23 January, 2012

A slice of Havana in America

When looking for new places to stay, I love a hotel with a story...somewhere with a bit of history, and today's featured accommodation certainly has that. The Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas was originally built in 1914 by a successful local grocer as a residence hotel for his buyers. The inspiration for the name came from the riverfront surroundings which are reminiscent of the Caribbean island city.  

Photo courtesy of Allison V. Smith 
The hotel is situated on the river, and is less than a ten minute stroll to the main section of River Walk in a fairly quiet part of downtown that is still convenient for all the attractions and restaurants. In April 2010 the 27 room hotel was renovated, and I have to say they have done a superb job - it oozes style.

Photo courtesy of Allison V. Smith 
The hotel features 16 queen rooms and 11 king suites; each with antique furniture; plantation shutters, and rich, dark wood floors. The quirky thing I love is that they also have imported SMEG mini-bars fully stocked with local food and drink!

Photo courtesy of Allison V. Smith 
In the Havana's basement is one of the most popular spots for locals and visitors and was chosen by Esquire Magazine as one of the "Best Bars in America". The furnishings are rich vintage, and the candlelit bar is a great place to sample the extensive rum and mescal selection, or even to enjoy a Cuban coffee or dessert. There is also a lounge upstairs (Ocho) situated in a glass and steel conservatory with tables spilling into the courtyard.

Photo courtesy of Allison V. Smith 
If you're looking for somewhere for a special occasion, or if you want to make a stopover more special, then this could be the place for you! If you want more information on the Hotel Havana, then please click on the link to the official website here.

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