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Hotel Nacional

At a Glance

    Pros

  • more than a hotel, this property speaks to the Cuba's history, and its past is symbolic

    Cons

  • 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.

    Hotel Details

  • 426 rooms, 16 suites
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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    Hotel Nacional Review

    The Hotel Nacional de Cuba is located in the heart of the city in the middle of downtown Vedado, close to the centre of Havana, it stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, overlooking the Malecón, a broad esplanade and seawall which stretches for 8 km along the coast line of the Bahia de la Habana (Havana Bay). You cannot beat the location of this hotel. Opened in 1930 this Art Deco style grande dame is classy, refined, opulent and elegant. Illustrious guests over the years have included Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Ernest Hemingway and a host of others, of which I include myself. The executive suites are 245 Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) per night, the equivalent of 260 $ U.S. but are luxurious and comfortable with superb, eye-popping views over the azure blue Bay. There are two restaurants, La Veranda which I have not tried and the Comedor de Aguiar, an à la carte restaurant and one of the most glamorous dining settings in Cuba. It offers haute gastronomique based on a blend of Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisines. There is also an extensive wine list . The immaculate waiters were impeccable and amiable. The food was delicious and the service attentive and personal. Plus there are no fewer than six bars offering between the 24 hour service. The prices are high, even for an Habana icon like this and truthfully the hotel could do with a discreet face-lift. Despite that it's a totally magical place and very romantic, with a great sense of history.

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