Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski

Havana, Cuba

The hotel

Part of the fabric of hypnotically beautiful Old Havana, this Grande Dame of the city sits among its champagne-coloured buildings and World Heritage sites. Virtually at its feet you’ll find iconic El Floridita, where Hemingway used to hang out – but reach its rooftop and you’re rewarded with city views, with El Capitolio and Central Park two of your closest neighbours. You’ll have infinite opportunities to soak up those city scenes while you’re up there, with an al fresco sitting room, poolside cocktail bar, panoramic restaurant, and urban-chic pool, whose glazed screen separates you from the sky beyond. There’s no mistaking your setting downstairs either – with the elegant rooms’ French windows framing the city, and the light-flooded cigar lounge fringed with eight balconies, so you can gaze out over Central Park as you sip Cuban rum, while the Cigar Sommelier hand-rolls cigars.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the hubbub of Havana’s elegant old city, surrounded by its picture-postcard UNESCO World Heritage sites, this hotel has a direct view of the Capitol and Great Theater of Havana, and overlooks Bar Floridita, where Hemingway used to drink. It’s also 10 minutes’ drive from Castillo del Morro. Transfer time from Havana Airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

246 rooms and suites. All with high ceilings, French windows facing the old city or patio, flatscreen TV, WiFi* and tea and coffee-making facilities. Patio Rooms have street or inner courtyard views. Each has 1 king-size or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Breakfast option: available at a supplement.

Deluxe Rooms have city views, with 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Grand Deluxe Rooms have 2 large French windows and city views. Each has 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Hemingway Junior Suites have a bedroom, a separate living room with 2 large French windows, and views over the patio or old city. It has 1 king-size bed, with 1 extra bed allowed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Junior Suite Constante is a corner suite overlooking the city, and boasts a separate living area, 3 large French doors/windows, walk-in closet and large bathroom with rain shower, bathtub and 2 sinks. With 1 king-size bed, 1 extra bed allowed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Patio Suites have courtyard views, large living room with separate dining table, and large bathroom, with 1 king-size bed, 1 extra bed allowed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Suite Mezzanines are two-level suites, overlooking the old city. Downstairs there's a large sitting area and the bathroom complete with rain shower, and upstairs is the bedroom plus an additional larger bathroom with shower and bathtub, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Suite Esquina are large corner suites, overlooking the old town. There is a large living room with separate dining table and 3 large French doors/windows, large bathroom with rain shower, Jacuzzi bathtub and 2 sinks. With 1 king-size bed, 1 extra bed allowed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

San Cristobal Panoramic Restaurant (casual menu specialising in Caribbean seafood, rooftop, open for lunch and dinner). Confluencias (casual international menu with buffet breakfasts, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). El Surtidor Pool Terrace and Bar (cocktail and Hispanic-inspired tapas menu, open for lunch and dinner). El Arsenal Lobby Lounge & Bar (light breakfasts, international cocktails and snacks, and afternoon tea, coffee, and homemade pastries, bar open 24 hours, with dining Thursday-Sunday 10.00am-12.00am). Constante Bar (cocktail and tapas menu). Evocación Tobacco Lounge (cigar lounge, with Cuban rums and famous spirits).

Bella Habana Pool (rooftop swimming pool and sundeck). Spa Albear by Resense* (1,000m2, with sauna, steam room, and treatment experiences*). Fitness centre.

Designer shopping arcade. Concierge service. WiFi*. Classic American car service* (airport transfers and city tours in vintage cars).

2 nights 23 Dec '19-5 Jan '20 and 23 Dec '20-3 Jan '21.

* Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not as grand as you would think

Apr 22, 2019 Amorramd Toronto, Canada

We came to the Kempinski for drinks on the roof top bar. We were going to stay at this hotel for the weekend and I am happy we didn't. They advertise this as a 5+ star hotel but it really doesn't have much to warrant that rating. The service was poor, the drinks were really expensive. The roof top bar is beside the pool which was either not… Read more
We came to the Kempinski for drinks on the roof top bar. We were going to stay at this hotel for the weekend and I am happy we didn't. They advertise this as a 5+ star hotel but it really doesn't have much to warrant that rating. The service was poor, the drinks were really expensive. The roof top bar is beside the pool which was either not completed, or just had no water. I'm not sure which is worse. I'm glad we didn't stay there. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating True World Class 5 Star but very expensive

