Hotel Santa Isabel, the magnificent former mansion of the Counts of Santovenia, was opened in 1867, and soon became the favourite haunt of ship owners and artists alike.

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Since it reopened in the late 1990's, there is still a distinctive colonial style. The mansion consists of spacious rooms decorated in old 19th century style, and from the terrace you can enjoy a wonderful view of Havana Bay and much of the old town. Condado restaurant serves up local specialities in elegant surroundings, while there is a less formal atmosphere in the shady Spanish-styled courtyard which adjoins the lobby, where guests can enjoy a fine cocktail or quiet read at one of the tables surrounding the central fountain.

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In 1830, the incumbent Count arranged for a hot-air balloon carrying a flower-decked basket to be launched off the roof terrace in honour of princess María Isabel Luisa, hence the hotel name.

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