The Meson de la Flota is not strictly speaking a hotel but a bar with a few rooms above it which are more than occasionally used, one suspects, by clients of the hostelry who find the prospect of walking a straight line to their more distant accommodation a little too challenging to contemplate.
The establishment is designed around a maritime theme in celebration of Havana’s salty, swashbuckling history and is liberally decorated with signal flags, model ships, barrels, ships’ wheels, lanterns and other seagoing paraphernalia.
There’s a good selection of wines and some excellent tapas at the bar, along with exuberant performances of Cubano-Flamenco music every day.
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shops max 2min walk
Telephone - national & international calls
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Details of Standard Room
There are only 5 rooms at the Meson de la Flota, and if you don’t secure one of the three grand ones just behind the building’s façade it probably isn’t worth braving the incessant racket of round-the-clock flamenco rising from the bar. If you love the music, though, you’ll love the Meson, and even if all that stamping, clapping, strumming, yelping and howling is anathema to you, you might consider the judicious use of earplugs in order to enjoy the high ceilings, comfortable beds with bedspreads charmingly decorated with schooners and seahorses, elegant French doors onto balconies overlooking Calle Mercaderes and shiny white bathrooms where the staff fold the towels into ship-shapes. All of the rooms are twin bedded.
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.