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Cuba: Novelties in Havana

The Cuban capital, the main tourist destination of the archipelago, hosts a wide range of options for rest and recreation, from an extensive network of museums to the most diverse hotel range.

The city, formerly the town of San Cristóbal de La Habana and formerly called the Antemural City of the West Indies and Key to the New World, represents a unique living museum of the most diverse constructive styles, reflecting the stages of development through which the historic city.

Its system of fortresses, with the emblematic Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro, included nine large constructions constitute - according to the experts - the most remarkable set of its kind in Hispanic America.

Among these works, Castillo de la Real Fuerza (completed around 1577) opened the way on the continent to the Renaissance design in military constructions, with a style that predominated in Spain at the time of the Catholic Monarchs and was also called Elizabethan.

About 140 of the buildings located in the historic center of the capital have an origin dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, another 200 to the 18th century and more than 460 to the 19th, thus forming a full mix of attractions for the more demanding.

Coupled with this, initiatives that favor the expansion of infrastructure for tourism, in an environment where Starwood became the first hotel company of the United States to assume the management of a facility in the island after the 60s, strongly arise.

Façade of Armadores de Santander Hotel
Castle of the Royal Force
City Museum

Meanwhile, the firm Habaguanex considers for the period 2017-2019 the opening of the hotels Cueto (57 rooms in Plaza Vieja), Marques de Cárdenas de Monte Hermoso (21 rooms in Plaza San Francisco), Cathedral (24 rooms) and Real Customs.

In the Cuban capital, old buildings are being reconstructed from the historic center of the city to become luxury hotels, such as La Manzana de Gómez, run by the Swiss chain Kempinski.

Also the hotel Packard, of the Iberostar Iberian, as well as Prado and Malecón, that will operate the French chain Accor.

Numerous plazas are located in the geography of Havana, with special emphasis on those known as Armas, the Cathedral, the Plaza Vieja and San Francisco de Asís, the latter bordering the church and the convent of the same name.

The centennial city also preserves distinctive features such as the famous Paseo del Prado and the well-known Alameda de Paula, the latter built in the second half of the 18th century, both obligatory transit sites for the inhabitants of those times.

In the city, there are buildings that represent from Renaissance to Art Deco, passing through Mudejar, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Eclecticism, Art Nouveau and the Cuban Baroque.

The culmination of the latter is shown in the Palace of the Captains General, with a facade dominated by a dozen large columns that represent supports, and a front street that retains the original structure of wooden paving stones.

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