The history of Capri goes back to pre-revolutionary Cuba, more specifically to 1955 when the then president, Fulgencio Batista enacted Hotel Law 2074, an incentive to build more hotels on the capital by offering tax breaks, government loans and casino licenses to those wishing to open new hotel properties in excess of $1,000,000 or nightclubs of over $200,000 in Havana.
As it turns out, the Capri was one of the first to be erected under the new motivational law with the help of a mafia-related injection of cash. The owner of its plush casino and main investor was Florida mobster Santo Trafficante, Jr. and its operation was under the hands of New York's Santino Masselli, a.k.a "Sonny the Butcher". Meanwhile the public front of the hotel's shiny new casino was handed to Hollywood movie star, George Raft, famous for interpreting gangster roles in crime melodramas of the 30s and 40s. His gangster portrayals were all the more captivating because in real life the actor was associated with the mafia. So it came as no surprise to anyone at the time that he would be chosen to front the hotel's entertainment areas.
The Capri reopened at the beginning of 2014, after three years of ongoing work. The entire woodwork had to be replaced as well as the electric and plumbing systems of the building to the point of leaving the whole structure bare, the Capri now sees the light once again. The renovation has breathed new life into the hotel's interiors, with sleek new decor, freshly painted and tastefully decorated rooms with a colourful, vibrant design. Many of them boast amazing views over the sea while others offer spectacular views of the city – the higher you stay the most impressive the views will be simply breathtaking. Surrounded by the city's hottest clubs, jazz venues, salsa hotspots and discos, the Capri will soon become the place to be in Havana, re-establishing its once tarnished reputation as one of the capital's most popular hotels.
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