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