View From The Oldest Hotel In Cuba

Hotel Inglaterra is the oldest hotel in Cuba, having been founded on December 23rd, 1875. Winston Churchill even stayed in the hotel during the Spanish-Cuban war of 1895 as a military observer. Being able to open the doors to my balcony and look down on central park across the street with the flood of classic cars driving by was a welcome beginning to my short trip to Cuba.

Although the hotel is quite old, thankfully, it's had some updates over the years. My room did have in-room air conditioning which was definitely welcome given the summer temperatures and the humidity that goes with it. The layout was something less than ideal as you basically walk into the bed when you open the door, but for the location and the historical sense, it was a pleasant stay.

You can see a few examples of the Cocotaxi in the bottom center. So named as their shaped resembles that of a coconut. I never got around to taking one, but they are supposed to be a bit cheaper than a normal taxi. I couldn't help but feel like they'd make the perfect bowling balls should a superhero movie ever be filmed here.

Photo shot with the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) paired with a Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH lens. This camera only shoots in black & white.