Honorato del Castillo, No. 12 esq. a Máximo Gómez, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
Posted by: kim on Jun 6, 2014
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Boutique Hotel next to Sancti Spiritus' Iglesia Mayor. The house used to be the residence of the renowned doctor Don Rudesindo García Rijo, after whom the hotel is named.
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kim on Jun 6, 2014 >
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Visited on: May, 2014 | Leisure | Solo
165 people found this review helpful
Well, one word for this hotel is comfortable; it is colonial style bliss that I enjoyed. I stayed here on my May 2014 vacation and stayed for 7 days and enjoyed y holiday very much here. Breakfast here was a thing of joy, the portion was big or large enough to fill my stomach at the same time it was tasty, it was the usually Cuban breakfast or fruits and eggs. The staff was very helpful and pleasant and asked me questions about where I was coming from and how life was where I come from. First of all, Santiago de Cuba is a beautiful city where there are lots of places to go sightseeing so I never was really bored during my stay here as I had help from the staff on where to visit. This place is a very beautiful and stylish colonial hotel that is one of your best options to stay in while in this wonderful city. I enjoyed my stay here with all the balconies, fountains, statues and colonial furnishings it had just made it very homely. The view from this hotel was beautiful and the rooms are large and spacious enough for me and my luggage. The room was very clean and was well equipped, you will get your money’s worth here, it is of great value. The bathrooms are big and clean with hot water shower and the air condition was in perfect working condition. I will be back next time when I am on vacation again.
"A quiet colonial gem in a bustling historical city"
Rodney Allan on Mar 9, 2011 >
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Visited on: Feb, 2011 | Leisure | With friend
638 people found this review helpful
We loved this hotel so much we decided to extend our stay just so that we could stay here another 2 days!!!
Upon arrival ~ even before we got out of our rented car ~ we were politely directed where to park (on the street right in front of the hotel)and informed that the hotel had 24hr guest-vehicle security. Both hotel porter and concierge greeted us warmly and as the porter stood by our luggage we were quickly checked in ~ not at a stand-up desk, as is the usual hotel feature ~ but sitting in a very comfortable and relaxed side room filled with beautiful colonial antiques and paintings. Check in was effortless and the porter, with a smile, showed us to our room and proceeded to show us the amenities in it.
Simply Beautiful!!!! The huge room, we noticed, first of all was absolutely spotless. Then, looking around we noticed the faithful attention to historic detail: gorgeous draperies, Spanish colonial furniture, 14 (yes, 14) foot beamed ceilings, antique tiled floors, 10 feet high french doors with shutters that opened onto a generous balcony overlooking the historic Plaza Honorato. Off the main bedroom is a smaller room with ample closet space and a marble vanity, and beyond that a spacious bathroom.
Restaurants and Bars:
The intimate restaurant is situated in the courtyard of this mansion. There is a bubbling fountain in the center around which, against the walls are several small tables always beautifully set. For a relaxing after dinner cocktail the bar in the open front arcade was the perfect spot to watch the goings on in the plaza beyond.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Sancti Spiritus is a great colonial city with a thousand things to do and see.
Can't wait to go back!
"Wow! Great boutique experience!"
Posted by: Theresa Kiefer
on Jul 10, 2010 >
3 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jun, 2010 | Leisure | With Group
618 people found this review helpful
We rented a van and drove from Havana to Santiago, staying at three destinations along the way. It was worth it to stop in Sancti Spiritus just to stay at this little museum of a hotel. There were 7 of us; two Cuban couples, one with a 10 yr old girl, and myself and my partner from Canada. They gave us all nice rooms (I think there are 16 in the hotel), but we received a very special corner room with a sitting area, two bathrooms (one for the sitting area) and two balconies. One balcony faced the little park/square in front of the hotel and the other faced the Casa de la Trova, which happened to be closed during our stay - our only disappointment. The air conditioning worked well, we had a beautiful king sized bed and the Spanish Colonial furniture, mixed with the modern bathroom amenities were really a treat. The ceiling must have been 18 feet high! The safes were included with the price of the rooms (about $68 CAD/night, and the 10 yr old was free). We booked online with www.cubaism.com. This is one of the four "Encanto" chain hotels in Cuba. We stayed at two of them on this trip and saw a third. I can't imagine that there is a more luxurious small hotel in Cuba. From the flat screen TV and fully stocked minibar to the flowers in the foyer and gracious service, this place was top notch.
After touring the town in the late afternoon, we ordered perfect mojitos on the patio that were so delicious; we chose to have dinner at the hotel. As the rain was threatening over their interior courtyard they set up a special table for our largish group facing the square. Their wine list included an Australian Shiraz and Argentinean Chardonnay, both of which were very nice. The food was exceptional. The complimentary breakfast the next day was a bit more modest, but completely satisfactory and included a bottomless cup of the best cappuccino we had on our trip. Parking was also included with the price of this stay. It's a little out of the way, but if you want a little luxury with your authentic, off the beaten path Cuban adventure, this is the place to stay!
"What a great place!"
Sheila on Aug 26, 2009 >
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Visited on: Aug, 2009
1041 people found this review helpful
Stayed just one night whilst touring with a group in August 2009 - Castro's 83rd birthday celebrations were in town. Very friendly service, lovely decor and well placed for looking around the town. We had a downpour during dinner and had to move the tables in from the verandah - but this was no problem for the helpful staff. The central courtyard was well-watered. Excellent cocktails. Highly recommended.
gallian on Mar 30, 2009 >
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Visited on: Mar, 2009
846 people found this review helpful
je vous recommande cet hôtel pour le charme,la tranquillité,le service ainsi que la qualité du pesonnel.
"A great hotel in the city"
Alexandra Berg on May 31, 2008 >
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Visited on: May, 2008
964 people found this review helpful
We spent only one night at this hotel in March 2008 and it was dreamlike. Everything was extremely clean, done in a marvelous colonial style. The hotel has a great location and the price is good…I highly recommend it!