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Florida Hotel: A Privilege for Leisure in Havana

The capital of the Republic of Cuba, a favorite destination for thousands of foreign tourists who visit the city every year, offers a wide gamut of options, ranging from beaches to history, to meet the needs of the most demanding visitors.

Traditions that are nearly 500 years old blend in a city of two million inhabitants, where the most varied architectural styles go hand in hand, reflecting different periods in the development of the city.

The dynamic expansion of tourism led to the rescue of hotels and inns that operated as such centuries ago, as part of an initiative aimed at offering vacationers an atmosphere as close as possible to the one that existed in colonial times, in a list that includes the Florida Hotel as one of its favorites.

The edifice was built in 1836 and was the residence of important families and rich sugar farmers from the Cuban capital, before being turned into a lodge.

The list of illustrious people who lived in the building includes the Count of San Ignacio and José Eugenio Moré, Count and Grand of Spain.

In 1885, under the aegis of Don José Dobano, the Florida was turned into a hotel, in a blend that showed the combination of European and North American styles.

Second floor balcony overlooking interior patio
La Floridiana Bar
Front desk

Silence prevails in the Florida Hotel, in an environment decorated in a Spanish colonial style, with iron lamps, chairs of light colors and a cozy patio for vacationers who bet on that lodge in Havana's Historic Heart.

The hotel has 25 air-conditioned rooms (including four suites), in which antique pieces of furniture go hand in hand with the modernity of satellite TV.

The Florida, one of the first hotels opened in Old Havana by Habaguanex S.A., has a privileged location, at a walking distance of the mundane noise of the city.

Its proximity to Obispo Street, a pedestrian area with shops, art galleries and museums, is a plus among the options of the establishment, which is also close to the Basilica of San Francis of Assisi, the museums of the Automobile, Archeology and Sciences, and the House of Tobacco.

Gastronomy is present at the La Floridana Restaurant, considered the hotel's jewel, where clients can enjoy the establishment's unique dishes, as well as dishes from Cuban and international cuisine.

Escorted by big columns, the Florida lobby bar offers Cuban and international cocktails, as well as special drinks bearing the seal of the building, such as Florida and Dora Special.

The Maragato Piano Bar, which honors one of Cuba's most famous barmen from the early 20th century, is an elegant, intimate and cozy place.

For all this, the lodge already has a select clientele that always takes refuge in the Florida Hotel, clients that are attracted by its privileged location in the capital of the largest Antillean island.

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