Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Havana, Cuba

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. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

* Denotes local charge.

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

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely hotel in old city

Jun 4, 2020 kappashilman West Jordan, Utah

The hotel is nice. It's old but well-kept and clean. Each floor is a little different. We stayed in two different rooms (one at the beginning and one at the end of our Cuba trip). A/C worked well, plenty of room, nice bathrooms. Staff was always ready to help. The pool was nice. The restaurant for breakfast buffet had lots of options including… Read more
The hotel is nice. It's old but well-kept and clean. Each floor is a little different. We stayed in two different rooms (one at the beginning and one at the end of our Cuba trip). A/C worked well, plenty of room, nice bathrooms. Staff was always ready to help. The pool was nice. The restaurant for breakfast buffet had lots of options including filtered water. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic Hotel

Apr 21, 2020 JohnCorbitt Nashville, Tennessee

We have zero complaints about this hotel. Yes it is old, but there is a ton of history there. Our room was very comfortable and had everything we needed. Breakfast was phenomenal. Wait staff was attentive. Concierge was super helpful and called local restaurants to make reservations for us. Cigar shop was amazing. Mariela was our maid while… Read more
We have zero complaints about this hotel. Yes it is old, but there is a ton of history there. Our room was very comfortable and had everything we needed. Breakfast was phenomenal. Wait staff was attentive. Concierge was super helpful and called local restaurants to make reservations for us. Cigar shop was amazing. Mariela was our maid while we were there and she was so sweet and friendly and did a great job making sure our room looked great when we returned each evening. I highly recommend this hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating There's a fair bit of history and nostalgia in this famous Havana landmark.

Apr 21, 2020 Fergs85 Thornton-Le-Dale, United Kingdom

This is an iconic Havana location, and not to be missed. There’s no problem about non-guests visiting, and you’ll probably want to stay for a drink anyway. It’s great to sit above the Malecon with a cocktail, which will cost little more than you’ll normally pay elsewhere in Havana. As well as taking in the views, take a chance to see the huge gun… Read more
This is an iconic Havana location, and not to be missed. There’s no problem about non-guests visiting, and you’ll probably want to stay for a drink anyway. It’s great to sit above the Malecon with a cocktail, which will cost little more than you’ll normally pay elsewhere in Havana. As well as taking in the views, take a chance to see the huge gun emplacements, with guns manufactured by Krupp’s still in situ. Inside the hotel be sure to visit the area dedicated to the numerous famous guests who have stayed at the hotel, including Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. This room also includes statues of Compay Segundo and Nat King Cole. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely, historical hotel

Apr 19, 2020 nbellef Santa Barbara, California

This hotel was amazing! What a great location. The restaurants were varied and delicious. Especially enjoyed the Churchill bar. The grounds are well kept and an easy stroll. Don''t miss the tunnel tour, with it's main area of historical maps about the missile crisis, to the interesting, twisting tunnels.
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Apr 10, 2020 228bertusv Overpelt, Belgium

As all will be aware certain travel restrictions apply at this time. Our flights have also been cancelled and understandably so. We have booked a suite at the hotel for our time in Havana itself and prepaid the full amount. I have corresponded with the hotel on 5 separate occasions requesting either a cancellation or a voucher as we still will… Read more
As all will be aware certain travel restrictions apply at this time. Our flights have also been cancelled and understandably so. We have booked a suite at the hotel for our time in Havana itself and prepaid the full amount. I have corresponded with the hotel on 5 separate occasions requesting either a cancellation or a voucher as we still will visit Cuba in the next 12 months if all is well. I have to date not received any correspondence re my request. All our other accommodation bookings in Cuba were unbelievably helpful with vouchers or cancellation without penalty. Poor service probably meaning we WILL NOT stay at the Nacional when we go. Read less