137 years after the first cigar was rolled in Ybor, Hotel Haya celebrates the tradition

Poolside view at an Ybor City hotel. The pool is lit up, and a sparkling light design is projected on the surrounding walls.
Poolside view at Hotel Haya

On April 13, 1886, history was made in historic Ybor City with the first Cuban cigar being rolled. This historic event would go on to shape the history of Ybor forever, going on to be known as “The Cigar Capital of the World.” Hotel Haya, located in the heart of Ybor City,  was named after Ignacio Haya, whose cigar factory, Sanchez y Haya, was responsible for the first cigar roll over a century ago. 

In celebration of 137 years, join Hotel Haya and J.C. Newman Cigar Co. on April 13 from 7pm-9pm  for a delectable evening of cigar crafting and cocktails. Each attendee will learn how to hand roll their very own cigars during this one-of-a-kind experience. 


Tickets are $80 per person and includes a welcome cocktail at Flor Fina, five hand-rolled cigars with hands-on instruction from master cigar craftsmen, lite bites and learn more about the rich history of the Cuban cigar history in Ybor City. If you’ve never experienced the exquisite cuisine at Flor Fina, then you are in for a treat.

Outside the historic Sanchez y Haya Cigar Factory in Ybor City

Hotel Haya celebrates the rich history of Historic Ybor City

The Hotel Haya, designed by Alfonso Architects Incorporated, has transformed their corner of Ybor City into 1950s Havana, known as the golden age for the city. This dreamy destination captures the exuberant Cuban, Italian, and Spanish influences of the famed Ybor City neighborhood. 


The rooms are lush. The “mid-century Cuban” guestrooms will feature period fabrics and colors, along with locally made glass bulbs blown at the Morean Arts Center. that pay homage to Ybor’s famous streetlights. Learn more, and book your stay on the hotel’s website.

Learn the art of cigar rolling at The Hotel Haya this April

Hotel Haya, 1412 E 7th Ave.

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