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Hotel Palacio O'Farrill

The Hotel PalacioO’Farrill is a terrifically grand neoclassical mansion standing on thecorner of Cuba and Chacon Streets near the port of Havana. Its owner,Don Ricardo O’Farrill y O’Daly, made his fortune in the slave trade andowned several large sugar mills. The entrance hall of his house isalmost ludicrously impressive, with a toweringly high ceiling and vastiron-studded polished mahogany doors. Don’t miss the two small butelegant black marble seats in the hallway or the idiosyncraticallydouble-scrolled archway leading into the courtyard.

The general aesthetic of the O’Farrill is Cuban colonial; Hibernian itis not, but as if to rectify the situation the colour green has beenapplied with a liberal hand throughout the establishment. On occasionenthusiasm for the Emerald Isle seems to run amuck, such as in thestinging viridian in the stained glass fanlights and the startlinglime-green walls of the sitting rooms in the suites. The faces ofvisitors drinking pre-lunch cocktails in the courtyard also acquire aninteresting hue from the greenish tinge of the canopy which shades themfrom the sun. However the restaurant and snack bar break with thechromatic norm and the latter, decorated in mahogany with terracottafurnishings, proves welcomingly cool relief after a morning ofsightseeing in what can sometimes feel like the blast furnace, albeitthe very picturesque one, of Old Havana.

A particularly attractive feature of the building is the way in whichthe mahogany detailing has been left unpainted, being simply varnishedto show the beauty of the wood. Throughout the building there arepieces of good old Cuban furniture as well as numerous reproductions,but the latter are so well made in exact imitation of traditionalpieces that the overall impression is one of pleasing visual harmony.

HOTEL IS UNDER REFURBISHMENT UNTILL 31.10.2007.

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Car rental desk
  • Conference halls & rooms
  • Disabled facilities
  • Elevators / lifts
  • Hotel was recently renovated
  • International cuisine
  • Internet on hotel's PCs
  • Laundry & Ironing Service
  • Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
  • Nightclub nearby
  • Old building restored
  • Parking
  • Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
  • Restaurant
  • Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
  • Shops max 2min walk
  • Taxis desk
  • Telephone - National & international calls
  • Tours & tourist information desk
  • TV room/bar (international channels/videos)
  • Voltage 110/120

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