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Havana's First Five-Star Hotel Is Here

Daiquiris, Cigar Sommeliers and a Rooftop Infinity Pool

By Sarah Freeman ·
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Cuba possesses so many famous draws:

Vintage cars, mezmerizing rhythms, fine cigars...  

Rooftop infinity pools.

Okay, it only has one of those.

Which you'll find atop the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, the country's first five-star hotel, now open in a prime, square-block of historic Old Havana, looking just like this.

You'll step out of your 1968 Chevy and into a distinctly 2017 lobby of glass walls and marble ceilings. Before making your way to the presidential suite to take in sterling views of the city's central park through French windows until the Jacuzzi tub calls your name. Answer that. Or don't and visit Spa Albear for a hot stone massage instead.

Once you're immaculate and relaxed, head to the downstairs bar El Arsenal to break your daiquiri fast. Or go straight to Constante Bar to acquire rum in its purest form. They've got a lot of it. There's also San Cristobál Panoramic restaurant overlooking the city, in case you like your views with Caribbean seafood.

Wherever you begin, you'll most likely end up at Evocación Tobacco Lounge before the day is done. That's where a smoking sommelier will help pair your cigar with the right aged spirit.

Cigar-rum dissonance is really such an issue back home.

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

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