San Ignacio 411 entre Muralla y Sol, Habana Vieja
(Old Havana Maps)
"First and last time."
Posted by: Roy on Jun 30, 2015
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Distinguished people who visited the city were regaled at the house that today occupies the Hotel Beltrán de Santa Cruz. Among the visitors to this stately 18th century home were the German baron, Alexander von Humboldt, an eminent scientist considered to be Cuba's second discoverer; and three French princes: the Count of Beaujolais and the Dukes of Montpensier and Orleáns. The latter later became King Louis Philippe I of France.
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"Hard to find in Old Havana but well worth the effort"
ANGELA on Jun 2, 2005 >
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Visited on: Jun, 2005
3069 people found this review helpful
The Beltran de Santa Cruz on Calle San Ignacio in old Havana is hard to find because it does not look like a hotel. The entrance is via a huge studded wooden door set in an alleyway wall which leads you directly into the reception area. The ground floor rooms, spacious and airy all face out onto a central courtyard set with wrought iron tables and chairs. The upper rooms have a wide balcony overlooking the courtyard where guests can sit if they are not inclined to decend the wide stone staircase- after all this is Havana and there is no need to do anything but chill out. Each room has little shuttered windows facing the courtyard, tiled floors, bathroom en-suite, wash basin and mirror in the bedroom, air conditioning and tv. The twin beds are large and comfortable and the house maids do a great job and are very friendly. The staff are wonderfull although like people anywhere you get what you deserve! Micheal the 'manager' became like a good friend and could not do enough to help from taking us to get our hired car to escorting us to various places. He knew of course that we were experts at getting lost. The atmosphere in the hotel was a bit like living in a private house, some chinese guests even availed themselves of the kitchen and did their own cooking. The narrow streets in the area are unlit except for the light coming from numerous windows and there are always throngs of people moving about at all times of day and night. Slightly intimidating at first untill you realise that everyone smiles, respond to 'ohla' and go out of their way to be helpfull. We walked about at night and felt perfectly safe. The hotel is a great place to start a self drive holiday and the ideal return to point before flying back home. The food is not at all bad and the prices are reasonable. I nearly forgot the two frienly parrots who if they take a shine to you will walk over to your table at breakfast to say goodmorning.
mariamartaecheniquecarranza on Feb 28, 2009 >
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Visited on: Feb, 2009
3101 people found this review helpful
The great photos alone make one want to catch the next flight to Cuba to drop in on you. My congratulations for offering so much comfort, art and history in one hotel. Thank you for inviting us to stay at such a gratifying place. A big hug from Argentina.
(Translated from Spanish)
Volker Bueffel on Jul 15, 2009 >
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Visited on: Jul, 2009
697 people found this review helpful
Ein wunderbares Hotel mit sehr freundlicher und familiärer Atmosphäre und persönlichem Service. Ich besuche mit meiner Frau (Kubanerin) nahezu regelmäßig Havanna und auch das Hotel Beltran: 2007 haben wir dort unsere Hochzeitsnacht verbracht.
"A Paean for the Beltran de Santa Cruz"
Mr. Michael N. Landis on Sep 12, 2010 >
Visited on: Sep, 2010
832 people found this review helpful
Although I only had one night at this wonderful hotel (due to a mix-up with the hotel I had booked, Los Frailes), I still have fond memories from my April, 2006 stay: a warm and welcoming staff, a unique atmosphere. Arriving late at night, the desk person gave me the option of going through the registration formalities in the morning--which I accepted. My room was spacious, the hot shower just what I needed after the long ViAzul ride from Santiago de Cuba. Next morning I had a relaxing breakfast in the courtyard, which I shared with the resident parrot! Though in the midst of Vieja, the Beltran de Santa Cruz is very calm and restful: I immagined myself stepping back in time to when the Count of Jaruco resided there and entertained the great German naturalist Alexander von Humbolt as his guest. Someday, I'd love to bring my wife back here for a "second honeymoon!"
Jean Paul HURTADO on Jun 19, 2011 >
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Visited on: Jun, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
482 people found this review helpful
tres bonne localisation, personnel acceuillant,quelques desagrements, manque d eau, eau chaude mais c est un peu la realité cubaine
Yannick ROPERS on Feb 29, 2012 >
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Visited on: Feb, 2012 | Leisure | Family and Kids
381 people found this review helpful
Officialy, we were said that there was a problem with water in a part of the hotel.
We think that the problem with water would better be called "OVERBOOKING".
We've been transfered in a hotel in Miramar, not really the place we wanted to visit. But Hotel OK.
We didn't make any difficulty because that was dealing with only one night.
But next time, we will precise at the reservation that we won't accept a new confusion.
"First and last time."
Roy on Jun 30, 2015 >
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Visited on: Jun, 2015 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
142 people found this review helpful
- location is perfect
- historical looks
- dark room, in case to create daylight your privacy is lost because ground floor terras from which people look into
- shower head hook missing, we could not hangup the shower and the tub drain was not working properly
- very early morning before 07.00 hotel staff start moving furniture and talking making noise in the direct connected patio
- we hung the "do not disturb sign" and nevertheless they hotel staff came knocking on the door wanting to enter
- we had to pay EUR 4 for tiny can of nuts out of the snack supplies from the room