street view of El Candil Boutique Hotel in Havana Cuba

Our Favorite Boutique Hotels in Havana, Cuba

Behold! Our 10 favorite boutique hotels in Havana (in no particular order). As you’ll notice, many of them are not in the dense historic district of Old Havana, but are spread out in the leafy quieter residential neighborhoods of Vedado, Miramar, and La Vibora. 

In this  guide we highlight what makes each unique and outline amenities, approximate cost, and proximity to dining and other attractions. As you’ll see, all are great choices, and all fit the guidelines for the Support for the Cuban People category as privately owned businesses. 

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Claxon Hotel

interior decor of claxon hotel in havana cuba

Situated on the luxurious Avenida de Paseo in Vedado, Claxon Hotel Boutique is stylish and simple, and retains many of the details of the original neo-colonial architecture. There are tasteful nods to Cuba of yesteryear that are sure to spark nostalgia for the U.S. visitor, but all very minimal and not overdone. 

It’s located a block away from Ave. 23, a main thoroughfare and great pick up/drop-off for taxis, and it’s just a few minutes walk from Grados, one of our top restaurant selections in our Cuba maps collection. With rooms starting around $175 USD, it’s a great combination of elevated hospitality and affordability.

Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, Fangio, the in-house restaurant, is a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with dining on the rooftop or patio gardens.

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Paseo 206 

interior room of Paseo 206 Hotel

What sets Paseo 206 Boutique Hotel apart is the seamless mixture of Cuba and Italian sensibilities. Owned and operated by a Cuban-Italian family, Italian style can be sensed in everything from furnishing details to design choices to menu selections at Eclectico, the in-house restaurant. 

Its location half a block from the main intersection of Paseo and Linea makes it a convenient area for taxi pick-up and drop-off, and it’s a quick walk to the Malecon. At $250 to $550 USD per night, it’s not for the budget-minded, but if you’re looking for luxury during your stay in Havana, Paseo 206 will not disappoint. 

El Candil 

interior of room in El Candil Boutique Hotel

El Candil Boutique Hotel combines elegant neo-colonial design with multiple outdoor spaces that create a relaxing sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located on a quiet street in lush Vedado, guests can enjoy the same spaciousness of the neighborhood that attracted  its original residents.  

The hotel’s central location allows for infinite options in almost any direction—the Malecon waterfront, Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Plaza de la Revolución, and the historic Colón Cemetery are all just a few minutes away by taxi. Rooms start at $175 USD, with a delicious breakfast included, making it a great choice at a reasonable price. 

AS Boutique Residence

AS Boutique Residence interior view

There are two things that set AS Boutique Residence apart from other hotels on our list of favorites: first, the residence is comprised of a collections of modern, spacious, multi-room suites, and second, its location in the heart of the historic district puts it within walking distance to seemingly infinite possibilities for food, sights, and activities. 

It’s refreshingly situated toward the quieter southern end of Old Havana, where fewer tourists mean fewer tourist traps, yet there are plenty of great food options like Yarini, featured on our map of top restaurants. Rooms start at around $200 USD. On the downstairs level is HAV Coffee & Art, a terrific coffee shop.

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VOYA

pool and deck chairs at VOYA Boutique Hotel

For travelers who prefer luxury, but at a slight remove from the bustle of Havana’s central districts, VOYA Boutique Hotel is a perfect respite. Situated on a quiet street in the vast residential neighborhood of La Vibora, it is an island unto itself, even though it’s only 20 minutes drive from Old Havana. 

Aside from the modern, spacious rooms and grand porticos wrapping the building, VOYA is the only hotel on our list with a pool, and offers unique amenities like yoga and fitness facilities. Rooms start at $240 USD.

Tribe Caribe

Tribe Caribe Cayo Hueso is an expertly crafted ode to Cuban culture, music, and art, bound to inspire any visitor seeking an all encompassing Cuba experience. From the carefully curated artworks throughout the hotel to the in-house “black box” live music venue to Manteca, the rooftop restaurant and bar, the building exudes the expressive and mysterious allure of Havana in its heyday. 

