Hotels in Cienfuegos
Hotel Encanto La Union
This is one of Cuba\'s provincial gems. First, take the location just one block from the main plaza in the heart of downtown. Then there\'s the thoughtful remodel of this three-story, neoclassical 19th-century hotel, which exudes elegant yesteryear airs thanks to its antiques and quality antique reproductions.
All 39 rooms, 11 junior suites, and two suites are arrayed around an atrium courtyard with tinkling fountain. The period decor is a romantic throwback in time, and the new two-tone ceramic floors and modern bathrooms bring the hotel into the 21st century. The amenities are as to be expected, including air conditioning, satellite TVs, radios, telephones, small refrigerators, and in-room safes. And bathrooms here, clad floor to ceiling in modern tiles, even have bidets and travertine countertops.
Hotel Gran Caribe Jagua
This is one of those hotels that gets your hopes up for from afar, or at least from the second you walk in the door. You\'ll love it\'s position at the south end of town, where it rises over the waters of Cienfuegos Bay ? take a south-facing room for the panoramic vistas over the bay and the Mughal-style Palacio del Valle. Built in Modernist style in the 1950s, it was recently revamped in sophisticated contemporary style. Today the lobby, with its acres of glass walls on three sides, is both colorful and exciting, with its contemporary art and equally avant-garde furniture.
Your eyes are drawn irresistibly rearward to the pool and spacious, nicely remodeled pool-deck overhanging the bay. The lobby bar is a good spot to relax with either a cocktail or cappuccino; in fact, it\'s more visually appealing than the overly air-conditioned pool bar, with its cold 1950s-retro look.
Hotel Villa Islazul Yaguanabo
Hospitable facility made up by small, comfortable cabanas protected by prolific vegetation. Everything is set for you to enjoy recreational and cultural activities. Among them are boating on the Yaguanabo river to the Valle de la Iguana (Iguana Valley), horseback riding, swims in the river and trekking along the Villa Yaguanabo trail.
From Villa Yaguanabo you can visit the cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad; the later named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both cities stand out for their architectural, cultural, historical and recreational opportunities.
The Yaguanabo hotel offers: cuban criolla cuisine restaurant and international cuisine restaurant, bar, party room, game room, nautical sports, central security box and parking.
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.