Nacional de Cuba

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. Its 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 hotels 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.