Hotel Sevilla

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Hotel Mercure Sevilla Havane
Hotel Sevilla 1 (3215646714).jpg
Original 1908 wing of Hotel Sevilla
General information
Location Calle Trocadero #55, Entre Prado y Zulueta
Cuba Havana, Cuba
Opening March 22, 1908
Technical details
Floor count 10
Design and construction
Architect José Troya, Antonio Rodríguez and José Rodríguez, Schultze & Weaver
Other information
Number of rooms 178
The 1924 tower wing of the Hotel Sevilla-Biltmore, 1931

The Hotel Mercure Sevilla Havane is a historic hotel in Havana, Cuba.

History[edit]

The hotel was built as the Hotel Sevilla in 1908. It consisted of a four-story Moorish Revival structure, designed by architects Arellano y Mendozaon, located on Calle Trocadero, next to the Paseo del Prado, between the Malecón and Parque Central. It was bought by John McEntee Bowman and Charles Francis Flynn in 1919 and renamed the Sevilla-Biltmore Hotel. In 1924, they constructed a huge ten-story tower wing, with a rooftop ballroom, designed by noted New York architects Schultze & Weaver.

The Sevilla-Biltmore was closely associated with Havana's mafia network, being part-owned by Santo Trafficante, Jr. It was also featured in Graham Greene's novel Our Man in Havana as the location where the protagonist joins the British secret service.

The hotel is currently run by the French chain Accor under their Mercure Hotels division as the Hotel Mercure Sevilla Havane.

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Coordinates: 23°08′25″N 82°21′30″W / 23.1404°N 82.3583°W / 23.1404; -82.3583