In Cubaism’s opinion, the Hotel Conde de Villanueva runs a very close second to the Hotel Santa Isabel and indeed some of our clients prefer it for its quieter location. The building is the pretty little mansion of Claudio Martínez de Pinillos, Count of Villanueva, the leader of Cuban Creole society in the nineteenth century. It was restored and is now 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.
The Hotel Conde de Villanueva has been designed for the special enjoyment of cigar smokers - each of the rooms is named after a famous Cuban tobacco plantation, and the very best cigar shop in the city is tucked away secretly in the mezzanine floor of the hotel. Passionate aficionados can even rent their own personal humidor there, rather like a vault in a Swiss bank. However, you don’t have to be a smoker to enjoy the colonial courtyard full of flowers and mahogany rocking chairs, and the fact that the hotel only has nine rooms causes our more discerning clients to book the whole place for themselves and their friends when they come to Havana for special parties.
The Hotel Conde de Villanueva is on the corner of Mercaderes and Lamparilla streets in Old Havana, about 2 minutes’ walk from all the most important places to visit in the historical centre.
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)
Keterangan berkenaan Standard Room bilik
Standard rooms at the Conde de Villanueva are very pleasant with the same elegant furnishing style as the suite and junior suite. Whilst the rooms are less spacious than the suites they are far from cramped, and the general ambience of the hotel is so agreeable that we at Cubaism consider these some of Old Havana’s most attractive standard options.
Junior suites at the Conde de Villanueva are wonderfully grand with incredibly high ceilings and elegant, rather masculine dark green upholstery and bedspreads. They have good Colonial-style furniture, beautiful original chandeliers and French windows to private balconies accessed through charming arched window recesses. The bathrooms are spacious and there are very attractive traditional stained glass panels set into the walls dividing bathroom from bedroom, which glow with colour when the bathroom lights are switched on.
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.