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Tejadillo Hotel: Leisure and History
Date: FEB 09, 2004
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The Cuban capital, one of the first villages founded by the Spanish conquistadors nearly five centuries ago, under the name of San Cristóbal de La Habana, treasures several exponents from that period that have become attractions for visitors.

Over 30,000 buildings devoted to different functions stand in the city's Historic Heart, which was declared World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Cultural and historic centers, commercial establishments and lodging facilities for tourism have become hard-to-forget offers for those who bet on the Cuban capital during their stay in the largest Antillean Island.

A broad network of lodging facilities, characterized by their colonial architecture and run by the Cuban company Habaguanex S.A., renders its services to foreign vacationers. One of these establishments is the Tejadillo Hotel.

One of the main features of the Tejadillo Hotel is its location, since it is housed in three buildings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries on the corner of Tejadillo and San Ignacio streets, in Havana's Historic Heart.

The aforementioned mansions have had the most varied functions since their proprietor, Doña Regla de Silva, decided to donate them to the Order of the Sacred Heart to be used as a Nuns' School.

For travelers staying at the Tejadillo Hotel, the surrounding complements the offer, since the establishment is situated at a walking distance from the world-famous Bodeguita del Medio and the colonial-style restaurant El Patio, two hot spots for foreign tourists who visit Old Havana.

The Tejadillo Hotel has a peculiar characteristic that differentiates it from other facilities of its kind in Cuba's leisure industry - 17 of its 32 rooms, including two suites, have their own kitchen, so guests can cook their meals.

That characteristic, widely spread at the international level, is a novelty in Cuban hotels; that is why, the establishment has only one cafeteria (the Cathedral) to serve breakfast, and benefits from the services of the San Carlos snack bar, and the Doña Regla bazaar, which sells food and beverages to the guests.

The Spanish colonial ambiance at the Tejadillo Hotel, a singular element among the establishment's attractions, is achieved by a combination of railings, sculptures and furniture made of wood imported from Africa and the Caribbean.

The three houses underwent painstaking restoration works that allowed preserving a yagruma tree in one of their inner patios, giving a picturesque touch to Havana's urban heart.

Murals, paintings and a delicate gardening are perfectly combined with a bronze statue of a traveler carrying his luggage, scoring another point in favor of leisure.

The decoration of the buildings also allowed taking a step forward in the recovery of the art of glasswork and color-stained windows, which were made by Cuban artist José María de la Terga.

Due to all these elements, the Tejadillo Hotel has become a unique offer that meets the needs of the most demanding guests.

Tejadillo Hotel. Inner patio
Tejadillo Hotel. Room
Tejadillo Hotel. Second-floor salon
Tejadillo Hotel. View of second floor
Tejadillo Hotel. Bar cafeteria
Tejadillo Hotel. Restaurant
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