Its location in Cayo Hueso, an often overlooked neighborhood in Centro Havana, puts it a short walk from both the legendary La Guarida and new and trendy Bleco—both on  our top restaurants map—and walking distance to the always refreshing malecon waterfront. Rooms range from $150 to $450 USD.

La Reserva Vedado

La Reserva Vedado interior

Architecturally, La Reserva Vedado blends the neo-colonial hallmarks found in mansions across Havana with modern iron and natural wood accents that will remind visitors of  the 1950s. Floating stairs, gridded glass doors, and looping railings make for an elegant and unified vibe throughout. 

It’s located a stone’s throw from Claxon and El Candil, putting it a short taxi ride from the many restaurants, art galleries, and historic sites that dot the neighborhood. Rooms start at around $200 USD per night. 

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Napper by Rottenberg

lobby of Napper by Rottenberg hotel

Billed as “An Antiquaire in Vedado,” Napper by Rottenberg is decorated with a mixture of antiques and artworks of contemporary artist Enrique Rottenberg, who has resided in Havana for over 30 years. The decor along with the marble floors, present throughout most of the residence, give the reception a Victorian aura, though the rest of the hotel has a more modern and playful feel. 

Located smack in the middle of Vedado, it’s close, but not too close, to everything. Rooms start around $220 USD. 

Elvira, Mi Amor

Elvira Mi Amor hotel interior

Located in Old Havana, Elvira, Mi Amor’s interior contrasts a rustic, unfinished aesthetic with fancy classic details, including several clawfoot tubs. The high ceilings and open floor plan design of each of the suites makes them feel spacious and open even in the compact surroundings of Old Havana. 

Located in the heart of the historic district, guests will step out of their door to a feast of sights, sounds and local people. Within a few minutes walking, there are museums, restaurants, historic plazas, and the malecón waterfront. Rooms start at around $150 USD per night, with multi room suites also available in the $400 USD range. 

Hostal Vieja Havana

Another gem in the heart of Old Havana – Hostal Vieja Havana has style and comfort figured out, both inside and in their spacious outdoor patio and eating areas.

From Booking to Arrival: What to Expect

If you book accommodations through Airbnb, Expedia.com, Hotels.com, or another U.S. based company, you’ll complete an extra step in the booking process. You’ll be asked you to declare your reason for travel, with a list of options corresponding to the 12 legal categories of travel for U.S. citizens. We recommend that you select Support for the Cuban People. Regardless of which you choose, this information isn’t meant to be an official declaration and isn’t shared with anyone. 

Once your booking is complete your host will typically contact you to confirm arrival times and share information about getting to the house. Even small family run B&Bs typically offer to have a trusted taxi service pick you up at the airport. The price is often slightly more than if you were to hail a taxi, but for many travelers the convenience is worth the few extra dollars. 

The transfer from Havana’s airport takes around 30-40 minutes depending on where in Havana your accommodations are located. If you can handle diesel fumes, feel free to hail an American made relic or boxy Russian Lada. If you’re more of an AC and seatbelts type, go for any vehicle that looks like it was made in the past 30 years. 

When you arrive at your hotel you’ll likely be asked for your passport by the concierge or host—don’t be alarmed! Hosts are required to record passport information to comply with Cuban laws. Otherwise, you should expect nothing less than great Cuban hospitality. 

Documents You’ll Need

Before you take off, make sure you have a valid passport with plenty of time until it expires. You’ll also need to have your Cuba visa and complete the official Cuban health form within 72 hours prior to your departure. 

The Cuban government also requires visitors to have proof of health insurance coverage, but if you book a flight on a U.S. airline, the required insurance is included in the price of your ticket. This insurance gives you access to Cuba’s network of tourist hospitals and clinics should you need them. 

If your flight originates outside of the U.S., you can purchase insurance independently or pay a small fee for access to Cuba’s tourist system. 

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