You might not have plans to visit Cuba under the newly eased travel restrictions just yet, but now, there's a good chance you'll be able to stay at an American-run hotel sometime in the near future, despite the longstanding embargo. Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced Saturday it has signed deals with Cuba to renovate and operate hotels in the Caribbean nation, becoming the first US-based hotel company to do so in almost 60 years, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Specifically, Starwood has received US government approval to rebrand three existing hotels in Havana, Cuba -- the Quinta Avenida, the Santa Isabel, and Inglaterra hotels -- and reopen them by the end of the year as part of its Luxury Collection and Four Points by Sheraton brands. As explained in the report, the deals were likely unimaginable prior to recent rule changes under the embargo, especially seeing as all Cuban hotels are run by the government and the tourist branch of its military. But as evidenced by President Obama's visit to Cuba on Sunday and his administration's moves to further lift restrictions on travel and trade (think Cuban cigars and booze) in recent days, times are changing.