Originally the Havana Hilton, this high-rise monster is, at least, easy to find. Rooms are functional and modern; some offer astounding sea views, especially on the upper floors. The restaurants and bars are always abuzz, and Cuba's best musicians play at the rooftop Turqino disco (the vistas from here are stunning, especially at dawn). The location puts you in the municipal nerve center: Calle 23 (La Rampa) slopes right down to the Malecón, Parque Coppelia's ice-cream emporium is just across the way, and the Universidad de la Habana is a five-minute walk east.
Calle 23 (La Rampa) y Calle L, Havana, Cuba