The city of Baracoa is very beautiful, with views of the mountains and the ocean. Hotel El Castillo was definitely had no shortage of these views; they were absolutely amazing and we were able to get some breath-taking shots from the front and back of the hotel. Short of the views though, the only other part of Hotel El Castillo that took our breath away was the utter dankness of the lobby, rooms, and hotel restaurant. Due to the damp conditions of this area, there are also a lot of bugs in the room. Unfortunately, everything at this hotel is just very weathered and dated and the overall décor is very bleak. The rooms have permanent stains on the floors and walls and the bathrooms seemed reminiscent of something you might find in a hospital or prison; very stark.
The restaurant also left a lot to be desired in terms of food as well, there just weren’t many options. I of course understand that we were visiting a very remote part of Cuba, so this was about what I was expecting. The breakfast buffet was okay; just be mindful of other extremely hungry guests as I almost lost a hand going for the eggs.
There’s also an outside bar area by the pool that was fairly nice, and beers were only $1 which was great.
Overall there just aren’t many options in the small city of Baracoa. If you find yourself in the area, I’d recommend a casa de particular. We visited a few that were very nice and the families that run them are extremely warm and welcoming.
- Also Known As:
- El Castillo Hotel