Mercure Sevilla Hotel
Telephone - 011 (53) 7860-8560
The Sevilla Biltmore, as it was known before the Revolution, was one of the establishments (from 1939) owned & run by Havana’s Mafia network. Santo Trafficante Junior had shares in it, & its principal owner, the Corsican-Uraguayan Amletto Battisti, was the kingpin of "La Bolita", the city’s lottery racket, the Oriental Park racecourse, & the Casino Nacional.
The Sevilla hotel has a rather curious layout but its public areas are very attractive. The prevailing decorative style is, as one might expect, Moorish-Andalusian, with a profusion of lustre-glazed cuerda seca tiles.
The lobby and courtyard bar are welcoming and the Hotel Mercure Sevilla is one of the only three hotels in the area with a pool (the other two are the Parque Central and the Saratoga).
The Hotel Sevilla is located just off the elegant Paseo del Prado, the public promenade which links Parque Central with the Malecon Ocean Drive; so is ideally placed for exploration of Havana’s historical centre.
Text from Cubaism.com