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Hotel Capri , Vedado, Havana, Cuba
Hotel Capri during restoration in 2013
Hotel Capri during restoration in 2013
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THE CAPRI HOTEL HAS JUST RE-OPENED THIS JANUARY 2014. (For 15 years the Capri had been closed, and only in 2012 did restoration seem to begin in earnest).

The then ultra-modern 19-floor, 250-room, $5 million Capri hotel & casino was designed by Cuban architect Jose Canaves in 1956. The grand opening during the Thanksgiving holiday in 1957 included being greeted at the casino by actor & real-life mobster George Raft. In the few years before Fidel Castro's revolution, the hotels & its casino became rather fashionable.

The Hotel Capri was propelled into existence by the 1955 Batista Hotel Law 2074. The government loans, tax breaks & casino licenses it offered to those with over a $1 million to invest/launder in a hotel was quickly snapped up by the likes of Meyer Lansky & Charles "Lucky" Luciano. The Capri was financed by the US Mafia Syndicate including the New York mob of Santo Trafficante Jr, Nicholas Di Costanzo, Charles Turin (alias Charley "The Blade") & Santino Masselli of the Bronx (alias "Sonny the Butcher"). Santo Trafficante Jr obtained the Capri's casino license & George Raft became the celebrity public face of the Capri gambling & nightclub. The hotel management contract was granted to Miami hotelier Julius "Skip" Shepherd.

The Capri's decadent corrupt American capitalist reputation & glamorous roof-top swimming pool made it the choice location for the main (very long uninterrupted) opening scene of the Cuban-Russian propaganda film, and David Bailey's favourite, "Soy Cuba". The Capri being so famously frequented by American gangsters, it even gets a mention in Mario Puzo's mafia film "The Godfather".

The Casino de Capri's 1950's "dazzling & thrilling" cabaret shows were produced & choreographed by "Carlyle". Headlining local talents included the Diva Celeste Mendoza, "The Queen of Guaguanco"; & renowned American stars Tony Martin & Liberace.

On the 31st of December 1958 George Raft welcomed in the New Year with his usual debonair "champagne flair". Shortly after, Julius Shepherd claims, he was ordered by the victorious new regime to accept 200 soldiers, which he picked up the tab for, for more than a year. Shepherd, Raft, Trafficante, Lansky, Luciano & Batista have now long gone.
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Barber / men’s hair-stylist
Disabled facilities
Elevators / lifts
Evening entertainment - cabarets
Hotel was recently renovated
International cuisine
Ladies hair-styling
Lobby bar
Malecon max 5min walk
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Modern building
Nightclub nearby
Parking
Poolside snack bar
Restaurant(s) - à la carte
Restaurant(s) - buffet
Rooftop Bar & Terrace
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Shops max 2min walk
Snacks and drinks 24 hours a day
Swimming pool
Tours & tourist information desk
Details of Standard Room  
These rooms are on the floors 5 to 15. All have brand new period furniture, fixtures & fittings. Each floor has rooms with either twin beds or king-size. For the latter please make a "Special Request".
© 2014 Nigel Hunt
220 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Bathroom (ensuite)
Electronic key cards
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
Internet by WiFi to your PC
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge (stocked)
Satellite TV
Shower
Telephone
Twin beds
Details of Suite  
Very spacious and comfortable rooms. Here you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the city & the sea. They are painted between red and pearl grey. Their decor is exquisite with plastic arts and pieces of colored glass or ceramic. Suites offer several spaces - a hall, a living room, a bedroom & a terrace.
© 2014 Nigel Hunt
220 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Bathroom (ensuite)
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
Internet by WiFi to your PC
King size bed
Living-dining room
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Shower
Telephone
Terrace
Details of Junior Suite  
With exquisite decor, in these rooms we can find shades of green and red. Nicely decorated with art, Junior Suites offer several spaces: hall, living room, bedroom. Ideal for combining work with rest.
© 2014 Nigel Hunt
220 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Bathroom (ensuite)
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
Internet by WiFi to your PC
King size bed
Living-dining room
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Shower
Telephone
Twin beds
Details of Superior Room  
Superior Rooms are painted in two shades of green and have a hall, a bedroom & a very large bathroom. Superior rooms are ideal for those looking for an unforgettable honeymoon.
© 2014 Nigel Hunt
220 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Bathroom (ensuite)
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
Internet by WiFi to your PC
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Shower
Telephone
Twin beds
Details of Duplex Capri Room  
Spacious, comfortable & beautifully decorated rooms with 2 floors.
© 2014 Nigel Hunt
220 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Hair-dryer
In-room safe
Internet by WiFi to your PC
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Telephone
Guide to Vedado
Vedado's heart is along and around La Rampa. This is where Avenida 23 meets the coastal road, the Malecon, and you will find the rather impressive Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Infront of the Hotel Nacional is La Piragua, "The Dugout", where each Saturday afternoon various car and motorcycle club piston heads show-off their gleaming chrome classics.



On La Rampa itself you will find the Cubana (airline) main office, many shops, markets, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.

Directly east on Calle San Miguel between calles Ronda and Mazon is the fine Museo Napoleonico, this mansion is house of a remarkable collection of Napoleonic memorabilia.

Other notable sights are the Copelia, Hotel Habana Libre

Vedado's top sight is perhaps the Cementerio de Cristobal Colon.
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