Hotel Nacional responds with a photo of the project to criticism for the demolition of a historic pool

The hotel Nacional de Cuba responded with images of a new project to criticism for the demolition of the historic pool of the facility.

The day before it emerged that the hotel’s historic pool was demolished this week as part of an investment that is being made in the hotel, declared a National Monument in May 1998.

The art curator Abelardo Mena was alarmed by this fact and shared an image on Facebook of the state in which the pool was left after the demolition.

This Friday, the management of the tourist center posted photographs of a new strategy on his Facebook profile, dedicated to “lovers of the hotel Nacional de Cuba”, and said that they were “of the project conceived for our pool !!!”.

Likewise, he defended the new design as “a gift of image and comfort for a hotel that deserves it”.

Publication of the National hotel of Cuba. Facebook

Although some applauded the new project Others questioned the need to build a new pool in times of crisis.

” If there was already a pool there, it would be opportune to explain why it had to be demolished in order to build another pool in the same place. If not, it is difficult to understand the waste of resources in times of crisis Thank you”, commented an Internet user.

On Thursday Mena recalled that in 1989 the Cuban authorities decided to keep the pool as a historical relic, because personalities who stayed at the hotel, hence the confusion over the decision to totally destroy it.

“It did not require any action like this,” he said.

Luis Miguel Díaz Sánchez, director of the hotel Nacional de Cuba, an endings of last year declared to the official agency Prensa Latina , that they would assume a process investor, which would include the aforementioned swimming pool.

” The capital investment of the historic swimming pool and the overall remodeling of the buffet restaurant are being prepared, in start in January 2023 and finish by May,” the manager said then, without offering any further details on the process.

The hotel Nacional de Cuba was inaugurated in 1930, it is an eclectic Spanish-style building that it rises on the Taganana hill, in front of the Malecón habanero.

Designed by the New York architecture studio McKim, Mead and White, financed by the National City Bank of New York, it has an impressive view of the Port and a part of the city.

In its 93 years it has received important guests such as Winston Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Jimmy Carter, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth , Mickey Mantle, Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Keaton, Jorge Negrete, Agustín Lara, Rocky Marciano, Tyrone Power, Rómulo Gallegos, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Yuri Gagarin, Alexander Fleming, and part of the entourage that accompanied former US President Barack Obama, including and others.

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