Hotel Palacio de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal, Old Havana, Cuba, is the first Habaguanex Hotel on San Francisco de Asís Square.
History and modernity come together in this building that at the end of XVIII century belonged to Don Sebastián de Peñalver. At the beginning of the XIX century the property changed hands to the successors of the IV the Marquees of San Felipe and Santiago. The minimalist interior blends perfectly with the baroque style of its façade.
The hotel benefits from a privileged location, nearby the Convent of San Francisco de Asís, home to one of Havana’s best concert halls, dedicated to chamber and choral music. In the vicinity you find the Carmen Montilla gallery, the elegant Café del Oriente, the business center of Old Havana (Lonja del Comercio), the popular Museum of Chocolate and the Cuban Contemporary Ceramics Museum.
From the roof top terrace on the sixth floor of the hotel, visitors can use a telescope to take in the splendour of old Havana. San Francisco de Asís square, with its many pigeons and charming Lions Fountain, carved out of marble from Carrara by the Italian artist Giuseppe Gaggini, also treasures the statue of El Caballero de Paris, one of Havana’s most cherished personages.
The heart and soul of Havana is the old town Habana Vieja, declared a Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO...
The following are just some of the interesting places to visit: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Cathedral is perhaps the most beautiful square in the Caribbean which is surrounded by examples of the finest baroque architecture in the country. El Templete, small neoclassical temple which marks the spot where the first Mass was said in 1519.Castillo de la Real Fuerza is one of the oldest forts in the Americas, it holds modern art exhibitions downstairs and the battlements afford good views over the harbour. Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the seat of government and governor's residence was transferred from the fort to the built.
Museo de Arte Colonial, fine palace constructed in 1720, its yellow courtyard and little-altered architectural features are complemented by a large collection of 17th- and 18th-century furniture.