Hotel Nacional, Havana

The Hotel Nacional, dating from the Thirties, is the Grande Dame of the city’s hotels. Occupying a commanding position in the primarily residential district of Vedado, on a bluff overlooking overlooking the Malecon and the ocean, the hotel has played host to numerous famous guests, including Churchill, Frank Sinatra and … the Mafia.

Check out the dazzling Moorish-tiled lobby then settle down for an aged rum on the alfresco terrace while listening to the Cuban melodies of a live band.

It is a large hotel, with 450 rooms, two pools and a large garden. The rooms have been remodelled in golds and maroons and the entire building exudes an air of grandeur. Go for an executive room for an upgraded breakfast.

Moderately priced