Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

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Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana
Manzana Gomez, Centro Habana - April 2003.jpg
Hotel chainKempinski Hotels
General information
LocationHavana, Cuba
AddressCalle San Rafael
Opening2017
ManagementKempinski Hotels
Other information
Number of rooms246
Number of suites50
Website
Official website

The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is a luxury hotel in Havana, Cuba. It is located in the historic Manzana de Gómez (Gómez Block) building, an early-20th-century building that was originally Cuba's first shopping mall.

History[edit]

Manzana de Gómez, circa 1920

The structure was built by José Gómez-Mena Vila from 1894 to 1917[1] as the first European-style shopping arcade in Cuba. The Manzana de Gómez was the first entire city block built in Cuba in the beginning of the 20th century completely for commercial use, with two inner diagonal streets that cross the building in all directions integrating the pedestrian circulation with the outer fabric. It is bounded by Neptuno, San Rafael, Zulueta and Monserrate streets.

The structure was gutted and converted to a 246-room hotel by the Gaviota Group,[2] an arm of the Cuban military.[3] The hotel, operated by Kempinski Hotels, opened for business in May 2017[4][5] and celebrated its grand opening in June 2017.[2] The hotel features a ground floor shopping mall, with retail franchises including Versace, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste and Montblanc,[5] harking back to the building's origins.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leopoldo Fornés Bonavía (2003). Cuba, cronología: cinco siglos de historia, política y cultura (in Spanish). Madrid: Editorial Verbum [es]. ISBN 978-84-7962-248-0.
  2. ^ a b Inc., M. Shanken Communications. "Luxury Kempinski Hotel Opens its Doors in Havana - Cuba".
  3. ^ "Kempinski to Manage the Manzana Hotel in 2016". www.cubabusinessreport.com.
  4. ^ "Kempinski Press Room". www.kempinski.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  5. ^ a b "Super Luxury Hotel Opens in Havana, Cuba - Havana Times.org". www.havanatimes.org. 23 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Cuba's first luxury hotel opens in Havana | DW | 23.05.2017".
  • Cuba - Eyewitness Travel Guides (Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2004) ISBN 075660172X
  • Havana (Lonely Planet Publications,2001) ISBN 1864502290
  • The Odyssey Illustrated Guide To Cuba (Guidebook Company Ltd., 1995) ISBN 9622173705

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 23°08′16.86″N 82°21′28.54″W / 23.1380167°N 82.3579278°W / 23.1380167; -82.3579278