Havana Cuba Hilton Hotel
Celebrities are making the rounds to visit Cuba, and even hotel heiress Paris Hilton has arrived on the island - and is jumping. She took a selfie with Fidel Castro Diaz, posed for a photo with President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, and posed for photos with former U.S. President George W. Bush.
Fidel Castro seized the balcony of the Havana Hilton in 1959, and the photos on display make it one of Cuba's most popular tourist attractions.
He used Suite 2324 as his office and then made it his home for large diplomatic events, holding press conferences, government meetings and interviews at the hotel. Castro often stayed in the suite that bears his name and is now named after his hotel, the Havana Hilton Hotel. Fidel Castro stayed there during his visit to the United States during the Cuban Revolution of 1953 and used it for his official duties. In addition, a good hotel in Cuba usually has a large number of private rooms available for private use, such as Suite 2323.
Most of the hotel's executive floors are in Havana, including the Presidential Office in Suite 2324, as well as the Executive Suites on the second and third floors and the private suites.
The Museo de la Revolucion is located on the third floor of the hotel, next to the main entrance. The museum is housed in a beautiful glass and steel building, designed by Tiffany's of New York, which offers a comprehensive insight into the history of the Cuban Revolution from Cuba's perspective.
Habana Libre traced the turbulent relations between Cuba and the United States throughout its existence. The hotel was soon nationalized and renamed Havana's Libre Free, and opened in the final months of Fidel Castro's second term as president in June 1959, under the leadership of his son Fidel Fulgencio Castro.
The Pax Americana icon and Hilton name easily trumped other celebs in Havana, including Kate Moss, who was also at the Cuban cigar festival. The Hilton is located at the height of Havana and is not only one of the most famous hotels in the world, but also the largest hotel in Cuba, and it is unlikely to be the last.
One of the youngest foreign hotel groups to enter Cuba is the French Novotel, which has opened a 427-room resort at Havana's Miramar. Havana is more Hemingway than Fidel, Mafia than rum, and it's a good starting point, but the country needs a better-run hotel. Cuba has been home to the world's largest number of foreign tourists in recent years and is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from the United States.
Built in the 1920s, this eclectic hotel remains the best hotel on the island, and its location in Old Havana is unsurpassed. Located in one of the most popular tourist areas of the city, just a few blocks from the historic center of Old Havana, the hotel offers magnificent views of downtown.
The hotel, now called Tryp Havana Libre, stands on the site of the hotel that was symbolically taken over by Castro's revolutionaries in January 1959. Castro led Cuba from here and it remained in operation as a Hilton until relations between the U.S. and Cuba deteriorated on June 11, 1960, when the Cuban government nationalized the property. The US government has now decided not to renew Marriott's license to do business in Cuba and has notified the hotel company that it will end its business relationship with the Havana Hilton Hotel Company by August 31, 2020.
This is bad news for Cuban exiles who have rejected the US administration's efforts to reestablish relations with Cuba. The gradual opening and success of the country was a matter of pride for the Cuban revolution, and we will simply not allow ourselves to acknowledge any real change in Cuba! There are major problems on the Cuban side, and the Museum of the Revolution gives us a good indication of our assessment of the current regime in Havana and its relations with the United States.
In 1952, the Cuban capital, more than a million pesos, built the Hotel Copacabana (124 rooms), the only hotel next to Comodoro that also serves as a private club - for members only. Centrally located with sweeping views of Havana, it played a key role in the city's history and identity and hosted a variety of cultural events, including the annual Havana International Film Festival. On February 19, 1959, a decree from the Castro regime allowed the hotel to operate as a Hilton, even as relations between the United States and Cuba deteriorated.
Although Hilton rarely had more than 100 guests, Hilton International was barred from firing any of the hotel's 670 employees. Fidel Castro was previously the head of US companies including hotels, restaurants and hotels in Cuba and the United States. In 2007, the Norwegian hotel Scandic Edderkoppen refused to allow a delegation of 14 Cuban officials to stay at the hotel. Scandic's Eddertokpen was a subsidiary of Hilton, which bought the chain in 2009, a year after the Cubans last visited.