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Old Havana

Old Havana

Learn about the fascinating history of Cuba’s capital through the interesting fortresses, lively esplanades and plazas surrounded with colonial architecture in its old town district.

Old Havana is an enthralling link to a lost world of vibrant buildings, colorful cars and 16th-century fortifications. The portside district has a reputation as one of the world’s most exceptional city centers, due to the Spanish colonial architecture, the effects of the communist regime and Cuban traditions. Visit the chain of fortresses to find out about this city’s unique place in history.

Among the main landmarks of this UNESCO site is the Plaza Vieja, a former site of executions, bullfights and parties. Admire the range of colorful buildings once belonging to the city’s aristocracy that surround the square. Enter the nearby Naipes Museum and the Convento de Santa Clara.

Visit the various fortresses, such as the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña and Morro Castle. The latter has an iconic lighthouse and a museum dedicated to these beacons of light. Visit the star-shaped fortress of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, which holds the Navigation Museum. Gaze up at the replica of the 17th-century weather vane, La Giraldilla.

Another standout feature of the city’s old town is its esplanades. Wander along the 5-mile (8-kilometer) Malecón, which hugs the city’s northern shoreline, for a glimpse into local culture. Jog along the iconic boulevard and encounter its monuments and dilapidated buildings.

Reach the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta near the central part of this boulevard. Here, the Paseo del Prado begins to run south through the heart of Old Havana. Admire the signs of affluence along this pedestrianized road, where you will find parks, palaces and many shops and restaurants.

While in this fascinating old town area, make sure to visit the former seat of government El Capitolio, the spectacular Plaza de la Catedral and the Museum of the Revolution.

Old Havana comprises the area within the old city walls on the western flank of the Havana Port in the northeastern part of the city. Take the train to the Central Station or La Coubre station and walk north to find the majority of attractions. Visit the neighboring western districts of Chinatown, Centro and Vedado.

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Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
4 out of 5
Pena Pobre 55, entre Aguiar y Habana, Havana
The price is CA $68 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Malecón and Revolution Museum. Paseo de Marti and La Bodeguita del Medio are also within ...
3.8/5Good! (171 reviews)
Wonderful, quirky place.
"This is a lovely place to stay. It is right in the heart of the old town, surrounded by bars and restaurants and very close to the malecon and the water. The only possible down side are the perilously steep stairs up to the roof terrace, and the un-bannistered steps up to the bathroom in some of ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 5, 2020

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Casa Carmen
Casa Carmen
2.5 out of 5
Calle Cienfuegos 60, E/Apodaca y Corrales, Havana, Havana
Free cancellation
The price is CA $20 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Paseo de Marti and Plaza Vieja. Malecón and Havana Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (11 reviews)
"Very nice People - nice breakfast! The room was small but Perfect 👍"

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2019

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Loft Habana
Loft Habana
4 out of 5
Oficios 402, Entre Luz y Acosta, Havana
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Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Clara de Asis Convent, Plaza Vieja, and Malecón. Havana Cathedral is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) ...
4.2/5Very Good! (205 reviews)
Safe, wifi, not on a beach, 5min walk from center
"The hotel is very safe with 24-hour security, The Cuban people as a whole are very gentle and nice, but extra security is a good thing to have. We had about ten keys to keep track of that were attached to a big heavy bar, I didn’t really like being responsible for so many keys (especially since we ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2020

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Art Boutique Havana
Art Boutique Havana
4 out of 5
Calle Habana 155, Old Havana, Havana, La Habana
The price is CA $216 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Old Havana, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Revolution Museum and Malecón. Havana Cathedral and Plaza Vieja are also within 15 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)
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"We booked this hotel on the way back from seaside . We booked it based on reviews . So we had stayed at other places before this hotel . We actually found it quite disappointing. First off , the room was quite small but we booked it based on family of four . The hotel simply put more beds in a double ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 21, 2020

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Amor y Mar
Amor y Mar
3 out of 5
Luz 65, Apt 1, e/ Oficio y Inquisidor, Havana, Havana
The price is CA $21 per night from May 8 to May 8
Located in Old Havana, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Malecón and Plaza Vieja. Havana Cathedral is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Wonderful place to stay and close to everything, thank you!"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2021

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Hostal Balcones Muralla
Hostal Balcones Muralla
3.5 out of 5
Aguacate Street # 482, entre Muralla y Teniente Rey, Havana
The price is CA $103 per night from May 8 to May 8
Located in Old Havana, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza del Cristo and Plaza Vieja. Malecón and Havana Cathedral are also within 15 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)
So so good!
"Amazing. Great service and fantastic location. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

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