GRAN HOTEL MANZANA KEMPINSKI LA HABANA
Experience re-defined 5-star luxury hospitality in the heart of Old Havana
Havana finally has a true 5 star luxury hotel, unlike any in Havana (or Cuba) since the glamorous 1950’s.
I was fortunate enough to experience the hotel just weeks after its grand opening this past May. After getting a personal tour from Otilia, the hotel’s lovely “Lady in Red”, all I could say was “WOW, just WOW!”
I had patiently watched the hotel being built over the past 4 years and was eager to see it completed. Knowing it was going to be a Kempinski branded hotel meant Havana was going to finally have a luxury hotel in every sense of the word. I can personally tell you that there is nothing about this hotel that will disappoint you. From the beautifully appointed rooms to the rooftop pool and bar, the views of the Capital Building and the luxurious Spa Albear by Resense. It’s located across from Parque Central perfectly situated between Old Havana and Central Havana. The main floor of the shopping arcade has high-end shops (and even a camera store featuring Nikon, Leica, Canon and more).
I’m excited to say that the new Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is now our preferred Havana hotel on all of our Cuba Photo Workshop Adventures.
About the NEW Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski
Originally built between 1894 and 1917, as the first European style shopping arcade in Cuba, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is situated in the heart of the old Havana with a direct view of the Capitol and the Great Theater of Havana and amidst UNESCO World Heritage sites. The famous Castillo del Morro is accessible within a 10 minute drive. Experience the first true luxury hotel in Cuba and indulge yourself while staying in one of our 246 large rooms or suites with extra high ceilings and French windows opening out to the old city. Experience a variety of restaurants and bars, which also includes a one of a kind cigar lounge and a roof top Panoramic Restaurant and Bar with spectacular views over the old city. Relax in the spa, fitness center and rooftop pool.
Spa Albear by Resense
Spa Albear by Resense occupies the sixth floor covering an area of over 1000 sqm and 8 treatment rooms. Inspired by Europe, they have carefully designed every element of our spa menu to provide you with classical service, a luxurious experience and an element of surprise. Their array of services do not simply include treatments, but rather, experiences that achieve your desired result and a little more.
The Massage Experiences are distinct and soothing, our Body Experiences are deeply cleansing in a luxurious and personalised manner and our Facial Experiences are targeted and lavish.
A message from Kempinski – our prestigious heritage shapes our bright future
The Kempinski name is proudly borne by a growing collection of distinguished properties around the world. As Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, we are committed to providing our guests with memorable journeys inspired by exquisite European flair. We believe life should be lived with style.
Each year, an increasing number of guests come to appreciate these qualities, as Kempinski adds new, exciting destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and The Americas. While this growth reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand, the collection will remain a limited one, where exclusivity can be nurtured and individuality can flourish.
We believe that our prestigious, European heritage puts Kempinski in a unique position to satisfy the expectations of the stylish and discerning traveller. It’s not just to simply provide a hotel bed and a meal, at Kempinski it’s all about bringing a story to life.
Since 1897, our employees have been a part of creating history around the world. From historic buildings to the most avant-garde of modern architecture, our properties are the setting for some of life’s greatest moments. We’ve witnessed historic meetings between world leaders, celebrities taking sanctuary in the world of privacy we create for them, and created incredible memories for guests on a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ journey.
We are wholeheartedly committed to providing perfection for our guests at every moment and in every way. Perhaps it’s something as life-changing as a wedding celebration, where our attention to detail and perfect service mean that your special day goes without a hitch. Or perhaps it’s as simple as the note left on your pillow at night, which thoughtfully lets you know the weather tomorrow so you know how to dress in the morning. At Kempinski, we are each personally responsible for creating rich and meaningful experiences for our guests.
We Offer Six Amazing Cuba Photo Adventures
If you are interested in going to Cuba (and staying at the Manzana Kempinski), we offer both photo and non-photo adventures to this amazing “lost in time” island nation. These include our CLASSIC CUBA and HAVANA only trips, our new VANISHING CUBA™ trip, EASTERN CUBA and our ULTIMATE CUBA trip which combines both our Classic and Eastern Cuba itineraries. And of course you can always organize your own PRIVATE CUBA group travel. Join us today for the adventure of a lifetime.
NOTE: See our recent blog post LEGAL U.S. TRAVEL TO CUBA for clarification on legal travel to Cuba for U.S. Citizens. Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome on all our Photo Adventures.