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Located on a quiet stretch of San Antonio’s River Walk known as the Museum Reach, Hotel Havana is a 27-room historic property thoughtfully restored by the acclaimed Austin-based hospitality company, Bunkhouse. Originally built in 1914 as an upscale residential hotel named Hotel Havana, Bunkhouse reinvented the property paying homage to its original spirit. The charming combination of Mediterranean Revival architecture, rich Spanish Colonial history, and calm Caribbean temperament has made Havana one of the most authentic places to stay in San Antonio, Texas. 

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In 1914, local grocer Edward Franz Melcher opened Hotel Havana with a vision to recreate the tropical allure of the hotel’s Caribbean namesake. He built in the Mediterranean Revival style popular in Cuba at the time, and many of the surrounding cypress, palm and magnolia trees he planted still remain. The hotel served as a temporary residence for Melcher’s visiting vendors, beginning a storied legacy that includes FBI stings, acts of God and other colorful events befitting a grand and legendary hotel. During the twelve years Melcher lived and worked in the Havana, he donated a portion of its deed to the city for River Walk development.

The hotel changed hands several times after that, and with the management transitions urban legends passed throughout the staff. If you’re bold, ask the Front Desk team about the room you’re staying in—they’re sure to have several tales to share. In April 2010, Hotel Havana was reopened under the humble care of Bunkhouse Group. The hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but manages to maintain its youthful spirit nonetheless.

Around the Property

Eat & Drink

Spend a slow evening over cocktails in Havana Bar, the storied basement cocktail dive, or enjoy a spirited meal from Ocho Lounge, the full-service restaurant located in a glass conservancy overlooking the River Walk.

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Havana Bar

Cocktails, beer & wine, plus unbeatable mood lighting.

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Ocho Lounge

Fresh, inspired ingredients meet old-world charm in Hotel Havana’s restaurant overlooking the River Walk.

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Stay With Us, We'll Stay in Your Heart

Hotel Havana is part of Bunkhouse. We have a reputation for building memorable experiences that offer more than just a good night’s sleep and a great cup of coffee. Passion for design, tireless attention to detail, and a commitment to creating authentic culture have earned our properties a special place in the hearts and minds of those who visit.

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