Hotels in Cuba
There are a wide range of hotels at your disposal wherever you plan to spend your vacation. They range from classic downtown hotels where you are transported back in time through its architecture, to modern Beach Resorts that are in world famous beaches.
You can book your room at any 4 or 5 star Historic Hotels in Old and Modern Havana, either in old buildings that are now fully restored or in recently built installations with high comfort and quality services. But this is not only possible in Havana city, all along the Cuban island you will find available rooms, and depending on your specific interests, you could reserve excursions, city tours and tours departing from your hotel to the countryside, the beautiful sandy beaches or even go sailing through the Caribbean clean waters. At night you will have at your disposal clubs, cabarets, and discotheques where you can enjoy salsa music and Cuban dances. If you are planning to know the whole country on your own, you can rent a car in several car rental offices placed near or in the Cuban hotels, this would give you flexibility during your trip.
Almost in any city throughout the country you will find accommodations that will suite your needs. You may choose to have a private getaway in some marvelous Beach Resort installations, all of them with great facilities at your disposal, from nautical sports and excursions to entertainment and nightlife shows waiting for you. The All Inclusive hotels in Varadero Beach, Cayo Largo and Cayo Coco, are good examples of high quality lodging among others.
For people loving nature, we recommend the small hotels and villages placed in nature spots, like those built in Viales Valley, a landscape declared by UNESCO as World Heritage site. The quietness and relaxing atmosphere is well combined there with an offer of nature excursions to see an incredible rich flora and fauna, to go tracking or having horseback rides, taking a river bath or just rest under a unique tree.
Here is a list of the top five hotels in the five most popular destinations:
Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Vedado
The eight-storey Spanish-style property is on a hill-top overlooking the Malecon, offering guests and visitors panoramic views of both the Old Town and Vedado district. Once a site of pirate landings and a Cuban stronghold during Havana’s one-year siege by the British, the majestic gardens that surround the hotel are a formidable and welcoming spot after a day of sightseeing and as relaxing a place to enjoy a drink and a sweeping view of the Caribbean as you can hope for.
Hotel NH Parque Central
Hotel Parque Cental combines the elegance of the Spanish colonial style with modern services and installations. The terrace and tropical bar with a roof top swimming pool, as well as the meeting rooms have splendid views of Havana. Excellent location facing Parque Central, near Paseo del Prado, the Capitol Building and Old Havana.
Hotel Santa Isabel
In 1867, the regal splendor and sumptuous comfort of the magnificent palace of the Count Santovenia made it the favorite hotel of ship chandlers, merchants, artists, scientists and illustrious travelers passing through the capital city. A century later, the hotel has re-opened its doors and guests will be delighted to discover that its original stately elegance and comfort have been preserved. The Santa Isabel is an idyllic setting for couples in love.
The Saratoga is a stylishly luxurious establishment which combines charming early century elements with inventive and tasteful modern dÃ©cor and facilities. Though the interiors were completely rebuilt and refashioned (3 floors were added to the property’s original 4), the eclectic, chiefly neo-classical faÃ§ade has been restored and recalls the days, in the 1930s, when artists and other cultural luminaries gathered there and the spot was enlivened by the Anacaona all-girl orchestra.
The hotel’s ornate and eclectic facade is well matched by the interiors, which are likely to make a powerful first impression: shining marble floors, polished columns and posh period sofas surround you in the kind of palatial luxury you might expect to find in a presidential mansion or high-class art museum. The most striking feature of this grand lobby is doubtless the curved fanlight which crowns a high atrium past the reception desk, which lets in soothing tones of yellow and draws many glances skyward.
Santiago de Cuba:
Right in the heart of the Caribbean city of Santiago, on a corner of the centrally located Parque CÃspedes. It’s surrounding house the Metropolitan Cathedral, Carnival Museum and the Museum of Cuban History, among other valuable buildings.
Hotel Brisas Sierra Mar & Los Galeones
Surrounded by the blue waters of the Caribbean and the renowned Sierra Maestra mountains, the Brisas Sierra Mar Hotel combines the benefits of a beach resort with all inclusive services and spectacular views of this mountainous region, which can be enjoyed almost anywhere around the hotel.
Hotel Melia Santiago
Located in a truly privileged district, the elegant 15-story MeliÃ¡ Santiago de Cuba hotel soars over the city whose name it bears. You will be fascinated by Santiago de Cuba’s colonial architecture, hanging gardens and wrought-iron gates. The city is considered the cradle of many genres of Cuban music and famous for the hospitality and warmth of its people.
Hotel Club Bucanero
As part of the Natural Park Baconao, Bucanero Hotel has a particularly attractive environment, on one side the Caribbean Sea, on the other side the exuberant mountains from the Sierra Maestra mountain range. Club Bucanero is located top a cliff facing out the sea. Facing the Club is a rocky shoreline but its small, private sandy beach is no more than a couple of minutes from the most rooms.
Set on a hilltop just minutes away from Antonio Maceo International Airport, the Versalles provides comfortable accommodation with fantastic views of Santiago de Cuba, the bay and the distant Sierra Maestra mountains.
