Set in an old 18th century mansion in Old Havana, the Hotel Conde de Villanueva is a throwback to the city as it once was.
Home to nine large rooms surrounding an open-air courtyard, this boutique property is a gateway to the colonial era, with antique furniture, marble walls and chandeliers.
Its theme is tobacco, with each room named after a different tobacco-growing subregion; and then, of course there is the Casa del Habano right on the second-floor of the hotel, meaning you can shop for habanos to your heart’s desire in a clubby smoking lounge and bar that feels like stripped right out of the 1930s.
Like the rest of this beautiful corner of the city, it is a very old hotel, and it is by no means a luxurious hotel — indeed, like many of its neighboring places to stay it needs quite a bit of work.
Here’s a look at what it’s like inside, whether you’re thinking of visiting for an afternoon or looking to spend a night in the center of Old Havana.