Heavy explosion at a hotel undergoing renovations in Havana, Cuba

The bomber struck shortly after 11 a.m. local time, according to Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. The hotel was closed to tourists at the time due to maintenance work.

Pictures of the area spread on social networks show the road littered with debris, pieces of glass and wrecked cars. The entire area was quickly isolated by police, while rescue workers immediately began searching for survivors or victims in the rubble. There is also a school next to the hotel, but fortunately all the children were evacuated and no one was injured.

The Hotel Saratoga building, in neoclassical style, dates from the second half of the 19th century, but thanks to subsequent extensions and decorations, about half a century later, the building became famous when tour guides declared it one of the best. Hotels in the capital, Cuba.
The fame he maintained until the 1960s, after the revolution, until the beginning of its decline.

However, after a series of costly renovations by a British company, it reopened in 2005 with 96 luxury rooms, three bars and two.
Restaurants, a swimming pool, a business center and other facilities. Since then, numerous personalities from the world of politics, business and entertainment have stayed there: some of them during US President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba in 2016. Due to the Govt epidemic, it closed two years ago and the reopening date is set for May 10.

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