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Hotel Nacional

We will be staying at Cuba's Historical Hotel Nacional in Havana, possibly the most unusual and interesting hotel in the Caribbean region. The hotel exhibits eclectic styles reflecting Art Deco and Arabic references, resulting in a unique example of diversified architecture. You're going to step back in time in this beautiful hotel.

History Of Our Hotel

canonFACT: Early in its history, the Nacional Hotel's location was under constant attack by pirates. This was then followed by the capture of Havana by the English, prompting the construction of various fortifications. In the Nacional's back courtyard, you will see two cannons on display in the garden overlooking the Malecón.

The Malecón is a spectacular esplanade, roadway and seawallFACT: The Malecón is a spectacular esplanade, roadway and seawall which stretches for 5 miles along the coast in Havana. It is absolutley breathtaking.

Lucky LucianoFACT: In December 1946, the Hotel was the venue for the Mafia, closing its doors to the public while accommodating the heads of the most notorious mobster families, such as, Lucky Luciano. This Mafia management refused accommodation to many on racist grounds, but in 1957, they opened their doors to both Josephine Baker and Nat King Cole, who ended up giving several unforgettable performances during their stay.

Castro with Maureen O'Hara and Alec GuinnessFACT: The Hotel Nacional is probably best known for its guests and celebrities, which included the likes of Sir Winston Churchill, Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan), Edward VIII (Prince of Wales), Jack Dempsey, Buster Keaton, Errol Flynn, George Raft, Betty Grable, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, Ernest Hemingway, Fred Astaire, César Romero, Gary Cooper, Nelson Rockefeller, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Spencer Tracy, Marlon Brando, John Wayne, Mickey Mantle, Walt Disney, Eartha Kitt, Vic Damone, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, the Backstreet Boys, Kevin Costner, Jodie Foster; Oliver Stone, Steven Spielberg, President Jimmy Carter, Harry Belafonte, Paco Rabanne, Michel Legrand, Robert de Niro, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Francis Ford Coppola, Muhammad Ali, Danny Glover, and Soraya, former empress of Iran. Fidel Castro loved associating with screen stars such as Maureen O'Hara and Alec Guinness.

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