Hotel Internacional in Varadero to reopen soon as works progress to the final stages

Posted: 12-Jan-18 09:44

The first hotel to ever be built on the coveted 20-kilometre beach strip known as Varadero has been undergoing some major renovations since 2015 and a recent report reveals it will likely be ready to welcome back guests before the end of 2018.

Hotel Internacional in Varadero to reopen soon as works progress to the final stages

After years of neglect and run-down facilities, the legendary Hotel Internacional; an architectural gem from the 50s and the first ever hotel to be erected on Varadero’s powdery soft sands, was closed down in 2015 to undergo a major renovation. And not just any renovation, as it turned out that the project would entail much more than sprucing up and refurbishing the old facility. After careful assessment, it wasn’t going to be refurbished after all, it was going to be rebuilt from scratch following its complete demolition, a move that experts say was necessary as the old layout couldn’t conform to the new standards it wanted to set.

Now, a recent report published by Prensa Latina, states that the hotel’s rebuilding project is in its final stages of construction and getting closer to the finish line in a timely manner is the maximum priority of builders working onsite.

The reborn and renewed hotel will add a total of 940 rooms to Varadero and, according to Roberto Rovira, director of the Construccion de Obras del Turismo Hicacos company, the current expectations are for it to be ready to welcome guests by December 2018.

During the press release, Rovira was keen to emphasise the fact that despite the new hotel’s more removed location, it still enjoys an exceptional beach setting and during its reconstruction old elements of the former property were kept as permanent reminders of the original structure.

Varadero is Cuba’s premier beach resort and remains unbeatable as the island’s number one sun and sea destination year after year. In 2017 it welcomed a record-breaking figure of 1.7 million foreign visitors, as revealed by official reports from Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR). Among those visitors, Canada maintains its number one position, with Germany solidifying its second place spot, while emerging markets like Russian, Spain and France have all significantly grown in number of tourists to the island.

The opening of the five-star Iberostar Bella Vista last May 2017 helped account for this increase in visitors with its addition of 827 rooms, generously adding to Varadero’s capacity and making its total rise to 21,3888 rooms.

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