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Hotels in Holguin

Hotel Villa Islazul Mirador de Mayabe

Hotel Villa Islazul Mirador de Mayabe

An unsung hotel about a 30-minutes drive from downtown Holgu?n, this is one of our favorite regional hotels. It combines many of the qualities you could hope for: great atmosphere, modern comforts, and killer views ? the latter courtesy the hotel\'s clifftop position overlooking the Mayabe valley. It\'s part of a faux-finca (farmstead) made famous by Panchito, the beer-swigging burro (donkey).

After looping up the mountain driveway, you arrive at an open-air lobby with him-and-her swing seats and fanciful contemporary wooden sculptures. To one side, an inviting swimming pool and sundeck are suspended at the very cliff edge. (Be warned that the place gets flooded with local families on weekends.) Behind, the thatched open-air restaurant adorned with country decor serves tremendous traditional meals, and folkloric performers entertain.

The 24 air-conditioned bungalows were totally refitted in 2002 for tourists. The modern bathrooms even got marble countertops!.

Cabanas Campismo Puerto Rico Libre

Cabanas Campismo Puerto Rico Libre

The Puerto Rico Libre cabanas and beach are on a beautiful remote corner of Holguin province between Cabo Lucrecia and Banes Bay.

It is an ideal place to enjoy nature, wilderness and romance, with its numerous hidden caves, the Jagueyes River and legends of pirates (such as Captain Esteban) and unlocated buried treasures.

The Campismo cabanas provide for a modest stay, and there are also wide areas along the seaside for camping. Modern tents for this purpose are available.

Hotel Gaviota Villa Cayo Naranjo

Hotel Gaviota Villa Cayo Naranjo

Providing an insight into the erstwhile privileged lifestyle of Cuba\'s government elite, this reclusive villa-hotel is on an island once reserved for their exclusive use as a hunting retreat. Yes, you\'ll do a double take! Those really are antelope and zebra wandering the scrubby island and formerly intended for the crosshairs of rifle scopes. Today the isle is a nature reserve and the lodge now caters to tourists. Still, it plays mightily on the hunting theme. Trophy heads stare down as you eat in the lounge and dining room. The chandliers are made of antlers. And ox-hide chairs play up the theme.

You can partake of Jeep safaris and guided hikes and horseback rides. For eats, take your pick of the air-conditioned main dining room or a rustic outdoor thatched beach grill. Yes, there are some lovely little beaches for sunning, and the snorkeling is excellent (bring your own gear).

Some rooms are in motel-style rows with terra-cotta floors; others are in rustic freestanding wooden cabins; still others are in lofty suites on stilts.

Hotel Gaviota Villa Cayo Saetia

Hotel Gaviota Villa Cayo Saetia

Providing an insight into the erstwhile privileged lifestyle of Cuba\'s government elite, this reclusive villa-hotel is on an island once reserved for their exclusive use as a hunting retreat. Yes, you\'ll do a double take! Those really are antelope and zebra wandering the scrubby island and formerly intended for the crosshairs of rifle scopes. Today the isle is a nature reserve and the lodge now caters to tourists. Still, it plays mightily on the hunting theme. Trophy heads stare down as you eat in the lounge and dining room. The chandliers are made of antlers. And ox-hide chairs play up the theme.

You can partake of Jeep safaris and guided hikes and horseback rides. For eats, take your pick of the air-conditioned main dining room or a rustic outdoor thatched beach grill. Yes, there are some lovely little beaches for sunning, and the snorkeling is excellent (bring your own gear).

Some rooms are in motel-style rows with terra-cotta floors; others are in rustic freestanding wooden cabins; still others are in lofty suites on stilts.

Hotel Islazul Pernik

Hotel Islazul Pernik

Yet another of the Soviet-era, Bauhaus style, three-story, pre-fab concrete structures doing duty throughout Cuba as hospitals, hotels, and apartment houses. You have to laugh at Islazul\'s description of the 202-room hotel as \"cozy and elegant.\" The best that can be said is that it\'s a and sober no-frills option fitted out to provide (barely) at least the minimal standards for tourists.

