Experience a taste of authentic Cuban history, culture and music at Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana. With its privileged location in the town of Vedado, the center of Havana, it sits on a hill just a few steps from the sea, and offers a great view of the Havana Harbor; the seawall and the city.
Built in 1930, the hotel stands out due to its refined elegance and its ancient splendor, and has attracted a large number of famous personalities such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, artists Frank Sinatra, and scientist Alexander Fleming, among many others.
When you get to hotel, you will visit Salon de la Fama, where you will learn about the history of the hotel and particularly the history of Parisien Cabaret. You also will admire the only remaining roulette in the casino.
It was the year 1946 when the National Hotel of Cuba hosted what was called the great gathering of the Mafia. The hotel closed its doors under the guise of a Frank Sinatra concert to house the most famous families of the American mafia. Among those present were Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello. Subsequently, the casino was reconverted into the Cabaré Parisién, opened by Eartha Kitt. It is an alternative to the Tropicana Club, more touristy, expensive and kitsch.
After a short ride to the hotel, you will enjoy your night at the popular Parisien Cabaret, located inside Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Parisien Cabaret offers a spectacular Vegas-style performance, which blends the Indo-American, Hispanic and African cultures that led to the Cuban culture as it is known today.
After the show, you will return to the pier.
Need to Know:
Note: Participants must be at least 18 years of age. This tour involves minimal walking, mostly in asphalt and there is a small number of steps inside the cabaret. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring their camera. Country club casual attire is recommended. This tour is OFAC compliant.
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.