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About  Habana Riviera By Iberostar

Perhaps no hotel in Havana retains the swing and flavor of the 1950s as well as the Hotel Habana Riviera. Ginger Rogers inaugurated the hotel in December ’57, playing the legendary Copa Room of this seafront hotel built by mobster Meyer Lansky. Two scant years later he left Cuba in a rush, dumping his dreams of lucrative casino operations into the nearby ocean.

The Riviera’s mafia and gambling vestiges were quickly scrapped, but the lobby still reflects elements typical of the era. Including royal blue chaises paired with red club chairs and a beautiful marble floor. Prominent Cuban sculptors were commissioned back in the day and their timeless marble and bronze statues still decorate the lobby.

The lobby bar, poolside cafeteria, and the elegant L’Aiglon restaurant still exude a genuine 50's atmosphere, when cocktail dresses and tuxedos were de rigueur. Back then, this was the place in Havana to wine and dine people you wanted to impress and was one of the city’s most popular honeymoon hotels.

Flash forward to today and the lobby’s Salon Internacional is abuzz with conversation, while a young Cuban practices a few sassy salsa moves nearby.

General

  • Summer terrace
  • Massage services
  • Exercise gym
  • Sauna
  • Express check-in
  • Tour/sightseeing desk
  • Currency exchange
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Banquet facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Shopping mall
  • Shops and commercial services
  • Safe deposit box
  • Elevators
  • Non-smoking rooms (generic)
  • Room service

Weddings and honeymoons

  • its multi-functional International Saloon is reference point for the celebration of events, banquets, parties and weddings.
Calle Paseo, Plaza de la Revolucion

Jose Marti Revolution Square

The Revolution Square has been the scene of the largest demonstrations of the Cuban people and a permanent site for defending revolutionary principles, sovereignty and independence. In this historic Square, there is the José Martí Memorial, an enormous marble sculpture of the National Hero of the Republic of Cuba and a star-shaped obelisk at the base of which are four exhibition halls and a function hall. At the top of the memorial is the city's highest viewing point. In the other site of the square, two building facade bears a representation of the face of other two national heros: Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.

Calle Línea No. 251 esq G, Vedado, La Habana

Dance Museum

The Museo de la Danza (Dance Museum) is located in an eclectic mansion in Vedado. The museum exhibits a rich collection of objects from the history of Cuban dance, among which are some personal belongings of famous former dancer Alicia Alonso, who founded the National Ballet of Cuba, and she is precisely the live soul of this Museum. The exhibition room dedicated to Alonso displays her costume for Giselle's first act, a ballet play that opened her vertiginous way to stardom, as well as her costume for Carmen (designed by Salvador Fernández), another of her mythical characters. Its halls contain several collections of the dressing room items, photographs, paintings, engravings of the old Tacón Theater, and pieces ranging from 16th century to contemporary society. The most ancient piece in the Museum is a book by Raoul Auger Feuillet, The Art of Writing Dance, from 1700, with demonstrative signs and letters, a gift given to Alicia. The collection of the Dance Museum is extremely valuable, a true treasure thanks to which this apparently intangible art can be trapped.

Calle 17, e / Calle D y Calle E, Vedado, La Habana

National Museum of Decorative Arts

The Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas (National Museum of Decorative Arts) is housed within a rather interesting building in the district of Vedado, Havana. If you are on your way through Vedado and have free time, it’s worth visiting this museum, or at least to see the building itself. The construction was designed by French architects Virad and Dastugue, surrounded by beautiful gardens with sculptures. The Museum exhibits in its spacious rooms valuable works of European and Oriental art dating back to the 18th to 20th centuries. Among the items stored within the museums and the ones on display in its exhibition rooms, this museum has more than 33,000 works of high artistic and historic value from the reigns of Louis XV, Louis XVI and Napoleón II, as well as some oriental pieces dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries. It also has a Hall of Oriental Lacquers, with Chinese parabanes from the 17th to the 21st century; and a dining room in the Regency style and with Italian marble. You will find very carefully preserved furniture, ceramics, porcelains, paintings, and sculptures as well as works of applied arts. This museum offers several services with guided tours and specialized tours, and also features a library with cultural activities.

Zapata y 12, Vedado

Colon Cemetery

This cemetery holds the largest concentration of statues in the country and its finest funerary monuments representing different styles of architecture. Its structure is rectangular shaped Roman camp and comprises a grid of street blocks and lots. The entrance features a sculptural monument, Carrara marble, 34 meters long and 21.66 meters high, it is one of the most outstanding Cuban works of the 19th century. Classified as a National Monument, the cemetery is therefore seen as an outdoor museum. The cemetery is the only American cemetery dedicated to Christopher Columbus, the great navigator who discovered the island and other major destinations in the Americas.

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