Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana
|Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana|
|Hotel chain||Kempinski Hotels|
|Address||Calle San Rafael|
|Number of rooms||246|
|Number of suites||50|
The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is the first luxury hotel to open in Havana, Cuba since the Revolution. It is located in the historic Manzana de Gómez (Gómez Block) building, an early-20th-century building that was originally the first shopping mall in Cuba.
The structure was built by José Gómez-Mena Vila from 1894 to 1917 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 luxury hotel by the Gaviota Group, an arm of the Cuban military, The hotel, operated by Kempinski Hotels, opened on May 23, 2017. and celebrated its grand opening on June 7, 2017. The hotel features a ground floor shopping mall, with luxury retailers including Versace, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste and Montblanc, harking back to the building's origins.
- Leopoldo Fornés Bonavía (2003). Cuba, cronología: cinco siglos de historia, política y cultura (in Spanish). Madrid: Editorial Verbum. ISBN 978-84-7962-248-0.
- "Kempinski Press Room". www.kempinski.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
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