The 7 Best Boutique Hotels in Cuba

El Capitolio, Havana | © AndyLeungHK / Pixabay
El Capitolio, Havana | © AndyLeungHK / Pixabay
Photo of Jack Guy
10 October 2017

If you are visiting Cuba and looking for a more intimate experience than those offered by the huge hotels that are dotted around, why not check out these boutique options?

Classic car with Cuban flag | © flunkey0 / Pixabay

Saratoga Havana, La Habana

Independent Hotel
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The 96-room Saratoga was built in the 1930s, and sits across the street from El Capitolio in the centre of Havana. It’s within walking distance of many of the main attractions, and there’s a rooftop pool and spa where you can relax after a long day of sightseeing. Celebrity fans will be pleased to hear that Jay Z and Beyonce stayed at the Saratoga in 2013.

Hotel Florida, Havana

Independent Hotel
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Take a trip back in time at the Florida, a grand old hotel in Old Havana. Opulent furnishings, marble columns and an impressive restaurant make for a great hotel experience. Sip on a mojito at one of the two hotel bars, or order a bottle of wine to sip in the courtyard. It’s luxurious without slipping into pretentiousness, and the atmospheric cobbled streets of the old town are just outside your door.

Mojitos are perfect for the Havana heat | ©Mrs__Schu

IBEROSTAR Casa Granda, Santiago de Cuba

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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The Casa Granda lies on one corner of Parque Cespedes in Santiago de Cuba. Since 1914, the elegant building has housed a hotel that welcomes guests to Cuba’s second city. Sit on the terrace overlooking the square below, or head to the air-conditioned bar to take a break from the heat and humidity.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Trinidad is one of the most popular cities to visit in Cuba for its colonial architecture, which has gained the city Unesco World Heritage Site status. The Grand Hotel is inspired by this architectural history, and provides guests with five-star luxury in opulent surroundings. It’s an adults-only hotel, so you won’t be disturbed by kids.

Xanadu Mansion (Dupont House), Varadero

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Hotel
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Hotel sign | © jp26jp

This 1920s property is the only real boutique hotel among Varaderos all-inclusive resorts. You can almost feel the history here, with Winston Churchill just one of a list of distinguished former guests, and the upstairs bar provides great views. Breakfast, dinner and a round of golf at the Varadero Golf Club are all included in the room rate, which makes a stay here a very good deal.

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Hotel Caballeriza, Holguin

Budget Hotel, Pop-up Hotel, Hotel
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Hotel sign | © jp26jp

New lodging options continue to pop up as Holguin establishes itself as a tourist destination. Chief among them is the Encanto Caballeriza, a three-star, 21-room property that is housed in a 19th-century building in the centre of town. It was previously a stables, which explains the horse riding theme of the decoration and the El Establo bar. While it’s not a luxury hotel by any stretch of the imagination, the Encanto Caballeriza is a good option for those who want to spend some time in Holguin.

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Hotel Telegrafo, La Habana

Independent Hotel, Hotel
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Hotel Telegrafo
Hotel Telegrafo | © Steve R/Flickr
Hotel Telegrafo Havana is the oldest hotel in the country and has been in business since 1860. It is just a stone’s throw from the famous Capitolio Nacional, a short walk from the Malecon and a stroll from Old Havana.