Destination: Old Havana
Hotel chain: Habaguanex
Number of Rooms: 22
Distance to Airport: 20km
Meal Plan: Room & Breakfast
Check In Time: 4:00 PM
Check Out Time: 12:00 M
Steps from the Plaza Vieja and just two blocks from the Plaza de San Francisco de Asis (two of Havana's most beautiful squares), the Hotel Los Frailes exudes contemplative serenity.
The staff pads along the hushed corridors in grey friar robes, their cheerful, expressive faces making it clear they do not belong to a religious order. Everything here radiates serenity, spirituality and devotion, but squarely within a touristic context.
The inner mezzanine gallery is bright and appealing, with lush hanging plants and attractive decorations. The original water cistern was rediscovered during the renovation, providing interesting historical detail; art objects from different eras provide context. The cozy seating areas are as inviting for reading as for sharing a cocktail, served by a merry, costumed friar.
Speaking of cocktails, during his visit, Pope Benedict XVI blessed the welcome cocktail traditionally offered by hotel management to newly-arrived guests.
When morning has broken, guests cross the street to restaurant "La Marina", where breakfast is served. Blue and white checkered tablecloths create a surprisingly Mediterranean setting after the serenity of Hotel Los Frailes.
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All standard rooms are attractive and stylishly outfitted with 21st century comforts, which are a stark contrast to the colonial rooms, with their wooden doors with eyehole. Some rooms have no windows - shimmering, warm artificial light and incense provide partial solution.
Junior Suite Room
The junior suites are furnished and decorated in a style similar to the standard rooms. They are more spacious, with more natural lights and a view.
Located on a lively street with many gastronomic offerings, the Hotel Los Frailes is also close to the beautiful Plaza de San Francisco de Asis.
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