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“Great location, clean and comfortable”
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Rancho San Vicente
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Vinales
Reviewed February 20, 2013

We found this hotel through the lOnely Planet....it was very comfortable and the cabins were nice...quiet and clean and roomy. And because it is a little out of town the air is very clear
The bathroom worked well too.
A nice pool, but the food was fairly ordinary....we had come to expect this in Cuba!
I had a nice strong massage though for $25.

Room Tip: Get one of the cabins up at the back of the property
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

This hotel cannot really be recommended. For us it was the first hotel outside of Havana, so you really do not know what to expect. The region around Viñales are certainly worth a visit, and therefore Viñales has many Casas Particulares, many of them to be preferred to this hotel, which has a bit stuffy rooms in cabins. These have small balconies. The worst thing about the hotel however was its awful restaurant, which served food prepared without any interest let alone love.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank GeorgeMulder
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

In Cuba, apparently the authorities decide where you're going to stay, never mind your reservations. Our facilities in Vinales or Pinar were switched twice and we ended up at this Rancho. It's a series of cabins - some quite old, others looking like they were built in the 90's. We had one of the latter. It looked nice enough, but after I flushed the toilet once, that was all she wrote. No more flush, no shower and no sink water. We were told it would be fixed and we went to dinner secure in our American optimism that of course it would. We got back to find - still no water! Our tour coordinator offered to switch her room with ours, but we declined, partly not to inconvenience her and also partly because to do so would mean hauling our bags, and she hauling hers, to the respective opposite cabins, over potholed, puddly pavement on a dark night. So we stayed put and then the following day the water was "restored" - ha! We got a tepid stream in the shower stall and a trickle in the sink. We asked for a different room but there weren't any. And the bed was rock hard. I had to use the thick blanket I found in the closet, qudrupled up, as a mattress topper. With proper maintenance, this place could be a honeymooners' delight. It's in a gorgeous setting, the buffet's not bad, there's a lovely large pool, and you can sit outside by the bar and smoke a cigar in the cool night. But don't hold your breath - this is Cuba. If I went again, I'd check out the B and B's. They look like the only places worth considering in Pinar del Rio province.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank netmorby110
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We stayed one of our three nights in the Vinales valley here, we wished it had been all three.
Our room was a lodge style, smallish, good shower room . Plenty of hot water, always.. Very clean and bed comfortable.
We received a warm and rather formal welcome from the manager who makes it his business to see how his hotel is running. Staff friendly, good service at bar.
We did not expect really good food anywhere in Cuba, the breakfast and dinner here was about average for a less expensive Cuban hotel in our fairly limited experience.
Overall a very clean, well run hotel with friendly staff in a very pretty wooded setting. Don't expect great food or a big room and you should have good stay.

Room Tip: All rooms look fine, expect a fair uphill walk to some. Some are in amongst trees.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Iancrowson
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed two nights as part of a tour package. The setting is beautiful. The room was neat and clean, everything worked. Seems like a bonus for Cuba. Breakfast buffet was good, and a chef prepared omelets on request. Loved the resort atmosphere.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Good we've only stayed for two nights here, as I wouldn't survive much more.

The cabin was clean, but with constant problems in the bathroom. The shower curtain didn't stop the water, so the bathroom was constantly flooded. The wc was not flushing at all times. We had to ask to fix it at least twice. Once fixed, it worked for a couple of times and then the problem was starting all over again.

We had to keep curtains closed almost at all times, as anyone could see inside passing by. Thus it felt dark and not that comfortable. The a/c did warm the room, so it was actually cold to sleep (the nights in Vinales are really cold!), but became rapidly hot in the morning. The open window didn't save the situation and was only inviting moscitos in, not even talking about the terrible rooster under our window, that was waking us up at 4-5am every morning. I wished he just droped dead!

The food is dreadful, both breakfast and dinner (we had half-board unfortunately). We ate the dinner only once, the second night our horse-tour guide offered to have a dinner at his home and we gladly agreed. The cocktails were also basically ice and water.

The cats and dogs didn't bother us at all, our 10yo daughter was happy to be able to play with them, cause it was too cold to go to the pool, thus nothing to do for a kid.

The hotel personnel was nice and helpful. Their smiling faces and readiness to help is the only thing that makes me give this hotel 2 and not 1.

Anyway, we were only sleeping there and not spending much time at the hotel. Thus, it's an ok place for a short stay.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Anastassia N
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Reading the previews reviews, we were not looking forward staying in this hotel as part of a package. But our experience was good. The rooms were clean (we stayed in the new wooden cabins), the surrounding area is beautiful, constant hot water and a wide variety of food during breakfast.

It is a few miles from the village Vinales, and since there is no lights, the road get really dark (good for star gazing!!). But this held us back from going to the village at night for dinner. We made sure we ate before sunset and had some drinks at Rancho San Vicente itself.

You will hear music till late from the entertainment, but not really loud if you have a cabin far enough.

It's a good hotel if you want to travel this area.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Valle de San Vicente Vinales Pinar del Rio Cuba | Carretera a Puerto Esperanza Km 33, Vinales 22400, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Pinar del Rio Province > Vinales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Vinales
Price Range: $71 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rancho San Vicente 3*
Number of rooms: 79
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