Habana Libre

Habana Libre

Alejandro Diaz
The Habana Libre hotel is one of the larger hotels in Cuba, situated in Vedado, Havana. The hotel has 572 rooms in a 25 floor tower at Calle 23 ("La Rampa") and Calle L. Opened in March 1958 as the Habana Hilton, the hotel was Latin America's tallest and largest hotel. The hotel was built as an investment by the pension plan of the union of Cuban restaurant workers and operated by the American Hilton Hotels group. It boasted a Trader Vic's, as well as a casino, supper club, rooftop bar and pool. Following the entry of Fidel Castro into Havana, nine months later, the hotel was briefly his headquarters. It remained a Hilton well into 1960, until relations between the US and Cuba, already strained, were finally cut. The hotel had been seized by the communist government in an outlawed of private property. It was then renamed Hotel Habana Libre. In the late 1990s the Cuban state (partially) sold the hotel to the Spanish Sol Melia chain. It was placed in their Tryp division of urban hotels and was renamed Hotel Tryp Habana Libre. #building #Cuba #google_earth #la_habana #malecon
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