The Pernik has plenty of handy amenities, such as currency exchange, car rental, tour excursion desk, and even Internet service. A bonus in this often dry, dusty, and stiflingly hot city ? the hotel has a huge pool, which gets noisy on weekends when local families flock to splash around. And the restaurant does a reasonable job, while the adjoining Taberna de Pancho (a favorite of locals) offers filling yet simply local dishes and delicious chilled mugs of draft beer.

The air-conditioned rooms here are simply furnished, yet appear fresh with their surfeit of clinical whites (white floors, white curtains, white spreads).

Hotel Villa Islazul El Bosque

Hotel Villa Islazul El Bosque

Adjoining the Hotel Islazul Pernik and having begun life in pre-revolutionary days as a country club, this much smaller and more intimate option is far superior to its large, ungainly sister. Islazul does a much better job here. The lobby sets the tone with its potted palms and intriguing and beautiful artwork. If the restaurant here doesn\'t please, you can dine for a pittance at the nearby Taberna El Pancho, serving hearty local fare such as shrimp with rice, plus home-brewed draft beers. It has a swimming pool, a small shop, and tiny nightclub.

The 69 air-conditioned bedrooms are mirror-images of those in the Pernik, with unremarkable furnishings, satellite TVs, telephines, and recently updated floors and bathrooms. Most rooms are in bungalows in handsome grounds full of cactus and agaves.

Hotel Islazul Miraflores

Hotel Islazul Miraflores

Hotel Islazul Miraflores is the only hotel in the city of Moa which is just 43 miles from Baracoa, Eastern Cuba. It is a 4 story building located on a hillside in the west part of Moa and is surrounded by the sea and the mountains.

Hotel is very basic, only 2 stars and offers its guests 100 air-conditioned rooms equipped with telephone, satellite TV and radio. Hotel facilities include a bar, nightclub and a restaurant that offers national and international cuisine.

Currently Miraflores hotel operates exclusively for a local operation and therefore not accepting reservations at the moment.

Hotel Gaviota Villa Pinares de Mayari

Hotel Gaviota Villa Pinares de Mayari

There\'s not much choice when it comes to eco-lodges in Cuba. One of the better options is Villa Pinares de Mayar?, deep in the forests of La Mensura National Park, in the Nipe Cristal mountain region northeast of Holgu?n. Getting there is another matter however. Forget driving yourself ? the \"road\" is a demon, suitable only for the ex-army trucks that will deliver you courtesy of organized tours ofered by Gaviota, which runs the facility.

Set amid pine forest, this mountain resort formerly served the Communist elite, so it comes with a bunch of facilities you wouldn\'t expect, such as swimming pool (with water slide), gymnasium, tennis court, and even basketball and volleyball courts. The main lodge is vaguely Teutonic.

Made of natural timbers and stone, the 28 guest rooms in A-frame Colorado-style cabins and bungalows are quite charming. Furnishings are at a bare minimum, however, and the two twin beds with flimsy pillows are not the most comfortable you\'ll ever sleep in. You need to squint to see the tiny TV in your meagerly furnished lounge.

Hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro

Hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro

The Spanish Sol Meli? chain\'s deluxe offering at Playa Esmeralda, west of Guardalavaca, is the best all-inclusive hotel in the eastern provinces. Edging up to talcum-fine sands that shelve into waters of Maxfield Parrish-like turquoise blues, it has a superb locale. The snorkeling is splendid. The resort is surrounded on three sides by woodland and a swampy lagoon, goof for birding. Families should look elsewhere, as this hotel is for adults only.

The difficulties of trying to operate so-called luxury hotels in Cuba is well known, but this all-suite resort lives up to its five-star billing. Start with the chilled champagne offered to arriving guests in the atrium lobby with koi pool. The buffets here surpass those in neighboring hotels, and the six specialty restaurants ? including the Japanese option ? usually don\'t disappoint. And your one-price-gets-all room rate includes such activities as archery, Hobi-Cats, and even horseback riding. Even the gym earns high marks for its modern, well-maintained equipment. Entertainment is a bit more varied than the usual canned cabarets, which are also offered.

