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 The perfect place to enjoy Havana at its finest!

Jun 16, 2019 LusticLife George Town, Grand Cayman

We just spent a wonderful birthday weekend at the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski. From the staff to the facilities to the location, this hotel has everything you could need and more and it made for the most fantastic birthday weekend. They even delivered afternoon treats and a birthday cake to our suite! The rooftop pool, bar and restaurant is truly… Read more
We just spent a wonderful birthday weekend at the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski. From the staff to the facilities to the location, this hotel has everything you could need and more and it made for the most fantastic birthday weekend. They even delivered afternoon treats and a birthday cake to our suite! The rooftop pool, bar and restaurant is truly magnificent and the buffet brunch style breakfast is fantastic. We managed to use our credit card (after alerting our bank) and really valued the concierge recommendations and pricing for tours etc. Highly recommend staying here and we look forward to coming back again soon! Thank you Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing balcony view!

Jun 14, 2019 kelly b St. Petersburg, Florida

Balcony offered some spectacular views of the City. It was reminiscent of a nice European Hotel. Beautiful pool and outdoor restaurant. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Usual awkward no credit card situation, so had to take a large amount of cash to pay. Concierge recommended a walking food tour which was excellent.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great view of Havana at the rooftop bar

Jun 6, 2019 karelgc Mississauga, Canada

We visited this hotel for a couple of drinks at the rooftop bar. The view of Havana is spectacular. However, the service at the bar is really bad, they forgot things, the beer was warm, which for a country like Cuba this is unacceptable, if they fridge doesn't work properly, a steel drum full of ice will do the trick. Specially if you're charging… Read more
We visited this hotel for a couple of drinks at the rooftop bar. The view of Havana is spectacular. However, the service at the bar is really bad, they forgot things, the beer was warm, which for a country like Cuba this is unacceptable, if they fridge doesn't work properly, a steel drum full of ice will do the trick. Specially if you're charging $4.00 CUC for a domestic beer. The hotel is clean and it looks pretty fancy and beautiful. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating BEST Spot for Havana

Jun 5, 2019 398lylef Okaukuejo, Namibia

Had 2 nights here then 2 nights at Saragota and visited other hotels to eat. This is far and above the best property in Havana. Excellent service, very good food and a great pool. Although the food is a bit more expensive than other places it is worth it as it is well prepared and they always have all ingredietns. This is centrally located so… Read more
Had 2 nights here then 2 nights at Saragota and visited other hotels to eat. This is far and above the best property in Havana. Excellent service, very good food and a great pool. Although the food is a bit more expensive than other places it is worth it as it is well prepared and they always have all ingredietns. This is centrally located so you can walk to all the spots in Old Havana. I would stay here again if I were in Havana. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great service by Yanira at rooftop bar

Jun 2, 2019 PavToronto

My last night in Havana and Yanira made a difference. She was very friendly and profesional , always serving with a great smile. Looking forward to see her again when I will be back. Pavel L. Ponciano