Splendid old hotel with an illustrious past, with fairly simple rooms but an atmospheric lobby area and large outdoor pool.
The splendid old Hotel Sevilla, dating back to 1908, is in one of Havana's most famous buildings. Its Moorish façade and Spanish-style architecture hint at the hotel's glorious heyday when its illustrious guests included movie stars, mafiosos and Graham Greene, author of 'Our Man in Havana'.
The walls of the grand lobby are covered in nostalgic memorabilia and comfy sofas make it a great place to soak up the atmosphere; the adjacent patio bar has regular live music. The guestrooms however do not exude the same character and are fairly simple.
One of the hotel's best attributes is the large outdoor pool area – a luxury in Havana. There is also a modern gym and a sauna. Another bonus is the city panorama that unfurls from the 9th floor restaurant.
What our clients say
“I haven't put excellent thought I would say good to fair because they couldn't really cater at breakfast for the huge numbers (ie queues, waiting then for food and utensils to be replenished, washed and so on. Difficult to really judge objectively due to maybe national restraints and things not understood by me - shower not really working, lift out of service, stairs out of service - BUT what an atmospheric and beautiful place!”MVR, Devizes
Lovely buidling, pool and the indoor foyer with live music. Shame about the lack of view from bedrooms.(I'm not suggesting they can do anything about it.) The room at the start of the stay was rather dark, the tall window being completely obscured. We liked the manager's cocktail at 6pm and also very welcome cold squash brought to us when we were signing in on very hot day at end of holiday. The front desk staff did what was necessary but didn't seem particularly interested.DN, Sutton Coldfield
"The rooftop restaurant at the Sevilla was as good as any other restaurant we visited and had great views. Not only was the food good - but the pianist who played there all night was excellent and didn't continually pester the diners with demands for more 'cucs' - which was not the case for the bands which played downstairs.”HT, Richmond
“Of the Havana hotels, the Sevilla is excellently located on the edge of the Old Town and is a lovely building. Our room on the 8th floor was great.”PR, Edinburgh
"Rooms a bit outdated but perfectly fine."RBR,London
Beautiful ground floor, room a little tired but we only slept in it. In general, most charming.SLA, Kingston Upon Thames
Our expert's view
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
A highlight of this hotel is the rooftop restaurant with fantastic views over Havana. The rooms are simple but spacious and the outdoor pool is a great way to cool down after a day’s sightseeing.
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