Swissinfo has published an article stating that the first hotel for the LGBTIQ+ community is set to open in the Cuban capital of Havana, Cuba's second overall. Read on and find out more!
Cuba: Inclusive and diverse
Cuba has never been afraid to tread its own path. One of the many reasons it's such a unique country is the fact that it stood politically alone for five decades after the United States enforced an embargo upon it after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution.
But, as they say: what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger. And Cuba is stronger for it. The national and cultural identity in the "pearl of the Caribbean" is clearly defined and the people are friendly, liberal, inclusive, and diverse.
Cuba exists for everyone, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, or sexuality - and as an article published by Swissinfo states, the first hotel for the LGBTIQ+ community is set to open in the Cuban capital of Havana, Cuba's second overall.
Where is this new hotel?
The hotel will be in the former Hotel Telegrafo, first built in 1888 and located on the junction of Paseo del Prado and Calle Neptuno. It's just opposite Parque Central and a few steps from the Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso and the magnificent Capitolio de La Habana.
It's set to open its doors after a period of renovations and minor improvements have all been completed.
The Hotel Telegrafo Axel La Habana, in addition to its 63 spacious rooms, excellent restaurant, spa, bar and lounge, will boast a solarium and terrace with a swimming pool, as well as other luxurious facilities.
Following the COVID-19 protocols
The Director of Communication and Marketing of the Spanish hotel chain Axel Hotels, Silvia Perez Vinolas, commented that all the sanitary hygienic protocols against COVID-19 are in place around the different areas of the hotel.
Amongst other safety measures, the board said individual sanitiser gel will be guaranteed, as well as the application of temperature controls to customers and rapid testing to employees.
This goes hand in hand with Cuba's positive attitude to beating COVID-19 in general. The island's laboratories have produced and developed no fewer than five vaccines and Cuba is looking to be a distribution hub for the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Many workers in the tourism sector have already received their vaccinations and as a result, Cuba was able to reopen its doors to international tourists last Summer, as the measures in place against COVID-19 were so stringent.
Everyone is welcome in Cuba
Axel Hotel's communication and marketing director, Silvia Perez Vinolas, indicated that the Axel brand hotels, which emerged in Barcelona in 2003, are spaces for everyone.
"Our hotels are conceived by and for the LGBTIQ+ community, but open to anyone, so everyone is welcome. Freedom and respect are our most important values, and inclusion and diversity are promoted first and foremost. To do this, we transfer our philosophy to all our services and all our staff." - Silvia Perez Vinolas
Cuba opened its first "LGBTIQ+ friendly" hotel in Cayo Guillermo two years ago in 2019, and it was specially designed to meet the expectations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people.
It's there that LGBTIQ+ guests can stay in the stunning Hotel Gran Muthu Rainbow, a 5-star resort operated by the Asian hotel chain MGM Muthu Hotels.
This island has everything, but crucially, is for everyone.