REVIEW

Hotel Havana

San Antonio may be a mere stone’s throw from the Mexican border, but at the city’s Hotel Havana, it’s always been about Cuba.

By Danielle Contray, Friday, Oct 12, 2012, 11:26 AM

(Courtesy Hotel Havana)

Hotel Havana

About this Hotel

Price From $115

San Antonio may be a mere stone’s throw from the Mexican border, but at the city’s Hotel Havana, it’s always been about Cuba. When a grocer opened the riverside hotel in 1914, the Mediterranean-revival architecture proved a dead ringer for the colonial Caribbean capital, and the name Hotel Havana stuck. Now, famed West Texas lawyer-turned-hotelier Liz Lambert—who reinvigorated the Texas lodging scene with Marfa’s El Cosmico and Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia—has brought her hip-meets-retro trademark to the space. Her 27-room reincarnation harks back to the island’s prerevolutionary 1950s glory days. Original pine floors and wrought-iron beds are paired with accents such as pastel SMEG fridges, vintage radios, and framed graphic prints. Mexico gets its due at Ocho, the on-site restaurant where chefs Larry McGuire and Lou Lambert (Liz’s brother) bring classic Mexican flavors to their pan-Latin menu of small plates and artisan cocktails.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, MC, Visa.

Details From $115; breakfast included.

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