Apartments in Havana – Budget Holiday Accommodation
Havana’s history is an intriguing story that draws visitors in from all over the world. Combine its fascinating past with a rustic backdrop and you have a highly coveted city – the Caribbean’s most vivacious, in fact. The peeling streets of Havana and its traffic-heavy streets aren’t conventionally beautiful, but its pastel-painted buildings, colonial architecture, and hordes of classic cars give it a unique personality like no other city in the world. Stepping foot on the shimmering shores of Havana is akin to stepping back in time, taking a picturesque walk down memory lane with the romantic visuals to go with it: vintage cars breeze past palm trees and sprawling beaches, grandiose palaces rise above shuttered houses and wrought-iron balconies, and street-side stalls sell everything from local dishes to homemade crafts and cigars. Take a trip back in time with one of our apartments in Havana and really get to know the fascinating quirks of this city. Our collection of budget flats and affordable boutique rentals span the entire city so you can find the perfect place to stay.
Explore the Historic Timeline - Things to do in Havana
- Old Havana – The centre of Havana is typical Cuba at its finest. Heavily populated and dressed up in old colonial architecture, this part of the city holds many of the major attractions and sights.
- Malecon – An esplanade that sprawls out over 8km along the shoreline of Havana. It passes numerous neighbourhoods and offers great views across the ocean and beyond.
- Morro Castle – This impressive fortress got its name from the three biblical Magi and sits at the entrance of Havana bay, watching over the city and guarding its people.
- Gran Teatro de La Habana – Situated in the Paseo del Prado, this important theatre once acted as a social reunion hub. Now, it showcases cultural events from Havana and the rest of Cuba.
- El Capitolio – Also known as the National Capitol Building, this important edifice acted as the seat of government in Cuba up until the end of the 1950s. Now it plays host to the Cuban Academy of Sciences.
- Museum of the Revolution – Tucked away in the rustic streets of Old Havana, this museum is set inside what was once the Presidential Palace. The interior offers an insight into the turbulent history of Cuba, whilst the exterior is a grand display of intricate architecture.
- Finca Vigia – Once home to Ernest Hemingway, this historic building is now a museum which showcases the important cultural history of Havana.
- Castillo de la Real Fuerza – This fort sits to the west of Havana’s harbour and looks out across the shimmering waters of the Caribbean Sea.
- La Cabana – An age-old fortress that dates back to the 1700s. It’s the third largest of its kind in the Americas and sits overlooking the harbour entrance.
- Havana Cathedral – Also known as the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, this church is one of eleven Roman Catholic cathedrals in Cuba and is nestled right in the heart of Old Havana.
- Jose Marti Memorial – Dedicated to national hero Jose Marti, this eye-catching monument stands tall in the Plaza de la Revolucion.
- Colon Cemetery, Havana – Dating back to 1876, this cemetery boasts some ornate architectural designs and sits in the Vedado neighbourhood.
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana – Cuba’s national fine arts museum is a hugely popular attraction in Havana, showcasing amazing examples of Cuban artworks spanning from colonial times up until the present day.
- El Templete – This important monument is located on the spot where the town of San Cristobal de la Habana was celebrated way back in 1519.
- Floridita – Foodies should make time to book a table at this historic fish restaurant. Located in the winding streets of Old Havana, it features an impressive local menu and a wide selection of delicious cocktails.
Explore all that Havana has to offer and more from the comfortable base of our Havana apartments.
Time Travel in Havana
Havana is well-known for its rustic backdrop and fascinating history. Wandering through its pastel-perfect streets, past age-old buildings and alongside vintage cars, is like taking a trip down memory lane. Age-old traditions are still heavily held in Havana, and you can experience its colourful culture down every twist and turn.
Start your time travels by taking a tour in a vintage car. Old school cars pepper the streets of Havana, offering a postcard-style backdrop that harks back to retro eras. There are plenty of places to hire vintage cars in Havana, and it’s a great way to get out and explore the city. Be sure to hire an open-top car so you can feel the Caribbean breeze ruffle your hair as you explore.
Havana also boasts an impressive literary history. Famous writers perused its streets for many years and holed up in its many drinking hangouts. Ernest Hemingway is perhaps the most famous writer who soaked up the charm of Havana, and you can explore many of the haunts that he graced with his pen and paper. Start by popping into Floridita, a historic bar where Hemingway drank his fair share of daiquiris. Later, duck into Bodeguita del Medio, the birthplace of the Mojito, for some live music and salsa dancing.
Our Havana apartments offer the perfect way to get under the skin of the city, to explore like a local, and to discover its fascinating culture and history.
How to Get into Havana – From the Airport to the City Centre
Havana is served by the Jose Marti Airport, which isn’t far from the city centre. There are a number of options for getting into town. Firstly, there’s public transport, which is great for getting to know local life but can be bothersome for tourists as you have to pay in the local currency. Otherwise, there’s a comfortable train for tourists that runs from the airport into the city centre. It’s fully air-conditioned and offers great views of the surrounding scenery as you come into the city. Lastly, you can hop in a taxi. There are plenty of taxis around, both vintage-style and modern cars, and prices a very reasonable.