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Hotel Lincoln , Central Havana, Havana, Cuba
Lincoln Hotel in Cuba
Hotel Lincoln
Reception at the Lincoln Hotel
Reception at the Lincoln
Hotel Lincoln on Galiano Street, Central Havana, Cuba
Hotel Lincoln on Galiano
Hotel Lincoln on the corner of Vertudes & Galiano Streets in 2011
Hotel Lincoln at Vertudes & Galiano
Islazul Lincoln Twin Room
Lincoln Hotel Twin Room
Terraza del Hotel Lincoln
Lincoln Hotel Roof Terrace
Juan Manuel Fangio 24th Feb 1958
Kidnappers release Racing Driver Fangio unharmed (1958)
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The Lincoln is very well situated for access to Old Havana, Central Havana, Chinatown and Vedado. It is just across the road from one of Havana’s best Art Deco buildings, the Teatro America and from the Casa de la Musica, where those in the know go to dance. The Malecon, Havana’s Ocean Drive, is a short walk away.

When Galiano Street (Avenida de Italia) was a grand shopping street the Lincoln’s restaurant was full of ladies in smart little Chanel suits and stilettoes exchanging scandalous gossip. "The newly restored restaurant is serving the some of best value food in Havana. Good quality at a very low price." said Folke West in a recent interview. The lobby has elegant marble floors and gilt mirrors, but rather too many statues of corpulent cupids for aesthetic comfort. The chandeliers haven’t been washed since the Revolution. They contrast strongly with the chichi charm of the shiny pink marble check-in desk.

One of the quirks of Havana’s history took place at the Hotel Lincoln. On Sunday 23rd February 1958 Juan Manuel Fangio, five times world champion racing driver, was kidnapped in the lobby by a member of Fidel Castro’s 26th July Movement. Fangio was chatting to Stirling Moss, his mechanics and his manager when he was taken at pistol-point out of the hotel and bundled into a waiting car.

This kidnapping of the world’s most famous racing driver made front-page news in Paris, London, New York, Rome, Mexico City and Buenos Aires. The idea was to avoid Fangio’s competing in a race designed to improve the Batista government’s rapidly worsening public image. Fangio was released without harm once the race was over. You can find out more at amigos de fangio .org

There is little risk of being kidnapped these days and whilst the Lincoln is not Havana’s smartest hotel, it has a certain idiosyncratic charm.

Although now a bit dated, Hotel Lincoln represents an affordable and perfectly-placed hotel for exploring the city.

© Nigel Hunt, 2006
© 2017 Nigel Hunt
Not Reviewed By Nigel Yet
Reviewed on 10 Jun 2011 by Dr.Siegfried R from Germany
very friendly,they have many years prblems with the elevators,mostly is one broken.<br>very good view from the top.
Average rating from 1 review(s) of this hotel
Air conditioning
Bar
Busy street
Car rental desk
Conference halls & rooms
Elevators / lifts
International cuisine
Malecon max 5min walk
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Nightclub nearby
Nightclub, disco or dance hall
Old building restored
Private secure off-street parking
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Restaurant
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shops max 2min walk
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
Terrace
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Details of Standard Room  
Standard rooms at the Lincoln are clean and functional, with modern wooden furniture, tiled floors and small bathrooms. They are quite small and not designed as anything more ambitious as pit-stops between sightseeing, clubbing and beach expeditions.
© 2017 Nigel Hunt
Air conditioning
Balcony (subject to availability)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Double bed
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
Details of Suite  
The Lincoln’s suites are, frankly, nasty. Our view is that the standard rooms are preferable to these curiously cell-like spaces full of looming leatherette furniture. The neon lighting makes everyone’s faces look pale green. The grey-tiled bathrooms are dark and noisome. Suites at the Lincoln are best avoided, we feel.
© 2017 Nigel Hunt
Air conditioning
Balcony (subject to availability)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Double bed
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
Guide to Central Havana
Along with Habana Vieja, Centro Habana is the most populated and overcrowded part of the city. It is a tumbledown residential / commercial area, the city's main shopping street, Calle San Rafael, traverses it from the Parque Central westwards. The large Partagas tobacco factory, directly behind the Capitolio, is the biggest export factory in the country, with 200 rollers turning out 5 million cigars a year.

Walking around this area you understand why Havana is sometimes referred to as a City of Columns; almost every buildings displays either one or a mixture of the Corinthian, Doric or Ionic types of this structure.
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