Best Things to Do


Hotels in Havana are not just places to rest your head for the night; many of these structures have great historic significance and should be visited whether or not you've booked a room there.

When visiting the 20th-century Vedado district, stop at the majestic Hotel Nacional de Cuba rising over the Malecón seafront boulevard. This building dates back to 1930 and was built in an Art Deco style. The guest rooms are elegant and feature Old World décor. The hotel is also in close proximity to Old Havana and the Tropicana.

At Parque Central, you can have lunch on the outdoor patio of the Hotel Inglaterra — a Grand Dame hotel with a patio restaurant facing the park. There's also Hotel Iberostar Parque Central, which is in the heart of Havana and close to many of the city's top attractions. The Hotel Mercure Sevilla, a Moorish-style property at Calle Trocadero, is a good place for a mid-afternoon mojito.

Fans of Ernest Hemingway will want to pay a visit to Hotel Ambos Mundos, where he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls. His room, 508, is enshrined as a mini-museum. From the rooftop, you can take in a 360-degree view of the colonial quarter. An old-fashioned elevator will trundle you to the top.

Photo by Gorupdebesanez