Hotel Sol Rio de Luna & Mares Resort

Hotel Sol Rio de Luna & Mares Resort

A Spanish-run all-inclusive with 464 rooms overlooking gorgeous sands of Playa Esmeralda, this classy resort comprises two adjoining hotels that originated as separate Sol Meli? entities. The physical setting is superb, with bathtub-warm, gin-clear, reef-protected shallows, and tremendous snorkeling nearby. Nearby facilities include a pitch-and-putt golf course and horseback riding, and the tour desk offers a wide range of excursions. The management here has succeeded in motivating staff to a degree unusual in Cuba.

The huge freeform pool gets lively ? perhaps too much for those guests who like peace and quiet. Cuisine is of a surprisingly high standard. For entertainment, guests get the usual run of nightly cabarets and twice-weekly, and there\'s live music in the lobby bar.

The Luna complex was closed for a total refurbishment in mid 2008. Newly refurbished last year, rooms in the Mares section are coloful, with Caribbean-themed decor and furnishings. The best rooms are those higher up, which offer views.

Hotel Brisas Guardalavaca

Hotel Brisas Guardalavaca

Billed as a four-star all-inclusive resort, this is by far the nicest property at Guardalava proper. It originated a decade ago as a hotel managed by a Canadian company, and today is wholly run by Cubanac?n. At the far east end of Guardalavaca, it has a preferential position with its own gorgeous white-sand beach ? Playa Las Brisas ? with a well-equipped watersports outlet (both open to the public), including scuba diving certification.

The hotel is in two parts: the main five-story hotel complex and an adjoining villa complex, with its own pool (with swim-up bar) ? a much quieter retreat than the huge (and handsome) hotel pool, in and around which all the activity takes place. Together they are more accurately billed as three-star at best. As with all the hotels at Guardalavaca proper (the nearby hotels at Playa Pesquero etc. are a different matter), the physical infrastructure is tired and beginning to fall apart, although the place is kept clean. At least, here you get a selection of specialty restaurants in addition to the main buffet restaurant, but the fare is nothing to get excited about.

Hotel Club Amigo Atlantico-Guardalavaca

Hotel Club Amigo Atlantico-Guardalavaca

Perched atop a limestone headland between two lovely beaches at Guardalavaca, this is the original hotel that kicked off tourism here some three decades ago. Given the classy competition that has since arisen, this all-inclusive property struggles deperately to keep up. Apart from the setting, it\'s hard to recommend the Club Amigo Atl?ntico, with its terrible service, desultory food, and tired physical infrastructure that extends to broken windows and fixtures. Perhaps the overriding negative here is the sullen staff, with only a handful of employees seeming to care about guest welfare.

On the positive side, the entertainment here is upbeat and includes pianists as well as nightly cabarets. And there\'s plenty of watersport action, including scuba diving.

This plain-looking and weary Soviet-designed entity is laid out in four large parallel blocks behind a huge pool complex fronting the shore. Hence, very few rooms have ocean view. The mattresses are tired and sag, and at last visit the bathrooms were need of upgrading. We highly recommend you ugrade to the villa section about 100 meters inland.

Hotel Playa Costa Verde

Hotel Playa Costa Verde

Another huge beachfront all-inclusive hotel run by Cuba\'s Gaviota chain, this aims at singles, couples and families. We like the contemporary aesthetic and the fact that this resort seems well-managed, especially by Cuban standards.

The freeform pool here is like a vast lagoon and has palm-studded islands and a swim-up bar. Fortunately, most of the noisy activity such as volleyball takes place in a second pool. The resort also has a separate kid\'s pool and children\'s play center. It has four restaurants, including an open-air main buffet restaurant and a Japanese restaurant, and a favorite of ours is the ice cream bar. The nightly cabarets include Cuban themes but also play on Hollywood and similar themes, but you can practice your Latin dance moves at a disco.

