Old Havana Guesthouse «La Gárgola»

La Gárgola is a charming and standard-setting guesthouse in Old Havana. Reconstruction of La Gargola took over 12 months and was completed in November 2015.

It has 5 guest rooms for up to 11 travellers, and features original period floor tiles, French doors, and hand-made furniture.


This old house was built by a pharmacist who used to work with the mystic arts and summoned a very old gargoyle many many years ago to act as a guardian for the entrance to this house.

He has been jealously keeping vigil ever since. He doesn't allow any bad thoughts or negative feelings to enter, so as soon as people arrive, he deftly removes anything undesirable that might be tagging along, such as stress, fear or a bad mood.

The house offers you quietness, peace, comfort, safety, harmony, friendliness and love.

Since the gargoyle magically opens the door for you, you become part of our family and will be treated as such.

Welcome to our home!

It is a real pleasure to have you here with us!



  • Plugs 110/220v
  • 24h reception service
  • Air conditioned
  • Luggage storage
  • Hairdryer
  • Security box
  • En-suite bathroom


  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Cocktails
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Transfers
  • Multilanguage

La Gargola is located in a popular tourist zone within the UNESCO heritage listed historic centre of Havana.

It's on a well-lit street opposite a police station and 3 blocks from the popular tourist sites of the Cathedral Plaza and the Bodeguita del Medio. It's also very near to the famous Malecon that is the seaside avenue that runs along the bay of Havana.


From Jose Marti Airport

By taxi: 25-30 CUC ($30 USD approx).

  • Orlando (Reception)

    I am fascinated by nature - both plants and animals. I also love meeting people and learning as much as I can about everything. I love my work here at La Gargola. I really enjoy helping people and then seeing their happy smiling faces. That gives me a lot of satisfaction. Our staff here has become sort of like a big family, so that keeps me loving my work. Welcome to La Gargola!

  • Marcos (Reception)

    Nice to meet you! My name is Marcos. When you come to the front door of La Gargola, I'll be the one that welcomes you. I'm available to help with whatever you need during your stay. You'll arrive as a client but by the time you leave Havana, I hope that it will be as my friend. It's always a pleasure for me to form new friendships and communicate in a language that is different from my native tongue. That is something that I really like about my work at La Gargola. Apart from that, the staff here are more like a family to me. That makes work pleasurable, and I look forward every day to come here to work. I also have a degree in Marketing and Public Relations, but I would like to perfect my language skills and one day became a tour guide.

  • Yiyi (Housekeeping)

    I work part-time in La Gargola, and I love it! Apart from the fun I have working with the others here it also helps me with some money to get by and to plan for the future. My dream is to one day have my own music school. I already have some students that I give lessons to at their homes. I'm grateful that the boss let's me practice my violin in the back room during my break.

  • Tina (Housekeeping)

    I'm really happy to be working in La Gargola as it's given me the chance to make new friends. I like dancing and watching movies and documentaries. I'm originally from Baracoa, which is famed as being the most beautiful part of Cuba. I'd love for you to go and visit!

  • Yaya (Housekeeping)

    I love dogs and my hobbies are playing guitar and volleyball. I know a bit about carpentry and design. I like having good friends especially sincere ones. I've very happy to be working here in La Gargola.

  • Yari (Bookkeeping)

    I'm one of the staff members of La Gargola. My favourite colours are red and blue. I like the natural world, to walk in natural areas and also the beach. I studied economics and I really enjoy that. I like to cook and to work with my hands. I love dancing and I'm a massive ice-cream fan.

  • Mandy (Security)

    I'm in charge of security in La Gargola. I like anything to do with modern technology, computers and new inventions. I like watching those TV series about that sort of stuff and also computer games. I really enjoy my work because our team here has become like a really nice family and I feel at home here.