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Hotel Inglaterra: A New Anniversary

Havana, the main urban center in Cuba, hosts dozens of hotels that also treasure traditional values of the country.

In this direction stands out the Hotel Inglaterra, which was inaugurated on December 23, 1875, and which honored with its name the main power of the world at that time.

Executives from that institution noted with satisfaction that since its opening, the hotel has never closed its doors and has been providing services, uninterruptedly, to national and international tourists.

Its privileged location in Havana's historic heart places it as one of the great values of the city, with originality and authenticity in its architecture.

Ceilings and interiors show a profusion of ornaments characteristic of the Mudejar architectural style, with stained glass windows, heraldic symbols and even a bronze sculpture of the Spanish dancer Carmen de Bizet created by the Marquis of Perrinat.

In coexistence with the Grand Theater of Havana, the Prado Promenade and the National Capitol, the Hotel Inglaterra underwent one of its most important reconstructions in 1901, when it received the benefits of electric light, telephone and bathroom in each room, and a telegraphic link with the rest of the world.

Inglaterra Hotel. Bar Cafeteria
Inglaterra Hotel. Bar table decorated by Cuban artists
Inglaterra Hotel. Detail from the Lobby

A fourth residential story and the marquee portal were incorporated in 1914, during the economic apogee generated the World War I in the United States.

The hotel offers 83 rooms as well as several gastronomic services, and has the charm of its old decoration, in the lobby and in the restaurant, whose grille is original and dates from 1886, as well as the tiles imported from Seville, Spain.

Throughout its history, its rooms welcomed illustrious figures of Cuban history, including General Antonio Maceo, one of the leaders of the independence struggle against Spain, who was visited by Juan Gualberto Gómez.

Likewise, on April 4, 1879, Jose Marti delivered his famous speech at the Hotel Inglaterra in homage to the journalist Manuel Marquez Sterling.

The hotel has welcomed prestigious guests like, many of who were linked to the world of art, due to its proximity to important capital theaters.

Among those figures are the actresses Sara Bernhardt, Maria Felix, Rachel and Maria Guerrero, the famous dancer Anna Pavlova, the poets Ruben Dario and Julian del Casal, as well as the singers Enrico Caruso, Imperio Argentina and Jose Mujica

As a singular element, the menu cards at the Colonial restaurant have been designed by Cuban painters to highlight some personality or historic event.

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