At the east end of a rather unappealing residential area, the Raquel's immediate surroundings are less than pretty, but the Plaza Vieja is just down the street and the hotel is about 5 blocks away from all of the more interesting places in the colonial heart of Havana. A stroll up San Ignacio takes you straight to the Cathedral of Havana.
The Raquel’s 21 standard rooms are well-designed and tastefully decorated, done in pale, creamy colours that lend this combination a soothing and welcoming feel (The opulent drapes over the tall windows, wrought-iron beds and ornately-tiled floors do not create an austere, stuffy feeling; rather, a strangely practical and relaxed ambience is achieved). The bathrooms are spacious and feature tub showers. Couples best secure one of the mere 2 standard rooms with matrimonial beds, and those who can't do without fresh air should certainly book one of the few rooms with stone balconies (or opt for a junior suite). Fourteen rooms have views.
Safety Deposit Box
Balcony or terrace
Cold & hot water
Junior Suite Room
A bit larger than the standards, all of these suites have balconies overlooking the surrounding streets and a modest seating area. The writing desks may be regarded as a nice, additional touch by more literary spirits.