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Hotel El Castillo

Calixto Garcia St., Baracoa, Cuba
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Baracoa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed here for 4 nights in July. We had been in Cuba for 3 weeks, staying in Casas and decided to treat ourself to a hotel and pool. This was the worst service we experienced. We arrived early, 10.30am and did not expect our room to be ready, but we're happy to go to the pool. Reception staff were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every time I go to Baracoa, Cuba, I go to Hotel el Castillo, a renovated fort that was built in the 1700s to protect the city. Yes, the big buses can't navigate the steep hill and the winding road to the top, but what do you expect from a historic structure that is almost 300 years old. If you were... More 

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Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Stayed here for 2 nights at the end of our tour of eastern Cuba. This hotel was once a Spanish fort and has excellent views over the city. We used the pool on the first day of arrival but it was then drained and not re-filled. I cannot believe that a lift was not installed here. We were lucky enough... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Arrived with a group in a bus, so we could not drive to the entrance. It means climbing over hundred stairs to the reception and more then 50 to my room. The location is on a hill near the center, but if you want to go to Casa de Trova, the music entertainment, think twice because you will have to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Baracoa is not often part of people-to-people trips to Cuba, but if you can get there otherwise, it is a must-see! This state-run hotel was about par for the course in Cuba--worn down, in need of a major update and in need of lots of "fixes." My room in the new wing was clean, well-cared for, had hot water and... More 

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Kingfisher, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The hotel staff was always ready to help. From the balcony of my room on the top floor I could see Porto Santo and the setting sun. The room was always clean. The air conditioning was a blessing. The only meal I ate at the hotel restaurant was breakfast. Omelets were made to order. There was plenty of fruit available.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Amazing views help compensate for the poor decor. We had a wonderful view over the airport (one flight a day I believe) and the bay. Open the front door and you get the ocean!! The building is tired even for Cuba but the staff were friendly and helpful. Brace doesn't look much on arrival but it can grow on you.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Probably no better alternative in this charming town. Pool was murky green and unusable. Rooms small, all beds small. Staff not "Cuban friendly". Restaurant average. Great views. Easy to walk into town--and you should. Definitely visit Baracoa but don't go for the hotels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It was 1511, Cuba was already being colonized. Baracoa was founded that year and the old world came in contact with the new one, our Taino native population was facing new challenges ahead... Baracoa township was important for the Spanish crown and a defensive system was seriously put in place, that's how El Castillo fort came about. The views from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This hotel is well situated with great views over the ocean. We had a room in the newer wing which was very comfortable. The air conditioner worked very well. It was very clean. The pool is great. The grumpy bartender makes good mojitos. The food in the restaurant was good and our waitress very pleasant. We ate dinner there twice... More 

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