Cuba’s first five-star hotel opens

Features include rooftop infinity pool overlooking Old Havana
Cuba’s first five-star luxury hotel, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, officially opened its doors to guests this week in the middle of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The 246 rooms and suites start at 38 square metres for the ‘patio rooms’ and go up to 150 square metres for the presidential suite, with high ceilings reaching up to 6.5 metres and large French doors in many rooms to take in the city views.
Features also include six restaurants and bars and a 1,000 square metre “world-class spa and wellness facility” with a thermal bathing area and a rooftop infinity pool overlooking Old Havana.
The hotel marks a re-entry into the Americas for Kempinski Hotels and “will elevate expectations of what it means to experience luxurious, European-style hospitality in Havana”, the company said.
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is a revival of the former Manzana de Gómez site, dates back more than 100 years. Manzana de Gómez became the first European-style shopping arcade in Cuba and later housed government offices and schools on the upper floors.
“Our property will not only be the first of its kind in this market, but we believe it sets a new standard for the entire Caribbean. We have been very strategic about the expansion of our brand and we are convinced that this is the right time and the right market for Kempinski in the Americas,” said Xavier Destribats, the hotel’s general manager and chief operating officer for the Americas.
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