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Old Glamour Meets Modern at the most exceptional of Cuba hotels

  • 02-Oct-09 14:10
  • Saratoga
  • Holiday Industry

The legendary Nacional hotel in Cuba might long have been the iconic place to stay in Havana, but nowadays the Saratoga has taken over as one of the most exceptional Cuba hotels in the capital with a unique mix of old-world glamour and modern day luxury

Old Glamour Meets Modern at the most exceptional of Cuba hotels

Once the most iconic place in Havana, the legendary Nacional hotel might still retain its old charm attracting visitors worldwide, but it has now become mostly the preserve of tour groups and the location selected for many Cuba weddings. Nowadays however, there is a newer hotel with enough old charm and mystique to rival the Nacional whilst incorporating modern-day luxuries that are well ahead of the other old veteran.

For the most charming of stays during Cuba holidays in Havana, the Saratoga Hotel is a magnificent hotel created in a gracious neo-classical building at the heart of Old Havana, close to the many sightseeing sites and points of interest. Like the Nacional, it was built in the 1930s quickly becoming a hub for visiting celebrities and socialites. Famous for its gastronomic reputation and the entertainment of its women-only orchestra after which the hotel’s main restaurant was named, the old Saratoga was a chic venue and one of the most fashionable Cuba hotels in Havana at the time.

Originally only three-storeys high, it underwent a complete revamping process in 2005 to include the addition of two more storeys that blend seamlessly with the original façade. The enhancements to the building included the addition of an airy atrium, sleek bars, a glamorous rooftop pool & bar and the Moorish-designed Anacaona restaurant, named after the women-only orchestra that used to play there.

This hotel’s elegant new interiors are a rare and tasteful mix of contemporary and classic design. For example the Mezzanine Bar for instance has a beautiful black-and-white tiled floor with rattan and mahogany furniture and the rooms are a mix of classic luxury with warm touches of colour.

The Saratoga standing today is the only real five-star hotel in Havana, clearly standing out amongst all other Cuba hotels in the capitals in terms of the standard of facilities international guests would expect: full speed internet access, state-of-the-art gym, a spa, a full business centre, concierge, a choice of bars an restaurants and probably the only of Cuba hotels in Havana to have 24-hour room service.

For luxury Cuba holidays in the capital, close to all the main sightseeing places and with views overlooking the bustling streets of Old Havana in the front-facing fraternity Park while the dome of the Capital building overlooks you from the hotel’s rooftop pool, this hotel is most definitely one of the hottest spots to stay in Havana.

In the words a satisfied guest: “In my Junior Suite the bed was romantically canopied and marshmallow soft, with crisp white sheets. The room was light, airy and contemporary with a cream tiled floor and accented with splashes of colour – a textured apple green valance and raspberry linen headboard. And from the padded window seats there were those panoramic views out of the arched attic-style windows.”

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