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Hotel Raquel

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Raquel - Hotel Description
A stunning work of architecture, the Raquel contrasts dramatically with its not-so-picturesque surroundings, a rather humble residential area whose one, redeeming virtue is its proximity to the Plaza Vieja and other sites of interest in the Old Town.

The hotel’s ornate and eclectic facade is well matched by the interiors, which are likely to make a powerful first impression: shining marble floors, polished columns and posh period sofas surround you in the kind of palatial luxury you might expect to find in a presidential mansion or high-class art museum. The most striking feature of this grand lobby is doubtless the curved fanlight which crowns a high atrium past the reception desk, which lets in soothing tones of yellow and draws many glances skyward.

This lavishness is not the only delightful peculiarity which sets the hotel apart from others in the Old Town. The Raquel is also known for its references to Jewish tradition and faith, which consist of various decorative items (such as a stone engraving of a star of David at the reception) and symbolic artifacts (mezuzahs affixed to room doorframes) scattered about the establishment. The elegant hotel restaurant also serves typical Jewish cuisine, such as borscht and latkes.

Though the surrounding buildings detract from the view somewhat, the rooftop solarium is a good spot to enjoy a drink or gaze lazily at the city. It is also an attractive venue for wedding and other ceremonies or gatherings.

Fitness buffs or those wanting to work up a sweat can avail themselves of a well-appointed gym just below the lobby entrance. A massage service is also offered.

Arranged around the impressive atrium, the accommodations are comfortable and stylishly decorated, sharing in the eclectic elegance of the establishment.

Raquel - Hotel Modalities
• City • Historic • Romantic
Raquel - Hotel Details
Address: Calle Amargura, No. 103 esq. a San Ignacio, Havana Vieja
Number of Rooms: 25
Breakfast included in price.
Property Amenities:
• Lobby Bar • A la Carte Restaurant • Parking
• Laundry • Sauna • Tour Booking Desk
• Car Rental • Currency Exchange • Internet access in the lobby
• Lifts • Taxis • Doctor on call
• Roof-top Terrace
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Raquel - Room & Rates
Standard Room... from $48 USD
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.
• Air Conditioning • Phone • Satellite TV
• Safety Deposit Box • Room Service • Hair Dryer
• Minibar • Private Bathroom • Balcony or terrace
• Power 110V/60Hz • Cold & hot water
Mini-Suite Room... from $119 USD
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.
• Air Conditioning • Phone • Satellite TV
• Safety Deposit Box • Room Service • Hair Dryer
• Minibar • Private Bathroom • Balcony or terrace
• Power 110V/60Hz • Cold & hot water • Living area
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Raquel - Location
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.
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