Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski
The Gran Hotel Manzana, regarded as Havana’s first truly luxury hotel has recently opened with great anticipation and global attention. Operated by the luxury Swiss Kempinski chain, the hotel is ideally placed in a commanding position overlooking the Parque Central square in Old Havana.
Originally built between 1894 and 1917 and owned by a well-known Cuban sugar baron, the building was the first European style shopping arcade in Cuba, which in subsequent years was expanded to include a theatre, offices, and a local school after the Revolution. It has now been completely renovated and restored into a magnificent luxury landmark in Old Havana, oozing elegance and luxury and also boasting the first ever selection of designer boutiques in Cuba.
Full of opulent character, the Gran Hotel Manzana is just steps away from the Capitolio building and the ornate Great Theatre and the very heart of Old Havana lies around the hotel. With a strong contemporary design with subtle hints of Arabic luxury throughout, the hotel certainly provides a 5-star experience.
The lobby area on the second floor is a huge gallery of glamour in magenta, mustard, lavender and stone, with modern trappings. The nearby tiled Constante Bar, and the tobacco lounge have parquet flooring, huge humidors, and displays of bottles of rum, and you can be welcomed by Juan Jesus Machin, one of Cuba’s top cigar sommeliers.
The hotel offers fine dining with a choice of hip or refined restaurants and bars, some with terraces looking across Old Havana and the rooftop restaurant and bar enjoy amazing views. The rooftop infinity-pool is in a beautiful location and is accompanied by state of the art gym and huge spa area with a beauty salon with separate wellness areas for men and women, eight treatment rooms, a relaxation area, and rooftop sun terraces.
Location: Old Quarters, Havana
Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast
Our Rating: 5 Stars
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski. Main Highlights
Most luxurious hotel in Havana
Commanding and excellent Old Havana location
Large choice of luxury rooms and suites
Beautiful rooftop pool
Largest and best-appointed Spa in Cuba
Fine dining throughout
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski Location
Rooms at Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski
The Gran Manzana launches a new era for Havana and Cuba, with the arrival of an internationally acclaimed luxury hotel to the island. Enjoy the very best facilities and service available in Cuba in a hotel with the very best location. With the unique character of the hotel, guests can enjoy an opulent yet authentic experience.
All 246 rooms are elegantly furnished featuring very high ceilings and luxury décor throughout with fabrics and accents in bright palettes of pop-pink, silver and white and Caribbean Sea-blue.
Rooms feature a mix of Swiss, German and Cuban furniture and provide, flat screen TVs, master-lighting controls, top-notch lightproof curtains, smart marble bathrooms with all mod-cons, Bose speakers, and a bathroom speaker to ensure no TV or music is missed while you bathe. The rooms come with a concierge service and the most personalised service in Havana.
The Patio Rooms are the standard rooms and face the inner courtyard, whereas the Deluxe Rooms offer views across Old Havana and the Gran Deluxe rooms offer enhanced views, large French windows and an entrance hall.
The Junior Suites available at the hotel include the Hemingway Junior Suite which offers 50 m2 of space, a separate living area with sofa and 2 large French windows whereas the upgraded Constante Junior Suite has 68 m2 of space, overlooks the world famous Floridita restaurant and has a larger living space with sofa, walk in closet and 3 large French windows.
The Patio Family Suites at the Gran Manzana are in a quieter part of the hotel and overlook the Patio area. They boast a whopping 72 m2 of space including a large bedroom with separate living area and dining table.
The Mezzanine Suite is on two levels, and features a large seating area downstairs with a bedroom upstairs along with 2 bathrooms.
The Suite Esquina is almost the largest room in Havana at 100 m2 and has a commanding position overlooking Old Havana. With a very large living and dining area, and large bedroom with a king-sized bed, this room is perfect for the discerning guest.
Finally, the most luxurious room in Cuba. The Presidential Suite Lorca boasts an astonishing 150 m2 of space to enjoy, and overlooks Parque Central with numerous large French doors that open up to an amazing and unique view of the city. The Suite offers a huge living space and separate dining room that complements the very large and luxury bedroom. The main bathroom offers a Jacuzzi bath, separate walk in rain shower, walk in closet, and there is a separate guest bathroom and a small kitchenette.