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Starting Price: $ 76.00

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General Info

Hotel facade   Address: Calle O esq. a 21, Vedado. Ciudad Habana. Cuba
Hotel type: City
Hotel chain: Gran Caribe
Location: Havana
Airport distance: 26 Km
 
Perhaps you have heard of Cuba’s flagship hotel, the Nacional, its rich history and grand setting on a bluff overlooking the Havana seaside. Full of turrets, columns and arches, this unique confluence of Spanish colonial design with art deco is utterly unique.
It's lush gardens and outdoor lounging areas add special elegance. Opened in 1930, it was built to capture wealthy seasonal tourism, mainly from the United States. It ended up attracting thousands of celebrities from all over the world, the U.S. mafia not excluded.
These figures still fill the hotel's spaces in the myriad of photos that hang from the walls, the entire hotel being a vast gallery of photos and autographs. It is not uncommon to share the hotel on any given visit with Ministers, Presidents or perhaps one of Hollywood’s finest, and many leave comments in the bulging visitor’s book.

 

Rooms

Standard room  
The hotel has 8 floors with 457 rooms, including one Presidential and 15 Standard Suites. Some of the rooms on the hotel’s Historical Floor actually have commemorative plaques dedicated to the celebrities who stayed there, like Eva Gardner (225), Johnny Weismuller (232), Bola de Nieve (229), and others. These rooms still have the original floor, bed frames and other furniture from the 1930’s.
General facilities:
  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom with shower and tub
  • Satellite TV
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe deposit box
  • Minibar
  • Lounge furniture
For those who seek privacy and personalized treatment there is an Executive Floor with all normal services plus private reception with its own check-in and check-out, executive office with bilingual secretaries, meeting halls and a breakfast lounge and bar. Photocopies, fax, email and Internet time are charged separately.

 

Dining and Bars

Aguiar Restaurant  
The Hotel Nacional has two restaurants and a cafeteria:
  • The Veranda buffet restaurant: A 268-person capacity, all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of the best national and international food around. At the entrance notice the original silverware from the hotel’s first years.
  • The Aguiar Restaurant: This exquisite spot is named after the Havana defender Don Luis Aguiar who forced the British back from the bluff now occupied by the hotel during their invasion in the 18th century. Perhaps the most elegant restaurant in town, its finely crafted ceiling, beautiful vases and hanging lamps are testimony to the fine design of this exceptional setting. The cuisine is equally impressive, with dishes like the Langosta Nacional (lobster) with almond sauce or perhaps Algarabía del Mar (Seafood Mélange), including shrimp, lobster and fish. For dessert try the Dulce a las Tres Leches (Triple Milk Treat), Guava Cheesecake or oft-requested Crêpes.
  • The Rincón del Cine cafeteria-bar: Created in recognition of the hotel’s more than 20 years of sponsoring the New Latin American Cinema Festival, it has contemporary decoration and a permanent photo show of outstanding figures from the film industry. Cuban films can be seen while enjoying food and drink. Open 24 hours.
Cafeteria-Bar  
The hotel has five bars distributed over diverse areas:
  • Vista al Golfo: Found in the Hall of Fame, it is entered through the Vedado salon. A tranquil spot to have a drink and talk about the Nacional’s history. The walls are covered with shots of better-known guests like Benny Moré, Betty Grable, Frank Sinatra, Francis Ford Coppola, Gabriel García Marquez, Geraldine Chaplin, Jean Paul Sartre, Spencer Tracy and many, many more.
  • Los Jardines: If you keep going through the main entrance doors you come out into the gardens, where the huge Spanish-style arches open onto an elevated and lovely view of the sea. A beautiful fountain with peacocks prancing about make for a relaxing environment, and there is top-notch entertainment, including weekend fashion shows, barbecue specials, live music and a mini-version of the hotel cabaret show. The cocktail special called Jardín Nacional is a lovely rum and fruit combo, and fits in perfectly with the garden’s atmosphere.
  • Aire Mar: Next to the Aguiar restaurant, with a wide selection of domestic and international wines. The star of the former is San Cristóbal, a superb dry wine with the first name given to Havana in the 16th century.
  • Havana cigar bar
  • Snack Bar

 

Services and Facilities

Swimming Pool  
  • Two swimming pools
  • Art gallery (painting and jewelry)
  • Sale of books and recordings
  • Rum and canned goods shop
  • Perfume shop
  • Bank
  • Parisién cabaret
  • Shop with genuine Cuban products
  • Casa del Habano: The best place to savor the aroma of prestige, with the world’s most sought-after brands: Cohíba, Partagás, Romeo y Julieta, Montecristo, Trinidad, Robaina, Cuaba and Veguero. Actually a two-story shop, making it one of the biggest in Cuba, with ideal temperature and humidity. The first floor has a Smoker’s Club, to steep oneself in cigar tradition, as well as enjoy fine arts done around the tobacco theme. Also available are custom-made cigars rolled by a specialist with more than 20 years experience.
  • Gymnasium with massage service and sauna.
  • Tennis court.
  • Hair stylist
  • Jewelry shop
  • Craft shop
  • Auditoriums: The Nacional has all the conditions for a reception, business meeting or event to come off perfectly. Spaces include four small auditoriums ranging from 15 to 40-person capacity (with an original 1930 dining nook for up to 20 people), the mid-sized Taganana Salon (180-person capacity), and majestic Vedado auditorium (350 capacity).

 

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Nearby atractions

  • Malecón seafront drive
  • La Rampa craft market
  • Hotel Habana Libre
  • Yara Cinema
  • Hotel Capri
  • Bim Bom ice cream shop
  • La Rampa Cinema
  • Hotel Vedado
  • Bertoldt Brecht theater
  • Hotel Victoria