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  • Architecture: Bacardi Building

    Bacardi Building

    • Destination: Havana
    • Open: Daily
    • Address: Old Havana. Cuba
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  • Description

    At the end of 19th Century, the Bacardi rum was very famous in Cuba and abroad. Its creator, Don Emilio Bacardi, was a Spaniard settled in the island. It is said that he had a bat as a talisman which was used as logo in the first distillery that made him to win fortune. It is known that Bacardi held the title of "Supplier of the Casa Real Española".

    This decoration was given in the year 1886 thanks to the healing powers that the Bacardi liquor had on a serious illness the Spanish king Alfonso XVIII suffered during his childhood. With some many lineage and tradition, Don Emilio wished to build a venue worthy for the quality of his drink, thus, in the year 1920 began the construction of this magnificent architectural jewel, representative of the Art Decó in fashion at that time. The building was designed by the architects Esteban Rodriguez Castells, Rafael Fernandez Ruenes and Jose Menendez.

    bacardi interiorIts construction cost about 400,000 pesos and last 5 years. At that moment, the tip of its main tower was the highest point of Cuba. The famous bat, symbol of the family and logo of the drink brand crowns this tower. The granite used in this construction was imported from Bavaria and Norway. From the latest, the first honeys used in the preparation of the rum.

    The color of the ceramic flagstones covering the upper floors is bright yellow referring to white and gold rums exported by the famous firm. As a culmination of this building, the upper floors and the tower, both raised in a pyramidal way, are of the exquisite and bright design that combines blue and dun stripes with bright gold panels.

    The richness of its interior decoration is given mainly by the natural beauty of its marbles, brought from Europe and for the complementation with typical accessories of Art Deco like lamps, ironworks, drawings, etc.

    In the year 2001 the building was restored thanks to the cooperation with an Italian firm. It maintains in its interior the original decoration in a good shape, as well as, the external part of the building.

    Today, the building is the headquarter for representative agencies of tour operators among others. The visitor can access to its interior and enjoy the bar located at the mezzanine

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  • Airports next to Bacardi Building
  • Havana Airport

    José Martí International Airport (IATA: HAV, ICAO: MUHA), sometimes known by its former name Rancho-Boyeros Airport, is located 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Havana, Cuba, and is a hub for Cubana de Aviación, Aerogaviota, and Aero Caribbean, and former Latin American hub for Aeroflot Soviet Airlines.[2] It is Cuba's main international and domestic gateway, and serves several million passengers each year. The airport lies in the municipality of Boyeros and connects Havana with the rest of the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Europe, and one destination in Africa. It is named in memory of patriot and poet José Martí. In the 1960s the airport was bombed by B-26 aircraft from Brigade 2506, a CIA-sponsored group of Cuban exiles attempting to liberate Cuba from Fidel Castro. Cubans are not allowed to own aircraft or use the airport for either private or commercial flight. Only government-owned aircraft are allowed to use the facilities. There are currently four passenger terminals in use at the airport, plus a freight terminal.[3] Terminal 1 is used primarily for domestic flights. Terminal 2 opened in 1988, primarily for charter flights to the United States. Ten years later on April 27, 1998, the International Terminal 3 was opened by Canada's then-Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, and former Cuban president, Fidel Castro. International Terminal 3 offers many modern facilities and jetways that the former international Terminal 1 did not provide. Terminal 5 is operated by Aerocaribbean. Today, Copa Airlines is the foreign airline with most flights to the airport, operating 34 flights a week (roughly 5 daily flights) from Panama City, Panama, and Bogota, Colombia. The airport is operated by Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos (ECASA).

  • Playa Baracoa Airport

    Playa Baracoa Airport serves domestic flights scheduled by the local airline Aerogaviota and is situated about 28 km west of Havana, in the village of Playa Baracoa, (Province Artemisa).

  • Car Rental offices next to Bacardi Building Architecture
  • Car Rental office Hotel Plaza

    Calle Ignacio Agramonte. Havana Vieja
    8668915 101m

    Car Rental office Hotel Sevilla

    Paseo del Padro esq Refugio, La Habana Vieja
    8669156 172m

    Car Rental office Hotel Parque Central

    Calle Neptuno esq Prado. La Habana Vieja
    8600096 180m

    Car Rental office Hotel Telegrafo

    Paseo del Padro esq Neptuno La Habana
    8638990 269m

    Car Rental office Hotel Inglaterra

    Paseo del Padro esq San Rafael, La Habana
    8666218 291m

  • Gas stations next to Bacardi Building Architecture
  • La Rampa

    Calle 23 e Infanta, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8731480/873148 2km 243m

