Meliá Hotels International has announced it will have opened seven new hotels in Cuba by the end of 2018, adding 2,145 new rooms in the cities of Cienfuegos, Camagüey, Santiago de Cuba and Havana.
The company has already added five new hotels with 409 rooms to its portfolio on the island during the first quarter of 2018. By the end of the year, Meliá will also have opened two new flagship hotels for the Cuban hotel industry in Varadero and Cayo Santa María.
Of the five hotels the company has already opened, three – Hotel La Union, Hotel Jagua and Hotel Meliá San Carlos – are located in Cienfuegos, and two – Hotel Colón and Gran Hotel – are in Camagüey, and together “represent a new style of hotels for Meliá in Cuba: all are small to medium-size hotels, set inside exceptional historical buildings in privileged locations,” the company said in a statement.
The two new flagship hotels – the Meliá Internacional, Varadero, and the Paradisus Los Cayos, Cayo Santa María – will have 934 and 802 rooms, respectively.
“The new hotels will provide us a chance to show our commitment to the development of balanced and sustainable tourism in Cuba and to demonstrate the value that our brands can add. These hotels in heritage cities are well integrated with the cultural and social fabric of their destinations, and give us a chance to provide travellers with experiences focused on discovering more about the local culture and heritage,” Francesc Camps, deputy managing director of Meliá Cuba.
The Spanish hotel group is also set to open Hotel INNSIDE Camagüey, as well as three hotels in the city of Trinidad before 2020. The properties in Trinidad will include Meliá Trinidad, Meliá Punta Ancón and Sol House Ancón, which will be the result of the conversion of the current Hotel Ancón.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.