Anyone strolling the streets of old Havana has probably noticed the Florida hotel, either for its beauty or strategic position. A flashback to Cuba’s days as a Spanish protectorate, it dates to 1836. Before it became a hotel it was inhabited by renowned families and Havana’s opulent sugar barons. Today the Florida has been reborn in all its splendor, with leaping arches, stalwart columns and an undeniable colonial character. Some of the rooms open onto the replete calle Obispo, full of shops, art galleries and museums. Because of its natural qualities and vital location, it’s one the city’s most sought-after lodgings.