HAVANA, CUBA—Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, considered Cuba’s first five-star luxury hotel, officially opens its doors today, and marks a re-entry into the Americas for Kempinski Hotels.
Centrally located in Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel has 246 rooms and suites, six restaurants and bars, a spa and wellness facility, as well as views of the historic city center, particularly from its outdoor infinity pool terrace and bar.
“Since it was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, tourism has exploded in Havana. We believe the market is ready for a true luxury hotel,” said General Manager Xavier Destribats, also Kempinski Hotels’ COO, the Americas. “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.”
The hotel is a revival of the former Manzana de Gómez site, the first European-style shopping arcade in Cuba, and dates back more than 100 years. Construction on the original building began in 1890, taking 28 years to reach its current six floors. Manzana de Gómez later housed government offices and schools on the upper floors.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels manages a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels and residences in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas.