Hotel Nacional de Cuba
A legendary past gives this hotel its cachet in the heart of Havana.
Opened in 1932, this iconic luxury hotel has hosted Cuba's most illustrious visitors over the years: Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to name but a few. The hotel itself is a Cuban National Monument, and on-site relics are part of a World Heritage Site. As for what this storied, Art Deco property offers today, guests will find everything from tennis courts to a swimming pool to a beauty salon.
Accommodations consist of 457 guest rooms, 15 suites and a Presidential Suite, and if you want to stay in a room once inhabited by a glamorous former guest, simply check the hotel website and make your request. Errol Flynn stayed in room 235, for example, and John Paul Sartre in room 539. Comedor de Aguiar is the most formal of the house restaurants, serving Cuban and international dishes. In addition, La Barraca offers Creole flavors and views of the Bay of Havana, and Cabaret Parisien is home to the nightly Cubano, Cubano, a performance that showcases Cuba's cultural origins.