At a Glance
- more than a hotel, this property speaks to the Cuba's history, and its past is symbolic
- has maintenance issues and is more run-down than it should be
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Hotel Nacional Review
Officially the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, this elegant establishment recalls another era. Filled with memorabilia of such famous (and infamous) guests as Winston Churchill, Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra, and Meyer Lansky, the Nacional still buzzes. Although rooms are disappointing and the service is only fair, the Vista al Golfo bar is a great place for a mojito, as is the patio with its gracious columns. A peacock strolls graciously as you sip lemonade at the bar under the shade of a majestic palm tree. Invariably there's a hot trio playing son, a genre of Cuban music and the perfect accompaniment to the movements of visitors from all over the world as they wander in and out of this national monument.