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Plaza Vieja
Vacation Travel Guide

Relax in the cafés and browse the art galleries, which fill the grandiose mansions that frame this lively square in Old Havana.

In a city famous for its many attractive squares, Plaza Vieja (Old Square) stands out as being one of its most architecturally diverse. Find a predominance of elegant colonial mansions, which sit next to Baroque palaces and art nouveau buildings. They play host to everything from cafés and a microbrewery to artist studios and galleries.

Established in the mid-16th century, Plaza Vieja actually started life as Havana’s Plaza Nueva (New Square). It took on its current name in the 1800s and has witnessed several changes. Among other things, it has been the site of an outdoor food market, a bullfighting arena and a car park, built by the dictator Fulgencio Batista.

At the heart of the square is a graceful white Carrara marble fountain. It’s a copy of Giorgio Massari’s 18th-century fountain, which was destroyed when the square became a car park. This is a good vantage point for viewing the mix of architecture on display. Watch as local children play games, friends meet to chat and street performers entertain the crowds.

In the southwestern corner is the Casa de los Condes de Jaruco, home to exhibitions by native Cuban painters and contemporary artists. Browse photography displays at Fototeca de Cuba, inside the Casa de Juan Rico de Mata. See real-time shots of Havana at the Cámara Oscura gallery, housed within Edificio Gómez Vila. The Casa de las Hermanas Cárdenas has temporary exhibitions by the Center for the Development of Visual Arts.

Enjoy the impressive scenery and partake in some people watching from the square’s cafés and restaurants. Grab a seat at an outdoor patio or peer down on the action from a balcony. Sample a range of craft beers at a microbrewery and listen to the infectious rhythms of live Cuban music.

Plaza Vieja sits to the east of the Old Havana neighborhood. Major city attractions, such as Cathedral Square and Plaza de Armas, are less than a 10-minute walk away. Teniente Rey street runs along the square’s northern side and leads directly to El Capitolio. The dome of this landmark is visible from the edge of the square.

Top Hotels Close to Plaza Vieja

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 $71 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (168 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

Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Hostal Los Villanueva
Hostal Los Villanueva
3 out of 5
Calle Habana #859. La Habana Vieja., Entre Jesús María y Merced, Havana, La Habana
The price is CA $65 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Vieja, Malecón, and Havana Cathedral. La Factoria Brewery and Plaza del Cristo are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)
Excellent B&B

"Excellent B&B (I wouldn't call it a hotel). Very clean and well appointed, but small. Staff was excellent and friendly. Breakfast was superb. Only negative was that we had to eat breakfast on the veranda in VERY uncomfortable tall chairs. Dicey neighborhood on south end of Old Havana. Otherwise great ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

Hostal Los Villanueva
Casa Mi Tierra
Casa Mi Tierra
2.5 out of 5
113 Jesús María, Entre Cuba y Damas, Havana
The price is CA $44 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Vieja and Malecón. Plaza de Armas and Havana Cathedral are also within 15 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)

"Ich habe fast eine Woche in der casa gewohnt und bin sehr zufrieden. Yuni war stets bereit zu Auskünften und Informationen, das Frühstück war abwechslungsreich und schmackhaft, die Lage mitten in der Altstadt kann kaum besser sein. Abholservice vom Flughafen weit nach Mitternacht und Bringservice ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 3, 2020

Casa Mi Tierra
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Plaza Vieja

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 $71 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Hostal Los Villanueva
Hostal Los Villanueva
3 out of 5
Calle Habana #859. La Habana Vieja., Entre Jesús María y Merced, Havana, La Habana
The price is CA $65 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Hostal Los Villanueva
Casa Mi Tierra
Casa Mi Tierra
2.5 out of 5
113 Jesús María, Entre Cuba y Damas, Havana
The price is CA $44 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Casa Mi Tierra
Casa Alexander
Casa Alexander
3 out of 5
307 Lamparilla, Habana vieja, Havana, La Habana
Casa Alexander
Habanazul
Habanazul
3 out of 5
Compostela 155, e/ Empedrado y Tejadillo, Havana
The price is CA $85 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Habanazul
Casa Factoria
Casa Factoria
3 out of 5
Factoria 67 Entre Corrales y Apodaca, Havana, Havana
The price is CA $67 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Casa Factoria
Estancia Bohemia
Estancia Bohemia
3 out of 5
San Ignacio 364, Havana
The price is CA $253 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Estancia Bohemia
Home Jaime y Cuki
Home Jaime y Cuki
3 out of 5
Calle Sol #65, entre Inquisidor y Oficio, Plaza Vieja, Havana, La Habana VIeja
Home Jaime y Cuki
San Lazaro 115
San Lazaro 115
3 out of 5
115 San Lazaro, Havana, La Habana
The price is CA $38 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
San Lazaro 115
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