We stayed at the Hotel Ordono, which opened its doors earlier this year, as part of the relatively new overnight excursion offered to Gibara. The first impression upon entering the lobby is how lovingly this old colonial manse has been restored. The main floor used to be the trading area and the Ordono family lived on the second and third floors. To the right of the reception area is a cozy lobby bar. To the left of the open concept main floor with its lofty ceilings is a comfortable and airy seating area with refinished colonial doors in the rear that open to the street, letting in the sunshine and a gentle breeze. Beyond that is the restaurant – with a small fountain which is a nice added water feature. Public bathrooms are also located on the main level.
After the formality of check–in (passports are required), we were shown to our room on the second floor. The ceilings were of a standard height with twin beds and a curtained glass door overlooking the dining room. We asked to be moved, if this was possible, as we preferred more light and a higher ceiling. No problem – we were immediately relocated to a room with a 12 foot ceiling on the third floor. The décor is very soothing with comfortable twin beds, a large armoire for storage (with a digital safe), a mini fridge and a spacious tiled bathroom with all the amenities. It should be noted that there wasn’t any bottled water provided in our room and that the little step up to the bathroom is a real tripper. Both my partner and I tripped and stubbed our toes since the step is not of a standard height. Just something to be aware of.
Our mini fridge was empty, but we understand there is a mini-bar option available at an extra charge and the lack thereof may have been because we were relocated. The hotel also has beautiful and spacious suites with king size beds on the third floor with expansive operational windows which we had the opportunity to see.
When we returned downstairs – we could still hear the music from the fourth floor terrace. It was quite loud but intended to be welcoming. Since we wanted to enjoy the tranquility of Gibara we went around the corner to our favourite Casa (Los Hermanos) for a quiet drink in the courtyard.
We returned to the hotel in time for dinner – which is included (salad, soup and a choice of pork, chicken or fish along with one beer or a soft drink as well as desert). The food was good – the presentation excellent and the service impeccable. The hotel also offers a Spanish white or red wine (at an extra charge) for lunch or dinner. I had the white and it was good.
Breakfast is also included – excellent coffee – fresh fruit, eggs, etc. Again, wonderful service and food presentation. Lunch (the same scenario as dinner) is also included as part of the package.
The roof top terrace affords a beautiful view over the fishing village although there is very little shade. The boutique hotel with only 27 rooms does not have any elevators so that might be a problem for the physically challenged. People who suffer from vertigo could find the third & fourth- floor terrace challenging – since it is an open concept from the corridors to the lobby. For those who are not afflicted with this phobia it is a fabulous view.
Every member of the staff, but especially Maylet, the woman who handles public relations for the hotel, goes the extra mile for their guests.
Although this is so different from staying at a casa or eating at a paladar in Gibara – it was an overnight in a very relaxing and intimate hotel which is only a block away from the sea.