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(ACN) – The Packard, Cuba’s second luxury five-star plus hotel, located in Old Havana, is expected to be completed in August, according to officials from the company in charge of its construction.
At this moment, they started the finishing works in 192 of the 321 rooms of the facility, located on the Paseo del Prado in this capital city.
Daysi Malvares Moret, Director of Development of Inmobiliara Almest, said exclusively to ACN that they are working on the completion of the bedrooms of three of the 10 levels of the building, for its gradual reception by the state-owned Gaviota and the Spanish chain Iberostar, in charge of its administration.
With privileged views of the entrance of the Havana bay, the Packard will open its doors under the luxury brand Grand, from this European company, to please demanding tastes.
Malvares Moret pointed out that the installation of the climate and water systems has also begun, in order to detect and resolve any possible damage in good time.
According to Jorge Suárez Zayas, head of the investment group of Almest, the first level will have multipurpose rooms, a piano bar, a shopping area, a cigar bar, a gourmet restaurant and tapas bar, as well as a central patio with a glass roof and air-conditioned.
He added that on the fifth floor will be the spa, with a wide range of services, and that the pool, with capacity for 130 people, is on the sixth floor, from where you can see magnificent views of Havana Bay and Morro Castle.
That area, said Suárez Zayas, has an eight-meter cantilevered plate that is one of the main architectural attractions of the building, and its construction, which supports the upper levels, took into account the incidence of the sun in the hours of more affluence of guests.
The facility will have a semi-buried parking lot, which will have all the requirements in order to avoid sea penetration in case of natural phenomena, said Malvares Moret in addition to specifying that the hotel is in tune with environmental requirements.
The Packard has sensors for energy saving, as well as soundproofed carpentry so that guests can enjoy the comfort of their rooms without the hustle and bustle of this busy area of the city, said the director of Development of Almest.
In accordance with the country’s economic development strategy, he said, the furniture in the rooms and some common areas will have the stamp of the national industry, except for those that due to their characteristics will be imported.
He explained that the execution of the work has been carried out according to the planned schedules due, among other factors, to the stability of the work force.
The installation was built from scratch, with the exception of part of the façade on Cárcel street and the other part on Prado, which reaches level four and has been preserved due to its architectural value.
From the history of the area, it is known that this is where the old Biscuit Hotel was located, inaugurated in 1911 and which in 1931 acquired the name of Packard, in reference to the traditional and remembered American automobile brand.
The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, which opened its doors in 2017, is the first five-star plus luxury tourist facility in Cuba, located very close to the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Capitol and the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana.