New Hemingway Hotel set to open in Cuba

Posted: 01-Apr-16 17:50

A new $150 million hotel development named after the legendary American novelist Ernest Hemingway, who famously lived in Cuba for many years, will begin construction beside the country's Hemingway Marina, west of Havana, later this year.

New Hemingway Hotel set to open in Cuba

Work will begin this autumn on a hotly-anticipated new hotel in Cuba named after the famous American novelist Ernest Hemingway, who lived on the Caribbean island for many years. The luxury Hemingway Hotel will overlook Marina Hemingway, nine miles west of the Cuban capital of Havana, where the renowned writer loved to take his boat out for fishing trips.

The 650-room hotel is part of the major tourism redevelopment project already underway at Hemingway Marina. This is in preparation for the expected influx of tourists visiting the island-nation by boat from Key West Florida, just 90 miles to the north, in the wake of the recent thaw in US-Cuban relations and a flurry of new business deals between the two countries.

The hotel is being built in partnership with Chinese company Suntine International, which is providing a $150 million investment in exchange for a 49% stake in the project. State-run Cuban hotel group Cubanacan will own the majority 51% share and provide the land and resources for the new development.

At a recent meeting in Havana, the Cuban and Chinese partners confirmed that construction on the landmark hotel will start later this year. It will be built by the Cuban Construction Ministry in collaboration with Citic Construction, which was the main contractor for the Beijing Olympics.

The news comes as several major US hotel groups including Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International announce plans to open new resorts in Cuba in collaboration with the country’s government ministries.

The idea to have a hotel named after Hemingway is in keeping with the legacy that the legendary writer has left behind in Cuba. His former home, ‘the Finca Vigia’, which his then-wife and renowned journalist Martha Gellhorn found for them in a Havana suburb, has been turned into a museum commemorating Hemingway. He wrote and based at least two of his novels in Cuba: The Old Man and the Sea, and Islands in the Stream.

Not far from the Finca, the marina where Hemingway used to moor his fishing boat – the Pilar – was renamed Marina Hemingway in his honour. Today it is the largest marina in Cuba, and when improvement works are finished it will have a capacity for more than 400 boats.


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