Cuba’s capital city and one of the most exciting cities in the world to visit, Havana has a rich and colourful history which is reflected in its people, buildings and music. The city will take you back in time, inspire you and have you dancing in the streets, (daiquiri in hand, of course), in no time.
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Located on the Paseo Prado, the most important street in Old Havana, is a new five-star hotel: the Iberostar Grand Packard Hotel, designed by Rafael Moneo, which blends the colonial details of the old façade with modern architectural flair. This stunning hotel has over 300 rooms and suites, three bars and six restaurants, but the biggest highlight is its infinity swimming pool. It overlooks Havana’s Malecón seaside promenade so you can snap the perfect photo to wow your friends and family.
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Residing in the building formally known La Mansión Camagüey, restaurant La Guardia offers a cozy atmosphere, soft lighting and Cuban music. The restaurant was opened by Enrique and Odeisys Nuñez in 1996 and has increased in popularity over the ensuing years, so much so that many celebrities, from Queen Sofia of Spain to Steven Spielberg and even Sting, have walked through its grand wooden doors. Be sure to try the strawberry daiquiris if they are in season.
It’s well known that writer Ernest Hemingway spent a fair bit of time in Cuba during his life, and he was almost as good at drinking as her was at writing, so it’s no surprise that two of the top bars to visit in Havana were also frequented by Hemingway. El Floridita make some of the best daiquiris in Havana: their selection, combined with Hemingway’s seal of approval and a fun and flamboyant atmosphere mean this night spot is one that should not be missed. La Bodeguita was supposedly Hemingway’s favourite place to drink: there is nowhere better to cool off and enjoy a minty mojito.
No visit to Cuba is complete without enjoying live music, and The Tropicana sits at the top of the list. This grand outdoor cabaret has seen the likes of Nat King Cole and Carmen Miranda perform – think colour, extravagance and the most fun-filled night you can imagine.
When people think of Havana, they think music, dancing and of course, vintage cars. So, why not step back in time and cruise the streets of Havana in a vintage car? You can choose to cruise under your own steam or hire a driver – the latter option ensuring that you experience Cuba more like a local than a tourist. There are many classic car rentals around, which are all the same price and have the same rules – when it comes to deciding who to go with, speak with your hotel concierge for local insight into the best operator.
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