CUBA’S FIRST FIVE-STAR HO­TEL OPENS

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Have you been to Ha­vana yet? It’s about time you did; the Cuban cap­i­tal is not just more ac­ces­si­ble than ever, but it now also has a brand new five-star ho­tel – the coun­try’s first – the Gran Ho­tel Man­zana Kempin­ski La Ha­bana, which opened this month. Nes­tled in the cen­tre of Old Ha­vana’s charm of vin­tage cars and guayabera-clad trum­peteers, the ho­tel has an in­trigu­ing his­tory to match nearby Unesco World Her­itage sites such as the Capi­tol and The Great Theatre of Ha­vana. Built be­tween 1894 and 1917, it was Cuba’s first Euro­pean-style shop­ping ar­cade. While the high ceil­ings and French win­dows have been re­tained, the shop­ping cen­tre has been re­pur­posed into 246 rooms and suites with art by Cuban artists. Rooms from Dh1,726 in­clud­ing break­fast at kempin­ski.com.

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