Hotel Ambos Mundos

Calle Obispo 153, Havana, 10100, Caribbean
(4 star hotel)
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Hotel Ambos Mundos

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 8, 2015

Hotel Ambos Mundos was the residence of the famous writer Ernest Hemingway. It is said he wrote his novel “For whom the bell rings" while he was there. They say his balcony was the top one on the 5th floor of its rounded facade. He had the best views!!
It has an excellent location on the corner of the popular Obispo and Mercaderes streets, near Plaza de Armas right in the center of Old Havana.
There is a popular Lobby bar and a roof top restaurant with great views!
But that's all there is. Personally I didn't stay there as it is too expensive for me but I had a couple of drinks in the popular lobby downstairs. The staff was not very polite and I heard many complaints from other guests.

Rooms start from 108/175CUC for single/double.

Address: Obispo 153
Havana, center
tel: 8609529 single/double
tel: 8609529

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Charming hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 27, 2013

I chose to stay at this hotel for three nights on the Havana part of my holiday in Cuba. The main reason for this choice was the literary links to Hemingway, who stayed here and wrote the majority of his book For Whom the Bell Tolls. The other reason was the location as Ambos Mundos is situated in the old part of Havana, very close to the Plaza de Armas and a perfect base for exploring the area on foot.

Check-in was very smooth and reception staff were very friendly and welcoming. I really liked my room which was small but very clean and furnished in keeping with the period of the hotel. The room rate included breakfast and this was fresh but basic and served on the rooftop terrace which was a lovely way to start the day with the views across the city. The room where Hemingway stayed is now a museum and at times thus makes the hotel very busy with many tourists just visiting the hotel to see this.

Overall, I enjoyed my stay here. It is a hotel that us steeped in history and I loved the huge foyer and bar, dripping with atmosphere, its open windows letting in the light, music and bustle of Havana's streets.

Unique Quality: Literary connection to Hemingway.
Good central location.
Rooftop restaurant.

Directions: On the corner of Obispo and Mercaderes

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Ambos Mundos, Hotel_Habaguanex, S.A.

by written on September 12, 2002

On the corner of Obispo and Mercaderes streets in Old Havana stands the Ambos Mundos Hotel, a building of eclectic architecture finished in 1923. It was reformed and enlarged in 1924 and 1930. At the beginning of the 1930s, U.S. writer Ernest Hemmingway stayed in the hotel, where he wrote "Fishing Chronicles" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls". About the hotel he said: " was a good place to write..." The room where Hemingway always stayed was turned into a small museum on the writer's life. Nowadays it is also "a good place" to enjoy a stay that will let you admire the values of the old part of the city. Nearby places of interest: Plaza de Armas (Arms Square), Museum of the City of Havana, El Templete, De la Real Fuerza Fortress, Palace of the Second Corporal, National Museum of Natural History, House of Silver Work, La Mina Restaurant, House of Asia, Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, La Torre de Marfil Restaurant, House of Tobacco, La Dominica Restaurant, Museum of Archaeology, Don Giovanni Restaurant. Havana's "José Martí" International Airport, 20 kms./ 12.42 miles.

Unique Quality: Rooms
Total: 52 / Doubles: 49 / Mini Suites: 3

Plaza de Armas
Restaurant à la carte
Hours: 07:00 - 23:00 hrs

Roof Garden
Restaurant à la carte
Hours: 07:00 - 23:00 hrs

Ambos Mundos
Hours: 24 hrs

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Hotel Ambos Mundos
This hotel,...

by written on August 24, 2002

Hotel Ambos Mundos
This hotel, built in the 1920s, recently reopened after a long restoration. It is conveniently located around the corner from La Bodeguita, Ernest Hemingway's 'little shop in the middle of the street,' and a 10-minute wobble from El Floridita. Off and on throughout the 1930s, Hemingway laid his head in Room 511, where the plot of For Whom The Bell Tolls formed in his mind. After the Revolution, the hotel was turned into a hostelry for employees of the Ministry of Education across the way. Hemingway's room—'a gloomy room, 16 square meters, with a double bed made of ordinary wood, two night tables and a writing table with a chair,' recalled Colombian author and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez—was preserved, however, down to an old Spanish edition of Don Quixote on the night table (entrance US$1). You can easily identify his top-story room when gazing up from street level. The hotel was once painted white; although rose-pink today, the exterior walls of Hemingway's room have been left white to commemorate his presence.

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Address: Calle Obispo 153, Havana, 10100, Caribbean

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