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Saratoga Hotel one of the best in America

Wednesday, 15 September 2010News
HAVANA, Cuba -- The specialized British magazine **Condé Nast Traveller UK** included again the [773:**Saratoga Hotel**], located in Old Havana, as one of the best 100 in its kind in the Americas and the Caribbean. Executives from the British magazine released its traditional Readers’ Travel Awards, where the Saratoga ranked 16, among the over 7,000 in the region that were evaluated by the readers, using different criteria, which includes region, design, facilities, food, services, location and rooms. This is the fourth time the Cuban hotel has been included in this exclusive list, and last year placed 10th in the same category. Tourism industry experts, journalists and professionals have shown their admiration for the Saratoga, and included it among the top 60 hotels in the world in The Hot List of 2006. Also, the Saratoga won the **Best for Ambience & Design** in the 2008 Gold List gathered by the Condé Nast Traveller UK, one of the leading magazines for this sector in the world. Belonging to the [703:**Habaguanex S.A.**] tourist company, the Saratoga is a five-star hotel with over 90 rooms, including seven suites, and a wide range of services aimed at providing comfort to its guests. One of the most attractive aspects is the centric location of the Hotel in Paseo del Prado and Dragones. Very close to places of social, historic and cultural interest like the National Capitol, the Fraternity Park, Partagas' Tobacco Factory and the Great Theather of Havana.

Final touches to a new Hotel in the Old Havana

Tuesday, 14 September 2010News
HAVANA, Cuba -- A new hotel in the City's Historical Center, the [783:**Palacio de Marqués de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal**] will open its doors in November 2010 with 27 rooms, as announced by the Office of the Historian of the City. According to the note, these capabilities will increase to 560 the rooms available for tourism in that area. The Historian's Office reported that the new Palace will be managed by the tourism company [703:**Habaguanex S.A.**]. Orlando Castellanos, head of the work told the press that this "is coming to an end" and currently are reviewing the details of the termination. ### Palacio Marqués de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal ### The hotel was described by Castellanos as an attractive building with distinctive elements, such as the singular lamp that illuminates the lobby, the bar's patio, where we found the crystal and the statue of Neptune stands as a symbol of the precinct. The property is at the junction of _Oficios_ and _Amargura_ streets, and in front of the San Francisco de Asís square. Three of the rooms are suites, "in which combines the building's history and environment, with modern technologies installed and other requirements necessary for travelers of these times and also added the best attributes for future guests stays", he said. Also added that "Interior has a minimalist style that contrasts with the Baroque ornamentation of the façade". The building was owned by Don Sebastian de Peñalver late seventeenth century, and of the successors of the fourth Marquis of San Felipe and Santiago, at the beginning of the next century. The management said that the four-star hotel if perfect for "Romance and Honeymoons". He added that after the opening "substancial discounts" will be offered.

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