Hotel Sevilla Havana
Hotel Sevilla Havana, Among the latter is the Sevilla Hotel, which opened in 1908 after several years of hard construction works, which were begun by the investment company El Guardián in 1880. Architects got their inspiration from the Moorish lines of the Patio de los Leones at the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, in a style that stands out because of its arches, columns and many tiles.
During the first years of operations, its colonial style, exquisite decoration and the comfort of its initial 300 rooms and 9 apartments, along with its location in Havana’s historic heart, made the Sevilla Hotel one of the most visited hotels in the Cuban capital.
The magnificence of the building turned the hotel into the place par excellence where major social events took place, especially in its Roof Garden, which became the meeting hall in vogue at the time.
The Sevilla Hotel has been visited by many distinguished guests from all walks of life and countries, who have given the establishment a touch of distinction within the select group of classic hotels in Cuba’s tourist sector.
Other famous artists who stayed at the Sevilla Hotel were Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso, Mexican actors Jorge Negrete and Germán Valdés (Tin Tan), Argentinean singers and actors Hugo Del Carril and Libertad Lamarque, Spanish singer Lola Flores and US actor Errol Flynn.
Among the sports personalities who stayed in the hotel were Cuba’s José Raúl Capablanca (world chess champion), Joe Louis (world heavyweight boxing champion) and Luis Angel Firpo, who won that title in his time.
Visual arts were also represented at the hotel with the presence of Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, who, according to anecdotes, painted two murals in the Roof Garden to pay for his stay. Other distinguished guests were the novelists George Simenon and Vicente Blasco Ibañez.
Major exponents of Cuban music left their imprint at the hotel, including Dámaso Pérez Prado, known as the ‘Mambo King’, who performed at the Patio Sevillano with the Havana Casino Orchestra.
The hotel’s facilities include the swimming pool, sauna, smorgasbord, art gallery, snack bar and barbecue, in a geographic environment where the attractions of Havana’s historic heart prevail.