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The unique Saratoga Hotel in Havana

The unique Saratoga Hotel in Havana

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Saratoga Hotel, placed in Old Havana, is one of the best options to consider when planning your trip to Havana. Location, quality, comfort, history and bed of many celebrities during their time in the peculiar island.

Beyond its history, its people, its charisma Havana will be always a very special place in the world. Decaying facades, awful public transportation and old towns will never darken its inner beauty; the world as we know might change, years can pass without mercy to all of us yet Havana’s spirit will remain the same through the centuries, I’m pretty sure of that.

With joy and good faith people from Havana are witnessing a slowly but constantly reborn of the city. New hotel constructions are growing like mushrooms around the city; a new oncoming future can be seen, still quite far but the first sparkles are timidly glowing. Another three to five years until new stunning hotels and places can bring a different life to the capital city, but today you can find some incredible spots. No wonder why Madonna or Beyonce decided to come to Havana and stay in an amazing place, today’s best hotel in Havana according many sources: Saratoga Hotel.

The first reference of the eclectic hotel appears in late 1879 when construction works started. The original project was a three-story building: the first floor was set for stores and a tobacco storehouse, the second one for private properties and the third for a hotel. However, nine years after, in 1888, the placed opened as the Alcazar Hotel. Soon it became one of the most important hotels in Cuba; its neoclassical lines plus prime position close to the seat of government (Capitol) made it the perfect host to important visitors. The excellent cuisine and orchestras performances (as Anacaona, a very popular female band) were particularly famous. But times passed and it got very deteriorated and eventually closed.

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After a ten years’ restoration in 2005 it reopens its doors. Saratoga Hotel has survived a difficult life. But it has emerged with all the grace and charm of her original design, and is another jewel in Havana’s crown. Today, one of the best hotels in towns. Names as Jay-Z or The Queen of Pop will be linked to Saratoga’s rooms and rooftop parties forever. Cocktails in the rooftop pool, watching sunset and Havana’s Capitol, are highly recommended!

 

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