There are ripples of excitement in the air as the Cuban capital of Havana prepares for the opening of The Saratoga Hotel. The hotel is reputed to evoke the pizzazz of a bygone Cuba - aching back to the 1920’s when the city’s elegant inhabitants met for afternoon tea while listening to orchestra performances of the famous group ‘Anacaona’.
The hotel has undergone extensive restoration at its original location enabling spectacular views of the Capitolio building, the Fraternity Park, the prestigious Partagás Cigar Factory and the Grand Theatre.
Revamped features include a roof top pool offering near 180-degree views of the Bay of Havana and Fortress of “San Carlos de la Cabaña”. The restoration has combined traditional elements including the magnificent façade, with modern technology to guarantee the best service and comfort for guests.
The hotel is set to be a must for discerning travelers wishing to combine culture, sightseeing and Havana’s renowned nightlife. Luxury brand One & Only were, until recently, hawking the hotel for their portfolio. It is now being managed by the Havana company, Habaguanex.
The hotel has 99 bedrooms and seven suites. There is a restaurant with a French chef and three bars including the rooftop bar.
As an example of price a three-night stay at the hotel with tourist visa, return Virgin Atlantic flights from London, accommodation with breakfast, private transfers from Havana airport costs from £739 per person sharing room (based on April 14 - July 13, 2006) rising to £930 per person for seven nights.