The front of a dilapidated building located around the Hotel Saratoga collapsed, as reported on social networks by the documentary filmmaker of Salvadoran origin, Jorge Dalton.
The property is located at the corner of Dragones and Monserrate streets, right in front of the emblematic Marti Theater.
“That facade is crumbling, and I doubt it will be saved. Many people still don’t know, because for some passersby walking in that disaster zone, landslides are a daily occurrence, and others are no longer interested. Dalton explained on Facebook that he shared several photos showing what the area looks like with scaffolding and where access is restricted.
“The sick and unhappy scene in that place This is just a small sample of 65 years of a model that is older than an old and folded spring mattress, useless and rusted, where everything is indifference, despair, destruction, and desolation, in addition to being the son of the important Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton.
The source added that the building next to the destroyed Saratoga Hotel has been demolished.
“This metastasis is also compounded by the terrible condition of what used to be one of the most beautiful parks in Havana, the Parque de la Fraternidad. The only brotherhood that exists today is among the garbage, the broken banks, the sadness, the pain, the despair, the sadness, the brokenness, the sadness, and the beggars who live in that place where a sun is far away. “A beautifthel bird landed,” concluded Dalton.
“The worst is over; now the worst is yet to come”; “And they go for more”; “They said they would first sink the island and turn it into ruins before leaving power…And they did it,” are some opinions of Cubans who resigned from the ruins—with a Havana that breaks the hearts of its inhabitants every day.
At least 23 buildings were destroyed in different ways after explosion on the morning of Man ay 6, 2022 It destroyed a good part of the Saratoga Hotel and left 47 dead and 99 injured.
The emblematic Marti Theater It is one of the structurallymaged properties that was later rehabilitated.
In May 2023, a year after the tragedy, the Cuban authorities finally started demolishing the houses located in Prado 609, destroyed by a powerful explosion.
In January last year, the government delivered eight houses to families from Zulueta buildings 508 and 512 between Monte and Dragones, which were also destroyed.
Linked to a gas leak During its transfer to the hotel facilities, which are undergoing maintenance operations to reopen after being closed during the coronavirus pandemic, the explosion mobilized the country’s highest authorities and represents a change of view. Look at the Cubans in the hotel business in the hands of Business. Administration Group SA (GAESA), in military power.
When the rescue work was completed, it was assured by expert architects and engineers that the Saratoga structure could be saved to make a second restoration of the property, a restoration in progress.