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Hotel Saratoga, Havana, Cuba

Hotel Saratoga, Havana, Cuba
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Havana's Hotel Saratoga is an elegant, eclectic style building with marked neoclassical features, located on one of the busiest streets in the Cuban capital.

The restoration of the Hotel Saratoga proudly displays its well deserved reputation of yesteryear as a must place in Havana for its superb cuisine.

The Hotel Saratoga dates back to 1879, and was then located right across from Fraternity Park, at the time known as Campo de Marte. Sometime between 1915 and 1925 the hotel is relocated in its present setting, but only occupied the third floor. Later, in 1933, the magnificent Hotel Saratoga takes up the whole building.

The 1930s were a milestone in the history of the Hotel Saratoga, with its renowned "Aires Libres", excellent gastronomy and the performance of popular Cuban orchestras like the famous Anacaona, a women's orchestra that made a name for itself playing there. The hotel gained prestige with frequent visits of local celebrities and socialites.

The original building, which dates back to the 1880s, only had three stories. The hotel as it now stands only has the three levels of the original façade, to which a new building with two additional stories were added. Though five stories are visible from the outside, internal divisions increase the number of the actual guestroom floors to seven. The architectural style of the building is defined as eclectic with a predominance of the neoclassical. The interior design of the hotel combines traditional material and elements, like wood, plaster, marble and iron, with the most modern technologies, all designed to give the highest service and comfort levels to its guests and customers.

The hotel is located on Paseo del Prado and Dragones Street, a privileged intersection in Old Havana. Explore the irresistible vitality of the city and visit the Nation's Capitol building and Fraternity Park, the famous Partagás Cigar Factory and Cuba's most important opera and ballet house: Havana's Gran Teatro. When the sun is setting stroll down Paseo del Prado to Havana's seawall, the malecón. The Hotel Saratoga is perfect for guests who wish to combine visits to places of historical-cultural interest and the city's night life.

Location

The island of Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean, and Havana is the largest city. Located at the entrance of the Mexican Gulf, 106 miles/ 170 km east of Cancún, Mexico, Cuba has excellent beaches, mountain landscapes and forests areas.

The population is a little over 11 million, of an attractive mix of mulattos, whites and descendants of Spanish, of outgoing personality. Havana, with a population of 2.2 million habitants, is located at the entrance of a magnificent bay in the northwest portion of the island. Old Havana (La Habana Vieja), declared in 1982 by the UNESCO, World Patrimony of Mankind, is its colonial centre.

The Hotel Saratoga is located at a privileged intersection in the Old Havana, the corner of Paseo del Prado and Dragones (famous in the decade of the 30?s for their outdoor activities, gastronomy services and live music), in front of the famous Partagás Cigar Factory. The Fraternity Park, with its beautiful palm trees, is at the other side of Paseo del Prado. The hotel is of neoclassical style, with a central atrium, large windows of French window shades and an ample porch.

The interiors of the building have a dazzling design that combines the classic with the contemporary.

The weather in Cuba is subtropical, with predominance of wind currents. The dry season extends from December to April, with temperatures from 22ºC and 26ºC during the day, cooling down during the night, especially in the months of December and January. The hottest season is from May to August, with temperatures reaching the 30ºC, the nights are hot and with higher relative humidity. In the months from September to November the temperature freshens a bit, with some occasional rains.

Cuba has 11 international airports. Havana receives direct flights coming from Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe (including Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom). Every visitor needs a Visa, which can be obtained through travel agents and tourism operators or upon arrival at the country (although this option might take longer). The international airport José Martí is 16 miles/ 25 km southeast of Havana.

The Hotel Saratoga, located in Havanas Historical Center, is certainly the right choice for your stay in the cuban capital. The Saratoga, a hotel where excellence is the daily standard.

Accommodations
• 96 rooms, of which: 49 are Junior Suite Saratoga, 40 Deluxe Patio and 7 Suites
• 7 guestroom floors
• internet service in all rooms
• individual reception desks
• express check-in/out
• concierge and butler service
• wake-up call
• pillow list
• rooms for non-smokers
• rooms for the physically disabled
• hairdryer, magnifying mirror and toiletries
• air conditioning
• direct phone line and Internet access
• satellite / interactive TV, DVD
• radio
• minibar
• in-room safe
• 24 hr room service
• balance consultation
• baby cribs
• scale
• shower and bathtub
• voltage: 220 V / 60 Hz and 110 V / 60 Hz

Restaurants and bars
• Anacaona Restaurant
• Bar Mirador Restaurant
• Anacaona Wine and Tapa Bar
• Mezzanine Bar

Business
• Business Center
• Salon Prado, for 25 people
• Salón Dragones, for 12 people

Leisure
• swimming pool on the roof-terrace
• sun deck
• Gym
• SPA (massage and jacuzzi)

Other services
• wireless access to the Internet in public areas (WiFi)
• laundry
• tourism desk
• taxi stand
• car rental
• cigar stand
• parking

Courtesies
• welcome cocktail
• in-room safe
• use of the gym
• internet included in Junior Suites and Suites

Posted on 01/14/09 under: havana, cuba, hotel,