What We Love
- 2011 Jetsetter Hot Spots winner, thanks to its renovation by hip hotelier Liz Lambert
- Liz Lambert's Texas-size style.
- Scenic setting along a quiet, less touristy stretch of the historic River Walk
- Ocho Lounge, overlooking the river
- A low-key and friendly staff
- Hearty breakfasts including sweet plantain griddle cakes and Havana breakfast tortas to fuel a day of sightseeing
What To Know
- Ambience is best suited for singles and couples
- It’s a historic building; noise sometimes travels through walls and between floors
- No gym, but the front desk can provide passes to a local health club
- The location means a car isn’t necessary; parking costs $17 a day
- Pet-friendly (a $25 fee per stay is required)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When you stay at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, you’ll be on the riverwalk and minutes from Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and Travis Park. This hotel is close to River Walk and Alamo.
Make yourself at home in one of the 27 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include complimentary newspapers and coffee/tea makers, as well as phones with free local calls.
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as bicycles to rent. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, express check-in, and express check-out. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
How to Get There
There is a lot to like here if you prefer a small hotel with a historic feel, or lots of character. But nearby construction made me feel like I woke up in a blender. All. Day. Long. Not pleasant for a weekend getaway even for this history buff. Moreover, even though the staff was pleasant there was no visible effort to make up for the noise and inconvenience caused by the construction. This was a missed opportunity, as it looks the construction has a long way to go before it is complete. A little ‘pardon the inconvenience’ gift bag with cold water or a bottle of wine and a couple of chocolate chip cookies would have gone a long way toward making up for the bad feeling. Sorry but I cannot recommend.
I have to start by thanking April (front desk) and Sean (food and beverage manager) and all the staff at the Hotel Havana for helping to make my son's wedding weekend truly exceptional. Family and friends filled all 27 rooms for the weekend and the wedding reception and Sunday morning brunch catered by Ocho, the hotel's restaurant was excellent. From the moment we walked into this lovely historical property we felt as if we had been transported to another place and time. The hotel is old world charm and absolutely beautiful! My husband and I stayed in one of the Havana King rooms on the 3rd floor (room 31). The king size bed is super comfy, the old fashioned shutters, distressed furniture, and robes for guests to wear add warmth and character to an already charming room. You will not find a coffee machine or microwave in the room which can be an inconvenience if you want a cup of coffee in your room as soon as you wake up. But, I can see why the hotel would not provide these modern conveniences as this is not your typical conventional hotel experience. However, in the lobby you will find fresh coffee or you can enjoy a delicious breakfast at Ocho or have it delivered to your room. What you will find is an old fashioned SMEG refrigerator filled with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that you can buy if you wish. In the evenings, you can relax with a drink at the Havana Bar or sit outside in the lovely patio. Overall, this has to be one of the most beautiful properties I have ever stayed at. I encourage anyone traveling to San Antonio to experience the charm and hospitality of this historical property at least once in their travels.
This 105 year old former private hotel allows one to not only step back in time, but escape the heat of San Antonio with probably four foot think stone and mortar walls, and a basement bar that seems to be even 10 degrees cooler than your air conditioned room. The service is impeccable from the front desk, to the Ocho Restaurant with spicy Cuban Fusion Foods, to the Bar with Eric mixing great summer cocktails from a bygone era. The rooms are majestic with sold wood floors and very sound proof. A front and rear balcony on each floor to be shared by guests adds to the experience. Avoid the chain hotels and search out this gem on your next trip to San Antonio (and directly on the Riverwalk!)