We stayed at the hotel Ordono in December and fell in love with the Gibara and it's finest accommodation the Ordono. We booked as part of an overnight excursion from our resort and arrived by catamaran. We were greeted with moist towels, a drink and a live band. Promptly we were assigned rooms then each was escorted to our rooms by different porters. Magnificent 5m high ceilings painted decoratively by hand, were illuminated from our 3m high windows which overlooked the city. Our king size bed was comfortable and the furniture brand new. Our particular room was graced with very grand decorated columns.
The most stunning part of the hotel's construction is it's rooftop terrace with lookout. Where one can see breathtaking vistas in every direction, or cast your eyes to the street and watch as the local people go about their day. The roof top bar included four local musicians who did their best to encourage us to dance. While on the roof one can just imagine the extent of the love original owner Don Felipe had for his wife Isabel. Ask anyone in the hotel and they will gladly share the story of the couple, and ask Maylet (who does the public relations for the hotel) to see the couples'suite which I includes a fresco painted in 1927.
The food In the restaurant was delicious and was served by attentive staff. Being in the hotel reminded me of being on a luxury cruise ship because there were so many staff working and waiting attentively to serve us. My shrimp stuffed Dorado was made especially tastier as I had an opportunity to catch one of these colourful fish that afternoon on the catamaran.
Gibara is the only city, other than Havana which was fortified by the Spanish. It is where Christopher Columbus landed and it is full of beautiful hard-working and intelligent people. A visit to Gibara is a must for anyone visiting Holguin and there is no finer place to stay in Gibara than the hotel Ordono. It is just a few steps from the church, museum, film festival and port.
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