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
We picked this hotel for our long weekend in San Antonio because we didn’t want the typical convention hotel experience of the big chains. A few days before our trip, I suffered a bad ankle sprain which left me unable to bear any weight on that foot. I contacted the hotel to check on the accessibility of the room, concerned that a small boutique hotel might not have the facilities that a large chain hotel would have for persons with disabilities. They were very helpful & accommodating, providing a brand new shower chair for the bathtub in our room. I traveled with a knee walker/scooter as well as crutches for backup in the event I needed to go up a step or two, but found that I could access all facilities in the hotel with the knee scooter, including our queen room and its bathroom. I could access the big covered front porch from the lobby, where I enjoyed sitting as a thunderstorm rolled through. There are steps at the main entrance, but a chairlift at the side entrance brought me to the main level. Our room was on the first floor, but we could have easily accessed the upper floors with the elevator. The hotel is lovely and beautifully decorated. The restaurant Ocho was excellent—we ate there 3 times. It can be accessed from the street level without any steps. Everyone was extremely kind and accommodating, from the front desk staff to the restaurant waiters. HC access to the Riverwalk was just across the street to the east, via the plaza at the Tobin Center. We were able to walk/roll to the Pearl complex from the hotel. We had a wonderful time in San Antonio in spite of my injury.
We didn’t stay overnight, just visited the bar. It has a really cool vibe - dark with lots of red votive candles everywhere. It’s a great place to chill, have a drink with friends or a date. The bartenders were very friendly.
Fun hotel on the River Walk. Walking distance to everything downtown. Access busy tourist area or stroll to the Pearl District. Older hotel with character, not for those who want sterile cookie cutter rooms. Clean. Staff was fantastic. On-site, self parking. A little tight for our full-size truck. Ocho restaurant also charming, good food and drinks.
We absolutely loved Hotel Havana, and our 3 night stay there. Eight of us met there from different areas in the US to celebrate our dear friend who passed one year ago. It was a lovely weekend of love, friendship, and honoring a person who we all miss so much. Hotel Havana made our stay so fantastic, and we are forever grateful for their compassion, and support.
Rudy was absolutely wonderful to work with, and was very understanding when we were often making too much noise. He was just so kind and welcoming to the eight of us, and we are truly grateful to him, and his kind heart. It was a lovely weekend, and when we return again, we will absolutely stay at Hotel Havana. We loved the rooms and the entire warm atmosphere there. It is right on the Riverwalk, and a great location.
Make sure you also go downstairs to the Havana Bar. Robbie is the bartender, and an absolute delight. Has to be the best bartender in San Antonio, for sure. Super fun, personable, welcoming, and makes a fabulous drink. Make sure you ask for his “Texas Tradition” which is his own creation. We will really miss Rudy and Robbie and their kind hearts. Thank you to Hotel Havana for making our celebration for our dear friend so special.
While the hotel is quite beautiful and has a true old world charm, we had some significant problems. Our room shared a wall with the restaurant and we were awakened at 12:30 AM to a VERY loud party on the other side of the wall,. It went on for over an hour. I was forced to go out to the desk in my nightgown and beg for ear plugs. I asked the person at the desk to ask the restaurant staff to get things quieter but showed no concern. It was horrible. We paid big bucks for this room. The staff the next morning was gracious and took 20% off of our bill, which I appreciated, but that was not enough. Would NOT stay here again. Also the lighting was awful and there were no reading lights or luggage racks....weird. The location is good but not worth the huge bill.