This is a classic example of 1950’s architecture. It was designed by Miami architect Igor Polevitzky and has been preserved in essentially its original state. The lobby’s bright red carpet, accented with blue sofas (which are not really made for sitting), red chairs, and low-slung tables are stunning. The pool, diving platform, and cabanas also reflect that sleek ‘50s style. The stonework throughout the building is quite distinctive. It was built by Myer Lansky on an accelerated schedule in 1957 but was sacked when Castro marched into Havana in January 1959, when the contents of the casino (now an empty meeting room) were piled in the street and burned. Castro then held a press conference in the casino of this historic building. This hotel is well worth a visit simply for its architectural and historical significance. (I was told that the rooms are not as well kept as the lobby and exterior, and it is no longer a first-class hotel.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Habana Riviera, located in front of Caribbean Sea, located in the heart of Havana City is. It has 352 rooms with views of the ocean and the city, 16 Junior Suite, 1 Suite, 2 handicap rooms. Stylishly modernist, the building's 50s look (and feel), Grand lobby, with original structure, furnishings and décor very well preserved. Spacious lobby bar 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 with nice views of the littoral and city. Prestigious symbol of Havana City, its beauty, its Caribbean captivation, its cozy environment makes it into the most wanted hotel by the visitors. Services: Outdoor Pool, 1 Restaurant, Lobby Bar, Bar-Cafeteria by the Pool, Buffet breakfast included. Rooms: A/C, Minibar, TV, Safe. 3 Elevators. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Habana Riviera Havana
- Habana Riviera Hotel Havana