Cuba will soon have another luxurious Kempinski Hotel, its third, on the island desperate for tourism income.
The new Gran Hotel Bristol by Kempinski, scheduled to open by year’s end in Old Town Havana, is the result of a newly signed management contract with Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA, the owning company of the already opened Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana and the soon-to-open Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski.
Located one block from the Capitolio and only two blocks from the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, the new hotel is a full restoration of a century-old building and former hotel where, in the 1930s, Cuban traders enjoyed a unique ‘one-day-free’ stay. It was also known for being ahead of its time, offering such oddities for the time as private bathrooms and telephones in each room.
Today, its 162 rooms and suites, including the Presidential suite, boasts contemporary décor and all the modern comforts of home. Guests can also enjoy five restaurants and bars, two boardrooms and a gym, and a rooftop infinity pool from where they can take in panorama views of the historic Old Town.
“Converting another Havana landmark with an impressive history into a contemporary hotel full of luxury and elegance will strengthen our importance in this part of the globe,” said Martin R. Smura, CEO of Kempinski Hotels. “Gran Hotel Bristol will be an appealing place to stay for the modern traveller right in the heart of the pulsating city of Havana.”