A shaft of golden honey light shines through the dome into the lobby of Hotel Raquel, illuminating the fine furnishings and guests down below. The light is just the beginning of what distinguishes the Raquel.

This hotel has some unlikely (as well as unbelievable, once you see the gorgeous interior) origins: it was built in 1908 as a storage warehouse for textiles. Taking in the soaring marble columns and intricate stained-glass “mampara´s” (folding screens) throughout the lobby, it’s hard to imagine this as a warehouse. Even casual visitors will notice the heavy reference to Jewish culture throughout the Raquel, underscored by paintings with biblical themes by contemporary Cuban artists. Raquel’s elegant restaurant serves typical Jewish cuisine.

Laughing, the hotel representative tells the story of a guest who fell asleep on a lobby couch. ¨Then, we very carefully removed his shoes and placed them neatly together under the sofa¨. She explains that in the hotel’s 10 year retained almost all the original staff. ¨It’s our house, our home¨ she says.

The final stop on the wrought iron elevator’s trajectory is the roof, with a picturesque dome where honeymooning couples can enjoy a romantic dinner; it’s also a great spot to enjoy a drink or just to look out over the city.



Number of Rooms


Meal Plan

Room & Breakfast

Check-in time

4:00 PM

Check-out time

12:00 M


  • 24 hour reception
  • Bar
  • Car Rental $
  • Currency Exchange
  • Doctor on call
  • Elevators
  • Free Internet Access
  • Laundry Services $
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Taxi $
  • Tour Booking Desk
  • Wellness facilities
  • Wi-Fi


Raquel Hotel is located on the corner of a quiet street and nearly triangulates with two photogenic squares in the old city: Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza Vieja. Many interesting sights and gastronomic and cultural sites are easy to reach on foot.

How to get there

From Airport or other Cuban destination: By taxi, rental car or by transfer (pre-arranged; private or shared).

Within Havana: By taxi, walking, Cocotaxi, Classic Car, Horse carriage.

Distance to Airport

17 km to José Martí International Airport, Havana Airport

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Bars & Restaurants

Jardín del Edén Restaurant and Lobby Bar Lejaim
Offering dishes made from the recipe book of traditional Jewish cuisine, which makes it unique in its specialty in the country.

Places of Interest

  • Plaza Vieja - 2 min walk
  • La Factoria Brewery - 2 min walk
  • San Francisco Square - 3 min walk
  • San Francisco Church - 3 min walk
  • Museum of the City of Havana - 5 min walk
  • Museum of Colonial Art - 5 min walk
  • Cathedral Square - 5 min walk
  • Havana Cathedral - 6 min walk
  • National Museum of Natural History - 6 min walk
  • Centro de Arte Contemporneo Wifredo Lam - 6 min walk