View from Havana’s Santa Isabel Hotel

Photo Report by Elio Delgado

Havana Bay with the town of Regla in the background.
Havana Bay with the town of Regla in the background.

HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 29 — Overlooking Havana’s Plaza de Armas stands the Hotel Santa Isabel, in its entire splendor.

Converted to a hotel 1867, this former mansion of the counts of Santovenia was restored in March 1997, exhibiting a vast array of its original architectural elements.

On the top floor is the watchtower, from which one can appreciate Havana Bay, or the former fishing villages of Regla and Casa Blanca, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza colonial fortress and the baroque Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, which today is the city museum.

From the hotel, one can also look down onto the picturesque patio of the Ruben Martinez Villena Library and the alluring gardens of the Plaza de Armas.

In this square numerous booksellers as well as open-air concerts of traditional Cuban and Spanish music every Friday.  From the rooftop terrace, one can enjoy flavorful and refreshing drinks and an engaging sunset.

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