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UK hotelier St Giles to take over property on Havana waterfront

Hotel Deauville HavanaSt Giles Hotels has announced the takeover over of a landmark hotel in Havana and will be the first UK hotelier to establish a presence in Cuba. Abigail Tan-Giroud is the regional director of St Giles and she confirmed the group was partnering with Cuban hotel operator Gran Caribe on the project.

Speaking to reporters, Ms Tan-Giroud said all at St Giles were delighted to be taking over the reins at the former Hotel Deauville. She carried on by saying, the St Giles marque plus its legacy of conserving culture and ensuring local communities benefited had ensured the group was the first choice for the Cuban government when choosing a new partner.

She added that the icing on the cake was being the first UK hotelier to get a foothold in Cuba. Ms Tan-Giroud worked with Geskaria Real Estate Investment in setting up the deal. St Giles will renovate and refurbish the Deauville. A provisional reopening date has been set for the first months of 2019.

When it reopens, the establishment will bear a new name, The Deauville‚ÄďA St Giles Signature Hotel. The refurbishment will see the historic establishment gain a gym and a rooftop bar which will offer guests panoramic views of Havana Bay. The hotel occupies a prime spot on the Malecon shoreline between the harbour and Vedado.

St Giles operates charity foundation Hotels With Heart. This supports local communities in nations where the chain has hotels. St Giles is a boutique hotel chain with premises in key worldwide locations including London, New York and Kuala Lumpur.

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