Associated Luxury Hotels International has added two luxury hotels to its membership portfolio in the Caribbean. Mark Sergot, chief sales officer of ALHI, reported that the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, which just opened in Havana, Cuba, in early June, is ALHI’s first member in Cuba. The El San Juan Hotel is ALHI’s second option in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition, ALHI also can now coordinate meetings and incentive programs on luxury cruises to Cuba through its Global Luxury Alliance members Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
With the new additions, ALHI now maintains a collection of luxury-level, meeting- and incentive-focused hotels and resorts in the Bahamas, Bermuda and Caribbean region, with 29 hotels and resorts in 12 countries and territories. ALHI’s worldwide portfolio has more than 250 luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand. These hotels and resorts also specialize in serving the meetings, incentives, conventions/conferences and exhibitions/events marketplace.
“We added these two outstanding hotels to our distinguished portfolio in response to the demand we’ve been experiencing for luxury-level meeting and incentive options in the Caribbean region. Beautiful San Juan continues to be a very popular choice for groups, and Cuba is an exciting new option for planners to consider. Now, planners have the terrific option of the newly renovated El San Juan Hotel or the exceptional Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, and a luxurious stay in, or cruise to, Cuba," Sergot said.
Originally built between 1894 and 1917 as the first European-style shopping arcade in Cuba, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana opened in early June following an extensive renovation. The 246-room hotel is in the Manzana de Gomez building in old Havana near the Capitol, the Great Theatre of Havana and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The hotel is also close to the Castillo del Morro and Havana Jose Marti International Airport. It has 2,852 square feet of meeting space, Spa Albear by Resense, a rooftop terrace and swimming pool, three restaurants, a lobby bar, a cigar lounge, a fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour concierge service, a business center and 24-hour in-room dining.
Originally opened in 1958, the El San Juan Hotel is on the oceanfront in the Isla Verde district. The hotel is near San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and the historic attractions of Old San Juan. After a $60 million propertywide renovation completed in February 2017, the hotel now has 388 newly remodeled guestrooms and suites and more than 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. It also includes the Grand Ballroom and Terrace, nine restaurants, four pools, a spa, a fitness center and new shops.