Housed in a building dating back to the late 1600s, The Plaza has a rich history. The hotel itself was opened in 1908, nationalised in 1960 and given a major revamp in the 1990s. It is the ideal base from which to sample the magic of Cuba.

How the Stage was Set HISTORY IN BRIEF 1908, December 28: Opening date. 1960: The hotel was nationalised. 1991: After a major revamp, the hotel, now part of the Gran Caribe group, reopened. HISTORY IN DETAIL 1592: The land on which the Hotel Plaza now stands was purchased from the Spanish Crown by Don Gaspar Arteaga 1895: The Pedroso family mansion (the present day Hotel Plaza) was constructed on the site once owned by Don Gasper Areaga. 1898: The two floor building became the head office of the newspaper ‘El Diario de la Marina’. Riots break out against the newspaper by Anit- autonomists. 1901: The building was purchased by the American Fletcher Smith, who turned it into a hotel. 1906: The hotel changed hands, becoming the property of Leopoldo Carvajal, the Marquis of Pinar del Rio. 1908, December 28: The hotel opened for business. 1909, January: Official inauguration of the Hotel Plaza. The occasion was marked with a charity ball. 1920: The world famous Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova visited the hotel. 1930: The local Jewish community paid tribute to Albert Einstein by putting on a banquet at the Hotel Plaza. 1930s: Efforts were made to transform the hotel into a casino. They proved unfruitful because of a failure to obtain the necessary licenses. 1940: The hotel became a public company, Hotel Plaza S.A 1950:A casino license was granted and the Hotel Plaza commenced casino operations. 1960: After the revolution, the casino was shut down. The hotel was nationalised. 1985-91: Renovation work. 1991: The new hotel reopened after its revamp. Creation of the Gran Caribe hotel group, of which Hotel Plaza became a member.

The famous guests to have graced the hotel over the years include Albert Einstein, baseball legend Babe Ruth and Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.

188 Rooms

Air conditioning Safety deposit box Satellite TV Telephones Hair drier Shower and bath in room Mini-bar

Real Plaza Buffet Restaurant ------ Los Portales Lobby Bar ------ Fausto Bar

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Havana. The hotel offers plenty of activities, including Cuban dance classes on the rooftop terrace and cocktail classes every day in the Solarium Bar.


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Country: Cuba
City: Havana
Opening date: 1908, December 29

Note from the Host

General Manager

José Garrido Silverio


Ignacio Agramonte No 267
Habana Vieja Cuba, Havana

Tel: (53 7) 860 8583/89, 867 1075/80
Fax: (53 7) 860 8869

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