Housed within a 1930s mansion, Paseo 206 is a boutique hotel in Havana’s Vedado neighbourhood. Italian designer furnishings and Cuban artworks decorate its spaces while the hospitality is exceptional.
How would you describe A|S Boutique Residence in a nutshell?
A|S Boutique Hotel is a unique boutique hotel set within one of Old Havana’s UNESCO-protected houses that draws on European elegance, art and design.
What was the inspiration or story behind A|S Boutique Residence?
I come from the international fashion industry and have travelled all over the world staying in very good boutique hotels. So I’ve always had a fascination with them and an understanding of what I feel works and what doesn’t. My partner is from Havana and knows the city inside out. We particularly love Old Havana, so we decided to create a boutique hotel that reflected our needs and tastes.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design?
It took two years of renovations to restore the building to its former glory. It combines the colonial architecture of Old Havana with vintage European furnishings and design objects, as well as large paintings that take advantage of the property’s high ceilings. Our first clients were particularly enthusiastic about the residence’s colonial feel blended with modern luxuries and its location in the heart of Old Havana. It has an authenticity and with all the comforts people want.
To you personally, what is so special about A|S Boutique Residence?
It has the intimacy of a house, with just a few guest rooms, but at the same time, it offers the luxurious amenities and design of a hotel. Unlike many of Havana’s hotels, which are grand and impressive, they don’t offer much participation in local life. At A|S Boutique Residence, the rooftop terrace is always calm and you’ll usually have the salon to yourself, with a maximum of 10 people staying at any one time. On the other hand, you can head downstairs to mingle with the locals and experience the city’s real environment.
Is A|S Boutique Residence best suited for adults or also families with children?
It’s really designed for adults as all of the rooms have king beds. We also have a policy that only children aged above 16 years can stay.