Know the best hotels in Cuba. Which one to choose?

best hotels in Cuba

Although lodging in rented houses, private houses, is usually quite frequent and recommendable, hotels continue to enjoy the preference of many travelers and tourists who visit the island of Cuba.

Hotels are ideal for those who are looking for privacy, to be inserted in a populated or distant space, with beaches and unique natural attractions. In hotels we can receive a differentiated treatment. These and many other reasons make us always take them into account when traveling to any country or destination, including Cuba.

In this article we want to show you the best Cuban hotels. They are not listed in order, but each one of them offers unique experiences that could singularly enhance your vacations. These are the hotels you have dreamed of for your vacations in a Caribbean island paradise.

Iberostar Parque Central Hotel

Iberostar Parque Central

It is a completely renovated hotel that offers an excellent lodging experience. It is in the very center of a city, Havana, seductive and fascinating. It has a colonial style that makes it even more captivating and that many like. 

It is one of the most luxurious hotels on the island. It has well-equipped rooms and suites, a rooftop swimming pool, fitness room, gym, SPA Sensations with Jacuzzi, live Cuban music, event rooms, three restaurants and five bars. 

Its rooms are really nice and luxurious, with air conditioning, minibar and safe. There are family rooms and suites.

But in addition to the luxuries and amenities, the highlight of this hotel is its location. 

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From its large windows you can admire Havana. Buildings with so much history and art, such as the Capitol, the Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso or the Museo de Arte Universal, are within sight. 

But not only that. These are places that can be reached on foot from the hotel. All these images look better, more beautiful, from the pool area, located in the hotel’s penthouse, where the view of Havana becomes even more spectacular.

Meliá Buenavista

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Central Cuba, Villa Clara province, Caibarién, Cayo Santa María. It is the ideal place for those looking for a paradisiacal and isolated beach in the middle of a truly ecological environment.

When people talk about the Meliá Buenavista, they usually point out its incredible suites, which are true spaces for relaxation and enjoyment. If the hotel’s surroundings are already extremely relaxing, so is the possibility of taking a whirlpool bath.

The lobby bar La Notte, with 24-hour service, and the pool and beach bars, offer a select selection of cocktails and drinks. The same goes for the Club House, with a wide variety of sports and entertainment options.

But it doesn’t stop there. In addition to the beauty of the place, the relaxing baths and the comfort of the rooms, there is the revitalizing atmosphere of the Yhi Spa, a special place to recover inner and spiritual harmony.

It is an ideal hotel for weddings and honeymoons. It is the perfect place to make a declaration of love or to celebrate a wedding. The breathtaking scenery is inviting, the light of the place creates a dreamy atmosphere that will be unforgettable for any visitor.

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Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort & Spa

This is an all-inclusive hotel for guests over 18 years of age only.

It is also located on the beach, in the well-known beach resort of Varadero, which many consider the best beach in the world, or one of the best, not to exaggerate. 

The main pool, with waterfalls and bar, the four Jacuzzis and the spa with wet areas invite to rest and total relaxation.

For the more restless, the hotel offers a wide variety of water and land sports, guided activities and a tour desk. The hotel has five restaurants, six bars, an ice cream parlor, coffee shops, a store and a discotheque.

The hotel’s 404 suites are air-conditioned and have a minibar. They have a sitting area, balcony and private bathroom with bathtub and shower. Superior suites can have a Jacuzzi, two bedrooms, dining room or private access to the beach. 

Iberostar Selection Varadero

This hotel is located on the seafront, very close to the beach. The Dolphinarium is only 7 kilometers away, the city center 18 kilometers, the airport 50 kilometers and the city of Havana 150 kilometers. 

In other words, if you plan to reach Cuba through its capital, Havana, you will find this hotel, a true paradise, just a few hours away.

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It has enough services to provide a stay full of relaxation and tranquility. The front desk offers laundry service, currency exchange and medical service. 

There are outdoor swimming pools and a spa area to enjoy some relaxation, as well as a sauna and Jacuzzi. 

In addition, there are five restaurants, five bars and a pool bar. There are also well-equipped function rooms for meetings and conferences.

There are games rooms, a theater and facilities to enjoy sports activities on the basketball or volleyball courts. 

Children can enjoy the swimming pool and playground, as well as the Maxiclub for children aged eight to twelve. 

It is a place where entertainment and joy will mark the period of stay of its guests, either individually or as a family.

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It is a place designed for adults who want to spend a few fantastic days, perhaps romantic and crazy…

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From the hotel you can walk, if you wish, the 22 kilometers of fine white sands of Varadero beach (perhaps the largest extension of first class beaches in the world). It is the ideal place to disconnect from reality and daily stress.

The hotel has four restaurants and five bars. Its spa area offers moments of personal care in the gym, sauna and Jacuzzi, and even free massages. Its rooms have an excellent view of the sea and include a daily replenished minibar.

Ideal for enjoying its water sports programs, in a totally privileged and unparalleled area.

Sanctuary At Grand Memories Varadero

Sanctuary is, like my previous proposal, an adults-only hotel. 

It offers Deluxe Suite stays, complimentary butler assistance and 24-hour room service. 

It is an elegant lodging option for those looking for a more exclusive tropical getaway. In other words, let’s say it’s sea and fun, but with a certain elegance.

But Sanctuary is a hotel within a hotel, and guests have access to all of Grand Memories Varadero’s restaurants, bars, activities, and health and wellness facilities. 

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The resort is two kilometers from the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve and the Gaviota Marina and Yacht Club, and five kilometers from the dolphinarium.

