Hotel Presidente

Opened in 1928 with a whopping 10 floors, the Hotel Presidente was Havana’s first skyscraper. The Presidente’s architecture evokes a bygone era, enhanced by the vintage cars parked at the entrance. The deep, shaded terrace out front catches sea breezes and is popular for cocktails. The lobby looks like it could be an annex of the Museo de Artes Decorativas, with marble floors and columns, chandeliers, and classic furniture and chairs upholstered in ruby red, green and cream. To the left of the lobby is the classically chic Chez Merito restaurant. The buffet restaurant, where a robust breakfast is served, is nearby and has a Mediterranean flair. Just beyond is the compact pool – a preferred spot for cooling off after a hot day exploring the city.