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Quick Overview

The Valencia Inn, located in a privileged corner just 200 meters from the Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) and a few steps from the Minor Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, is a place where Valencian traditions are worshipped. The old house of Alderman Sotolongo, originally built as a private house in the late 18th century, lodges today the Valencia Inn. Its car ved roof, balustrades and iron works of its balconies give its rooms light and freshness. Besides, it offers the best Cuban cigars on the first floor at La Casa del Tabaco (House of Tobacco). Nearby places of interest: Plaza de Armas (Arms Square), Museum of the City of Havana, El Templete, Real Fuerza Fortress, Palace of the Second Corporal, National Museum of Natural History, Museum of Rum, Square of Saint Francis of Assisi, Minor Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Museum of Religious Art, Arab House, Al Medina Restaurant, Numismatic Museum, Car Museum, House of Tobacco, Plaza Vieja (Old Square).

Prices per room / Breakfast included

Maximum occupancy: 1 adult + 1 child


The Hostal Valencia was the first Old Havana mansion to be converted by the Office of the City Historian into an hotel. Originally constructed for Alderman Sotolongo, a member of Havana’s Town Council, a large part of the building had actually collapsed by the time it reached the head of the queue for restoration – the remainder was braced against surrounding edifices with a complicated structure of wooden scaffolding. Once this had been removed and the ruins consolidated, the collapsed section was rebuilt and balcony railings in this area have been left plain to indicate to architectural historians which part is restoration and which recreation. The Hostal Valencia is modest in style compared to establishments such as the Santa Isabel and the Saratoga, but its charm and very acceptable prices ensure an almost constant waiting list for bookings. 

Entering the Valencia, one passes through impressive colonial portals to a large hall which in spite of having been built at the end of the eighteenth century has a distinctly seventeenth century atmosphere; this is carried on throughout the general layout of the house and such details as the terracotta-tiled staircase, enormous mahogany beams and cobbled courtyard which is framed by bright green ferns and long strands of malanga vine trailing down from the upper floors. The establishment’s two bars continue the general impression of antiquity with low ceilings and dim lighting so that one fully expects a pirate to come lurching out of the gloom clutching a half-drunk bottle of rum and muttering about dead men’s chests. The people who work at the Valencia are especially kind and helpful and greet clients like old friends, which they generally are as many people return to the hotel again and again. The restaurant on the corner is renowned for its huge iron pans of prizewinning paella and the coffee from the courtyard bar is sublime.


Details of Standard Room

The 11 standard rooms at the Hotel Valencia are exceedingly welcoming. High-ceilinged with huge mahogany and cedar beams, most of them contain some original antique furniture as well as reproduction Colonial-style pieces and a couple have fragments of original eighteenth century mural paintings. They all have Spanish names (Jijona, Gandia, Valencia, etc.) and are decorated with Spanish memorabilia and old photographs of festivals all over the Iberian peninsula. The bathroom facilities are not luxurious – shower rooms and loos in separate tiled cubicles off the main rooms with basin units actually within the rooms – but standard rooms at the Valencia are outstanding value for their relatively low prices and there’s almost always a waiting list for bookings. All of the standard
rooms are twin bedded.
110 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Balcony (subject to availability)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Double bed
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Twin beds



General Services

Air conditioning
Cafe / snack bar
Car rental desk
Elevators / lifts
Hotel was recently renovated
International cuisine
Internet on hotel's PCs
Malecon max 5min walk
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Nightclub nearby
Old building restored
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shoe cleaning
Shops max 2min walk
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Voltage 110/120

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