I arrived in Trinidad when the town was having week-long celebrations to celebrate the est. 499 years ago. Music all over the picturesque square with people dancing in the side streets. Hotel almost overlooking the square. OK, it was loud, but this was a particular occasion and luckily we sleep through anything! Room was stunning and the courtyard beautiful. Although I know that they were fully-booked it is so small that you often felt that you were there alone. A couple of musicians seem to hang out there in the afternoons, lazily playing soft melodies - I even left my door open so that I could nap with the strains filling the room! Lovely!
The evening receptionist (Lizmey), our maids and the evening security guy all deserve a special mention - they played with my daughter tirelessly with genuine warmth and we even got invited to dinner at one of their homes! What a treat!
Again, not especially child-friendly as a building, but I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend, based on the level of service.
Trinidad is picturesque but small. Nice place to wander. Can be difficult with a buggy as some areas are cobbled.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The small La Ronda Hotel opens onto Parque Cespedes and offers a value-priced budget alternative to the deluxe Iberostar a stone's throw away, while having the advantage of a heart-of-affairs location compared to the similarly priced Hotel Horizontes Las Cuevas up the hill. The concept is fairly simple: take a 19th-century townhouse, fix up the plumbing and install modern bathrooms, give the rest of the building a sprucing and open up to foreign tourists. Hotel Cubanacan (formerly Islazul) La Ronda is located in the centre of Trinidad which has been declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO. Nearby is the Romantic Museum, the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Santa Ana Church the Cantero Palace and much more. The 17 air-conditioned bedrooms are on two levels opening to an atrium patio with palms and potted plants. Furnishings are somewhat meager, and the mattresses and pillows are second rate. Nonetheless, the rooms are the equal of most private room rentals (the most popular options in Trinidad) in town. The high ceilings and colonial tile floors help keep rooms cool, and those facing south have tall French doors opening to balconies overlooking the lively plaza. Satellite TVs, telephones, small refrigerators, and in-room safes are standard. The small restaurant and bar here are charming, albeit simple. Continental and criolla meals are served. For a splurge, the ritzy restaurants and bars of the Iberostar Gran Hotel Trinidad are literally a 50-pace stroll away. La Ronda hotel has been recently renovated. ... more less
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