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Restoration works at Habana Riviera Hotel in full swing

After extensive renovation works throughout its entire structure, the iconic Habana Riviera Hotel, an authentic time piece from the late 50s is now receiving a full makeover that has also seen the rebirth of one of its most elegant bar - the aptly named Elegante, as well as the newly reopened cabaret, Copa Room, and the fully remodelled swimming pool.

Restoration works at Habana Riviera Hotel in full swing

The once glorious and glamorous Habana Riviera Hotel at the heart of Havana is receiving extensive renovation works that have seen the reopening of bars and entertainment centres as well as a full refurbishment of its pool.

Famous for having been one of the city’s most celebrated mafia-funded hotel, owned by mobster Meyer Lansky, and taking inspiration from a Las Vegas nine-story casino, the Habana Riviera soon became a landmark setting the benchmark in contemporary luxury and comfort.

A National Monument since 2012, due to the historic value of the property and its association with the legendary mafia-infested Havana of the 50s, the Habana Riviera Hotel of today was in need of much repair and renovation which it is now receiving in large quantities.

While in-keeping the original design and style, the hotel rooms and facilities have been extensively refurbished. Highlights of the refurbishment works include the Copa Room Cabaret, now back to offering bewildering shows as well as offering its space as a meeting room, ball room or event room.

On the other hand, the Elegante bar has been fully restored. Keeping all of its original features and the length of its impressive bar, it welcomed back Jazz musicians as well as playing music from the 50s.

The swimming pool was repaired during the summer of 2013, while throughout the rest of the property different maintenance works were carried out to refresh and revive the image of the hotel and appeal a modern set of guests.

Thanks to the hotel’s "Y" shape design, one side of the hotel can be worked on without disturbing the guests on the other side, so while refurbishment works are still being carried out, all of these are done without causing any inconvenience to guests.

During this season the hotel has achieved 90 per cent occupancy and has welcomed travellers to Cuba from new markets such as Germany, Austria, France and the UK.

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