Need to know
27, including 11 suites.
12 noon, but flexible up until 2pm. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $135.00, excluding tax at 16.75 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast, from US$20.
If you ask at the front desk, they’ll bring an Apple TV, loaded with Cuban movies, to your room.
At the hotel
Private parking, free Wi-Fi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, pre-loaded iPod with dock, fully stocked Smeg minibar, radio, and Red Flower toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
We love the exposed brickwork and modest price tag of room 15, a Havana King. Room 12, a Queen suite, has even more exposed brick, and a separate living or working area, sectioned off by large floor-to-ceiling windows. For full-blown luxury, room 31, the Penthouse Suite, is definitely worth the splurge. The duplex apartment features a dramatic blue wrought-iron staircase that leads up to the mezzanine bedroom. The ensuite is tiled in a retro sky blue and contains a huge tub, exposed drencher shower and a mustard yellow velour armchair.
A sunhat for battling the Texan heat; active types should pack running shoes: the Riverwalk is a picturesque favourite for joggers.
Pets are welcome, for US$25 a day.
Little Smiths are welcome, with cots and roll-out beds available free. That said, the hotel is more suited for romantic getaways.
During the renovation of this historic structure, only locally sourced (and often salvaged) materials were used.