News in brief:
Kempinski opens the first 5-star hotel in Cuba
Kempinski opened the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana this week. It is Cuba’s first five-star luxury hotel, centrally located in Old Havana. It is a conversion of what was originally a European-style shopping arcade, later used for offices.
The hotel has 246 rooms, six restaurants and bars and a spa. Full details are on the Kempinski website here.
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No BA lounge access at Stansted
(EDIT: BA has now renewed its agreement at Stansted and the lounge is available again)
If you remember our review of the Escape lounge at Stansted Airport a couple of weeks, you may remember the picture above which lists British Airways. This is because passengers on the BA ‘regional Cityflyer’ weekend services from Stansted were using the Escape lounge.
For some reason, British Airways has not renewed its contract with the lounge. There is currently a bit of paper stuck over the BA logo on the sign above and passengers from the British Airways services are not being allowed in. (You can still access it with a Priority Pass or Lounge Club card if flying on BA.)
With no other lounge in the airport, you’re going to be stuck in the main Stansted terminal area. To be honest, I would be filing a compensation claim with British Airways if I was impacted by this as it is not acceptable.
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