Cuba is clearly an intriguing country which has been closed to outsiders for so many years and now it is slowly opening its doors to visitors. Since then, travelers have been discovering a colourful country with attractions for all kind of travelers.
Havana is one the most famous city and also the capital of Cuba, being the starting point to explore the country. The fact that the country is located in the Caribbean is another reason travelers decide to visit Cuba, but there is much more to discover in there and that is why we selected hotels all over the country.
On our list of best places to stay in Cuba, you will notice a fair amount of options in Havana but also pleasant surprises in small cities. Cuba is a country that goes beyond its capital city and adding new destinations to your trip is highly recommended.
Don’t worry about not getting the best in the Caribbean as we got you covered with stress-free options, which your only planning will be what activity to do on the day or do nothing is also accepted. Before you begin, don’t forget to book your flight at www.flyusanywhere.com to find the best deals on your trip to Cuba.
Grand Hotel Manzana Kempinski, Havana
Grand Hotel Manzana Kempinski was built between 1894 and 1917, being the first European style shopping arcade in the country. Located in the heart of Old Town Havana, has a view to Old City Cuba and it is surrounded by the Capitol and the Greater Theater of Havana. Staying in there is elevate your experience in Havana as the hotel is the first luxurious accommodation in Cuba, offering not only fancy rooms but also a spa, fitness center, and a rooftop pool.
Among the 246 rooms, there are three classic styles: patio room, deluxe room, and gran deluxe room. All rooms offer a king size bed or two twins size beds. Additionally, the hotel has exclusive suite options, as example, the Suite Presidential Lorca measuring 150 square meters with a living room overlooking the Central Square in Havana and a small kitchenette.
Six restaurants and bars are available for guests. Confluencias opens for breakfast and accommodate more than 200 seating guests; San Cristobal is a panoramic restaurant specialized in Caribbean Sea Food; El Arsenal is an all-day dining but also a bar; Evocación Tobacco Lounge immerse you into Cuban cigars; Constante Bar is specialized in Cuban cocktails and El Surtidor is a bar by the rooftop pool.
Before making your reservation keep in mind that the pool closes from October 27 to November 2. If you think that is all, it is good to know the hotel has the concierge service and a luxury spa open daily from 9 am to 9 pm.
Calle San Rafael, La Habana Vieja, 10100
Hotel La Union, Cienfuegos
Located in the historical center of Cienfuegos, Hotel La Union is a typical Cuban hotel. After renovation, the hotel is now a great example of preservation of more than 140 years of history. Its neoclassic architecture gives the feeling of a traditional vacation beach lodging with terrace and views from the Cienfuegos Bay.
A smaller hotel option without losing the charming of a historical hotel, the Hotel La Union has 49 rooms equipped with air conditioning, TV, hot water and box of security. Concierge service is also available offering services as rental cars, pharmacy, exchange currency and tourism activities recommendations.
Cuba breathes history and visiting small cities is experiencing a totally different place where the time slows down and you seem to step in another century. Cienfuegos is one of those towns, distant approximately 250 kilometers from Havana, hides treasures about Cuba such as Ferrer Palace or De Valle Palace which are worth your time in the country.
When in there, picking the Hotel La Union as your accommodation will make your trip even more authentic.
Street 31 Esq AT 54, Cienfuegos
Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa, Varadero
Here is an all-inclusive and kid-friendly resort and spa from Melia Group, ready to welcome you to the Caribbean blue waters of Varadero. Only 150 kilometers away from Havana, Varadero is one of the best places for the sun in Cuba.
Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa is considered among travelers from TripAdvisor one of the best hotels in the area and that is the reasons it occupies our third position of best places to stay in Cuba. It is a big hotel with more than 400 rooms and amenities for all members of your family, the Kid’s club keeps your little ones entertained while the room service brings everything to your doorstep.
Services like a spa overlooking the clear waters of the Caribbean is also available to guests, but make sure to book your treatment between 9 am to 7 pm any day of the week, as it can be busy. Aquatic activities are also available at the Diving Center, but the whole family can have fun in the pools area.
Dining is another experience as you won’t get bored with over 10 restaurants and bars with a variety of cuisines. Paradisus makes sure you experience a vacation with no stress, in which your only doubt will be what to do during your day, the rest they will make sure it works as good as possible for you.
Punta Francés, Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba.
Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana
Declared a national monument, Hotel Nacional de Cuba is dated from 1930, attracting important personalities as Winston Churchill and Frank Sinatra to its building. Located in Vedado neighborhood, the hotel overlooks the sea and the Havana Harbour in a classic Cuban style in art deco with eclectic elements.
Over 450 rooms are available for guests, including preserved ones where personalities stayed during their visit to Cuba, as per example, room 211 has mafia as theme and 445 received Walt Disney in the past. Staying at Hotel Nacional de Cuba is stepping in a historical era and living the closest you can get to a traditional Cuban scene, as the case of Cuban nights at the hotel gardens, in which an orchestra plays Cuban music every Sunday or experience the local music with members of some of the famous members of Buena Vista Social Club every Tuesday and Saturday in a salon from 1930.
