• Reuters


As Cuba’s communist government seeks to “diversify options for love,” it is reviving a network of state-run “love motels” in Havana where couples can rent rooms by the hour, the official trade union weekly Trabajadores said Monday.

Havana, the capital of the Caribbean island, boasted dozens of such “posadas” until the 1990s, when the remaining few were given to Cubans left homeless by hurricanes.

Privacy has became all the more elusive for lovers, given a housing shortage that forces many families to live in the same apartment and couples to live together long after their divorce.

Private establishments have filled in the gap for some, the trade union weekly wrote, but many cannot afford to pay around $5, or a sixth of the average monthly state wage, for three hours of bliss.

The less fortunate must resort to “parks, dark staircases, the beach and even the Malecon (seafront),” Trabajadores wrote. But now the state wants to make lovemaking easier again.

“We want to revive this service that is in high demand, has a big social impact and without a doubt is very profitable,” Alfonso Munoz Chang of the Provincial Housing Company of Havana was quoted as saying. “We will start with what we call Hotel Vento, a two-story building with 16 rooms with bathrooms.”

“The city needs this,” Hotel Vento administrator Maria Sterling said, noting that employees will be “very enthusiastic” as wages will likely rise with the extra work.

Next, authorities will restore some once-famous love motels like La Monumental to their former glory and convert another hotel, Munoz Chang said.

“To think about how to diversify options for love is not farfetched,” Trabajadores wrote. “It is a reality that concerns everyone, and cannot become a luxury.”

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