The hostel occupies the house at the corner of the Oficios and Obrapia Streets, a residence built in the seventeenth century, exhibiting features of Arab influence in its architecture. The ancient house’s owner was Baltasar Sotolongo y González-Carvajal, who served as Havana’s alcalde ordinario (regular major) in 1781, and in December, 1803 at the time of his death, was Regidor del Ayuntamiento (Alderman of the city Council).
The place, also known as the Havana’s Casa de Valencia (Valencia House) is a site preserving the Valencian tradition. It comprises the Entresuelos bar and La Paella restaurant, specialized in this typical dish, which has been winner for six occasions in national and international contests in Spain. An inner patio with exuberant vegetation, ideal for resting and for tasting varied cocktails, provides a special feeling to this hostel, also highlighting by its magnificent wooden roofs and the smithy balconies.