Havana Vieja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recently boasts the majesty of one of Cuba’s most luxurious historic buildings: the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski.

The popularly known by the Havanese as Manzana de Gómez, is today a splendid five-star hotel plus that offers attractive facilities and high level services to please the most demanding visitors.

Its strategic position in the center of the Cuban capital, allows easy access to a large part of the main tourist sites of the city.

Situated right in front of the National Museum of Fine Arts, with Central Park on the side and Plaza and Parque Central hotels in the background; in addition to the Capitol and Alicia Alonso Theater a few blocks away, the Manzana Kempinski Hotel is much more than luxury and comfort.

Built between 1894 and 1917 as the first European-style shopping mall in Cuba, the hotel now provides the public with six floors with about 246 rooms from which to admire the spectacular views of the city.

A variety of restaurants, bars, spas, gymnasiums, swimming pools and shops with world renowned brands are some of its main attractions.

What was originally conceived as one of the most important commercial sites in the capital, is now reborn as a true monument of majesty, comfort and good taste.

The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski welcomes guests from all over the world who come for business trips, anniversaries, or simply to discover one of the capitals with the most history and tradition in the world.

For visits: Zulueta, San Rafael, Neptuno and Monserrate streets. Old Havana (23.137789, -82.357920)

by: Lys Alfonso Bergantiño