Arrive at Hotel Riviera and Check In. We will be staying at the Iberostar Hotel Habana Riviera, a historic resort hotel located on the Malecón waterfront boulevard in the centrally located modernist neighborhood of El Vedado in Havana. To check in you just need to go to the front desk and give them your passport. The hotel, which is now managed by the Spanish Iberostar chain, was built and owned in 1957 by mobster Meyer Lansky and still maintains its original 1950s style. It was a casino that could avoid the rule of U.S. law and the F.B.I. and was intended to rival the comfort and contemporary luxury of any Las Vegas hotel of the era. At the time it was considered the epitome of resort-construction, designed by architect Igor Boris Polevitzky, one of the deans of Miami Modern architecture. Lansky hired two of Cuba’s great artists, muralist Rolando Lopez Dirube and sculptor Florencio Gelabert, who designed the white marble sculptures of an intertwined mermaid and swordfish that fronts the entrance porte cochere, and "Ritmo Cubano" (Cuban Rhythm), a large lobby sculpture that depicts twirling male and female dancers rendered in bronze. In its heyday the hotel was frequented by Ginger Rogers, Ava Gardner, Steve Allen, and Nat King Cole.
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