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Hotel Gaviota El Castillo
The Hotel El Castillo, 3 stars, has the unique attraction of being located in what was once a Spanish fortress, called Castillo de Santa Bárbara, used to protect Baracoa against pirates who sacked the Caribbean cities at that time. Its construction began in 1737 and concluded in 1742.
In 1977, the fortress became a hotel. The building stands out for its yellow hue, with its distinctive architecture that reflects East African styles. In addition, its facilities are an unparalleled viewpoint from which to contemplate the city of Baracoa, Cuba's oldest town, founded five centuries ago, in 1511.
Protected by 85 steep steps, few places offer such a complete view of El Yunque (a 575-meter mountain on the outskirts of Baracoa, declared National Monument in 1979), such as the Hotel El Castillo.
The hotel has the Duaba restaurant, where typical Cuban dishes and other international dishes are offered, as well as a snack bar. It also has a freshwater pool with facilities for children and night entertainment with different theme nights.
It also has prepaid Internet, games room, medical services, national and international telephony and a small store. You can also book different ecological excursions that will take you around the mountains and nearby elevations, walk through the city of Baracoa or navigate by boat one of the nearby rivers.
The Castle Hotel also has 34 rooms, divided into 2 blocks of two floors. Although they are not glamorous, they are spacious enough and are furnished in a very colonial style, following the spirit of the hotel. All have private bathroom, satellite TV, minibar, safe and telephone.
Probably the best option for those staying in Baracoa.A quiet hotel, close to history and nature, also characterized by the good treatment of its staff.
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