It might seem like a blue monster or an architectural marvel of its time ... it all depends on how tired you are when you see it. Personally, I have a soft spot for the early 90's style that inspired the Cuban architect, Choy. Here you can enjoy a gastronomic paradise with huge swimming pools, more typical of a luxury resort than a city hotel. The rooms aren't too bad; like other hotels, they need reform, but not urgently. Don't expect a sea view - you're too far for that - but you can see the mountains and the north of the city, a huge green expanse dotted with buildings.
The breakfast is huge, with many varieties of bread, pastries, juices, all kinds of fruit, hot dishes and tortillas made to order. The location is not in the centre of town, and you'll have to walk a kilometre to get to the centre, but on the other hand, it's close to the new part of the city, with the Antonio Maceo Park. It may not have the charm of Casa Granda, just opposite the Cathedral, but it is functional, comfortable and friendly.
As central as possible. Reads the brochure or the website, and see the word "downtown". Imagine you just set foot on the street and are in the heart of the city. In 90% of cases it's not like that in this case at this Santiago de Cuba, where the lucky get room on the street and have a wonderful view of the Plaza Céspedes. the Cathedral and the oldest house in Cuba, Diego Velasquez. A luxury. For the less fortunate, with room on the other side, they can always enjoy the sight and sound of the Casa de la Trova. And the even less fortunate, like me, will have to resign themselves to enjoy the view of the square while sipping an authentic mountain coffee on the terrace, while groups of musicians under the balustrade sing songs waiting for the odd bill or coin. The very French-style building, built in 1914 and was frequented by novelist Graham Greene and is easy to recognize its corners on the novel "Our Man in Havana." It seems that little has changed since the writer stayed here, the environment looks the same and the furniture and facilities are safe. It is a good stop to alleviate its shadow Santiago and heat to hydrate before following the visit to the city.