You are here: Home  »  News  » 

News » 

Havana is the Newest Destination for an Iberostar Property

Published: 10/08/2018 - Filed under: Home » News »

  • Print
  • Send

Spanish hotel chain Iberostar will open its first luxury property in the Cuban capital Havana later this year, as the group also celebrates its 25th year of trading on the island.

Havana is the Newest Destination for an Iberostar Property

Iberostar Grand Packard will be housed within a restored and expanded building on Paseo del Prado in Havana’s old town, close to the city’s famous Malecon esplanade.

The building originally opened as Hotel Biscuit in 1911, with guests including Pablo Neruda and Marlon Brando, and has subsequently operated as The Packard Hotel before laying empty for some years.

A “sensitive restoration” has seen a new section added above the original building, with the hotel set to offer a total of 321 rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, three bars and six restaurants including Mediterranean and tapas options.

The hotel is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2018, in a year which also marks the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, and 25 years of Iberostar in Cuba.

The group currently operates 20 four and five-star properties across the island, with aims to reach 12,000 rooms by 2020.

The Cuban hotel scene is undergoing a renaissance, with luxury operator Kempinski opening its first property in Havana last year, and UK group St Giles Hotels having announced plans to redevelop the existing Hotel Deauville on the city’s Malecon.

In 2017 rival Spanish hotel group Melia unveiled plans to add eight new properties in Cuba, across its Melia Hotels and Resorts, Innside by Melia and Sol House brands.

by Mark Caswell 

Bookmark with:


Login details

To add a comment, please enter your email address and password.

Keep me signed in until I sign out

New users

If you are not already registered with us, please enter your email address and chosen password above, and also complete the details below. Your screen name will be displayed on our website.

Your message


Best of All

Best of All

Business Traveler readers celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Best in Business Travel Awards
Read more »

World Wise

World Wise

Cultural awareness and effective communications for doing business around the world »
Read more »

Presents of mind

Presents of mind

Spotting just the right gift can be a daunting task, so we’ve put a little thought into it for you
Read more »