A buzzing provincial town, with a pleasant Parque Central, Santa Clara is most famous for its connection with Che Guevara, whose attack on a Batista troop train in the city in December 1958 helped to persuade the dictator that his days were numbered.
Steeped in history, Santa Clara is obligatory for admirers of Che Guevara. Until recently, however, the city center had a lackluster accommodation selection. All that is history, however: the completely overhauled Hotel América now welcomes visitors in style.
A unique concept in overnight lodging, Los Caneyes was inspired by the villages of Cuba’s original indigenous inhabitants. The emphasis here is on natural materials, lots of shady green space, and country hospitality – all a few kilometers from Santa Clara.
La Granjita (‘the little farm’) is a quiet, pastoral hotel, with rustic wooden cabins spread throughout a garden thick with palm trees. The setting here combines with country hospitality to provide a semblance of rural life, only minutes from Santa Clara’s city center.