- for the hotel in Algeciras see Hotel Sevilla (Algeciras)
|Hotel Mercure Sevilla Havane|
Original 1908 wing of Hotel Sevilla
|Location||Calle Trocadero #55, Entre Prado y Zulueta
|Opening||March 22, 1908|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||José Troya, Antonio Rodríguez and José Rodríguez, Schultze & Weaver|
|Number of rooms||178|
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.
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