the restoration of the city’s historical centre. Anyone keen on maritime history and the comings and goings of ships will love it. From early morning until late at night boats pass to and fro in front of the hotel and the views of the twinkling harbour lights in the evening, and the rising sun gleaming on the smooth water before the morning breeze gets up, are impossibly romantic.
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Air conditioning
Bar
Billiards / pool table
Car rental desk
Conference halls & rooms
Daily newspapers
Disabled facilities
Elevators / lifts
Gallery
Hotel was recently renovated
International cuisine
Internet on hotel's PCs
Laundry & Ironing Service
Malecon max 5min walk
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Nightclub nearby
Old building restored
Parking
Post office
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Restaurant
Safety - smoke detectors, fire alarms, strobes, extinguishers, sprinklers
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shoe cleaning
Shops max 2min walk
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
Terrace
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Voltage 110/120
Details of Standard Room  
The 30 standard rooms at the Armadores de Santander tend to have a smallish floor area but feel anything but cramped due to the immense height of their ceilings. Many of them have lovely marble balconies overlooking the harbour and original tiled floors. The bathrooms are large with attractive blue and white tiling and wonderfully generous 30s-style basins. A few of the room are split-level with a cosy sitting room below and a bedroom area above next to the original beams of the madly high ceilings. 20 of the rooms are twin bedded and the other 10 have matrimonial beds.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
110 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Balcony (subject to availability)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Disabled facilities
Double bed
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Room service
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
Details of Junior Suite  
The Hotel Armadores de Santander junior suite is graciously welcoming with a well designed seating area, high ceilings and superb views of the harbour. The walls are hung with sepia photographs of Havana’s maritime past and the gleaming bathroom has Jacuzzi.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
110 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Balcony (subject to availability)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Room service
Satellite TV
Telephone
Guide to Old Havana
The heart and soul of Havana is the old town Habana Vieja, declared a Heritage of Mankind Site in 1982 by UNESCO. It was keen to preserve the beauty of its architecture and promote the historical importance of its role within the region.

The following are just some of the interesting places to visit: Plaza de Armas, centred around a statue of the patriot Cespedes and emcompassed by shaded marble benches and second-hand booksellers, is the first public square built in the city. Plaza de la Catedral is perhaps the most beautiful square in the Caribbean which is surrounded by examples of the finest baroque architecture in the country. El Templete, small neoclassical temple which marks the spot where the first Mass was said in 1519. Castillo de la Real Fuerza is one of the oldest forts in the Americas, it holds modern art exhibitions downstairs and the battlements afford good views over the harbour. Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the seat of government and governor's residence was transferred from the fort to the built. The presidential palace and then the municipal palace until Castro seized power it is now Museo de la Ciudad de la Habana. Museo de Arte Colonial, fine palace constructed in 1720, its yellow courtyard and little-altered architectural features are complemented by a large collection of 17th- and 18th-century furniture. Calle Obispo is Old Havana's most important and smartest thoroughfare, pedestrianized with missile heads as bollards.
UK Sales :: Audrey :: +44 20 7498 8555 or 0800 298 9555
USA & Canada Sales :: Jeffery or Bastien :: Toll Free 888 361 9555
Havana Tourist Center :: Idelsis :: +53 7 863 9555
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