Cuba’s newest luxury hotel redefines Havana’s cityscape

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The Iberostar Grand Packard lodge is about to redefine Havana’s metropolis panorama however, similar to the legendary phoenix, it actually arose from the ashes – a decaying façade wall, on this case– of its predecessor.

Cuba’s latest lodge. Picture by Iberostar Motels & Resorts

Anticipating the town’s 500 anniversary in 2019, the constructing was erected from scratch in an space the place the previous Biscuit Lodge was inaugurated in 1911 and re-baptized to Packard in 1931. Owned in 1958 by Mercedes and Evaristo Ulloa Ferro brothers, the Packard was nationalized after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, but it surely regularly deteriorated till it closed its doorways. It’s mentioned to have hosted Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and American actor Marlon Brando within the 1950s.

Nice Theatre of Havana (Gran Teatro de La Habana) on Paseo de Martí. Picture by ©Marcin Mierzejewski/Shutterstock

Positioned within the iconic Paseo de Martí (Prado), the brand new constructing’s most exceptional function is its distinctive manner of mixing the previous façade and colonial particulars with a contemporary architectural twist, designed by Rafael Moneo, head of the restoration venture. Moneo is a Pritzker-awarded Spanish architect who additionally labored in extending Madrid’s Museo del Prado and Mérida’s Museo de Arte Romano. “Cuba has at all times been amongst our precedence locations and one in every of our shoppers’ favorites worldwide”, Aurelio Vazquez, chief working officer of the Spanish Iberostar Group, mentioned in a press release.

The swimming pool within the new lodge. Picture by Iberostar Motels & Resorts

 Based on Iberostar Motels & Resorts, three bars and 6 eating places are included in premises with over 300 rooms and suites. Maybe essentially the most enticing space is the infinity swimming pool, overlooking Havana’s photo-friendly malecón seaside promenade.

Faro Castillo del Morro is a lighthouse that’s a part of the Morro Citadel in Havana, Cuba. Picture by ©Vincent St. Thomas/Shutterstock

The Packard is the second five-star plus lodge to be inaugurated in Cuba, following the elegant Lodge Gran Manzana that opened in June 2017. With privileged views over the doorway of the Havana bay, the Packard opens its doorways beneath Iberostar’s luxurious model Grand. Cuba’s Tourism Board offers with over 69,000 rooms in 366 accommodations, 63% operated together with 20 worldwide chains comparable to Kempinski, Meliá and Iberostar.

Feeling impressed for a luxurious escapade? For extra particulars and availability, go to Iberostar Grand Packard web site.

By Diana Rita Cabrera

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