HAVANA, Cuba

Kempinski Hotels announced it will open its first hotel in Cuba in the second quarter of 2017. The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana features 246 rooms and suites and is located within the historic Manzana de Gómez building in the heart of Old Havana—a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Kempinski shared the news after signing a management contract with the Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA.

"We are very pleased to be opening this outstanding hotel in the spring," said Markus Semer, CEO of Kempinski Hotels. "The opening is a continuation of our pioneering spirit as the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana will be Cuba’s first modern luxury five-star hotel. And its location within a famous historic building currently makes it the most exclusive hotel project in Old Havana.”

When the property opens, guests will be able to choose from 246 luxury rooms and suites, ranging in size from 430-square-foot standard room to the 1,600-square-foot presidential suite—all with ceilings of 13 to 16 feet. The rooftop terrace and swimming pool, with views over the old town, is a hotel highlight.

On-site facilities will include a large spa, three restaurants, a lobby bar, cigar lounge and business center. No details were provided at this time on the inclusion of meeting or event space at the hotel.