As an old converted historical building in Havana, Casa Vitrales is a state run boutique hotel that provides superior service in a modern style with some traditional touches of Cuba.
Iberostar Parque Central
The Iberostar Parque Central is one of Havana's best modern hotels; and what it lacks in character it makes up for by having one of the best locations in the city - right on the leafy main square after which it is named. The building has been designed in a classical style, blending in with all the historic palaces, theatres, and museums surrounding it. Guest accommodation is set in two neighbouring buildings; a colonial wing and a modern wing, which are connected by an underground tunnel. Each has its own distinct feel, but the difference between the two is minimal and facilities at the hotel are amongst the best in Havana.
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The hotel has over 420 Standard rooms and Junior Suites in total, divided between the modern and colonial wings. Each features a private bathroom, cable TV, mini bar and safe, as well as double glazing to minimise outside noise. Some rooms also have a small balcony, and all offer either a king size bed or two queen size doubles.
The leafy Parque Central itself is surrounded by historic buildings and taxi ranks full of classic cars. The Iberostar’s location is perfect for exploring the grand buildings of Central and Prado, and it's just a short walk through characterful, crumbling streets to the old quarter, Havana Vieja.
Food and drink
A daily buffet breakfast is served in one of the hotel’s ground floor restaurants. Lunch and dinner are available a la carte from one of three restaurants - a steak house, a more informal Italian restaurant and a restaurant on an upper floor which serves Cuban and international cuisine, and benefits from fantastic city views. For evening drinks you can head to one of the hotel's two lobby bars.
Facilities and activities
Unlike many hotels in Havana, the Iberostar offers all the facilities you would expect of a modern international standard hotel. Its fantastic rooftop pool with marvellous views of the city is reason alone for a visit. Other facilities include a spa and fitness centre, two lobby bars that host live music, an in-house medic, laundry service and currency exchange.
The Iberostar Parque Central is a firm Audley favourite in the city - although perhaps not as characterful as some of the smaller hotels in the city, the facilities are excellent and the service levels are significantly better than you'll find anywhere else in Cuba.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The hotel's full name is the Hotel Palacio del Marques de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal, and it has a superb location on Plaza San Francisco in the heart of Old Havana.
The Santa Isabel is the most impressive of Havana's many colonial hotels and has been a favourite hotel for merchants, artists and distinguished travellers since 1867.
The Saratoga is one of Havana's very best hotels and is perfectly located for exploring many parts of the city.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Havana cigars are considered the world's finest and the processes involved in hand rolling them can be seen at a number of Havana's famous factories such as Romeo y Julieta and Partagas.
Havana is a hauntingly beautiful city, with an impressive and unique mix of architecture.
Modern Havana contrasts strikingly with the attractive colonial heart of the city. The tour is completely flexible and usually involves hire of transportation in a classic American car for 2 hours.
Discover Havana Vieja, the historic colonial heart of the city. This morning walking tour covers the four most important squares, each of which has its own character and history.
Salsa is a part of the national identity in Cuba and is built into the psyche of its people. It is a national pastime with the locals dancing in atmospheric nightclubs, on the beach or in the streets.
Nestled between the harsh lines of the Soviet style apartment blocks is the Vivero Organoponico Alamar, effectively a four hectare urban allotment.