The Iberostar in Trinidad, Cuba is a proper 5-star hotel, with all the facilities you would expect - even in Cuba! The hotel has a lovely foyer and the WiFi works there and in your room (and the restaurant), although it might be a different router as you move around the hotel, so you need to have the password written down. Actually the WiFi works better than the desktop computers in the Business Centre. I had assumed the opposite would be true, but after fifteen minutes of waiting for a website to load on the desktop computer, I reverted to using my iPhone in the Lobby: much better...
The airconditioning works, the hot water is hot, the TV works (actually it didn't at first, but an expert fixed it in about ten seconds), reception is efficient, staff organise things for you if you ask them. In fact it was almost rather boring after some of the more authentically Third-World experiences we had been suffering in earlier parts of our stay in Cuba.
Even breakfast was quite good, although, one morning they did have smoked salmon, but not papaya - but then the papaya did turn up later, so I couldn't complain.
We stayed three nights in Trinidad and had an excellent room at the front of the building, with a terrace that gave us a view over the square - although, with no shade, we couldn't use it until late afternoon - but this was not a problem as we were generally out being tourists until then.
The hotel is well located within close walking distance of the Plaza Mayor, all the attractions of Trinidad and lots of small restaurants.
On our second day, we organised a taxi to take us out to the Mirador over the Valley and to the tower of Manaca Iznaga, where we had a snack at the restaurant. We were away for about two hours or so and the (pre-arranged) price for the taxi was CUC30. Definitely worth doing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Trinidad de Cuba is a 5-star hotel in the heart of Trinidad, a gorgeous town characterised by its elegant colonial architecture.The Iberostar Grand Hotel is perfect for couples and adults. A lower age limit of 15 has been set to ensure total rest and relaxation for our guests.The Grand Hotel guarantees visitors a truly extraordinary holiday, at any time of the year, getting to know the culture, the cuisine and the people.The Iberostar Grand Trinidad strives to bring together the great interest that there is in all things Cuban and a wide range of top of the range leisure. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Trinidad