Cuba Absolutely Review
The Casa del Científico palace, an eclectic masterpiece furnished with sweeping staircases and an eye-catching rooftop lookout was once the residence of Cuba’s second president, José Miguel Gómez. These days the Casa del Científico’s grand stairways, marble columns, hidden courtyards and withered terraces maintain a slightly more abandoned air but, with its central location and time-warp prerevolutionary atmosphere, it makes for an interesting introduction to Havana.
The rooms are ordinary but adequate, and there’s a rather becoming restaurant (6pm-midnight) on the 1st floor.
At Paseo del Prado, which separates Centro Habana and La Habana Vieja, very close to Parque Central, the Malecón and the old part of the city