“The rooms on the northeastern corner of the Ambos Mundos Hotel in Havana look out, to the north, over the old cathedral, the entrance to the harbor, and to the sea, and to the east to the Casablanca peninsula, the roofs of all houses in between and the width of the harbor.”
Ernest Hemingway wrote these words in 1938.
This was, and remains, Hemingway’s hotel. An insightful friend recently commented: “True, the prices are high and the service is often second rate but what do you expect? This is a nationalised hotel in a nationalised economy where the government controls the prices.” One day though it will surely be restored to its former glory.