Archipelago International, Southeast Asia's largest privately owned and independent hotel operator, has been awarded the management contracts for a further two hotels in Cuba.
The first of these is the iconic Panorama Hotel in Havana. To be rebranded as the ASTON Panorama Hotel, the property, which first opened its doors in 2002, comprises 320 rooms and is best known for its impressive architectural design and superb location, facing the sea in the city's Miramar district.
The second hotel is the Holguin Costa Verde Hotel, which will be rebranded as the ASTON Costa Verde Beach Resort.
This resort is located in the Holguin region of Cuba on its northeastern coast and comprises 749 rooms, 4 pools, 9 restaurants and 7 bars offering a great selection of á la carte, buffet, beachside and poolside dining options.
December 1st opening
Both hotels are due to open on December 1st, 2020, and will join Archipelago's growing portfolio in Cuba, which includes the GRAND ASTON Cayo Las Brujas Beach Resort & Spa and two upcoming hotels, GRAND ASTON Varadero Beach Resort and GRAND ASTON La Habana Hotel, both currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2021.
"We are delighted to be given the opportunity by Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. to introduce our very successful ASTON brand to Havana and Holguin, particularly at such landmark hotels," stated Gerard Byrne, managing director of Archipelago Overseas. "Since its opening, GRAND ASTON Cayo Las Brujas has consistently ranked as the No.1 hotel in its region for guest satisfaction and quality audits. This operational excellence is now more important than ever and will continue to be post COVID-19 as guests will expect and demand higher standards of hygiene and safety practices from hotels. Cuba is best positioned to alleviate these concerns, as it is recognized as one of the safest destinations in the world, has an excellent healthcare system and is taking a holistic approach as a nation to ensure its tourism offerings meet new standards and expectations."
According to Archipelago's President & CEO, John Flood: "We will continue to invest in the resources needed to ensure that the hotels we manage and operate in Cuba perform above and beyond our guest's expectations. There is no doubt that in the post pandemic travel context, Cuba will stand out as one of the world's leading destinations for safe, healthy and environmentally friendly travel".