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El "Capri", one of the most emblematic hotels in Havana in the fifties, reopened after a renovation with a touch of “cool retro " that recalls the time when he became a symbol of the presence of American Mafia in Cuba.

The building, located in one of the most central areas of the Cuban capital, has been closed since 2003 and from 2010 it underwent an overhaul that preserved its essence and gave it new winds of modernity.

El "Capri" belonged to “Gran Caribe” chain, from the Cuban Ministry of Tourism, but its administration is shared with the Spanish hotel chain NH, who has returned to the island with this new contract, after several years away.

Its areas are tastefully decorated and furnished, prevailing neutral colors like ocher, light green, white or black, with a sleek and sober design, bordering minimalism.

Although its official presentation is planned for next May at the Tourism Fair (FITCUBA-2014), the hotel reopened in December and has received since then more than 8,000 guests, mostly from the United States, as reported by their managers.

The flow of American travelers to Cuba grew in recent years with a record of 98,050 in 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONEI). Despite restrictions of the economic embargo U.S applies to the island, this country has become the sixth source of tourists to Cuba.

The hotel has also been the host of tourists from Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Canada, South American countries and even some from Japan and South Korea.

El "Capri", opened in November 1957, conformed the new trilogy of modern hotel buildings of its time in Cuba, along with "Havana Riviera" and "Havana Hilton”, "Habana Libre" at the present time.
Tourism is the second greatest source of foreign currency income in Cuba, after service export, and sector authorities foresee an influx of three million visitors in 2014.

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