Hemingway stayed here in 1928 on his first trip to Havana; he went on to make it his hideaway before moving to Finca Vigía in 1939. The piano bar overshadows the small reception area, behind which you find a pond with strange-looking fish and slow-moving turtles. Room 511 is kept as it was in 1938, when Hemingway lived here while writing For Whom the Bell Tolls. In one of the magazine articles collected here, you can read Hemingway's description of the sun rising
over eastern Havana "to wake you up fresh, no matter where you've been the night before." The tasteful rooftop restaurant is a must-see, offering beautiful vistas. Avoid rooms with inside views in favor of the 27-odd units with a view of Plaza de Armas.
Jun 3, 2003
I stayed at the Ambos Mundos in 2000. Granted, they might have done a lot of work on the place since then. But my room was rather run down, like many things in Cuba. The air conditioner didn't quite work, like many things in Cuba. The room had an interested city view toward the Plaza de Armas, but the street below had a lot of loud music playing until late, like many places in Cuba. It seemed that there were other places fairly close by that might
have been a bit better...