Kempinski Manzana de Gomez inaguration likely delayed

Posted: 26-Jul-16 09:03

Originally expected to be finished in a 31-month term, the inauguration of Manzana de Gomez hotel in Old Havana seems to be disappointingly delayed. According to an announcement made by Kempinski Hotels' authorities to the media, the property will most likely not be able to open on October 2016, as predicted, due to setbacks in the building works.

Kempinski Manzana de Gomez inaguration likely delayed

Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group with a history of more than 110 years, the Swiss Kempinski Hotels group recently acquired the right to manage and commercialize the symbolic Manzana de Gomez building in Old Havana. Since that moment, Kempinski announced that this beautiful property would open its doors in October this year after undergoing necessary major restoration works. The name of this new hotel will be Manzana Hotel.

Unfortunately, this 31-month term will not be enough. The Swiss hotel chain authorities recently revealed to the social media that it is likely the five-floor hotel will not open in the predicated date due to delays in the building works.

This declaration comes as no surprise for those who simply observe the property’s exterior which is not yet complete. Just three months from the moment they were supposed to receive customers, Manzana de Gomez shows very little progress in room interiors and corridors in the main level remain untouched.

This hotel will be part of the experienced tourist holding Gaviota SA and count 5 stars with 246 rooms. ALMEST real estate agency was the main investor, who, 28 months ago, handed over the building project to two construction companies, Cuba’s “Union de Construcciones Militares” and French Bouygues Batiment International (BBI). The civil project is in charge of Havana Historian’s Office engineers and architects.

Diario de Cuba digital magazine interviewed an experienced local site manager in order to get his opinion on how the construction was being carried out and when he expected the Manzana de Gomez to open. In his opinion it is very unlikely the building works will be done by October and even ventures to assume that the project will need another year to be fully finished.

Although it was a known fact the restoration works of this massive eclectic-style building would be a complicated task, the evident delay speaks poorly of the works’ organisation. Though the causes of such delay were not officially addressed by those in charge of the Manzana de Gomez project, it is certain that they must take immediate action to ensure this setback doesn’t transform into a long-term complication.

Havana is sizzling hot and investors from all over the world have not only claimed their interest but already began working in new hotels. Just in Old Havana, other four new properties are to be open between 2016 and 2019: Catedral, Marques de Cardenas de Monte Hermoso, Cueto and Real Aduana and of course, the Manzana de Gomez Hotel.


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