    Tángana

    Malecón y 13. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334588 2km 860m

    L y 17

    L y 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334587 2km 950m

    Guanabo

    Vía Blanca No. 46005 y 462, Intermitente de Guanabo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 964093/964094 2km 950m

    Riviera

    Paseo y Malecon. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333027 4km 607m

    Ayestarán

    Ayestarán y Ave. de Rancho Boyeros. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 666051 4km 626m

    17 y 12

    Calle 12 esq. a 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8339238/8333272 4km 706m

    Santa Catalina

    Santa Catalina y Vento. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 335531 5km 351m

    El Tunel

    Calle 2 No. 518 e/ 5ta. B y 7ma. B, Miramar, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2041906/2047470 5km 793m

    31 y 18

    Ave. 31 y 18, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040520 6km 417m

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  • Real Plaza, Hotel Plaza

    Zulueta No. 267 esq. a Neptuno, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 939486 113m

    Gentiluomo

    Obispo y Bernaza, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671300 146m

    Floridita

    Monserrate esq. a Obispo, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671300 178m

    El Mediterraneo, Hotel Parque Central

    Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8606627 180m

    El Paseo, Hotel Parque Central

    Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8666627 180m

    Steak House

    Hotel Parque Central. Neputno, esq. Prado. Havana City. Cuba
    180m

    Castillo de Farnes

    Monserrate esq. a Obrapia, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671040 222m

    A Prado y Neptuno

    Paseo del Prado esq. a Neptuno, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8609636 256m

    Telegrafo, Hotel Telegrafo

    Prado No. 408 esq. a Neptuno, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8609078 262m

    La Zaragozana

    Monserrate No. 351 e/ Obispo y Obrapia, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8608817 289m

  • Automatic Cash next to Bacardi Building Architecture
  • 0011

    Calle 17 e/ M y N, FOCSA. Havana City
    2km 830m

    0014

    Línea No. 705 e/ Paseo y A. Havana City
    4km 380m

    0073

    Calle 1ra. No. 40 e/ 0 y 2, CIMEX
    6km 021m

    0115

    Calle 70 e/ 1ra. y 3ra., Hotel LTI Panorama. Havana City
    8km 958m

    0160

    Calle 17 No. 8215 e/ 82 y 84. Havana City
    9km 180m

    0030

    Ave. 3ra. e/ 78 y 80. Havana City
    9km 309m

    0067

    Calle 16 No. 306 e/ 3ra. y 5ta.. Havana City
    9km 309m

    0183

    Calle 16 No. 310 e/ 3ra. y 5ta. Havana City
    9km 309m

    0031

    5ta. Ave. esq. a 112. Havana City
    10km 580m

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  • Hotel Parque Central

    Paseo del Prado e/ Neptuno y Virtudes. Havana City
    180m

    Hotel Sevilla

    Paseo del Prado esq. a Refugio. Havana City
    (537) 8639030 200m

    Hotel Deauville

    Calle Galiano esq. a Malecón. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    752m

    Lonja del Comercio

    Calle Oficios esq. a Baratillo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 669628 856m

    Hotel Vedado

    Calle O e/ 23 y 21. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    2km 337m

    Hotel Nacional

    Calle O y 21. Havana City
    (537) 8733564 3km 318m

    Hotel Cohiba

    Calle Paseo e/ 1ra. y 3ra. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    4km 635m

    Hotel Riviera

    Calle Paseo esq. a Malecón. Havana City
    (537) 662185 4km 772m

    Agromercado 15 y 24

    Calle 15 y 24, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333915 5km 385m

    Kasalta

    Ave. 5ta.B esq. a calle 2. Havana City. Cuba
    5km 826m

  • Clinics next to Bacardi Building Architecture
  • Hermanos Ameijeiras

    San Lazaro No. 701 e/ Belascoain y Marquez Gonzalez. Centro Haban
    (537) 8761000 1km 445m

    Retinosis Pigmentaria Centro Internacional Camilo Cienfuegos

    Calle L No. 151 e/ Linea y 13, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8333886 3km 089m

    Instituto Cardiovascular

    Calle 17 esq. a Paseo, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8382652-53 4km 044m

    SPA Hotel Riviera

    Malecón y Paseo, Vedado . Havana City
    (537) 8368756 4km 772m

    Sucursal Servicios Médicos Internacionales

    Calle 18 No. 4304 e/ 43 y 47, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2040114 6km 102m

    Centro de Histoterapia Placentaria

    Calle 18 esq. a 43. Playa. Havana City. Cuba
    6km 127m

    Cira Garcia, Clinica Central

    Calle 20 No. 4101 esq. a 41. Playa . Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040331 6km 184m

