Ernest Hemingway, Nobel laureate in literature and eternal friend of Cuba, made this hotel world famous. The same happened with the Floridita and the Bodeguita del Medio. This triad of sites has much to thank the illustrious American writer.
Hemingway chose the Ambos Mundos Hotel as his first residence in Havana. Between 1932 and 1939 he occupied a modest room on the fifth floor. He described Ambos Mundos as “a good place to write”. It is said that in his room he wrote “Chronicles of Fishing” and some chapters of his famous novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
Hemingway’s various photos and articles are displayed on the walls of the hotel. His room is now a small museum dedicated to the author. Hundreds of foreign and national visitors are still attracted by the figure of the emblematic author of “The Old man and the Sea”.
Other attractions of the Ambos Mundos Hotel are its large Lobby, its ancient elevators still in operation and the Grill on the top floor with a beautiful view of the Historic Center. Opened in 1925, it is an eclectic style building with five floors including fifty two rooms to rent. It is a luxurious four-star hotel.
In Obispo and Mercaderes streets, around Ambos Mundos, the cultural life of Old Havana flows. Several colorful characters meet daily to entertain the walkers. Within walking distance are the Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, the Model of the Historic Center, the Plaza de Armas and the Palace of the Captain General.
For visit: Obispo Street, No. 153, corner of Mercaderes street, Old Havana, La Habana (“23.13944, -82.35055”). Phone: (+53) 78609530. Open daily.
by: Leunam Rodríguez