In February 2018 the current Roc Presidente Hotel**** celebrated five years with Roc Hotels brand, but this classic of Havana’s hotel industry is actually celebrating its 90th anniversary since it was inaugurated on December 28, 1928, when it was the highest building in Havana.
With a privileged location, on Avenida de los Presidentes and some 200 meters from the famous Malecón seaside drive, in the popular residential district of El Vedado, it is 3 km from Old Havana and 20 minutes away from José Martí International Airport.
It maintains intact its luxury, elegance, classic atmosphere and architectural style typical of the period, which denoted the American model, although its interior decoration irradiates Spanish airs; and it gracefully boosts “10 floors of history”: a tower of peculiar vermillion and beige colors, visible from faraway from diverse angles of the city.
After an effective promotion, in the 1940s it had already gained international fame and was reviewed by important foreign tourist guides; in the 1950s it was requested by tourists, businesspeople and diplomats.
The Chez Merito Restaurant was inaugurated in 1950, located on the first floor of the hotel, recognized as the first in Havana with air conditioning and one of the pioneers with a deluxe menu and French-style service, thus its fame was expanded worldwide.
Great personalities make up the list of illustrious visitors, from all parts of the world and periods, such as Lola Flores’ artistic cast, Gary Cooper, Josefine Baker, Nat King Cole, Alicia Alonso, Miguel Barnet and many others, a list that is also enhanced by being the venue of Casa de las Américas and the Alicia Alonso International Ballet Festival events.
With a heritage of more than 400 museum pieces which possibly turns it into the only Havana museum hotel, the Roc Presidente has 158 rooms equipped with all the comfort modern clients seek and it stands out for its personalized attention.
Its facilities include the Restaurant Buffet, with views of the Avenida de los Presidentes, which provides a wide-ranging and varied international and Caribbean breakfast and theme suppers, always accompanied by a service of excellence; the Meat Place Steak House Restaurant at the pool, recommended for those who enjoy good gastronomy – it serves an assorted gamut of light food –, in the midst of a charming tropical climate.
In a classical and elegant environment, delicately decorated, the a la carte Chez Merito Restaurant offers varied menus: tapas, executive, wines and diverse beverages. There are also options for those who prefer to take in the breeze of the nearby Malecón and appreciate an excellent view of Havana in the Lobby Bar/Terrace, open round the clock, which places at your disposal the most wide-ranging menu of snacks, coffees and beverages and, at night, clients can penetrate the magic space of Live Cuban Music.
With great jubilation, the hotel’s executives and workers are carrying out multiple activities to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Roc Presidente.