The mildew stench of not only the room, but the unnameable smell that you can practically taste as the elevator doors open onto the 19th floor will stay with us for some time to come. Literally. We have had to launder our clothes 4 times and the mildew smell persists. The room cost $200 per night and while the views were striking, we could not access our balcony. We had to select a hotel quickly while already in Cuba, so were unable to read reviews in advance. Do not stay at the Riviera, but do visit the public areas of the building which are accessible from the lobby. They are fantastically preserved with original furniture, sculptures, murals, light fixtures, etc. The attention to design detail is a marvel. It offers a frozen-in-time glimpse into mob-era hostelry at its peak. P.S. If despite this warning, you decide to overnight it here, do not go anywhere near the blanket in the closet.
- 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