MIAMI, United States. – In the middle of the economic crisis that Cuba is facing, the island’s authorities have given the green light to consolidate another ambitious tourism project at of Havana Bay: the construction of a cruise ship terminal and a luxury hotel at the site of the old Customs House, located on Avenida del Puerto.
According to the official news agency Prensa Latina, the emblematic facility, which was inaugurated in 1914, will be converted to the Real Aduana Hotel, a construction that “will transform the old Customs House of Havana into a hotel and a cruise ship complex.”
The five-star facility will be run by Habaguanex, a hotel and tourism group controlled by the military. Its objective will be “to crown the efforts to boost and recover the island’s tourism.”
The Real Aduana Hotel will have 55 guest rooms, from where “guests will be able to enjoy the marvelous surroundings of Havana Bay,” explains Prensa Latina.
The official agency added that the new construction “has all the characteristics for becoming the most attractive hotel facility in Cuba’s capital, taken its existing vintage structure.”
The large complex, with its three vintage breakwaters –San Francisco, La Machina and Santa Clara- has II degree protection, granted by the National Commission on Monuments of Cuba. That status confers an added value to any project or undertaking started there, but it requires preservation of its architectural wealth, as reflected in reports by several agencies of the country’s Ministry of Tourism.”
Images shared by Prensa Latina show that work has already begun. The facility’s façade now boasts of a giant poster that shows the finished complex.
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