Hotels in Playa Rancho Luna, Cienfuegos
Hotel Club Amigo Faro Luna
A smaller and more intimate neighbor to the Hotel Club Amigo Rancho Luna, this sister property has similar furnishings. In all other regards, it\'s a different kind of fish. With just 46 rooms, this quiet option might suit folks seeking a day or two at a reclusive hotel by the shore (the hotel stands atop a craggy bluff, and the beach is a five-minute walk away). Just don\'t expect many amenities. There\'s a delphinarium (dolphin and sea-lion shows) and a scuba diving outlet a stone\'s throw away, but the little village here otherwise lacks all facilities. Car rental is offered, and you can sign up for a series of local excursions, including by horse-drawn carriage. There\'s no Internet access here, so plan accordingly.
The hotels\' 46 air-conditioned rooms are in three buildings standing four-square behind the beach. All rooms have ocean views (the sunsets here can be spectacular), with those in the 200 block preferred. Each comes sparsely furnished with bamboo furniture and cheap mattresses that may be the cause of sore backs next day.
Hotel Club Amigo Rancho Luna
While Playa Rancho Luna may not be the most spectacular beach in Cuba, far from it, it\'s attractive enough to draw budget vacationers on package tours, and this recently remodeled all-inclusive hotel fits the bill. Cienfuegos is less than 30 minutes drive away. The two-story Bauhaus-style edifice dates from the Soviet era but the purely functional architecture has been enlivened by fresh coats of paint. The hotel reopened in 2005 after lying fallow for several years, but already shows signs of aging anew. Billed as a three-star hotel, it barely makes the grade.
Dolled up with tropical color schemes and rattan furnishings, the 222 bedrooms are comfy enough, but not enough to make you wish to linger, despite international programming on the satellite TVs. Instead, you\'ll want to spend your time by the gray-sand beach or the Olympic-size pool, both of which are palm-shaded.