Kempinski prepares to unveil the third luxury project in Cuba

by | 11 Dec 2019 | Portfolio

Kempinski’s soon to be opened Gran Hotel Bristol in Havana, Cuba. (Photo: Kempinski)

The latest agreement between Kempinski and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota resulted in the upcoming launch of the Gran Hotel Bristol, a new 162-room luxury property in downtown Havana.

The Switzerland-based luxury brand Kempinski recently signed an agreement for its third property in Cuba which is due to launch before the year ends.

Set in a historic building in the heart of Havana, the Gran Hotel Bristol will bring guests the finest Cuba has to offer.

Modern luxury in a historic setting

Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA and Kempinski signed a third agreement detailing the launch of the luxury brand’s third hotel in Cuba. Previous contracts paved the way for the successful Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana and the soon to open Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski.

“Partnering for the third time with Kempinski Hotels has an immense meaning for us,” said Carlos Miguel Latuff Carmenate, Executive President of Grupo de Turismo Gaviota.

“We value the high European quality standards and long-standing expertise of Kempinski and having worked with them for a while by now we count on another fruitful collaboration in the stunning Gran Hotel Bristol.”

A jewel in downtown Havana

Set only one block away from the Capitolio and close to the Gran Hotel Manzana, the newest Kempinski property is situated in a fully restored historic building the UNESCO world heritage site of Old Town Havana.

The building’s original facade was maintained while the interior was modernised to reflect contemporary designs and local influences.

162 stylish guest rooms and suites will welcome guests into havens of luxury while five restaurants and bars will cater to every culinary whim and desire. The highlight here is undoubtedly the 9th-floor rooftop with its infinity pool and unbeatable views of the city.

Two boardrooms offer space for business meetings and a gym is there to help travellers stay fit while on the move.

Bringing a historic landmark back to life

The Gran Hotel Bristol is enviably located in a Havana landmark, a building erected over 100 years ago as a top luxury hotel of its day. Among other state-of-the-art amenities, this hotel was one of the few to offer private bathrooms and telephones in each room.

Especially from the 1930s to the 1950s the city’s vibrant social scene was at home here and celebrated local arts, culture, dance and music while Cuban traders enjoyed a unique “one-day-free” stay.

“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.”



Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe's oldest luxury hotel group.


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