by Fernando Ravsberg

The Manzana Kempinski Hotel, the first luxury five star+ hotel in Cuba, Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

HAVANA TIMES – The recently opened Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, Cuba’s most luxurious and expensive hotel with rooms up to US $1300, pays its cleaning staff US $9.75 a month (in local currency) plus a US $10 stimulus in hard currency.

An employee told us that in total she receives less than $20 a month, several dollars below the national average wage.

The situation has caused several of the employees to quit their jobs causing instability of trained personnel. This creates difficulties for the foreign administration, which would be willing to increase wages if the Cuban government would allow it.

The recently opened hotel made the news during its construction phase over hiring hundreds of skilled construction workers from India to speed up the conclusion of the building. They made US $1,600 a month [plus expenses], 20 times more than what was paid to their Cuban counterparts [who were let go].

18 thoughts on “Wages at the Kempinski Luxury Hotel in Havana

  • Life in Cuba isn’t about the cost of living.
    The requirements for Cubans are:
    Don’t challenge the system, accept it, stay mute and exist.

  • I note with interest the switch away from the USA Ryan.
    I agree that 13% is a lot for any economy that is why I provided the figures for the USA,the UK and Canada.
    My comment was upon the defined purpose of education in Cuba. That is communist indoctrination as shown in the Constitution. If you know Cuba well, you will also know that the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of Cuba plasters the school walls with quotes of Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and Ernesto Guevara with portraits of all three in pursuit of the cult of the personality.
    The cost of doing so is considerable. There are hoardings throughout the country with similar purposes.
    Yes, there are other countries in the world with worse conditions than Cuba. I have visited some of them. But why always compare Cuba with the worst?

  • For once Rich Haney I agree with you. The regime should not only be held accountable for the preferential use of foreign labour, but also for their failure to take the opportunity to increase employment in the brewing industry. It is disgraceful that GAESA retail outlets have replaced the Cuban beers Bucanero and Cristal with imported beverages at a higher price. They ought to have increased production of Cuban beer rather than importation – I wonder who actually profited, couldn’t be corruption could it?

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