Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Havana, Cuba

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The hotel

This famous hotel built in original Art Deco style in 1930 has welcomed its fair share of celebrities over the years — Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway have all been guests and who can blame them? Located in the middle of the Vedado district of Havana, overlooking the harbour, sea wall and city, this hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the unique city of Old Havana only 5 minutes away by taxi from the old town. Spend your days wandering the nearby cobbled streets of Old Havana, but don't forget to take some time to relax by the pool sipping a thirst-quenching mojito from the pool bar! In the evenings, there's a choice of smart à la carte dining in Comedor de Aguiar or delicious buffet meals at La Veranda and 5 more bars at which to try the local rums!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In a central location in Downtown Havana, opposite the seafront and Malecon walkway. Transfer time from airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

457 rooms on 8 floors in 1 building with 6 lifts. All with air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, mini-bar*, safe* and hairdryer. Standard Rooms have 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Half Board option: Includes a buffet style dinner. Available at a supplement.

Sea View Rooms have ocean view, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Executive Rooms are on the 6th floor with luxurious furnishings and an executive service. Includes breakfast in the executive lounge, concierge and separate executive check-in and check-out. With 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

3 restaurants: La Barraca (Cuban specialities); Comedor de Aguiar (upmarket, national and International cuisine); La Veranda (buffet, Cuban and International), 24-hour café (serving snacks). 5 bars including pool bar and 24-hour Gallena Bar in the garden area.

Various daytime and evening entertainment including Cabaret Parisién Show* every day, Buena Vista Social Club concerts* twice weekly in the evenings (Thu and Sat, subject to demand) and the Petit Show in the garden on Sunday afternoon/night. These concerts are with invited musicians of Buena Vista Social Club Project (subject to demand).

2 freshwater swimming pools, fitness centre*, sauna, massage* and tennis*.

Internet access*. Room Service*. Cigar house. Shopping area. Bank. Business Centre with meeting rooms. Beauty salon*. 24-hour medical facility*. Guided tours of the hotel.

Wheelchair adapted rooms with partially accessible amenities or facilities available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. To discover all the special assistance services we offer please see additional information below.

* Denotes local charge.

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Special assistance

Please note: child ages are up to and including 12 years. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Location and Historical Hotel

Apr 27, 2022 RAF_Vale London, United Kingdom

A lovely old historical hotel where you can sence the past and ideal located to explore Havana. The rooms were very spacious and well equipped and exceptionally clean. The staff whilst very polite and happy did have a tendency to be a little slow on servcie. The breakfast was fine, nothing spectacular but more than enough to set you up for the… Read more
A lovely old historical hotel where you can sence the past and ideal located to explore Havana. The rooms were very spacious and well equipped and exceptionally clean. The staff whilst very polite and happy did have a tendency to be a little slow on servcie. The breakfast was fine, nothing spectacular but more than enough to set you up for the day. The pool area is great and sitting in the gardens sipping a cocktail was relaxing. The wifi was in the lobby and garden area was more than adequate for our needs. The free guided tour of the hotel is a must, the young lady who took us was very well informed and obviously enjoyed her job. A couple of gripes, the room where the evening cabaret is held was absolutely freezing, which is a shame as the show itself was fantastic. Also while not the hotels fault, change your money on the street, you get a far better exchange rate. 130 CUP on the street to the £, compared to 30 CUP in the hotel. That said, definitely a great hotel with a touch of old world class and style. Read less
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Apr 27, 2022 b0bif Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

A very nice hotel at an excellent location in Havana at an affordable price. Rooms large and clean. Staff friendly but slow (you might not get your drink). Entertainment every night at the terrace. Nice cabaret on sight (don’t eat there you may get food poison). It looks like time stopped in the 1950s, a true time travel.
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Apr 25, 2022 Kee E

The building is impressive, the pool is great, the gardens are beautiful and the mojitos in that setting are spectacular but the thing we loved most was the free history tour that the hotel provides. Our guide Aeleen was an expert on the history of the hotel and the amazing events that have occurred there. She guided us through parts we had seen… Read more
The building is impressive, the pool is great, the gardens are beautiful and the mojitos in that setting are spectacular but the thing we loved most was the free history tour that the hotel provides. Our guide Aeleen was an expert on the history of the hotel and the amazing events that have occurred there. She guided us through parts we had seen but not noticed and plenty of unseen areas. It was really interesting to understand the role the hotel played in Havana since 1930. Aeleen described it as living history and she really brought it to life. It is a special place. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great hotel

Apr 10, 2022 Rosaura_88 Belgrade, Serbia

This is a very good hotel with the beautiful spacious garden. The service in this hotel is great. Breakfast was also very good with different choices. I came to the hotel at 12h and they let me check in earlier.I would definitely come back to this hotel.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice hotel with beautiful garden

Apr 6, 2022 Petrovic12345 New York City, New York

The service in this hotel is very good. I came to the hotel at 12.10pm and after 15 minutes I was already in the room ( although the check in is after 4pm). Room is very clean and big. The only thing i didnt like was curious staff which used to ask me 10 times a day where do i come from. The breakfast was tasty and And with lots of varieties.