This ornate building occupies a corner plot in the centre of Old Havana and dates back to 1905, originally built for offices, stores and a textile warehouse, the building was recently restored to it's former glory and re-opened as a hotel in 2003.
Hotel Raquel, Havana is a spectacular work of architecture, contrasting dramatically with the crumbling buildings in its humble neighborhood. Its redeeming virtue is it’s proximity to the Plaza Vieja and other sites of interest in Old Havana.
The ornate and eclectic façade, dramatic interior of polished marble floors, columns and period furnishings and grand lobby with its breathtakingly beautiful curved stained-glass skylight, crowning the vast atrium makes Hotel Raquel one of the finest examples of restoration in the city.
The hotel comprises 25 rooms and Junior Suites, each individually decorated with local furnishings and wrought iron beds. With most colonial buildings in Old Havana a number of rooms look inwards to the atrium or do not feature windows, this is an architectural feature to ensure the rooms are kept cool during the height of the hot and humid summer months
Hotel Raquel is also known for its references to Jewish tradition and religion, symbolic artifacts can be found throughout the building. Typical Jewish cuisine is served in the elegant restaurant, items such as borscht and latkes can be found on the menu.
The hotel features a state of the art gym can be found below the lobby, for those wishing to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Old Havana, the hotel has a rooftop terrace where you can view the city from a different perspective.
Hotel Raquel oozes colonial charm and is a personal favorite of the W&O Travel team.
Total Rooms: 25
First Transfer: 45 mins