Hotel Inglaterra, of 4 stars category, is the oldest hotel in Cuba and one of the most classic hotels in Havana. Hotel Inglaterra, considered the doyen of the tourist establishments of the island of Cuba, it is located in Paseo del Prado Ave. #416 between San Rafael and San Miguel Street, Old Havana, City of Havana, Cuba.
Founded in 1875, Hotel Inglaterra has a neoclassic style, with elements that give it a touch of originality like the mosaics from Alicante in Spain and grilles brought especially from Seville, Spain. The Hotel Inglaterra is located in an exceptional way in the most authentic heart of Old Havana. Near Paseo del Prado, Central Park and of the Great Theater of Havana, this hotel is the starting point to discover the charms of Havana.
Nowadays the emblematic Hotel Inglaterra puts at the service of its invited guests comfortable rooms equipped with the service and all that is necessary to guarantee your pleasant stay on it, within a classical colonial atmosphere.
In Hotel Inglaterra its traditional restaurants for sure they will become of your delight, like is it the restaurant “El Colonial”, with a specific menu for each season of year. At its portals we can find the very well-known “El Louvre” Coffee Shop, this one linked with the transcendental moments of war of independence, where the visitors can enjoy the daily Cuban life from a sidewalk that shows slabs wich on its top have engraved works for prestigious artists of Cuban plastic arts.
Jibaro's is an authentic Cuban restaurant located in a restored colonial mansion on the outskirts of Old Havana’s oldest quarter. They are known for their mocktails (unusual nonalcoholic cocktails), and local dishes that take a modern twist. Be sure to try their stuffed tostones (fried plantain), Cuban chicken, ropa vieja (shredded beef) and black-bean cream! The restaurant offers both vegan and vegetarian options.
Welcome to La Guarida, an opportunity to travel in time in a place that respects tradition but also bets on the future. An authentic space for those interested in getting to know the real Cuba and immersing themselves in our culture, customs, and way of doing things.
Everything started with a movie. Strawberries and Chocolate, the first, and as of now only, Cuban film nominated for an Oscar (in 1994), motivated many travelers to come to Cuba to experience the reality behind the fiction. They came with the idea of experiencing the places they’d seen in the film and to enjoy the Cuba that seduced its protagonists.
The film’s directors Tomas Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio had decided to use our home as La Guarida de Diego, or The Den of Diego, the protagonist of the movie who sent the world a message against intolerance. In 1996, after the filming of this famous movie, we decided to take on the adventure of transforming our home into what the world knows today as Paladar La Guarida.
Beirut Shawarma is an authentic Lebanese restaurant located in Vedado, Havana started by Syrian immigrants. The restaurant has a varied menu of Middle Eastern cuisine, is highly rated, and overlooks the emblematic Malecón.
Jewish communities have traveled far and wide for hundreds of years, settling in countries open to trade and closed off from the rest of the world. Your custom tailored tour takes you through the stunning landscape of Cuba and immerses you in the Cuban Jewish lifestyle. Light the Shabbas candles with a local family to celebrated the end of another week. Peruse the library of one of the oldest synagogues in the country. Visit the only kosher butcher on the island. Learn about the heritage of the Cuban people and experience the unforgettable sensation of the Jewish community.
Delve into the history of Jewish immigrants who moved to Cuba in the early 20th century, 1920's & 1930's. Visit existing and important landmarks, synagogues, and meet members of the local Jewish community.
- Meet with a member of the Jewish community to tour Sephardic Synagogue in Vedado and see two others
- Visit Menorah Square, dedicated to the holocaust victims
- The Jewish cemetery in Guanabacoa
- Have a cocktail and admire the unique decor of Hotel Raquel
- Tour is OFAC compliant under the general license “Support for the Cuban people” 515.574
This is a fully customizable private Havana day tour for you and your group, in one of our classic vintage cars. You will see Havana’s treasures up close while enjoying personalized local service.
Your custom tailored Havana Jewish tour takes you through the history of the Jewish immigration and presence in Cuba.
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Feel free to create your one of a kind tour with ease. Mention your points of interest to our knowledgeable guide or simply ask them for advice on places to visit and they will ensure the tour is as enjoyable as possible.
