Hotel Inglaterra

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Hotel Inglaterra
Hotel Inglaterra - Havana 2009.JPG
General information
Location Paseo del Prado #416 entre San Rafael and San Miguel
Cuba Havana, Cuba
Opening December 23, 1875
Owner Gran Caribe
Technical details
Floor count 4
Other information
Number of rooms 83
Number of restaurants 2
Website
http://www.hotelinglaterra-cuba.com

Hotel Inglaterra is the oldest hotel in Cuba and one of the most classic hotels in Havana. It is located at Paseo del Prado #416 between San Rafael and San Miguel. It is set to join Starwood Hotels on December 1, 2017[1] as Inglaterra, a Luxury Collection Hotel, becoming only the second US-managed hotel in Cuba since the Cuban Revolution.

History[edit]

The hotel traces its origins to 1844, when a two-story building known as El Cafe or The Escauriza Saloon was built at the site. In 1863, El Cafe was sold to Joaquin Payret, who renamed it El Louvre. In 1875, Payret sold the cafe to finance construction of a theater across the street, and the Gran Hotel de Inglaterra was constructed, opening on December 23, 1875. The two-story structure was owned by Manuel López and Urban González[2] and was designed in the neoclassical style. In 1886, the hotel was sold to Don Francisco Villamil, who added a third floor to the building.

General Antonio Maceo stayed at the hotel for six months in 1890. Winston Churchill stayed there while visiting Cuba as a military reporter during the Spanish-Cuban war in December 1895.[3]

The Inglaterra was renovated again in 1901, with the addition of electricity, telephones, private bathrooms in each room, and a telegraph link. The fourth floor was added in 1914, along with the iconic glass marquee. In 1931, the hotel was forced to close, due to the impact of the Great Depression. It reopened in 1939. In the 1930s, the hotel was owned and operated by the Solés family. The general manager was Candido Solés.[4] It was remodeled multiple times after the Revolution, in 1973, 1981 and 1989.

On March 19, 2016, Starwood Hotels announced that the Inglaterra would become the first hotel in Cuba to be managed by an American company in over 55 years, upon joining The Luxury Collection division of Starwood. Starwood received special authorization from the U.S. Treasury to operate the hotel.[5] The Four Points by Sheraton Havana, a conversion of the existing Hotel Quinta Avenida, ended up being the first US-managed hotel, in June 2016.[6] The Inglaterra is now expected to join Starwood on December 1, 2017.[7]

Appearances in books and movies[edit]

Hotel Inglaterra appears in the Elmore Leonard novel Cuba Libre.

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Coordinates: 23°08′15″N 82°21′34″W / 23.1374°N 82.3595°W / 23.1374; -82.3595