Hotel Jagua, Architecture & Builders

The Hotel Jagua stands as an exponent of the architectonic style started long ago in an area of Cienfuegos city. It is located on the grounds of the Palacio de Valle and form a harmonious union with it.

With the creation of the Corporation under the name of "Development and Tourism Cienfuegos, SA" on October 10, 1956 and the acquisition by the company's Palacio de Valle and its vast gardens and fenced yards, there were the necessary conditions for the start of construction of this valuable facility Cuban hotels.

One of the purposes of Cienfuegos resort was to make the Palacio de Valle in a large casino with a comfortable and modern hotel facility attached to form part of the whole, to ensure the accommodation of tourists, mostly from the States States.

The project was entrusted to the entity "April Nepomechie Cañas architects" of Havana, which concluded the technical documentation. Implementation of the hotel began in 1956, when they begin foundation work. For the topography of the area necessitated the driving of piles of wood and soil compaction with rock material, sand and cement.

The construction work was not continued due to organizational problems, technical and wage demands by workers, and it was not until 1957 that accelerated implementation by the active participation of the main shareholders.

The revolutionary triumph of January 1, 1959, surprised the building almost complete, missing the dock should be located on the west coast next to the existing street to exploit the promenades and sports fishing and hunting, the completion of details, the flooring in the elevators, the placement of furniture, general ambience and painting.

They were also unfinished exterior areas to the front of the facility, which included parking, road solution to achieve communication with the current street 37, gardens and green areas as a whole. Corresponded to the revolutionary government to implement the continuation and completion of the works, as the main investors abruptly left the country for political change that occurs and its strong ties with the deposed regime.

The rush to open the Jagua hotel was due to the ongoing commitment of the country before 1959, to host in the same participants of the International Lions Club, which was held at the end of the year.

The opening of Hotel Jagua, a name that definitely takes, takes place on December 28, 1959, with a banquet offered to the members of the Lions Club of Cuba, as part of the celebration of the National Convention of the institution.

After 22 years of operation without maintenance routine, the hotel faces the first major constructive engagement and functional. The actions covered the lobby, restaurant, kitchen, cabaret, cafe and rooms.

During 1993 it carried out the expansion of the area surrounding the pool to the coast, including Calle 35.
In August 1994 Jagua integrating the Gran Caribe Hotel Group, achieving greater recognition to the status of the facility and its significance in the country and abroad.

Hurricane Lily in 1996 significantly affected the Hotel that had to be repaired, although by then he began to sketch the first ideas for the future redevelopment project capital Jagua Hotel, whose implementation would begin in 1999.

The lack of spaces within the original facility to house the administrative, technical and service today, made it necessary to propose an extension of the facility where these activities, freeing the space occupied by them in the main building hindered the image we wanted to recover and that would in turn rearrange the remaining areas.

In October 2000 the second stage of construction begins, which ends on September 5, 2002. The work also covered outdoor areas around a whole including its physical connection to the Palacio de Valle. We relate the main interventions:

  • Refurbishment of the remaining half of the housing block and cottages
  • Extension of technical and other administrative block and two-tier service, with a new access Avenue O.
  • Total refurbishment of the lobby and incorporation of the lobby bar.
  • Remodeling of the kitchen and access to services along Avenida 2.
  • Remodeling of the cabaret.
  • Installation of new elevators.
  • Extension of Restaurant Escambray.
  • Renovation of the pool and run a new one for children as well as outdoor areas to the coast.

This beautiful building is inventoried by the DOCOMOMO between the three major works of the modern movement of Cienfuegos, and is recognized among the representative works of architecture Cienfueguera of all time, in work published by the Architectural Society of UNAICC in the province, Hotel Jagua is undoubtedly a work of great importance.

The Jagua Hotel received the National Award for Restoration of Monuments 2007, for the excellent work done in the renovation of one of the best known hotels throughout Cuba.

Nigel Alexander Hunt

Welcome to my site dedicated to the Hotel Jagua in Cienfuegos City. I am "poco a poco" researching and updating it with the aim to provide as complete as possible record of the hotel's ancient and recent history; bearing in mind that the goings-on today may one day be of historical interest.

My site is NOT the official website of the current hotel operator, and is by no means endorsed by them; but I am grateful for their help with the research.

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Best wishes for 2024

Nigel Alexander Hunt