Cuba Hilton Hotel
Paris Hilton takes a selfie with Fidel Castro Diaz as they pose for a photo outside the Hilton Hotel in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday, June 15, 2015. Celebrities are pouring into crack - open Cuba is underway, and even hotel heiress Paris Hilton has arrived on the island - and the island is buzzing.
In 1959, Fidel Castro occupied the balcony of the Hilton Hotel in Havana and set up his personal office on the second floor, just a few meters from the main entrance of the hotel. In room 2324, in the Continental Suite of the hotel, Castro set up the new regime's command post as the "command post."
Hilton Hotels International Group operates hotels in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. All Hilton-operated hotels are built by the same company, Hilton International, a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide, the world's largest hotel chain. It says Hyatt and Sheraton do not refuse guests for the reasons cited by the Hilton Group, but because Hilton rarely has more than 100 guests, it is prohibited from firing any of its 670 employees. The Hilton Hotel in Havana and its sister hotels were designed by the renowned Los Angeles architect Welton Becket, who previously designed the Beverly Hilton for the chain, as well as other hotels such as the Hilton in New York City and the Marriott in Las Vegas.
The hotel remained in operation as a Hilton until US-Cuba relations deteriorated on 11 June 1960, when the Cuban government nationalised the property. Fidel Castro hit back at US companies including the Hilton Hotel in New York City and the Marriott in Las Vegas. Cuban dignitaries remain, but the hotel chain has been asked by the Cuban embassy if it has had a consistent policy since the ambassador's stay at the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk in April. The hotel called the travel company to explain that it could not let the Ambassador and his wife Maria, their two children and three grandchildren into the city.
The US government has now decided not to renew Marriott's license to do business in Cuba, and has informed the hotel company that it will expire on August 31, 2020. Sachl said: 'The Treasury has informed Marriott that we will cease all operations in Cuba by August 31 and that the company will not be allowed to operate any other hotels on the island as planned.
If Americans are allowed to visit Cuba legally again, the Habana Libre and other hotels in the city will be extremely crowded again. Cuban rum, which Frank Sinatra sampled in the hotel bar, Sir Winston Churchill, who snores a Havana cigar in his elegant room or spends the afternoon in a bar on the terrace. If you are not staying in one of Havana's most classic hotels, such as the Nacional, why not the Hilton Hotel?
The Pax Americana icon and Hilton name easily trumped other celebs in Havana, including Kate Moss, who was also at the Cuban cigar festival. Castro threw a lavish party meant to bring the Americans closer to Cuba, but the Hilton wasn't the first and probably won't be the last.
The anachronistic US embargo has deprived American companies of numerous opportunities to do business in Cuba. But, after the rules governing the entry of US citizens to Cuba slowly relaxed in 2016, interest in Cuba as a destination has soared, with several US airlines now offering commercial flights to and from Cuban cities. New businesses are also emerging, as economic reforms within Cuba now give Cubans limited opportunities to own private companies. There is no question that the United States does business with Cuba and is closely linked to that country, with which it has been a natural trading partner for over 50 years.
Habana Libre has described the turbulent relations between Cuba and the United States throughout its existence. The hotel was soon nationalized and renamed Habana's Libre Free Havana, but Cuba needed a better-run hotel, and it was needed. When I read about the hotel during my trip to Cuba, it seems to represent the changes that the country has experienced in modern times.
The hotel, now called Tryp Havana Libre, was built in honor of revolutionary Fidel Castro, who symbolically took over the hotel in January 1959. The hotel remained operational as a Hilton even as relations between the U.S. and Cuba deteriorated. Located at a high point in Havana, it was opened in the final months of the Cuban Revolution under the name Habana Libre Free Havana by Fidel and his brother Fulgencio Castro. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Hilton was still operating under its original name and was located at the highest point in Havana, in an area with 1.5 million inhabitants.
After a year of extensive renovation, the hotel was reopened as a hotel in Cuba, in which the government retained a majority stake under the name Habana Libre Free Havana, but under a different name.