Santa Isabel

To imagine the Santa Isabel hotel, one must return to the 19th century, to the "Villa San Cristóbal de La Habana." Think about horse-drawn carriages with beautiful señoras in airy dresses, draped in colorful handkerchiefs. There, in one of the magical residences on the Plaza de Armas, is the ancient palace of the Count and Countess of Santovenia, converted into the Santa Isabel hotel in 1867 by U.S. trader Luis Lay. Walking through its hallways is like immersing oneself in museum-worthy decor, including valuable lamps, vases, sculpture and paintings. The Santa Isabel does not apologize for not having a swimming pool or gymnasium, because the beauty and elegance of its plant-filled interior patio is more therapeutic than several hours on any treadmill. The rooms are thick with history and well-conserved, offering a robust flashback to days of bustling dresses, agile steps of servants and stories told by travelers from afar