If you like to experience living history then one night in this joint is a MUST.It's a time capsule with authentic furniture,decor and fittings unchanged from the '50 with smells included.I swear Frank Sinatra used my sheets!Unfortunately, the balconies from the larger ocean view rooms are a death trap with concrete crumbling floors and roofs and exposed rusted metal frames,which do make it more of a white knuckle experience.The thrill continues with lights out,should a bathroom trip be necessary and the nerves of steel required then to either;brave the archaic electrical fittings OR risk an encounter with any crawling form of wildlife in the dark.Neither my wimpy self nor my macho partner had the guts to empty our suitcase/sleep unclothed or walk barefoot on the carpet from the black lagoon...............
Just when you think the ride is over;the damp dark subterranean journey through breakfast looms(including cold spagetti,no not lukewarm or underheated : COLD SPAGETTI as an option) - To be fair,to the Riviera it boasts an exterior magnificence and a lobby and bar which are spectacular and these deserve a tourist visit possibly including the evening entertainment (which did look and sound very Carmen Miranda) but to misquote Groucho Marx
"ah! The Riviera I spent six months there one night....."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Habana Riviera, located front to the impetuous Caribbean Sea, with its romantic Malecon and in the heart of Havana City is imposed by the special atmosphere that offers its environment. Its architecture offers an eastern atmosphere of rare exoticism and novelty. The 16-storey Habana Riviera looks like something out of 1950s Las Vegas or Miami, an airbrushed postcard taking one back to a very different time and world. Stylishly modernist, the building's 50s look (and feel) carries past the revolving door entrance over to the grand lobby, whose original structure, furnishings and décor have been very well preserved. The spacious lobby bar is set next to a row of large glass panels that place one almost literally next to the water, and the Mirador de la Habana restaurant has very nice views of the littoral and city. A less publicized detail is the modern artwork that graces the lobby and entrance to the hotel, which includes pieces by renowned Cuban sculptor Florencio Gelabert - a fact that could prove of interest to anyone with an eye for modernist art. Through the years, the Habana Riviera has been able to maintain its refinement. Sculptures by artist Florencio Gelabert and suggestive and valuable wooden works and other artistic jewels reinforce the building's seductive flavour. Prestigious symbol of Havana City, its beauty, its Caribbean captivation, its cozy environment convert it into the most wanted hotel by the visitors: poets, dancers, painters, actors, Premiums Nobel writers, artists of all kind, ambassadors, officials, presidents and famous world figures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Habana Riviera Havana
- Habana Riviera Hotel Havana