Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

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Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana
Hotel chain Kempinski Hotels
General information
Location Cuba Havana, Cuba
Address Calle San Rafael
Opening 2017
Management Kempinski Hotels
Other information
Number of rooms 246
Number of suites 50
Website
Official website
Interior of the structure in 2003, before restoration

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.

History[edit]

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 luxury hotel by the Gaviota Group,[2] an arm of the Cuban military,[3] The hotel, operated by Kempinski Hotels, opened on May 23, 2017[4].[5] and celebrated its grand opening on June 7, 2017.[6] The hotel features a ground floor shopping mall, with luxury retailers including Versace, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste and Montblanc,[7] harking back to the building's origins.[8]

References[edit]

  • 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

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