HAVANA, December 8 The emblematic Sevilla hotel in Havana passed into the administration of the Spanish hotel chain Meliá as part of the efforts to recover tourism on the island.A note published on his Facebook account by the Cuban researcher, advisor and professor José Luis Perelló addresses the issue and highlights that the facility now operates under the Affiliated Meliá brand.
The analyst says that the Meliá hotel chain inaugurated another hotel in the heart of Havana, the capital of Cuba, as the new Sevilla Habana Affiliated with Meliá Hotel.
The Sevilla Hotel, opened in 1908, was the first luxury establishment of its kind in Havana, and is close to several places of interest, such as the Museum of the Cuban Revolution, the National Capitol and the Royal Force Castle.
He added that the closest airport is the José Martí International Airport, located 20 kilometers from the hotel.
Notable figures from Cuba and the world stayed in its rooms, including José Raúl Capablanca, Lola Flores, and Josephine Baker, among others.
The renovated hotel has a rooftop lounge and pool, located in the heart of Old Havana, overlooking the city’s famous Malecón (it is the first Affiliated by Melia Hotel to open in the Caribbean).
Affiliated, a new brand from Meliá, is a collection of Hotels with contemporary design and an authentic connection to local culture, similar to Hilton’s Curio Collection or Hyatt’s Independent Collection.
The Sevilla Habana is the sixth Affiliated by Meliá to open its doors around the world. It has 178 rooms, a couple of restaurants, three lounge bars and a meeting space.
Meliá has undertaken rapid expansion in Cuba since the Covid-19 pandemic. During the summer, the company also opened a 50-room hotel in Havana, the INNSiDE Habana Catedral (next year it will open another establishment in the capital, the Hotel Plaza, with 188 rooms), concludes Perelló’s analysis.