The 480 air-conditioned accommodations (four handicap-equipped) are in 31 two-storey blocks, many of them quite a long way from the beach and public arenas (hence they\'re served by staff whizzing around on electric golf carts).

Hotel Playa Pesquero

Hotel Playa Pesquero

This all-inclusive, a neighbor to the Blau Playa Pesquero, is wholly Cuban run (by Gaviota) and is Cuba\'s largest hotel, with a mammoth 912 rooms. The architecture and decor here play on a colonial theme, and an antique steam train and rolling stock on display add a touch of drama to the entrance. We love the airy lobby with its large koi pond. And the grounds, once sparse, have grown out and are well-maintained. Still, despite its relative youth ? the hotel is barely five years old ? it already shows plenty of signs of wear and tear, much of it due to poor design and construction.

The figure-eight pool (which doesn\'t look all too clean) is landscaped with palm-studded islands and has a swim-up bar. The entertainment here relies on the canned cabarets, but they are of high quality and performed by motivated staff. No prizes for the restaurants here, but at least you have six to choose from. Fitness buffs have a modicum of modern equipment in the air-conditioned gym, and there are tennis courts, even squash and archery, plus an assortment of watersports. A unique touch ? a genuine Venetian gondola to whisk newlyweds around the lagoon.

Hotel Occidental Grand Playa Turquesa

Hotel Occidental Grand Playa Turquesa

Managed by Spain\'s Occidental hotel chain, this all-inclusive opened in 2005 at Playa Yuraguanal, a beautiful swathe of white sand and turquoise reef-protected waters a few miles west of Guardalavaca. Sprawling over 27 acres, it is surrounded on three sides by scrub forest good for birding. Architecturally uninspired ? it reminds us a Lego creation ? it is also a bit gaudy, with an exterior painted in bright yellow and blues. Still, the landscaping is a major draw, and things also improve in the gracious lobby, with its rich terra-cotta and gold color schemes.

The dominant feature here is a bi-level complex of seven swimming pools, including an upper infinity horizon pool and a circular main pool enhanced by natural limestone landscaping with waterfalls.

Decor in the 531 spacious, air-conditioned guest rooms is charming and enhanced by tropical pastels: cream walls, sponge-washed robin\'s-eggshell-blue furniture, and blue-and-beige check tile floors.

Cabanas Campismo Silla de Gibara

Cabanas Campismo Silla de Gibara

La Silla de Gibara, the seat of Gibara, named by the first Spaniards as they sailed along the Cuban coasts, has the outline of a comfortable giant\'s seat. Actually, it is a grouping of small elevations, among which the Campismo is located, in the Eastern Holgu?n province.

Campismo Silla de Gibara offers activities such as trekking, horse riding and excursions to nearby places, such as the colonial Gibara city, as well as socio-cultural interchange with locals.

Hotel Villa Islazul Don Lino

Hotel Villa Islazul Don Lino

Surrounded by a reassuring ambiance, Islazul Villa Don Lino offers the visitor all the appropriate conditions to enjoy a pleasant stay. It is located 57 kilometers from Holguin?s International Airport and 30 kilometers from Guardalavaca Beach. It possesses a beach 280 meters long and 50 meters wide. Don Lino has become famous as The Great Little Beach because it boasts a thousand charms in a tiny belt of sand. The indigenous natural surroundings brighten up the spot in which coconut palms and caleta grape vines abound.

36 air-conditioned cabanas with telephone, satellite TV and security box. 30 of them look out over the sea. A la cart restaurant, bar-cafeteria, swimming pool for children and adults, game room, sports areas to play baseball, beach volleyball and tennis; day and nighttime animated shows, nautical non-motorized equipment rental, car, motorbike, bicycle rental, horseback riding, excursions to nearby places of historic and cultural interest organized by the Villa.