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Havana’s First 5 Star Hotel: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

The Kempinski La Habana is a step towards those glorious swinging days of partying and living.

The Kempinski La Habana is a step towards those glorious swinging days of partying and living.

In 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced the beginning of a process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States. On 20 July 2015, after 54 years of sanctions, diplomatic relations have resumed and with it, the slow revival of international commercial relationships with the exotic Caribbean island nation; thus, while the US does not have direct dealings with the island state, Europe appears to be among the first, getting into Cuba in grand style with the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana.

Havana’s First 5 Star Hotel: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

Founded in Berlin in 1897 but headquartered in Geneva, Kempinski Hotels S.A. is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group with a history of more than 119 years, operating 75 five-star hotels and residences, across 30 countries and now, they have finally added Cuba into their portfolio of hotels with the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana.

During the Republican Period, from 1902 to 1959, Havana saw a new era of development. Cuba was home to the third largest middle class in the hemisphere as well as a growing number of Cuban tycoons, spurring the development of numerous luxury hotels, casinos and nightclubs were constructed during the 1930s to serve Havana’s burgeoning tourist industry. At the time, Havana became an exotic capital of appeal and numerous activities ranging from marinas, grand prix car racing, musical shows and parks; and then, communism and the Cold War literally put an end to all that. Hopefully, the Kempinski La Habana is a step towards those glorious swinging days of partying and living.

The new Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana takes Cuba’s first European style shopping arcade (originally built between 1894 and 1917) and turns it into a luxurious 5-star modern hotel experience with all the modern conveniences paired with an enjoyable contrast of heritage and provenance.

The 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. Havana’s First 5 Star Hotel in over 50 years is without doubt not only opulent but amazingly accessible to the historical sites like the famous Castillo del Morro, accessible within a 10 minute drive.

Experience Havana’s first true luxury hotel in Cuba and indulge yourself while staying in one of Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana’s 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 (naturally) and a roof top Panoramic Restaurant and Bar with spectacular views over the old city. Kempinski La Habana is also equipped with a spa, fitness center and rooftop pool.

Prices from start $440+. Visit www.kempinksi.com. Alternatively, for reservations and inquiries, please contact [email protected].

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Kempinski’s North Korean hotel plans on hold

Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang

The Swiss luxury hotel chain Kempinski is dropping plans to open a huge pyramid-shaped hotel that has stood half-built for decades in North Korea amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

“Kempinski Hotels confirms that KEY International, its joint venture partner in China with Beijing Tourism Group (BTG), had initial discussions to operate a hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea,” Brigitte Hohl Taylor, a spokeswoman told AFP in an email.

“However no agreement has been signed since market entry is not currently possible,” she said, adding in a phone conversation that the discussions had been halted.

In November, the Geneva-based luxury hotel chain said it hoped to open Pyongyang’s 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel in July or August this year.

But on Sunday, the South China Morning Post reported that the Swiss company had decided to ditch the project amid the increasingly bellicose rhetoric from the North Korean regime.

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, who died in December 2011, reportedly ordered construction of the Ryugyong hotel in 1987, initially with skills and capital from a French company.

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Kempinski Stafford London offers £100,000 package

Stafford hotel London

The Stafford hotel London by Kempinski has launched a decadent £100,000 Anniversary Package to celebrate 100 years of luxury service.

A person, who buys this package, will enjoy three nights at the Stafford’s Penthouse of The Stafford Mews or Guv’nor’s Suite.

This guest can choose in-room dining during the stay, or enjoy meals in the hotel’s dining facilities – The Lyttelton and American Bar. For this purpose a £10,000 dining credit is issued to the buyer of the package.
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Kempinski Nile Hotel opens in Cairo

kempinski nile cairo

Luxury hotel chain Kempinski has opened the first five-star boutique hotel in Egyptian capital Cairo, the Kempinski Nile.

Offering 137 rooms and 54 suites, the Kempinski Nile overlooks the banks of the famous river and is the latest hotel to open in the city.

The hotel is designed by French architect Pierre Yves Rochon, who is responsible for parts of the famed George V in Paris and the newly renovated The Savoy hotel in London.

Kempinski says that Rochon’s design “represents a masterpiece of contemporary design with attributes that specifically pay homage to Egypt’s ancient history.”

Guests can choose from four restaurants, one of which has no menu — chefs are on hand to cook all dishes to order on request — and four bars, including a rooftop bar and shisha bar.

The hotel also offers a spa and health club, private balconies, marble bathrooms, a pillow concierge and a butler service for residents.

Recent figures suggest that Egypt is currently seeing something of a tourism boom, helped by the weakness of the UK pound which is making the country more attractive to visitors from Britain specifically.

British tourism to Egypt was up 20 percent in 2009, according to industry figures, and with the addition of new routes to the country from the US by Continental Airlines in 2011, American tourism could be next.

Although Kempinski is the first of the “Leading Hotels of the World” collection to open in Cairo, it could have competition in the next few years — fellow high-end brand Rocco Forte plans to open its property there in 2013.

The top 10 five star hotels for under 50 pounds

Travel comparison and booking site Trivago has published a list of the most popular European five-star hotels with rates under £50 (€57).

According to Trivago, the average rate at a five-star hotel in the top 50 European cities is £165 (€189).

However, the site has compiled ten destinations where guests can enjoy the trappings of five-star luxury for half that price.
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