Hotel Ambos Mundos
We end our walking tour of Old Havana at Hotel Ambos Mundos (it’s the pink one) built in 1924. This hotel is popular because of Ernest Hemingway. He stayed in this hotel from 1932 to 1939. The hotel has preserved his old room, number 511, and made it into a small museum. Also if you want to get your picture taken with the ladies smoking cigars, you’ll find them sitting in front of that yellow house across from the hotel.
$1.00 for dinner and $0.75 for lunch – what a deal!
The other place Hemingway often visited was the bar Floridita just down the street from Hotel Ambos Mundos and across Monserrate Street from the The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana. Unfortunately, it was closed when we got there.We had meant to go back but ran out of time! Here’s some interesting info on the bar:
- The original name of the bar was “La Piña de Plata” when it opened in 1817.
- It was later renamed to “El Floridita” or Little Florida.
- Constante Ribalaigua Vert started working at the bar in 1914 and he invented the frozen daiquiri.
- The Papa Hemingway Special is a grapefruit daiquiri.
Although we didn’t get to go inside, here’s a photo from Wikimedia just to give you an idea. Look to the side of the bar near the window. There’s a life size bronze statue of Hemingway.