During last century’s third decade, the Hotel Ambos Mundos had Ernest Hemingway among its special clients, one of “the” all-time American writers, a classic one, we could say. This room, the one he always asked for when booking, is now a museum, has been preserved exactly as it used to be during Hemingway’s times.
Several items directly related to the author of The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bells Toll and A Farewell to Arms, may be found here. For example, and maybe the most valuable piece of this place, his typewriter, or the desk he used to seat at when writing, or the bed in which he slept for years. If you visit this room-museum you will have the chance of taking a look from the windows to the city Hemingway loved, and who knows? Maybe you get the inspired by it, too.
There will be plates with iconic images from some of his books, like a swordfish and a boat behind it, or a scale replica of his boat, Pilar, fundamental in his life. Of course, you’ll have a guide, who’s going to explain you everything you need to comprehend Hemingway’s work and even life.
So, if you enjoy reading Hemingway’s stories and chronicles, this is a place you should visit. Just knowing some of those master pieces could have been written or conceived here, in a small and simple room with a beautiful view of Havana, is really amazing.
Javier Roque Martínez