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Cuba’s National Hotel: Its Guests

Published: 2012.06.28 - 23:44:40   /  web@renciclopedia.icrt.cu  /  Ana Elizabeth Rodríguez
  

Cuba´s National Hotel: Its Guests A huge party on December 30th, 1930, marked the inauguration of Cuba’s National Hotel. The guests arrived in luxurious cars, wearing the latest fashion.

That night the lobby was a mixture of aromas of delicate perfumes and cocktails. The catering was provided by famous maîtres and barmen from the Waldorf Astoria, and other hotels in New York, Boston and Miami.

Ever since, famous people from all over the world have stayed at Cuba’s National Hotel. They were artists, politicians, movie stars, scientists, athletes, …and Italian-American mafia bosses.

The hotel was built over a strategic hill used by the Spanish army as a post to defend the city from pirate attacks. The hotel overlooks the Malecon, Havana’s seaside wall.

The list of guests includes Johnny Weismuller[Tarzan] ,Betty Grable, the Argentinean Amada Ledesma, novelist Rómulo Gallegos [“Doña Bárbara”], Fred Astaire, Hugo del Carril, Jorge Negrete, Pedro Vargas, Libertad Lamarque, Pedro Almendáriz, Agustín Lara, Tyrone Power, Prince Ali Khan accompanied by Rita Hayworth, the Duchess of Windsor, Los Chavales de España, Maria Feliz, Marlon Brando.. and many more.

And although mobsters were even allowed to hold an informal summit, blacks were not welcome to stay.  (Juan Blas Rodríguez)

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