    Ramon Pando Ferrer, Hospital

    Calle 76 No. 3104. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2654800 8km 465m

    Comodoro, SPA Club

    Ave 1ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2045049 9km 512m

    Orthopedic Hospital Frank Pais

    Ave. 51 No. 19603 e/ 196 y 200. Havana City, Cuba
    (537) 2627022 ext. 478 12km 380m

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  • International Drugstore Hotel Sevilla

    Calle Prado esq. a Trocadero. Havana City
    (5348) 8615703 200m

    International Drugstore Hotel Habana Libre

    Calle 23 esq. a L , Vedado. Havana City
    (5348) 8319538 2km 620m

    International Drugstore 41 y 20

    Ave. 41 esq. a 20, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2069985 6km 251m

    International Drugstore Casa Bella

    7ma. Ave. y 22 No. 2603. Havana City
    (537) 2047980 6km 798m

    International Drugstore Miramar Centro de Negocios

    Ave 3ra. y 82, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2044515 9km 300m

    International Drugstore SPA Comodoro

    Ave 3ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2049385 9km 512m

  • Bacardi Building is located in Havana
  • Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.

    The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.

    The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.

    Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.

    Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.

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    • birdsofafeather1
      Karl
      Review about Bacardi Building Architecture
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      Visit from USA
      Now that travel restrictions have been eased it is possible to visit Cuba with a group that has received permission from the State Department to go to Cuba. I was there a few months ago with a group sponsored by Cuban Spirit and Vantage Travel. The main focus was culture, history, religion. The Cuban people were so welcoming

    • birdsofafeather1
      AMCUK
      Review about Bacardi Building Architecture
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      “Great views from the top. ”
      Currently under renovations so we were only able to go straight to the top and take in the views. Not really sure about the cost. The guy on the door ushered us in and after explaining the limitations due to renovation said we could go up the lift to the top for 2 CUC so we handed over 2 for... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      Bruce180852
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      “World famous Bat ”
      Our hotel, the iberostar Central Park was only a few minutes away from here, so we walked passed it quite a few times, it really is a beautiful Art Deco building, and you can well imagine how great it was in the hey days of the 50s and 60s. The building needs a bit of renovation, and is still a... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      1974AAUU
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      “Superb view and history. ”
      Unless your work for Bacardi or its competitors, this is just a building. A rather beautiful one indeed. If you into the history of this venerable Cuban company, the largest ever, you cannot miss the most famous bat in the word. You can access the lobby for free, a peekaview into what for sure was one of the most gorgeous... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      Ozless
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      “Great view of Havana ”
      It is worth visiting the building for the view even if you are not interested in the architecture. The guard told us the lift to the viewing platform is available between noon and 7pm and charged us 2CUC. The view over Havana Veija and the harbour was amazing. We were the only ones there and took our time looking at... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      The_real_reesey
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      “Great views ”
      Well worth the one peso to go to the top. Amazing views of the city. The building itself is like most of Havana now,a bit run down,but looks lovely.

    • birdsofafeather1
      RonWamberal
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      “Stunning Art Deco building ”
      Didn't see it inside but it stands out from a distance and is probably the most interesting building of its vintage - the Art Deco style is quite distinctive and is so different from most of the other Havana buildings which date from a pervious era.

    • birdsofafeather1
      JasonandLynz
      Review about Bacardi Building Architecture
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      “Great views from the top ”
      The building is quite rundown but thankfully there is a working lift which will take you to the top for stunning views across the city. Ask the guard in the reception area if you can go up to the top & he'll allow you to go up for 2CUC each. It's good value for money in my opinion although once... More 

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      RonnieLind
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      “Cool building with great view ”
      There is not much to see here. But if you want a good view over Havanna and can appreciate the Art Deco parts of the tower it's really worth 2 Cuc and the climb.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Adventurers049
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      Awfull Excellent

      “Fantastic arte deco building ”
      A fabulous example of arte deco. Take some time to inspect the outside and the interior of the ground floor. Once you have done this, go to the rooftop and see the surrounding buildings, you might be surprised by them and the state of them too.

    • birdsofafeather1
      kittravels
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      “What the Barcardi family could not fit into their suitcases in their hasty exit from Cuba ”
      The Bacardi Building is one of my favorite buildings in Havana. I have visited Havana 11 times in the past 14 years, and I always swing by this Art Deco grand dame to see how the renovations are coming (hey, things move slowly in Cuba). You can read all about the history and significance of the building online (it?s an... More