“Ornate chandeliers, whitewashed walls, and icy blue paint trim remind visitors of Cuba’s largest city at Ocho, one of two bars tucked into Hotel Havana, within a 1912 Mediterranean Revival building.”
“All are pet-friendly, and feature stocked SMEG fridges, Red Flower bath amenities, custom serape bathrobes, and complimentary coffee and Wi-Fi; suites have sitting areas, terraces, or other perks. Room service comes from the in-house Ocho restaurant, but it’s better to head down and eat there in person to take in the cheery setting, river views, pan-Latin menus, and cocktails that highlight rum (as a nod to Havana) and tequila (an homage to San Antonio’s Mexican roots).”
“On a quiet stretch of the River Walk is the Hotel Havana, a 27-room boutique hotel built in 1914 by a local grocer, Edward Franz Melcher, as a guest house for customers. He wanted to create a space reminiscent of the Caribbean. Austin-based hotelier Liz Lambert reopened the Mediterranean Revival–style hotel in 2010 after a ninety-day refresh that mostly involved reupholstering and rearranging existing pieces, keeping the spirit and sturdy architectural bones of the place intact.”
"Glass-enclosed Ocho at the historic Havana seamlessly brings the outdoors in. Sun-splashed by day and chandelier-lit at night, the casually elegant restaurant is tucked among the tropical greenery overlooking the River Walk. There is outdoor seating on the patio, but arguably the best seats in the house are the plush, blue banquettes inside Ocho’s stunning steel-and-glass conservatory."
"While it’s not the typical Southern porch, it’s the ideal spot to take in the evening, with a specially made craft cocktail (the menu focuses on tequila and Cuban rum) in hand."
"For sure get a Cuban breakfast plate at Ocho, which is the restaurant for the Hotel Havana downtown."
"Ocho Restaurant is perfect for a breakfast of robust coffee and plantain griddlecakes; at night, drink cocktails served with Latin-style snacks."
"Rich woven rugs cover beautifully weathered wood flooring, while retro radios and refrigerators, and a mix of vintage and cast iron bed frames make each guest room feel truly unique. Located right next to the popular San Antonio Riverwalk, the location could not be more perfect — a cozy place to call your temporary home."