It has five restaurants and 150 rooms with deep soaking tub, balcony and television. Guests will have at their disposal minibar, room service and coffee/tea maker.

To visit the Sanctuary is to enjoy the sea in exclusivity. The beauty of the hotel and its surroundings are captivating, which is why it has a high rate of returning guests.

Paradisus Río De Oro Resort & Spa

Located in one of the most beautiful natural reserves of eastern Cuba: Playa Esmeralda, Guardalavaca, Holguín. 

This attractive all-inclusive eco resort & Spa for adults only, on the beachfront, with swimming pools, gardens, palapas and outdoor Jacuzzis, as well as Wi-Fi connection service, invites you to live a unique experience.

From there, you will be just a stone’s throw away from Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa and so many sites of historical and cultural value in eastern Cuba. 

In elegant two-level bungalows, the suites stand out for their ample space, beautiful natural views and exquisite decoration in noble materials.

Distinction and exclusivity are visible, with highly personalized preferential services, infinity pool and special facilities. Its elegant Garden Villas with sauna, private pool and direct access to the beach offer maximum privacy.

The world-famous Yhi Spa Aguas de Oro, recognized several times at the World Travel Awards, offers the pleasure of relaxing body and mind in an environment of absolute peace, with massage cabins and beautiful marine terraces.

The hotel hosts weddings, meetings, congresses and incentives in beautiful alternative venues. It also has a multi-purpose room that can be divided and can accommodate up to 300 people.

It has a large lobby that reproduces an aboriginal village and a very typical and cozy courtyard to enjoy the most peaceful outdoor meetings. 

It is enhanced by beautiful landscaped areas, natural tropical wooded parks, as well as a botanical garden and a natural orchid garden, which provide the opportunity to enjoy the observation of endemic birds and to delight in the spectacular views of a lagoon and the sea.

The hotel guarantees its guests total relaxation in a tropical environment and direct contact with nature. It is perhaps the most exclusive and recommended hotel in eastern Cuba.

Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

The 5-star Royalton Cayo Santa María offers luxury vacations for those looking for a perfect beach getaway. 

It is an adults-only hotel. Located in the very center of the island, it belongs to the Cuban province of Villa Clara, whose capital is the no less beautiful city of Santa Clara.

With a quiet and peaceful atmosphere and a renowned service, this hotel has won multiple awards on Trip Advisor, something to keep in mind: the Most Popular Hotel in the Caribbean, Most Romantic Hotel and Best Hotel in the Caribbean. Not bad at all!

The entire area occupied by Cayo Santa Maria is a remarkable reservoir of Cuba’s fauna and flora. It is home to large colonies of iguanas, seagulls, pink flamingos, and a tremendous variety of birds in a general sense. 

Cayo Santa María is considered part of the Jardines del Rey Archipelago, and is located in the protected ecosystem of Buenavista Bay, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

However, the most impressive in its landscape are the beaches of white sands, warm waters and shades of tropical blue, which extend for more than 10 kilometers. All this in the region with the greatest potential within the current Cuban tourist offer.

Iberostar Heritage Grand Trinidad

This 5-star hotel is located in the heart of Trinidad, an area declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, where the essence of Cuba emerges from every corner.

The Iberostar is one of the most imposing and solemn hotels in Cuba. Only 13 kilometers away, visitors can enjoy Ancon Beach and let themselves be caressed by the sea breeze in an environment of extraordinary beauty. 

It is a hotel recommended for couples, incentive trips and groups; it is the perfect combination of the sea and the mountains.

Trinidad is a unique city in Cuba. It preserves like no other the factions of the Spanish colonial past. It is a perfect blend of Cuban tradition, history and culture.

A treasure trove of traditional colonial-inspired architecture, Trinidad has the ability to transport all its guests to 18th-century Cuba. Something truly impressive that can only be imagined by those who have already lived that experience.

Meliá Cayo Coco

This exclusive all-inclusive, adults-only resort, located in the beautiful setting of Las Coloradas beach in Cayo Coco, offers the perfect atmosphere for romance travelers or lovers of nautical and outdoor activities. 

This is evidenced by most of its reviews, to which I would add beautiful views of the breathtaking Cuban landscape.

The hotel has five restaurants and seven bars that offer travelers rich gastronomic experiences, with international buffet proposals, traditional Cuban food, as well as a varied cocktail bar.

The beach enjoys tranquility and exclusivity, as well as a freshwater swimming pool for total relaxation. 

The resort also has a Fitness Center, a Zen and massage area, nautical activities and a varied entertainment program at the Club House.

It is located in the Jardines del Rey archipelago, in the Cuban province of Ciego de Avila, a perfect place for diving, fishing and observation of local fauna species.

Thanks to the Adore by Meliá Cuba romance program, you can access special facilities and services for weddings and honeymoons. 

It is a corner of dreams, elegance, tranquility and total intimacy in the company of excellent service for a pleasant stay. This hotel seems to raise its hand high enough to be chosen.

Although I haven’t said it yet, all the hotels I mention in this list offer car rental services, high-speed Internet, medical services, laundry, currency exchange, and other usual services.

Each one has a luxury gastronomy where traditional Cuban dishes are combined with the best of international cuisine. 

But the choice is not in the gastronomy; perhaps not in the comfort either. I would say that everything lies in the construction, in the hotel’s architecture and in its geographical location. 

The rest is the purpose: are you traveling alone, with children, with your partner? In Cuba there are excellent hotels to choose from and any option will be truly unforgettable. So, the choice is yours.

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