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. 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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Jan 21, 2022 OnAir744176

We have had 10 wonderful days in this 1930 historical hôtel. All the staff was nice and smiling, a very special thank to the buffet breakfast for the lady at the juices and the man at the bread and the lady who golf us about the hôtel history
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Charming!!

Jan 19, 2022 Michail70

Hotel National is a very charming place when you are in Havana! It’s stylish with nice,big and very clean rooms.The garden and the bar is perfect for your morning coffee and for your afternoon drinks,the staff is very professional and friendly and they have a very nice sense of humour.The restaurant of the hotel have wonderful food and service… Read more
Hotel National is a very charming place when you are in Havana! It’s stylish with nice,big and very clean rooms.The garden and the bar is perfect for your morning coffee and for your afternoon drinks,the staff is very professional and friendly and they have a very nice sense of humour.The restaurant of the hotel have wonderful food and service (try the cream caramel as dessert) In generally i recommend to choose it for your staying at Havana to feel the atmosphere of original Cuba!!! Congratulations to all the staff and to the management! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Charming but in need of updating

Jan 8, 2022 Y5339GDjohnd

My partner and I stayed at this hotel over Christmas and New year 2021 for 2 weeks. Though the hotel does have its charm, sadly it’s in desperate need of repair and updating, everything in the room looks tired. The positives - bed was comfortable, views were lovely over the sea, the main swimming pool was clean and tidy, the staff were mostly… Read more
My partner and I stayed at this hotel over Christmas and New year 2021 for 2 weeks. Though the hotel does have its charm, sadly it’s in desperate need of repair and updating, everything in the room looks tired. The positives - bed was comfortable, views were lovely over the sea, the main swimming pool was clean and tidy, the staff were mostly friendly but very laid back in their service, cleaning maids were lovely and helpful. Terrace bar was very relaxing. Negatives - food was not great, hairdryer not fit for purpose, some of the electrical sockets didn’t work, coffee machine needed replacing as it leaked and was very slow to make coffee, walls were thin, you could hear people in neighbouring rooms and as the floors were tiled, you could hear furniture being moved about and people talking, the room felt damp and the bed linen smelt musty and there were stains on mattress protector. Havana was bustling but not enough to do for 2wks (our mistake), 4 days would be enough. We used an American taxi which was €30 per hour and that was enjoyable. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Opulent luxury accommodation

Sep 3, 2021 W4213YLdanielm Brisbane, Australia

Beautifully maintained for 91 years, great service and fabulous food. The lobby is breathtaking and surrounded by the ocean and manicured gardens. Truly 5 Star. It feels at times you are staying in a museum that can transport one back to the opulent Mafia inspired times of the 40s and 50s.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lousy hotel management!!!

Jun 9, 2021 Quest48424285351

Hello. Past June, 6th I stayed at the hotel along with my father, my husband, and my in-laws to celebrate my father and husband's birthdays. That day, at 12 AM we went to our room and around 3 Pm I woke up due to a loud bang on the door. We heard an heated argument that didn't allow us to fall asleep coming from the room across the hall . The… Read more
Hello. Past June, 6th I stayed at the hotel along with my father, my husband, and my in-laws to celebrate my father and husband's birthdays. That day, at 12 AM we went to our room and around 3 Pm I woke up due to a loud bang on the door. We heard an heated argument that didn't allow us to fall asleep coming from the room across the hall . The fight last until 5 AM and we decided to call reception and then security immediately came to our floor. My question is: where was the security guard in charge of watching the 24-hour security cameras? The next morning we realized our door and 3 others were broken, and we figured it was because of the loud noise we hearn at midnight, assuming the guest from the room across ours had kicked to door. The hours went by and none of the workers of the hotel came to us to give us an explanation or at least an apology. Besides, the second security officer asked us if we were somehow related to that person's reaction. The next day, around 9 AM, we woke up because of loud noises coming from outside the room. It turns out that the maintenance guy was fixing the door while we were still in the room. We went to see the PR of the hotel, we explained what happened, and they claimed they saw my husband and I leaving the room as if we were involved in the situation. I denied that accusation and asked them to show us the security footage. They said it wasn't necessary because security agents were already investigating, even though when the people who did it were at the Police Station and paid for the damage. So, why do they assume we were involved if we didn't? The solution was to give us three extra hours to be in the pool after check out,  when expenses are on us. I would also like to add that we we not properly assigned our rooms and no one printed the time schedules for us because apparently "they were all out of paper". No one gave us the card for the welcome drink because the receptionist was pregnant and she was having a bad day. Now I wonder: Why do you have to wait until you receive a complain from a costumer to intervene and fix the situation? Why do we have to look for an apology and be offended by false accusations that only turn out to be excuses? In my opinion, the hotel management and direction are terrible. The National Hotel is only well-known for it's name now, nothing else. Read less