Starwood Hotels to operate two luxury hotels in Havana
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed new hotel deals in Cuba, marking the first U.S. based hospitality company to enter the market in nearly 60 years.
Long-time Havana icon, Hotel Inglaterra, will join The Luxury Collection and will undergo renovations before raising its new brand flag later in 2016. A national landmark just steps from the Gran Teatro de La Habana in the heart of downtown Havana, the Inglaterra first opened its doors in 1875 and is home to the famed Gran Café el Louvre, which has hosted artists and travelers for over a century. Upon completion of the preservation and conversion projects later this year, the hotel will offer 83 rooms and reopen under The Luxury Collection banner.
The Company also announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent to convert the famed Hotel Santa Isabel into a member of The Luxury Collection, pending U.S. Treasury Department approval. The nineteenth century colonial-style palace is situated on the Plaza de Armas and overlooking Havana Harbor, the Santa Isabel will offer guests a conveniently situated respite in the heart of Havana’s historic city center, with 27 rooms, including 11 suites.