Old world Havana is modernizing to fit modern travelers' needs... and fantasies.
Cuba is opening its doors to more tourism, and President Barack Obama recently traveled to the nation in a very much-publicized visit; he became the first American leader to do so since 1928. While many politicians have Cuba on their lips right now, candidate Donald Trump is the only one with a stake in the luxury lodging market — and has said he’d expand his hotel collection in Cuba.
In light of the latest U.S.-Cuba hotel deals that will bring luxury accommodations to the island, consider these already-smokin' properties around Havana.
1. Iberostar Parque Central
What’s old is new again! This five-star hotel has a rooftop pool with amazing citywide views. The mix of old Spanish architecture and modern indoor trimmings makes it a photogenic gem.
2. Hotel Santa Isabel
President Jimmy Carter stayed in what was originally built as a palace in the middle of it all by the Plaza de Armas. It has crystal chandeliers, and a 19th-century feel with fountains, columns, and marble galore. The presidential property is set to become a part of the Luxury Collection.
3. Hotel Saratoga
4. Hotel Inglaterra
Facing Havana’s Central Park, Hotel Inglaterra is brimming with activity and buzzing with culturally heightened conversations over cocktails. The rooftop terrace has a grill and sun beds along with live music. It’s also set for an upgrade.
While there are plenty of casa particulars to book home stays on the island, you can also rent a luxury crewed motoryacht with four beds for $2,170 via Airbnb. The price tag includes meals as well as attractions. Hmm... Below Deck: Havana?
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