Edificio Bacardí

Landmark in Habana Vieja

Image by Diana Rita Cabrera Lonely Planet

Finished in 1929, the magnificent Edificio Bacardí is a triumph of art deco architecture with a whole host of lavish finishes that somehow manage to make kitsch look cool. It's hemmed in by other buildings, so it's hard to get a full panoramic view of the structure from street level, though the opulent bell tower can be glimpsed from all over Havana.

There's a bar in the lobby, and for CUC$1 you can usually travel up to the tower for an eagle's-eye view.