Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Discover the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Vedado, Havana.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Hotel Nacional de Cuba
© Wilder Méndez

The Hotel Nacional de Cuba, built in 1930 in an eclectic, art decó, Neoclassical and Neocolonial style, has been declared National Monument due to its artistic and historic value. Nowadays is one of the postcard pictures most popular of Havana. It is located in Calle O Street corner to Calle 21 Street, in Vedado, Municipio Plaza de la Revolución, Havana.

The hotel has also been awarded as Memory of the World by UNESCO, being the first hotel to receive this kind of honor.

 

It has have a large list of important clients, from politicians, artists, or scientifics, to well-known members of the Italo-american mafia. Some of the most famous one are: Edward VIII, Prince of Wales; the writers Ernest Hemingway and Rómulo Gallegos; Nelson Rockefeller; the discoverer of Penicillin, Alexander Fleming; the boxer Rocky Marciano, Frank Sinatra, and and movie actors like Marlon Brando, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, or Pedro Vargas. nowadays, the hotel exhibits on its walls old photographs of some of its guests.

Part of its historical importance is because, in October 1933, after the putsch of Fulgencio Batista, 300 officers came to shelter in this hotel, where the ambassador of the US Sumner Welles was, to receive aid. Instead of that, Wells did quickly leave before the troops of Batista opened fire in the hotel, killing 14 of them.

Another historical event took place in December 1946, when the American gangsters Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky arranged one of the most important meetings for their American mafia, when they said Frank Sinatra gave a private concert, despite the artist always denying this statement.

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Calle O, esquina con calle 21, Vedado, La Habana - Cuba.

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