NH Hotel Group, proud of its first Collection hotel in Cuba

Posted: 03-Dec-18 15:39

After its grand re-opening as the new NH Collection Victoria, there is one historic hotel in the heart of Havana´s downtown neighbourhood of Vedado who shines brighter than ever. The revived NH Collection Victoria has become the Spanish hotelier´s second property in the Cuban capital after their flagship NH Capri hotel opened in mid-2012 and caused furore nationally and internationally as a restored, historical 50s gem with a mafia-infused past.

NH Hotel Group, proud of its first Collection hotel in Cuba

After its grand re-opening as the new NH Collection Victoria, there is one historic hotel in the heart of Havana´s downtown neighbourhood of Vedado who shines brighter than ever. The revived NH Collection Victoria has become the Spanish hotelier´s second property in the Cuban capital after their flagship NH Capri Hotel opened in mid-2012 and caused furore nationally and internationally as a restored, historical 50s gem with a mafia-infused past.

Last August representatives from NH Hotel Group gave a special press conference and introduced their newest Cuba property to the world. The meeting coincided with the company’s 90th anniversary and time was allocated to talk about what guests could look forward to at NH’s newest Havana hotel. With the participation of Cuban researcher, Ciro Bianchi, an experienced columnist for international media, the audience got to know the new NH Collection Victoria’s rich cultural and historical past.

Then it was the turn of Ricardo Dominguez, Director General at NH Hotel Group to talk about the Collection brand and what it stood for. Dominguez explained that NH Collection grouped emblematic properties full of history and located in some of the world’s most famous, most popular cities. This is all part of what helps guests “feel the place” and soak up the local history and vibe.

According to Dominguez:

“What we offer, in terms of rooms, facilities, culinary variety, services, bars, and above all; the love and care from our human team; help us make the guest feel inspired, enjoy the place and feel unique”

The right place for the right brand

Just days after being rewarded for their efforts to elevate standards at the NH Capri with the official ratification of its four-stars, NH Hotels’ administration in the Cuban capital is now focusing all of its attention in the promotion of its second property, the NH Collection Victoria, a hotel that while being a touch more humble, is in line with the hotel chains’ excellence ethos.

With a privileged location in a part of the city that flourished during the first half of the 20th century, NH Collection Victoria (formerly known as Hotel Victoria), is this neighbourhood’s oldest hotel, because according to Ciro Bianchi, the hotels that were in place at the time of its first opening on 14th July 1928, no longer exist. So, the recently revived NH Victoria is Vedado’s oldest still standing hotel.

Neither the old Trocha, Cecil or Mansion Royal hotel on 17th Avenue have survived the passage of time in this part of the capital, which says a lot about this resilient property. The closest in age to the NH Collection Victoria in Vedado is Hotel Presidente, which first opened its doors on 28th December 1928, five months after the former.

According to Bianchi, the Victoria is an elegant and intimate hotel, one that due to its small size and boutique feel has been favoured by intellectual figures over the years, including journalists and writers, because, on top of everything else, it has always had excellent communication facilities (from the old telegraph to the telephone and more recently, WiFI connection). Its location in Vedado puts guests in close proximity to a variety of local attractions, not least of all the scenic Malecon seawall.

Great literary personalities that have stayed here throughout the years include Spanish writer Juan Ramon Jimenez (Nobel Prize in Literature), Chilean Nobel-prize winner Gabriela Mistral, Cuban writer Lezama Lima, Russian composer Prokofiev and legendary Spanish poet and playwright and theatre director Federico Garcia Lorca. All of this adds to the feel of this being a timeless, inspiring retreat with soul and character.

NH Collection Victoria sits pretty and tall on Avenue 19, between L and M streets in Vedado. It offers sweeping sea views, an outdoor pool that remains open all-year-long, a restaurant and lobby bar. Some rooms have a sitting area while others boast a terrace or balcony. They’ve all been recently refurbished to reflect the modern feel of the NH brand while the hotel structure maintains all original fixtures and the beautifully preserved exterior facade.

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