Hotel Riviera

Hotel in Vedado

Meyer Lansky's magnificent Vegas-style palace has leapt back into fashion with its gloriously retro lobby almost unchanged since 1957. Though luxurious 50 years ago, the 354 rooms are now looking a little rough around the edges and struggle to justify their price tag, but you can readily dampen the dreariness in the fabulous 1950s-style pool, gambling-era bar and good smattering of restaurants.

The hotel was taken over by the Spanish Iberostar chain in 2016, so some improvements can be expected.