We stayed at this hotel on night one of the classical cuba tour (thomas cook)
The town square is close by as beautifully painted pastel coloured buildings which surround this colonial style hotel. It is very close to restaurants, bank and market.
Very friendly staff greeted us,we asked for the use of a safe which was $2CUC per night, as we had arrived straight from the airport we only had UK currency with us and the man who met us at the hotel said it was fine to pay for the safe on departure in the morning (monday) when the banks opened. He also allowed us to set up a tab in the bar which could be paid the next day also.
Please see photographs attached to this review. The hotel has just installed a new plumbing system so please be patient when using the shower as it takes a minute to warm up. The rooms have high ceilings and are beautifully decorated. The beds are massive!! We were in room 12 on the 2nd floor which has a very steep staircase. The porter kindly hauled our 40KGs of luggage singlehandedly downstairs the next morning (dont forget to tip him - the average daily wage is $1CUC so think carefully how much you would be willing to haul someone elses luggage down two flights of stairs for and then tip accordingly!!!)
Although our room was fab, one thing to note is to take care with the little step down from the bedroom area and then up to the bathroom area as it doesnt half hurt when you fall over it!!
For evening meal we ate at the nearby Plaza hotel - the food was great with a nice choice of chicken, pork or fish with salads and creme caramel (mmm!!)
For breakfast in the lovely courtyard of the hotel, there were fried eggs, toast, ham and tomatoes... lovely start to the day!!!
The bank is 2 mins walk away. There is a security guard on the door who will show you where to wait. Make sure you have your passport with you to exchange your pounds/euros/dollars. They wont do debit card transactions or credit card transactions in this bank as there is no ATM. This bank opens at 8.30am.
There is a lovely colourful market in Sancti Spiritus but unfortunately only cuban pesos can be used at it not CUC. Its nice to wander through and do a bit of window shopping though.
CLASSICAL CUBA TOUR
If you are staying at this hotel as part of the Thomas Cook Classical Cuba tour you are in for a treat. Our fantastic tour guide Danys took us on a unique tour of Sancti Spiritus - we visited a cuban market where locals can use their ration books to get their daily loaf of bread, portion of meat, beans, rice etc. it gives you a real insight into the daily routine of many cubans (obviously bearing in mind that all tour guides work for the government department of culture so are limited in how open they can be about "real" cuba).
This tour will also leave you infuriated when you hear fellow britons, canadians and americans complaining about the food standards when you can see what an average cuban person has to survive on. Sancti Spiritus is interesting as it has "local heros" which are depicted in statues - you can actuallly see these modern day charactors wandering around the town and talk to them if you are lucky!! (farmers, painters etc)
On the tour after staying at the plaza hotel you will visit a pottery factory in Trinidad. The prices are great and you even get a free coffee. There are a lot of people outside asking for soap for their children or children asking for sweets - its up to you what you do. Some people said no and the people didnt request anything further, there was no bartering but if you do leave them a little something be it a few cents, pesos or some chocolate they are very grateful. Trinidad is great, we went back to the little cocktail bar (part of trip) in our free time as it was so nice.
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