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Hotel La Ronda
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Trinidad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 25, 2013

This hotel is very good and popular with tour groups. We had called ahead to verify our reservation and were told we were being bumped to a low end beach resort. This hotel was the most expensive of our 4 city tour and even though we had a prepaid voucher from home they attempted to bump us without warning. In our case it was by an American "people to people" group. It was only with the help of the Palacio Azul in Cienfuegos that we convinced them we were determined to stay there. We were given a very good room which had originally been allotted to the leader of this group.

Room Tip: Ask for room 215 or one of the 3 or 4 rooms facing the square
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a delightful hotel, with some of the warmest staff anywhere. A really fun thing they do is create mini figures of hotel guest on the bed using blankets, towels, fresh flowers and whatever books, sunglasses or shirts people have left around. The bartender on the rooftop bar makes really good drinks, there are several different Cuban music groups playing at different times, the food is very good.

Weird shower issues, caused primarily by ultra large shower heads that spray over the top of the curtain. Be careful to adjust the shower head carefully toward the wall and clear the floor just in case. Just accept the fact that there's no Home Depot around so they have to make do with what is available. Part of the Cuba experience.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Consider that overlooking the street means you get a lovely view and small balcony, but also means y...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

This is a small boutique hotel in a great location near Carrillo Park in Trinidad. It has only 19 rooms situated around a courtyard with lots of privacy. Each room is tastefully decorated and has an in-room safe. The lobby has a romantic atmosphere, and the rooftop bar has a band and a great view of the city. You can walk to many places of interest from the LaRonda - and this is a plus. There is a supermarket 2 blocks away. Around the corner is a street market where you can find many fine products made by local artisans. The restaurant's food is very good and we were treated to a very special Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings! However, the best part of this hotel is the staff - I have never been to a place where you were really treated like family. The staff is engaging and you can get to know each other if you wish. Each person goes out of his/her way to make you feel welcome. I would stay here again without reservation!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Feel welcome with very personal service and very special housekeeping. Nice rooftop bar for looking at the stars and having a Cuban cigar. Also very comfortable rooms with all amenities. Courtyard has many tables for gathering with friends. CNN on cable

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Our group was greeted by the entire staff plus a enthusiastic band. You would have thought we were royalty. The creative bed decorations by the cleaning staff made us excited to return to our room in the afternoon to see what clever things had been done.

Our room was very comfortable, clean, very good shower (little problem with water on floor that was fixed by using hand towel to make dam), great beds. No wifi, but there is so much to do in Trinidad, you don't miss it. All of the rooms open out to the courtyard and have no windows save a open air that defeats the purpose of a/c. Not a negative for us.

The roof top bar made for great gatherings before dinner and the sunsets were beautiful.

All-in-all, one of the most enjoyable hotels ever.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Just stayed three nights - warm, welcoming staff who could not do enough for us. Hotel has only 20 rooms, no pool but has restaurant and atrium plus comfortable lobby; located just off Plaza Mayor. While we were there they were installing safes in each room and new electronic door locks. Food is fine considering country's lack of resources; to our surprise, food in Cuba is not exciting.

Room Tip: Do not worry about street noise at front of hotel - quiet.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Calle Jesus Maria 45, Trinidad 62600, Cuba (Formerly Hotel Isalzul La Ronda)
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Sancti Spiritus Province > Trinidad
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Trinidad
Number of rooms: 17
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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