Apr 21, 2019 David B Brighton, United Kingdom

If price no object the best hotel in Havana. Room luxurious bed very comfortable Staff efficient and speak good english. Great location within short walking distance of old town. Roof top pool superb with grear vies but limited number of sun beds. Food very expensive but breakfast a good selection on both buffet and al carte.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Gran Manzana Kempinski: Waste of money

Apr 20, 2019 900funkek

This hotel is said to be the best in Havana. Definitely one of the most expensive rooms I've ever stayed at 1,500 US dollars a night. Housekeeping awful, we always had to chase then to clean the room and it took at least two calls, they never replenished towels or toiletries. Food was expensive and service slow in the restaurant. After agreeing… Read more
This hotel is said to be the best in Havana. Definitely one of the most expensive rooms I've ever stayed at 1,500 US dollars a night. Housekeeping awful, we always had to chase then to clean the room and it took at least two calls, they never replenished towels or toiletries. Food was expensive and service slow in the restaurant. After agreeing with one member of staff for a discount rate for extra 4 hours in the room, we ended up having to pay a full night of 1,500 US dollars. Rooftop pool was closed for 2 days and we had no prior notice. Please check out other hotels before booking this one. Not worth it at all. Read less
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Apr 20, 2019 TheresaTV Marbella, Spain

