Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Vacation spot: Havana
Address: Calle 0 esq. 21, Vedado, La Habana, Cuba.
Phone: (+53) 78 73 35 64
Hotel themes:
Children Policy: Children from 2 to 13 years old , Infants under 2 years old .
Managed by: Gran Caribe
Energy: 110 / 220 v - 60Hz

Hotel Nacional de Cuba is probably the most famous hotel in Havana, and also the most historic. Built in 1930 where the Santa Clara battery was (one of the many spots built by the Spaniards to protect the city from the attack of privateers and pirates) it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1982, together with Havana’s historical center.

The remnants of this defense system, two cannons (one of them the world's largest in its day) are still on display in the garden, from where one can enjoy the stunning views of the sea, the Morro Castle and the city thanks to the hotel’s great location, atop a small cliff in a centric junction of the Vedado neighborhood, only a short walk to The Malecón (Havana’s seaside promenade) and other attractions in this district.

This "grande dame" hotel of 442 rooms was designed by the same architects (Mckim, Mead & White) who designed The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, which it closely resembles.

From the palm-lined drive one access a porch that opens to the impressive lobby, adorned with dark precious woods and Mudejar patterned tiles. Beyond it, the U-shaped terrace coming before the beautiful gardens invites to enjoy a Cuban drink accompanied by live music and peacocks strolling around.

One can definitely see how grand it was in its heyday. Today it could benefit from an update, starting with rooms which are a bit dated, although undeniably charming, sober and elegant.

Breakfast is large with many options. There are three restaurants plus several bars and cafeterias; two pools, one of them with a nice area offering plenty of loungers and a snack bar…and of course, the renowned Cabaret Parisien, where the selfsame Nat King Cole performed in the 50’s.

A tour of the hotel is offered (highly recommended) with many interesting historical information along with the long list of celebrities that have, since 1930, stayed here: Luminaries from Winston Churchill and the Prince of Wales to Ernest Hemingway, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. One can even choose to stay in one of the rooms these personalities occupied.

No doubt, a hotel worth visiting, even if staying somewhere else, because of its history, the lovely terrace and gardens, the views, and the memorabilia.

Hotel Highlights


Ideal for business persons it features 54 rooms, 2 Senior Suites and 7 Junior Suites plus:

Meeting rooms for 5 to 12 persons.

Personalized attention by the floor manager and its staff.

Check in/out at the desk on this floor.

24 hour Concierge service.

Breakfast room on the floor.

Snack-bar from 7:00 to 19:00 hours.

Executive Office with the following services:

· Bilingual secretarial services

· Photocopies

· FAX and electronic mail

· Internet

· Personal computers

· Typing

Location Details

El Malecón (seaside promenade) - 200 meters.

La Rampa (part of 23rd street) - 100 meters

Main airlines offices - 200 meters.

Hotel Habana Libre - 400 meters.

Int´l Press Centre - 100 meters.

TV & Radio Institute - 300 meters.

University of Havana - 600 meters.


Taxis available 24 x 7

Car Rental desk.

Classic cars & Coco taxis (cabin moppets).


"La Veranda", buffet-style restaurant.


"Comedor de Aguiar", à la carte restaurant.


"La Barraca", à la carte restaurant specialized in Cuban food.


"Arboleda", cafeteria.


"Film Corner" cafeteria.

Open 24 hours a day it offers light meals as well as room service.


Pools' Snack bar

Bars, Cabarets and Discos

Galería "Los Jardines"

"Rosa Náutica"

"Vista al Golfo"

Business Center Bar

"Le Parisien" cabaret



Facilities & Amenities
Sports and Fitness
  • Tennis
  • Gym
Children Facilities and Activities
  • Babysitting
  • Triple rooms
Weddings and Honeymoons
  • Wedding ceremony locations
Room Services
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour room service
Health and Beauty
  • Sauna
  • Massage
  • Solarium
  • Beauty parlor
Business and Office
  • Meeting room (s)
  • Business center
  • Halls for conventions and events
  • Fax service
  • Secretarial service
Internet Access ( Internet Café or Wifi in hotel areas)
  • Internet Café
  • Internet connection (Wi-Fi)
  • Fire alarms
  • 24 hrs security staff
Events and Incentives
  • Halls for private dinners, banquets and cocktails
  • Medical services
  • Art gallery
  • Cigar lounge / Shop
  • Currency exchange
  • Parking
  • Laundry
  • Shopping and boutiques
  • Trips and optionals desk
Room types
General room amenities
Nearby attractions
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