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Paseo 206 A former sen­a­tor’s house has been con­verted into a ten-suite bolt­hole by an Ital­ian and his Cuban wife. Paseo 206 is one of the Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World, and boasts a tiny Ital­ian restau­rant and a great cen­tral po­si­tion in Vedado, Ha­vana’s com­mer­cial, Re­pub­li­can-era heart. From around £165 for bed and break­fast. paseo206.com Malecón 663

The cre­ation of a chic French­woman and her Cuban mu­si­cian hus­band, Malecón 663 is a quirky sea­wall-fac­ing town­house with just four char­ac­ter­ful bed­rooms de­signed by young Cubans us­ing the ar­ti­san skills and ma­te­ri­als of the is­land. The best suite is at the top of the build­ing, with its own bar and ter­race. Dou­bles with bed and break­fast start from 180 con­vert­ible pe­sos (around £135). casas­de­cuba-en.net Loma del An­gel

A tiny, two-bed­room jewel box of a ho­tel tucked away in Old Ha­vana, Loma del An­gel is friendly, wifi-pumped, aro­matic and pretty. I like the top room with its bougainvil­lea-drenched ter­race. From around £35 a night. lo­made­lan­gel.com La Reserva Vedado

A five-room di­a­mond carved out of a 1914 neo­clas­si­cal house by a mot­ley crew of Cuban and ex­pa­tri­ate ar­chi­tects with bed­rooms and bath­rooms in­spired by re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. The gar­den is the soul of the place, with its al fresco kitchen­bar. Dou­bles from around £95 a night. lareser­vavedado.com Gran Ho­tel Kempin­ski Man­zana La Ha­bana Kempin­ski’s ar­rival on the scene in 2017 upped the ho­tel game in Ha­vana. The 246 room five-star ho­tel has a gor­geous rooftop pool ter­race and al fresco restau­rant, a Spa Al­bear by Re­sense, and mall with a Mont Blanc shop. Bed and break­fast in a pa­tio room costs 400 con­vert­ible pe­sos (around £300). kempin­ski.com Book ho­tels through­out Cuba with spe­cial­ist Cuba Pri­vate Travel, cubapri­vate­travel.com

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