12 new hotels for Havana in 2019 – Granma reveals details about the Cuban capital´s upcoming luxury properties

Posted: 05-Jan-19 09:23

The Cuban government´s official newspaper, Granma, has recently revealed more details about how the country´s capital is to celebrate its 500th anniversary this year with the opening of 12 new luxury hotels which will add 1,121 rooms to the city´s total accommodation capacity.

12 new hotels for Havana in 2019 – Granma reveals details about the Cuban capital´s upcoming luxury properties

We´ve been saying it for a while now, ever since we announced a series of planned upgrades and works to spruce up Havana on the occasion of its 500th birthday in November 2019. A few days ago, we told you how Cuba´s non-hotel hospitality sector was gearing up to celebrate Havana´s 500th anniversary this year, with the launch of new tours and a full makeover of some of some iconic facilities citywide.

According to an official statement by the Cuban Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero, the city is working hard to build new quality installations to meet the demands of discerning international visitors, especially business travellers who they aim to better cater to with new and improved business facilities.

Out of Havana´s estimated 12,000 guest rooms, according to Marrero, 44 percent belong to midscale or lower category hotels (with ratings of two to three stars), which means that a lot more upscale hotels need to be developed in the capital, something that´s already happening. In recent months, Havana welcomed the opening of the Grand Packard Hotel by Iberostar, a 321-room luxury property overlooking the Malecon seawall. Last September, AccorHotels unveiled the upcoming opening of the new SO/Havana Paseo del Prado, marking the SO brand’s debut in the Americas. With it being AccorHotels’ most upscale and exclusive luxury brand, Havana will once again become a first in terms of ultra-luxury boutique hotel openings in the continent, as it happened with Kempinski, who chose Havana as its debut location for its ever property in the Americas with the launch of Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana.

And while the new SO/Havana Paseo del Prado will become the first SO in the Americas, this is not AccorHotels’ first property in Cuba, where the Paris-based hotelier already runs the Pullman Cayo Coco and the Hotel Mercure Sevilla Havana, which is to soon undergo a series of repairs and refurbishment works.

The Granma article also revealed that the new Prado Y Malecon hotel will be ready to open its doors towards the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, the publication also confirmed the approved financing plan to revive two iconic Havana hotels, the Riviera and Habana Libre, whose refurbishment will entail the investment of 25 to 30 million euros each and will be carried out by Spanish hoteliers Iberostar and Melia Hotels International, respectively.

With Havana being the official host of the island’s annual International Tourism Fair (FITUR 2019) this coming May, the launch of these 12 new hotels is expected to happen sometime before then, but certainly no later than the end of 2019. The majority are expected to be ready in time for the tourism fair while others will be nearing their completion.

For the first time, Granma has published the full list of hotels that are to re-open or open this year. Among the new ones opening their doors for the first time in 2019 are Hotel Linea y N, Hotel Cueto, Marques de Monte Hermoso, Gran Hotel Prado y Malecon, Hotel Vedado Azul, Hotel Universitario and Portales de Paseo.

In addition to the new hotels, Granma announced that a number of Havana properties were going to start extensive renovation and modernisation works this year. Namely, these are; Vedado St Johns, New York, Lincoln, Deauville, Colina, Melia Cohiba, Riviera, Habana Libre, Sevilla (a.k.a Hotel Mercure Sevilla Havana), Neptuno and Copacabana.

It won´t just be about new hotels opening in Havana in 2019 though, as Granma pointed to the revival of the Tarara and Hemingway marinas as well as the Capdevila golf course. Exciting times indeed. 


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