Stunning Spanish architecture is a trademark of Havana. Take it all in, starting with the Plaza de San Francisco.
A jewel of the architectural crown is the famous Hotel Nacional de Cuba. The legendary hotel’s past is known not only for its Art Deco lobby but for its illustrious and infamous guests. Hollywood visitors included stars from Fred Astaire, Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando,and many more.
The Hotel Nacional’s history also had a notorious clientele including Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello and many other members of the so-called Mafia. In the late 1930′s the Mafia, led by Meyer Lansky, decided that the Hotel Nacional would be the site of one of their many casinos and the perfect place to launder money from the U.S. As a result of the importance of the Nacional to the mob, it became part of the story in the movie, Godfather Part 2.