Experience Cuba and discover for yourself why this enigmatic
Caribbean island creates such a compelling narrative. Cuba is an
exhilarating feast for the senses! Intriguing architecture, beautiful classic
cars dotting the streets, world-famous drinks and cigars, festive
entertainment, and warm locals who genuinely love hosting contribute
to the amazing atmosphere. While you may not consider a tropical
island as a place steeped with Jewish tradition, Cuba was once the hub
of Caribbean Jewish life. The history of the Cuban Jews stretches back
to 1492. It is believed that Marranos (Spanish Jews who were forcibly
converted to Catholicism) accompanied Columbus on his voyage,
making Jews some of the first Europeans to set foot on the island. Hear
and see the fascinating story of Cuba’s Jews, while soaking in
everything this exotic destination has to offer! Cuba’s authentic flair and
lively spirit are felt throughout every corner of Havana’s vibrant streets
and breathtaking natural sites.
The NH Capri La Habana is in Vedado in downtown Havana. The area is close to well-known nightclubs, La Rampa art and craft market and the famous Malecón – plus it’s a short taxi ride to some of the city’s top sights.
- Less than 10 minutes’ drive to Plaza de la Revolución
- Around 30 minutes’ walk to Capitolia Nacional
- Near the Malecón, with pastel-coloured houses lining the waterfront
Our refurbishment finished in May 2014, giving guests 220 sparkly new rooms to stay in. You can choose from Standard, Superior, Duplex and Suites – and they come with either city or sea views.
Duplex rooms are set on 2 floors with a separate sitting area and come with a whole host of extras
lots of connecting rooms available. 18th floor Suites have direct access to the swimming pool and close to the La Florentina Restaurant which serves an exclusive breakfast for those staying in the suites.
The hotel has a two restaurants as well as 3 bars – 2 of which come with a fantastic city view. And if you like the sight of Havana spreading out before you, you’ll love our rooftop swimming pool.
- Bars with live international and traditional music
- Large gym with sauna
- Choice of restaurants
Carniceria is the only kosher butcher shop in the city and is located in the Old Havana district on Acosta Street. The shop is privately owned by Abraham Berezniak and has been open for nearly 70 years. It provides kosher beef to the country's Jewish community, but non-Jewish residents as well. A privately owned store is somewhat rare these days because after Castro’s 1959 Revolution, most private businesses were nationalized. Some of the locals believe that the government allowed the butcher shop to remain open to avoid claims of anti-Semitism. Eating meat in Cuba is not trivial. Cows are the property of the state, and Cubans go as far as to say it’s a far worse crime to be caught slaughtering a cow than a person. The shop is managed by Adath Israel, the city's Orthodox synagogue, and the synagogue's cantor is the only shohet in the city.
Beth Shalom Synagogue, built in 1952, is a synagogue located in the Vedado neighbourhood of downtown Havana. In 1981, much of the original building was sold to the state, and was then turned into the Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center, including a theatre, a music venue, a gallery and a bar. Only part of the structure remains in Jewish hands today. Extensive repairs were undertaken in the 1990s. Beth Shalom is considered the headquarters of the Cuban Jewish Community. The building also houses a Jewish library.
Adath Israel is the city's Orthodox synagogue, sitting almost unnoticeableon a crowded, narrow street in the Old Havana district.
After WWI, there was only the Ashkenazi synagogue in Havana, the United Hebrew Congregation. Religiously, it was very liberal with a wealthy, English-speaking membership. This was not a comfortable place for the Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Eastern Europe to worship. In 1923, a Lithuanian immigrant, Ben Zion Sofer, started a minyan in his apartment at Calle Paola No. 17. By 1925, the minyan developed into Congregation Adath Israel, located on the second floor of Calle Jesús María 103. The shul was basic, but served the congregants. The majority of Ashkenazi immigrants were not strictly observant; therefore, Adath Israel was only nominally Orthodox. The prayer services were traditional.
Eventually it was decided to build the new synagogue in Vedado, the heart of the Jewish Quarter of Habana Vieja (old Havana). Architect, Oscar Baisman, and construction engineer, Jacinto Feh Leonard, constructed a modern sanctuary with seating for six hundred people, a chapel and a reception hall. The cornerstone for the $100,000 synagogue was laid in April of 1956 and it was completed on October 9, 1959. Monies were recently been granted to renovate the area, which included the synagogue. The Havana Restoration Commission worked with Jorge Herrera on plans regarding the synagogue restoration, which included full restoration of the sanctuary and an innovative frame for the roof to be used for celebrating Sukkot. Most of the money for the synagogue restoration was donated by wealthy businessmen from Panama and Venezuela. Currently, there are 400 members in the congregation. The congregation has a program to supply vitamins, some medications and toiletries to members who are in need and live nearby.
Adath Israel has remained intact through the years, its doors have never closed, carrying out the religious services of Shajarit, Minja and Arvit daily, maintaining alive the traditions of our Fathers.
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