Kempinski Hotels will extend its presence in Cuba to three properties, with a new location to open in the UNESCO world heritage site of Old Town Havana by the end of 2019. The luxury hotel group has signed another management contract with Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA, the owning company of the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana and the soon-to-open Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski.
Gran Hotel Bristol by Kempinski will be located within a historic building, one block from the Capitolio and just two blocks from Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski.
With a history of more than 100 years, Gran Hotel Bristol is a full restoration of an ancient building and former hotel, where the vibrant social and artistic scence of Havana previously spent time dancing, drinking and enjoying music in the 1930s and ’50s and where Cuban traders enjoyed a unique ‘one-day-free’ stay.
While the original façade of the building has been maintained, the interior is laid out in a contemporary design combined with local influences. Gran Hotel Bristol by Kempinski will feature 162 rooms and suites including a 135-square-metre Presidential suite with five restaurants and bars in a prime location. An infinity pool on the ninth-floor rooftop will offer a panoramic view of most of the historical sights of the city like the Capitolio, the Spanish fortress, the port and Old Havana.
“Growing our footprint on the Caribbean island of Cuba with our very reliable long-term partner Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. is another important step in our growth strategy in the Americas,” said Martin R. Smura, CEO of Kempinski Hotels and Chairman of the Management Board. “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. Gran Hotel Bristol will be an appealing place to stay for the modern traveller right in the heart of the pulsating city of Havana.”