TORONTO — New details have emerged about the new Iberostar Grand Packard, set to debut in Havana, Cuba this November.
Following Travelweek’s report last month about Iberostar’s expansion plans in Cuba, the Spanish hotel chain has released further details of the new property, which is being billed as the company’s first luxury hotel in the heart of Old Havana.
After a “sensitive restoration”, given the property’s notable architectural value and historic roots, the hotel will debut with 321 luxurious rooms, and a wide array of food and beverage experiences that includes three bars and six restaurants. It will also offer a varied entertainment program featuring musical performances and live dance shows by well-known local artists.
Prior to becoming the Iberostar Grand Packard, the historic building once welcomed such notable guests as Pablo Neruda and Marlon Brando. It enjoys an enviable location in Havana, right on Paseo del Prado, which is considered one of the most important avenues in the Old Town.
The opening of the historic building will coincide with celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana. It will also mark Iberostar Hotels & Resorts’ 25-year presence on the island.
“Cuba has always been one of our priority destinations and one of the favourites of our clients internationally,” said Aurelio Vásquez, COO of the Iberostar Group. “The Iberostar Grand Packard represents not only our commitment to Cuba and respect for its past and present, but also our commitment to excellence, quality and the customer experience.”
By the end of 2018, Iberostar will have launched eight new properties in Cuba, reaffirming its commitment to the country as a key destination with a presence in Santiago de Cuba, Holguin and Havana. The company’s objective is to grow its presence on the island by reaching 12,000 rooms by 2020.