Hotel Sevilla

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Hotel Mercure Sevilla Havane
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Original 1908 wing of Hotel Sevilla
General information
LocationCalle Trocadero #55, Entre Prado y Zulueta
Cuba Havana, Cuba
OpeningMarch 22, 1908
Technical details
Floor count10
Design and construction
ArchitectJosé Troya, Antonio Rodríguez and José Rodríguez, Schultze & Weaver
Other information
Number of rooms178
The 1924 tower wing of the Hotel Sevilla-Biltmore, 1931

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


The Hotel Sevilla opened on March 22, 1908.[1] It was 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. The Sevilla was bought by John McEntee Bowman and Charles Francis Flynn in 1919 and renamed the Hotel Sevilla-Biltmore. In 1924, Bowman-Biltmore Hotels constructed a huge ten-story tower wing, with a rooftop ballroom, designed by noted New York architects Schultze & Weaver.

In 1939, the hotel was purchased by Italian-Uruguayan mobster Amleto Battisti y Lora.[2] The Sevilla-Biltmore's casino was closely associated with Havana's mafia network, being part-owned by Santo Trafficante, Jr. Mobs destroyed the casino in early January 1959 as Fidel Castro's rebel army overtook Havana, and Amleto Battisti took refuge in the Uruguayan embassy.[3][4]

The hotel 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 owned by the Cuban state-run Gran Caribe hotel group. It has been managed since 1996 by the French Accor chain,[5] first under their Sofitel division as the Hotel Sofitel Sevilla Havana,[6] and more recently under their Mercure Hotels division as the Hotel Mercure Sevilla Havane. Accor announced plans in 2017 to renovate the Sevilla and transfer it to their boutique MGallery by Sofitel division.[7]


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