The Grand Hotel of Havana

You know what I have in common with such historical luminaries as Ernest Hemingway, Ché Guevara, Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill and the Mob? We have all probably enjoyed a fine cigar and a mojito in Havana’s famed Hotel Nacional. There is quite a bit of history with this place. It was built atop an old military fort and there are still a couple of leftover cannons pointing out to sea. Nowadays that battery area is occupied by the hotel gardens where Cuban musicians stroll the grounds entertaining guests. As with everywhere else in Cuba, being here makes you feel like you are stepping back in time. If I stepped back in time, I doubt if I would want to be bumping shoulders with some of those guests, like the Mob or El Ché. But I would have no problem hanging out with Hemingway all day long. Well at least until one of us passed out drunk. It would probably be me.

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Here is the same photo but in black & white. Doesn’t it kind of look like a medieval castle where an evil scientist is awaiting the thunder and lightning to put the finishing touches on his latest monstrous creation? Nah, it’s just a swanky hotel.

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Manuel Gutierrez NavarreteNovember 26, 2012 - 8:20 pm

Que buenas fotos Rafa, estan de concurso, deberias mandarlas a National Geografic, saludos.

PixamundoNovember 26, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Gracias Manuel. ¿Como estas? Estoy pensando ir a Playa la próxima semana. Te aviso.

dulcerosadoguaty@gmail.comMay 8, 2013 - 12:42 am

This page is beautiful, so well done and inspirational.

I would like to see photos of Sugar mills in Cuba, mainly about the Central Jaronu (or Batey Jaronu) at Camaguey, Cuba, Recently named Historic Monument, Thanks
dulcerosado@gmail.com

RafaelinhoMay 8, 2013 - 11:49 pm

Dulce, I have not yet visited Camaguey. I guess that means I will have to make a return trip to Cuba.

Dulce Rosado GuatyOctober 3, 2013 - 10:14 am

I would like to be on your mailing list, please send me any updates, Thanks
Dulce

Alejandro CantonDecember 14, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Muy buenas fotos…las estoy exponiendo en mi pagina SOMOS CUBA de Facebook

Dulce M Rosado-GuatyMay 9, 2014 - 10:53 pm

A REMINDER FOR RAFAELINHO:

dulcerosadoguaty@gmail.comMay 8, 2013 – 12:42 am

This page is beautiful, so well done and inspirational.

I would like to see photos of Sugar mills in Cuba, mainly about the Central Jaronu (or Batey Jaronu) at Camaguey, Cuba, Recently named Historic Monument, Thanks
dulcerosado@gmail.com
.

RafaelinhoMay 8, 2013 – 11:49 pm

Dulce, I have not yet visited Camaguey. I guess that means I will have to make a return trip to Cuba.
.

Dulce Rosado GuatyOctober 3, 2013 – 10:14 am

I would like to be on your mailing list, please send me any updates, Thanks
Dulce

RafaelinhoJune 7, 2014 - 11:14 am

Dulce, thanks for the reminder. I hope to visit Camaguey on my next trip to Cuba. Meanwhile, follow along here on this blog or with your favorite social media. On the top right column you will find links to all my social photo sites where I also post new images. My favorites are Instagram & SmugMug. Cheers!

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