By Barbara Maseda May 12, 2017 –Unlike beach resorts and newly built hotels in mountain and natural areas, many hotels in Havana are true cultural and historic attractions, with a lively cultural life featuring art shows, live music performances by some of the best bands in the country, movie festivals and symposiums, and cabaret shows, among other events. If you want your accommodation to be as exciting as any art gallery in the city, here are a few options to consider.
Hotel Nacional de Cuba
A historic and cultural landmark, the Hotel Nacional de Cuba is a big attraction for those staying at the hotel and those who aren’t. Built in 1930 on an old battery overlooking the Malecon, the hotel has had a long list of illustrious guests stay at their establishment, from famous actors to heads of state, including Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Rocky Marciano, and Marlene Dietrich, among many others. Its Cabaret Parisien offers Cuban music and dance shows, and there are many other nightclubs within walking distance of the hotel. It is also one of the main venues of the Latin American Film Festival, one of the most important in the region, held every year in December with the participation of renowned filmmakers from all over the world.