Hotel Nacional de Cuba reopens on its 90th birthday
The emblematic Hotel Nacional de Cuba reopens its doors to tourism this Wednesday, December 30, coinciding with its 90th anniversary, full of history and traditions.
In recent statements to the press, Luis Miguel Díaz, general director of the facility, explained the hotel has created the appropriate conditions for its reopening, taking into account that it received the Most Hygienic and Safe Tourism certification from the country's health authorities.
During the closing months, due to the epidemiological situation caused by the new coronavirus, the property underwent extensive restoration of several of its areas, including the pool, gardens and some 150 rooms, work valued at about 12.5 million pesos.
To celebrate its anniversary, numerous festive activities are planned on the 30th itself, including a concert by the Aragón orchestra, winner of a 2020 Latin Grammy Award.
Considered a classic by distinction of the Cuban hotel industry, the Nacional, with a 5-star category, belongs to the Gran Caribe group and has 426 rooms, including one Royal suite, one Presidential suite, 15 suites and 58 Junior suites.
Considered symbols of the history and culture of the country, the cannons that made up the old Santa Clara Battery, declared a World Heritage Site in 1998, are today exhibited in the gardens of the facility.
In addition, this beautiful property, which exhibits its eclectic, Art Deco and Moorish architecture, has been a National Monument and a hotel-museum since 2001 and is registered in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
During its 9 decades in operation the iconic facility has hosted more than a hundred celebrities from the arts, sciences and politics, including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, artists Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Johnny Weissmuller, María Félix, Jorge Negrete, Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Michael Keaton, Danny Glover and Robert de Niro.
In January of the year that ends, the Nacional Hotel was the recipient for the sixteenth consecutive year of the World Travel Awards, considered the Oscars of the tourism sector. This shows the prestige gained within the hotel industry of the country and the world by this facility is more than deserved.