El Gran Hotel Kempinski La Habana es el primer hotel de lujo en Cuba, construido originalmente entre 1894 y 1917 como la primera galería comercial de estilo europeo en Cuba, está situado en el corazón de la Habana Vieja, con vistas directas al Capitolio y al Gran Teatro de La Habana. Disfrute del primer hotel de lujo en Cuba y de una de sus 246… Read more
El Gran Hotel Kempinski La Habana es el primer hotel de lujo en Cuba, construido originalmente entre 1894 y 1917 como la primera galería comercial de estilo europeo en Cuba, está situado en el corazón de la Habana Vieja, con vistas directas al Capitolio y al Gran Teatro de La Habana. Disfrute del primer hotel de lujo en Cuba y de una de sus 246 habitaciones o suites amplias con techos altos y ventanas francesas que se abren a la ciudad. Deléitese también con su variedad de restaurantes y bares, entre ellos un cigar bar y un restaurante - bar panorámicos en la azotea con vistas espectaculares de la ciudad. Relájese en su spa, gimnasio y piscina en el rooftop. Lujosa y espaciosa con vista al Parque Central, El Capitolio y el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, te sientes cautivado desde el primer momento que entras en Suite Presidential Lorca de Gran Hotel Kempinski La Habana. Adoramos empezar el día con el espectacular desayuno del Restaurante Confluencias en Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana. Cada espacio está ligado a la cultura, la tradición, la historia y hasta al acervo popular cubanos como su espectacular Evocación Tobacco Lounge. El Evocación Tobacco Lounge en Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana ofrece una auténtica experiencia cubana con su selección de los mejores rones, puros y licores. Tiene la selección más completa de marcas cubanas, sin embargo, su punto de venta único es su servicio personalizado por parte de sus altamente calificados empleados, encabezados por el dos veces campeón del mundo Habano-Sommelier como protagonista. No os perdais el restaurante San Cristobal, donde disfrutar de una magnífica cena bajo las estrellas y la inigualable vista hacia El Capitolio y la Vieja Habana. Una de las piscinas con vistas panorámicas más espectaculares en la que me he bañado nunca es sin duda la de Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana desde donde observar la belleza de La Habana vieja. El Spa Albear by Resense en Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana ofrece tratamientos relajantes en un ambiente tranquilo en una superficie total de 1000 m² con 8 salas de tratamiento. Las experiencias de masaje son distintas y relajantes, así como todos los tratamientos disponibles en su spa. La zona de bienestar del spa cuenta con piscina cubierta, sauna finlandesa, baño de vapor, piscina de agua fría y un solárium. Su gimnasio está equipado con máquinas Technogym de última generación y ofrece impresionantes vistas a la Habana Vieja. Constate Bar en Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana está especializado en cócteles cubanos tradicionales basados en las 10 marcas nacionales de ron más premiadas. El diseño interior se inspira en un paisaje urbano clásico en un ambiente de la vendimia. Es el espacio perfecto para los amantes de cócteles y tapas en cualquier momento del día. Situado en el primer piso en una posición estratégica frente al famoso bar cubano El Floridita, el nombre Constante es un homenaje al creador del Daiquiri. La piscina terraza y Bar El Surtidor son los lugares apropiados en cualquier momento del día. Es un espectáculo estar en la piscina en la terraza panorámica, donde las vistas de la ciudad y la piscina infinita se convierten en una. La iluminación moderna y el mobiliario contemporáneo son un contraste entre el lujo y lo antiguo pero logra cautivar la Habana Vieja frente a los ojos de los huéspedes. Su oferta de bebidas se basa en cócteles refrescantes usando frutas y verduras locales acompañadas con tapas del mundo hispano. ¡Muchas gracias por la estancia perfecta y por mimarnos con belleza en todos los rincones de Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana! Ideally located in the heart of Old Havana, and surrounded by the main UNESCO World Heritage buildings of this vibrant city, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski offers you the opportunity to relish in the first luxury hotel in Cuba. With a contemporary decoration, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski comprises 246 luxurious rooms, including 50 suites, where you can lounge after a stroll through the fascinating and historic city of Havana. Indulge in their extensive gastronomic outlets, such as the Lobby Bar El Arsenal or at the panoramic restaurant San Cristobal. Enjoy your favourite cocktail in the Bar Constante or smoke a cigar paired with a rum in the cozy tobacco lounge, Evocación. Enjoy the breathtaking view from their rooftop while sipping a delicious cocktail, get pampered at our Spa by Resense or celebrate your Meetings or Events in one of their conference rooms. Whatever the reason, they would be delighted to welcome you in Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana. From the moment you enter, the Suite Presidential Lorca at Gran Hotel Kempinski La Habana will leave you speechless. Open the large French doors in the living room and enjoy of the breathtaking view of the Capitol and the Theater. For a perfect start into the day Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana serves a full buffet breakfast at Confluencias Restaurant. Evocacion Tobacco Lounge has great views of Central Park, Alicia Alonso Theater and the Capitol Building surrounded by eight balconies. This lounge interior design at Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is inspired by the Habanos culture and production. It is the perfect place to enjoy an original Cuban Cigar while sipping the finest Cuban Rums and famous aged spirits. Ideal for after-dinner gatherings or interactive presentations about the spectacular and glamorous world of Habano. Evocacion Tobacco Lounge at Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana have the most complete selection of Cuban Brands, however their unique selling point is their personalized service by their high qualified employees spear headed by the 2 times Habano-Sommelier world champion as protagonist. Do not miss San Cristobal panoramic restaurant, where you will enjoy our dinner under the stars and with the most spectacular views over Old Havana. The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana‘s rooftop outdoor infinity pool is one of the most beautiful swimming pool I have swam in, with its breathtaking panoramic views of the old city. Spa Albear by Resense at Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, with 1000 sqm and 8 treatment rooms, offers relaxing treatments in a calm atmosphere. The massage experiences are distinct and soothing, as well as all the treatments available at their Spa. The Wellness area features an indoor pool, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, a cold water pool and a solarium. Their Fitness centre is equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym machines and offers stunning views to the Old Havana. El Surtidor Pool Terrace and Bar is the place to be when in Havana any time of the day. It is a spectacle of its own kind to be at the panoramic pool terrace, where the city views and the infinity pool becomes one. Modern lighting and contemporary furnishing is a contrast between the luxury and the ancient but captivating Old Havana in front of guest eyes. Their beverage offer is based on refreshing cocktails using the local fruit and vegetable offerings accompanied with tapas from the Hispanic world. Enjoy a plunge in the pool at any time of the day and witness unforgettable sunsets every evening. Constante Bar can host a total of 31 guests and is the perfect space for lovers of cocktails and tapas at any time of the day, with truly impressive live music performance every evening - something not to miss! They have specialised in traditional Cuban cocktails based on the 10 most awarded national rum brands, leaving room for you to discover which one you prefer and discovering Cuba's rum palette. Interior design is inspired by a classical urban landscape in a vintage environment. Located on the first floor in a strategic position just in front of the most famous Cuban Bar La Floridita, the name Constante is a tribute to the creator of Daiquiri. Thank you for a perfect stay and for letting us find beauty everywhere at Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana! Read less
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Apr 17, 2019 RichardJ144 Baltimore, Maryland

This would be a 5 star hotel in any city. Elegant service. Beautifully decorated. First class service. Fabulous rooftop infinity pool. Large rooms. Great location.....highly recommended. You could be in New York, or Havana....the staff could not do enough to accommodate you. Lovely morning buffet. American credit cards and cash Not accepted.