Don’t skip the tour from the hotel to understand its importance for the country, the tours run Monday to Friday at 10 am and 3 pm and Saturdays at 10 am. Food is a serious business in Hotel Nacional de Cuba and ten options are available in a combination of bars and unique restaurants.
Trying the creole food at La Barraca restaurant in the gardens of the hotel or drinking a cocktail at Bay View Bar or Hall of Fame are must do experience while spending your nights at the Hotel Nacional.
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza, Havana
Melia Cayo Coco
Only 50 minutes flying from Havana or for more audacious travelers 510 kilometers on the road will get you to a small picture-perfect paradise in Cuba. Cayo Coco is known for clear waters and white sands, so characteristic from the Caribbean, but it is all home to pink flamingos and water activities.
Staying at an all-inclusive beachfront resort will elevate your experience if you are looking for a stress-free vacation. Melia Cayo Coco offers 5 room styles in three options with lagoon view – Grand Premium Lagoon View, Junior Suite Lagoon View, and Grand Suite Lagoon View.
Entertainment is guaranteed with a recreational theater with shows presentations and, services like gym, pool and a nautical center offering aquatic activities like kayaking, fishing, snorkeling offered in their facilities.
In case you want to try something new, a diving center shows what is deeper into the waters. Here is an option in our list of best places to stay in Cuba where you don’t need to worry about anything as is all inclusive with kid’s activities and a sea available for you 24/7.
Jardines del Rey, Cayo Coco, Ciego de Ávila
Iberostar Grand Hotel, Trinidad
Trinidad is a historic town approximately 300 kilometers away from Havana. This Spanish colonial settlement city has a charming architecture which gave her the nomination of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only buildings make this city attractive, but also the combination of mountains as it is located in the Valle de los Ingenios and the beaches, which are only 10 kilometers away.
Iberostar Grand Hotel pays respect to the history, maintain a 16th century world heritage building in shape for its guests. Forty refurbished rooms will immerse your experience into Cuba’s history, with additional modern facilities.
The hotel brings the classic style you expect from Cuba, with characteristics like lots of windows, light painting colours and interior patio. In terms of gastronomy, the hotel has two options: room and breakfast, in which only breakfast is included, or half board plan, including lunch and dinner.
The lobby bar presents events in which Cuban artists perform local music, and you can enjoy while tasting a Cuban cigar and drinking the classic rum. If you want to take a step ahead during your stay in Iberostar Grand Hotel, it is possible to get the exclusives serviced offered by the hotel, per example, an unpacking and packing service or even a pillow menu, in which you can choose among six different pillow styles.
There is a reason why this is a 5-star hotel in Cuba, and as soon as you get there you will start to feel how it is to be well treated.
Calle Jose Marti y Lino Perez, Trinidad
Ocean Casa del Mar, Cayo Santa Maria
Enjoying the Caribbean in a high-quality hotel with no stress is what Ocean Casa del Mar will offer you. This resort has not only well-equipped rooms but 24-hour all-inclusive program for the family. Parents can be relaxed with kids as the hotel has a team of professionals available to entertain children from 4 to 12 years old with activities, but not only them will be busy, as activities are also available to adults by the professionals of the Blue Team.
Everything is done in its facilities which include tennis court, 2 adult pools, 1 children’s pool, a paddling pool and a theatre, just to name a few options.
Food is widely available in more than 15 restaurants and bar, as said 24-hour available for customers.
All those characteristics are framed by this little Caribbean paradise, as Cayo Santa Maria is part of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and not far from the hotel, it is possible to see a barrier of reef or go snorkeling in any spot of the 13 kilometers long beach. If coming from Havana, the hotel is located 407 km from Havana Airport, but closer is Santa Clara airport, only 120 kilometers away.
Cayo Santa Maria, Municipo Caibarien.
Hotel Saratoga, Havana
There are lots of reasons to choose the Hotel Saratoga as your next place to stay in Cuba. We could start by telling you it won Leader Quality Award in 2015 or was elected the best hotel in the Americas & the Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveler UK in 2010, but what you make you want to discover this place is the comfort, classy and location of Hotel Saratoga.
Most rooms offer rooms with view to the Capital and Fraternity Park in Havana with the comfort of king, queen or twin beds in order to accommodate all your family. Two restaurants are available, a more traditional taste in the Anacaona with the Italian cuisine and Mirador Saratoga has a 270º view of Havana, including the Caribbean Sea.
Additionally, three bars entertain guests: Anacaona, Mezzanine and Piscina Mirador, which translates as a pool bar with a view. Located in the heart of Havana, the hotel is less then a kilometer away from attractions like Partagas Cigar Factory, Gran Teatro de La Habana and the famous Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
After sightseeing in the city, the pool or a spa treatment will be waiting for you, getting you ready for the nightlife and a new day in Havana.
Paseo de Martí, Havana.