Santiago has quite a few hotels. All
charge in peso convertible for tourists.
I have limited myself to a good
subset of hotels where I have stayedhat will appeal to most people. There
are lots of commercial sites that offer complete listings.
Melia Santiago de Cuba
The largest and most
expensive hotel in the city. A large building with large pool and the
best facilities. Decent sized rooms in a modern, a-personal style.
It has various
restaurants (buffet, upscale, pizzeria) and a pool side snack bar.
The rooftop bar is a good
place to visit one night. The disco is a bit empty.
The business center gives
fast internet access to non-residents.
Hotel Casa Granda
One of the old great hotels
of Santiago. Centrally located overlooking the central square and the
cathedral. The hotel was renovated 5 years ago, but is showing strains
again. The rooms are high with good beds and a decent size bathroom.
Its best features are his
lobby and rooftop bars. Do both of them. Whenever there is something
going on in the square, the rooftop bar gives you the best views. The
lobby bar on the open downstairs patio offers decent snacks and a
great view of the square. A nice place to rest after your walk in
Santiago. The restaurant is a bit dreary, but at night you can get a
decent meal on the rooftop.
Hotel San Juan
Located near the Melia
Santiago in the modern part of town it offers decent rooms in
bungalows all over a large garden. It has a decent pool with a pool
side bar that offers good snacks. Breakfast isn't that great, but it
is well located and a good place to stay for people with a car.
Hotel Las Americas
In front of the Melia
Santiago on Avenida de las Americas that gave it his name. It is not
my favorite as the pool is small. The rooms are also small and needed
some repair. It's location makes up for a lot as you are close to all
the facilities of the Melia Santiago without paying the high price.
The odd one out. Like
the San Juan it's rooms are spread out over bungalows in the garden
and a central building. Get one in the bungalows. They are spacious
with good sized bathrooms and a nice terrace. A great pool with
a good bar and snack service. It is on a hilltop with some great views
and its little restaurant does a decent breakfast (if there is a group
actually not bad). The same restaurant offers decent meals though
often not all that is on the menu is available.
Breakfast on the
terrace of the restaurant is great. Like all good things there is a
drawback. The hotel is located on the edge of town (in Vista Hermosa)
on the road to the airport. You won't be bothered by planes, but
transport to the town is awkward. It is a great place to stay if you
have a car. It is also easy to get to "El Morro".