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  • 6 February 2013, 11:37

Spiderman scales iconic Cuban hotel

Alain Robert climbs the Habana Libre /PA

A French daredevil who has scaled some of the world's tallest buildings has conquered Cuba's famous Habana Libre hotel without ropes or a safety net.

Alain Robert, 50, aka Spiderman, succeeded in climbing to the top of the 27-storey hotel in about half an hour, reports the Daily Telegraph.

He said his main concern was not the height of the 27-storey hotel, but its condition. Like much of Havana, the hotel is in a state of disrepair.

"You know it can be rusty, the concrete can be damaged. So, I could break this or that so it's a bit scary," he said.

Mr Robert has scaled much taller structures in his career, including the Sears Tower in Chicago, New York's Empire State Building and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

Two years ago he took six hours to summit what currently is the world's tallest building, the 2,717 foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, although for that he used some safety equipment.

Robert arrived in Havana last week, and has been waiting to get permission from the authorities to begin the stunt.

Cuba eventually gave him permission to attempt the climb, and dozens of police were on hand on Monday to keep order.

The hotel is one of the Cuban capital's most iconic buildings, taken over after the 1959 Cuban Revolution.