San Antonio wholesale grocer Edward Franz Melcher opened Hotel Havana in 1914 as a guest house for his customers. Melcher infused the building with a tropical allure through the use of Mediterranean Revival architecture. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on the River Walk. In 2010, it came under the ownership of the hospitality organization Bunkhouse. The 27-room boutique hotel showcases the original Bastrop pine floors, soaring 20-foot ceilings, colonial shuttered windows, and terraces evoking romance and luxury. It offers a number of spaces in which groups of up to 150 can meet and celebrate, including Ocho, the hotel’s restaurant, situated in a glass conservatory overlooking the River Walk. Additional spaces include the bar, library, terrace, breezeway and patio, as well as a meeting room that can accommodate 30 guests for plated dinners or meetings.
Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.