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On January 16, 2015 I left for sunny Cuba to enjoy a little rest and relaxation. Having traveled to Cuba many times, I have always wanted to #urbex there. Well, this trip I had an opportunity...kinda...The Hotel Internacional de Varadero opened in 1950 and was the gem of the Varadero sky line for many years. Its a 163 room hotel that overlooks one of the most beautiful beaches and out into the Straits of Florida towards the Florida Keys. This hotel closed its doors on January 12, 2015 with guests leaving comments on TripAdvisor.com right up to the last day. In the end, sadly it appears it did not appear to be the grand hotel it once was.
I walked by on Sunday morning and the place was deserted, I stood and admired the grand structure and wanted to go in so bad, but I didn’t have my GoPro. So I returned on Monday and and after a quick look around the property, it seemed quite enough. I entered the hotel via the beach side and as soon as I walked in there were people everywhere. Local workers were already starting to tear down from the inside, removing safes and curtains and furniture. I had already entered so I walked with confidence and tried to act like I belonged as much a could..with flip flops, a tank top and swim trucks, it wasn’t easy, I should have had a sign that said “TOURIST” strapped to my back. Despite my beach wear, I was able to make it into the hotel and I just started to wonder the floors, when I heard someone, I turned back. I had the chance to take in some of the old architecture and the 50’s feel of the place. I thought if I could just get of to the roof and get a couple of good shots the adventure would be worth it. Unfortunately the roof door was locks and on my way back down, I started to get yelled at by a guy at the end of a hallway. That was my qew to leave. I hustled back down the stairs and out the back door, again, trying to blend in. Once out on the beach, I felt better and headed back to my hotel.
This was a great and exhilarating experience, but a little riskier than I am used to. This hotel certainly had its heyday, and I only got to see a small portion of it. This video is a little shaker than normal because I didn’t have my proper GoPro hand rig with me and I really wish it had more structural content, but given the location I couldn’t not post this.
For those who speak Spanish, here is more to the story http://lagartoverde.com/2013/06/21/bye-bye-hotel-internacional-de-varadero/
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