Hotel Capri

Hotel in Vedado

After spending over a decade as a rotting ruin, one of Havana's most famous hotels was reborn as a quieter, less notorious version of its former self in 2014. And, rather like The Godfather, the sequel is better. The 19-story Capri has a sharp minimalist lobby and a rooftop pool. The rooms are slick and modern but not ostentatious.

The views from the higher-up rooms are expansive.

Built in modernist style with Mafia money in 1957, the hotel in its (brief) heyday, was owned by mobster Santo Trafficante, who used American actor George Raft as his debonair front-man. When Castro's guerrillas came knocking in January 1959, Raft allegedly told them where to stick it and slammed the door in their faces.

The hotel has also featured in two movies: Carol Reed's Our Man in Havana and Mikhail Kalatozov's Soy Cuba (in an astounding 'tracking shot'). It was also the setting for Michael Corleone's meeting with Hyman Roth in The Godfather: Part II, though, due to the embargo, Coppola shot the scenes in the Dominican Republic.