So much has been written about the charismatic Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Built in 1930, the Nacional boasts a long and rich history – palpable today – and is part of what makes a stay here so unique.
From the palm-flanked pool to the breezy garden terrace, the Nacional has many attractive areas to linger or lounge. Tuck into one of the Chesterfield sofas under stunning chandeliers and carved wooden ceiling to see why this is a favorite spot of foreigners and Cubans alike.
The sloping garden with aerial Malecón views is perfect for enjoying a cappuccino, tuna sandwich, Cuban cigar or stiff cocktail. Dotted with palms and wicker furniture, it’s an oasis of tranquility. It is a popular meeting spot for local business people, visiting dignitaries and Cuban cultural icons.
Everything here channels the glory days of the 1950s, from the Bar "Historico" to the vintage American cars parked outside in the long, sweeping driveway. For full effect, rent one (with obligatory driver) for an hour or two. Hotel Nacional has always been allied to the film industry and is the headquarters for the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana.
Music and dance are equally represented at the Nacional where extravagant shows are hosted nightly at the Cabaret "Parisien", second only to the Tropicana. Meanwhile, Salon 1930 is dedicated to "Compay Segundo" (of Buena Vista Social Club fame) and his successors perform here weekly.
General Hotel Facilities
|A la Carte Restaurant
|Fax Service $
||Tour Booking Desk
|Car Rental $
||Internet access in the lobby $
|Conference Room $
||Room Service $
Some services require local payment.
The 426 rooms are scattered over 8 floors. Standard rooms are classic and functional, although not very spacious, but feature everything a modern hotel room requires.
|Safety Deposit Box
|Cold & hot water
The Nacional de Cuba is surrounded by many entertainment venues, including the Gato Tuerto (bolero) and La Zorra y el Cuervo (jazz) clubs. Taxis (whether by Classic Car or in a luxury Mercedes), can zip you to Old Havana in no time. The route is along the lively seafront promenade, the Malecón (across the street from the hotel), so you might consider a convertible.