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 recently-restored beauty in the colonial town of Remedios, the Hotel Barcelona is a charming boutique hotel and reason enough to overnight in this off-the-tourist track destination. Book early for the famous Las Parrandas December carnival.
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.
The Mascotte is a hotel that has preserved its neoclassical architecture dating from the 1860s. The preservation of the building recalls the era of the house — that of a home belonging to sugar barons in Remedios, before it became a hotel — with the telegraph office — in 1879.
Hotel Hanabanilla is located on the shores of Hanabanilla Lake, in the Sierra del Escambray, the principal mountain range in the center of the island. With its wonderfully natural setting, this hotel makes the perfect retreat for visitors wishing to escape the stress and strain of modern life.