A palace built for the Havana aristocracy (who must have known the first three rules of real estate: location, location, location), this stately palace is on the eastern side of Plaza de Armas, with
Havana Bay at her back.
The arched, colonial façade opens into an elegant lobby with crystal chandeliers and antique furniture. This is the real deal, and you’ll be forgiven if you feel a part of the Condes de Santovenia clan (the original owners) taking a mojito in this 19-th century palace. The open courtyard with cheerful bubbling fountain and limestone columns is a perfect alibi to escape from the bustle outside.
The ancient marble staircase must have hosted thousands of feet in almost 2 centuries – will yours be next? They take you to the guestrooms divided over three floors.
We asked a chambermaid her most unforgettable and lovely memory during the 16 years she has been working at the Santa Isabel. The stay of Jimmy Carter, former President of the USA (and repeating hotel guest), is definitely memorable for her since she was his chambermaid. “And” she continues: “every day is lovely when I see the guests enjoying the patio, drinking a cocktail and dancing. And all Cuban¨ she adds proudly.