CamagÃ¼ey’s most classic hotel dates from 1939. Its clubby, old-world feel is accentuated by an abundance of watering holes — this midsize hotel has four bars, including the Piano Bar, a great dark place that’s one of the best cocktail lounges in Cuba. Another good bar is the spot on the rooftop. There’s more to the Gran Hotel than places to wet your whistle, though. It has a medium-size terrace pool that features a nightly show that’s part water ballet; a pretty triangular patio with a fountain; a top-floor restaurant with panoramic views; and a handsome, breezy lobby with an old elevator of beautiful wood, and displays of local art and handicrafts.
CamagÃ¼ey Hotel, sharing the name of the city, that is characterized by its enormous tinajones (big earthenware vessels) for water and the sobriety of its colonial architecture which is also the capital of the Province, is at just 10 minutes from the center of the city and is the perfect location if you are planning to discover the east part of Cuba
Located on the main street of Camaguey, Hotel Colon was inaugurated in 1926. A building of refinement, its most impressive single feature is its bar; which highly skilled craftsmen made of precious wood. Its meticulous decorative design, complemented with the insertion of natural elements, makes it an extremely pleasant setting.
Club Amigo Mayanabo
The beach hotel offers guests access to its gardens and terrace. There are a total of 225 rooms on offer of which 213 are standard double rooms and 12 are suites. Facilities include a reception desk, a safe and a currency exchange bureau in addition to a cafÃ©, a bar, a restaurant, a nightclub and a games room. On payment of an additional fee, Internet access is available. It is possible to make use of the launderette and younger guests may participate in the kids’ club activities.
Founded in the early 20th century in CamagÃ¼ey, the Hotel Plaza is the oldest working hotel in the city. It still maintains most of its original architecture. Site of an obligatory visit in the city, this facility is proud to have once welcomed Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral as a guest and as a curiosity, the hotel was also the site of the first broadcast of a Cuban radio station outside of Havana. Intimate and appealing, this hotel is known for the friendly treatment by its employees and by its excellent geographical location, at the intersection of the city’s two main streets and just a few meters away from its commercial hub.
Hotel Paradisus RÃo de Oro
The luxurious Paradisus RÃo de Oro hotel is situated in a privileged and exotic natural setting facing one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. For adults only (over 18 years). This beautiful five-star Ultra All-Inclusive hotel houses 300 rooms and is situated in BahÃa de Naranjo Natural Park in the northeastern area of HolguÃn province, 56 Km from its capital city, 72 Km from the international airport and very close to four of the most beautiful Cuban beaches.
Hotel Sol RÃo de Luna y Mares Resort
The Sol Club RÃo de Luna and Sol Club RÃo de Mares hotels merged and gave rise to the marvelous All-Inclusive Sol RÃo de Luna y Mares Resort hotel complex (464 rooms). Alongside Playa Esmeralda in the BahÃa de Naranjo Marine Park, HolguÃn, the complex is surrounded by beautiful gardens in an area of ecological importance, typical of the eastern part of the country.
Hotel Sirenis Playa Turquesa
This all inclusive resort is located on a stunning, natural beach in the resort area of Holguin. The resort is located approximately one hour from the Holguin Airport and about 15 minutes from the town of Guardalavaca.
Hotel Blau Costa Verde
Located on beautiful Playa Pesquero beach, Blau Costa Verde offers great all-inclusive value with such extras as continental-breakfast room service and around-the-clock food and beverage service, including a 24-hour lobby bar.
Hotel Gaviota Playa Pesquero
Next to Bahia de Naranjo National Park, and near the area where Columbus first landed, this hotel is conceived as an all-inclusive eco-village.
A few years ago, Pesquero beach was an unspoiled paradise with flamingoes. The crystal clear blue waters and white sand are untouched, awaiting you.
Hotel Los Caneyes
Hotel Los Caneyes has managed to create its own unique image by recreating a Taino village. It is located 2 km from the city nestled among eucalyptus, coconut and palm trees. It has all required comfort and provides services including massage, acupressure, fangotherapy and the application of tonic masks made from natural products.
Hotel La Granjita
Villa La Granjita is a place for lovers of nature and peace, located 5 km from downtown Santa Clara, the house to famous Che Guevara Memorial.
Its two-storey bungalows are scattered among beautiful vegetation, including palm and fruit trees, like a typical Cuban farm (“Granja”).
A wonderful place from where to discover the central region of Cuba.
Hotel Santa Clara Libre
Santa Clara Libre is a modern and comfortable hotel. The restaurant, located on the top floor, offers delicious Cuban dishes and a beautiful view of the city.
When the night falls, one choice is the disco, which is very popular among Santa Clara residents, but La Caridad Theater will bring you into contact with the city’s cultural life.
Sol Cayo Santa Maria
The “all-inclusive” hotel is perfectly integrated into the natural environment of Cayo Santa MarÃa, the largest of the three keys which are linked by a stone embankment beginning in the city of CaibariÃ©n. It lies to the northeast of the province of Villa Clara, in the Caribbean archipelago of Jardines del Rey.
Melia Cayo Santa Maria
The MeliÃ¡ Cayo Santa MarÃa All Inclusive Resort is set in 12 hectares of grounds, alongside almost 400 metres of white, sandy beach. It owes its name to Santa MarÃa, one of the small islands in the Jardines del Rey archipelago. A spacious, white sandy beach, crystal-clear, turquoise waters, lush vegetation and abundant fauna have made it a Biosphere Reserve and one of the most exotic locations in the Caribbean.