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A gift from the spring: the opening of the luxurious “The Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana”

A gift from the spring: the opening of the luxurious “The Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana”

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Good news are travelling around Havana: is coming true. The five stars hotel in the heart of Old Havana is finally open its doors this spring. Expectations are many, after a long restoration process, the Swiss company promise to be the most luxurious accommodation in Cuba’s capital. It won’t be an easy target, but hands on and they can make it real.

The venue cannot be other than the iconic five-story Manzana de Gomez building, which originally served as a European-style shopping Centre in the 1890s, occupies an entire block and was the first European-style shopping arcade in Cuba.
Where is it? In front of the majestic Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso, few feet from Havana Capitol, and less than 1 minute walking from the famous Obispo Street in Old Havana, the location is just perfect.

The hotel covers the entire block and the neoclassical facade and French windows are now totally renewed and flashing life and youth. Inside, the hotel promises the interior will be mainly modern and white with splashes of colour.

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The hotel is part of the Swiss group Kempinski’s managements now, a company specialized in five-star hotels around the world. The Havana hotel will join their upcoming openings in Riga and Oman later in the year but will be their first business in the Americas.

Kempinski will operate the 246-room hotel under a management contract with Cuba's Grupo de Turismo Gaviota. It will feature a 1,600-square-foot presidential suite, a rooftop terrace and swimming pool, three restaurants, a cigar lounge, business center and a spa operated by Resense, a Swiss luxury spa brand. Nevertheless, the views will be priceless: a sunset featuring the Caribbean Sea, Old Havana streets (a UNESCO World Heritage jewel) and under-restoration views of the Capitol cannot be priced, not today not ever. It doesn’t matter where you came from, the day you’ll be enjoying this then Havana will be part of you forever.

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There is a question going around these days. Is it going to replace Saratoga’s first place in Havana? The Saratoga hotel is without question the best hotel for staying today in the city: Madonna or Beyonce confirmed it. This was the statement of Collin Laverty, president of Cuba Educational Travel, which takes groups of Americans to Cuba: “The Saratoga is considered a luxury property but it is more a boutique hotel. The Kempinski hotel is a whole other level in terms of brand, professionalism and the size of the hotel.”

Havana needs new accommodations, rooms, hotels: last year Cuba received more than 4 million international visitors, and tourism officials are predicting another record year in 2017 with 4.2 international arrivals. In peak season, finding availability anywhere in Havana is getting a nightmare. Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana will be a completely new story bringing not just rooms but a top quality service and luxury. If you want to experience in first hand this gem built in the 1800’s but living in the 21st century in Havana, contact us. We will be more than pleased to help you. Go to our website www.scuktravel.com and let us plan the best holiday you can ever dream in the unique and special Havana.

What´s up Havana?

What´s up Havana?

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The month of love is already on the way and lot of fun is waiting in Havana. New events, festivals and openings are getting trendy these days. Do not miss any of them!

The New Year spirit is old story: already in the second month of the year, and a very special one. Doesn’t matter if you are celebrating a wedding anniversary or you are the perfect single one, there is always lots to do to enjoy ourselves and more importantly, have a great time with our friends. Havana is the right place for it!

Cuban Salsa Festival

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The venue is Comodoro Hotel, located on the West side of the city from 20th to 27th of February. Dance workshops will be amazing! Live performances will be a must: many bands, DJs, Cuban and international dance teachers, and concerts by popular Cuban dance music bands at the Metropolitan Park. All of the most important bands of popular music are already confirmed: Paulo FG, Los Van Van, Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, Adalberto Álvarez y su Son, NG La Banda, Alexander Abreu y Havana de Primera, Bamboleo, El noro y Primera Clase, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini and Tania Pantoja.

19th Habano Festival

Cuban cigar is the best in the world. No one could deny that fact. Now, imagine being in the biggest festival of the best cigar in the world! Yes, we are talking serious business here. From February 26th to March 3rd the Habano tribute will be running at Palacio de las Convenciones.
The festival is not just about smoking cigars. Behind closed doors, in the factories’ tasting rooms, retailers are thinking of ways to defend their livelihoods against anti-smoking legislation. They know that they will probably end up selling fewer cigars. The week ends with an exclusive and full of luxury final dinner that will held in Pabexpo Centre.

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26th Havana International Book Fair 2016

The 26th Havana International Book Fair 2016 will be held from February 9 to 29, with Canada as the Guest Country of Honor. Each edition of the Havana International Book Fair provides new reasons as to why it has become the most significant event in the Cuban publishing movement since its inception in 1982, and also the most unifying cultural event in the country. Besides offering a space for purchasing books and exchanging views with the authors, the Fair has become a place for exhibiting the dynamism and different facets of the cultural life of Cuba.

6th Cuban Harlists Rally

The Sixth International Harley Davidson Rally of Cuba will take place from February 9th to the 12th in Varadero, the most important beach resort of Cuba located in Matanzas province, just couple of hours from Havana. Like in previous events, this concentration is not organized by any specific motorcycle club, and all Harley Davidson owners in Cuba and abroad who wish to participate are invited, regardless of the club they belong to or the colors they wear. Motorcyclists riding other bike brands are also welcome to participate. So, if you are fan of riding or just a curious head you should go and take a look; who knows, you might end loving a classic Harley! It’ll show you a different side of Cuban spirit, probably the most fast and furious one!