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“Unforgettable...Hostal Santa is the best”
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Hostal Santa Elena
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Before adding any single word, I need to say that the nicest words wouldn’t be enough to describe how wonderful our stay in Santa Elena was. All the previous reviews make good justice to this place in relation to cleanliness, comfort, value and hospitality but I want to concentrate mine in the very special details that my group of ten will never forget.

My mother is native from Sancti Spiritus and this was her first visit to her home town since she left Cuba, 44 years ago! We wanted this trip to be memorable and based on the good Trip Advisor reviews I decided to stay in Hostal Santa Elena. Before leaving to Cuba I notified Sara and Elito, the owners, about my mother story. When we arrived at Santa Elena, on Christmas Day, they had a welcome cake for us with a message: “Merry Christmas and welcome back to your hometown”, with my mother’s name on it. My mother was so emotional.

Then during our stay we had a lot of help from them, giving us directions, helping my mom to find old friends….Finally, I need to comment on the food. It was exceptional. From delicious guava smoothies to wholesome breakfasts, with fresh eggs, fruits and breads and very delicious coffee. We also had an unforgettable Cuban dinner, with a juicy piece of pork roasted in house, exquisite congri rice and many other side dishes. Another fine detail was the salad. It was made with the theme of the flags of Cuba and Puerto Rico, where we came from. And the caramel flan, oh, that flan was the best. We even asked for the recipe and Sarita graciously give it to us.

At the end the price per person for two nights stay with breakfasts and a dinner was just around $30 USD! Amazing.

They invited us to drop by the hostal and have flan and coffee once more on our way back from Santiago to La Habana. Unfortunately our schedule changed and couldn’t make it. We would certainly have loved to meet them again and taste that marvelous flan.

Thanks to Sara, Elito, la China (the cook) and other staff for what was our best stay during our Cuba trip.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Our hosts Sara & Elito were very friendly and helpful and run a clean and quiet casa which is a sanctuary in busy Sancti Spiritus. Both the room and our meals wre excellent. They helped us by booking our onward casa in Las Tunas. A big thank you to them both for making our stay so enjoyable

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

My wife and I spent just one night in Sancti Spiritus after a raucous Christmas eve in Remedios, but our wonderful hosts Sara and Elito made it memorable. (And a special thanks to La China, the cook, who prepared one of the best dinners we had in central Cuba!) Hostal Santa Elena is a true Cuban casa, and we were treated like long-lost relatives from the moment we arrived. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and we had a TV in our room (rare) so got to watch Cuban telenovelas and American flicks from the 80s! It's a 10-minute walk from here to the old town center, but the comfortable accommodations and friendliness of our hosts make up for it. They also speak German and a little English, and will go out of their way to help you find anything you're looking for. Muy buena gente!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Perfect casa for 2 couples. Very clean. Very good food.
Very friendly hostess, host and female cook.
Probably one of the best places to stay in Sancti Spiritus.
Special thanks to Elito who helped us out of our car breakdown.
In Cuba solidarity is a meaningful word.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

We particularly enjoyed our stay at Hostal Santa Elena, thanks to our hosts!

The rooms were nice and clean, the food was delicious, especially the caramel flan, a great memory!

But above all, the hosts are such friendly people! We only stayed for one night on our way to Camaguey, but came back to say hello on our trip back to Havana! It was like stopping by to visit family !

Sancti Spiritus is a very friendly and beautiful town, and we met some very intersting and nice people in the streets.

Definitely worth a stop !

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Laureane C
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We stayed longer as expected due to the extrem nice atmosphare.
Can not imagine getting better place than this in town.
We took with us so much more what we could not pay for. One of the best memories we have from this hostel. Kind people, welcommed us with a big hug and told us that we are expected to feel home.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank MagMon_2012
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

This house is AMAZING! If you are passing Sancti Spiritus you have to try it for the experience. The house is new renovated, everything is VERY clean and the food is the best food i had in Casa Particulares in Cuba. The owners are fantastic and very very sweet people - You feel home as soon as you enter the house and it can be difficult to leave again. DON'T MISS OUT ON SANTA ELENA:)
Besos Pedro y Simone

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle Santa Elena # 42 | Entre Carretera Central y Onza, Sancti Spiritus 60100, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Sancti Spiritus Province > Sancti Spiritus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Sancti Spiritus
Price Range: $17 - $22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We rent and rented three double rooms with all conditions, each with two double beds, refrigerator, fan, air conditioning, TV, stereo, dvd, private bath with hot and cold water 24 hours, 110 and 220 volt. closets, safe, spacious, airy, comfortable and safe.A balcony overlooking the street, the other two overall shortcut to the terrace with beautiful views and different rising and setting sun, where different services such as breakfast, lunch, dinner made ​​and enjoy music and cocktails made ​​by the owner, conversing history and what you want to know, also dance, learn salsa and other and practiced. Sara and the hope for Elito share together and make your holiday unforgettable stay. ... more   less 
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Hostal Santa Elena Cuba/Sancti Spiritus

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