Hotel Central Santa Clara
Hotel Central Santa Clara is a beautifully restored colonial mansion in Santa Clara.
One of the landmark buildings in Santa Clara, overlooking the main square Parque Vidal, has opened after years of renovation: Hotel Central. The property houses 26 guest rooms in a prime location; with its graceful colonial-style colonnades and balconies it is without a doubt one of the prettiest buildings in Santa Clara.
After decades of disrepair the hotel has being restored to its 1929 glory, maintaining intact its original ornate facade, and the ample lobby showcasing the grand marble stairs. The guest rooms have high ceilings and doors maintaining the original character. Overall though it's a mix of the nostalgic with the contemporary. There is a lobby bar and a terrace bar on the third floor which is a great spot to enjoy many beautiful tropical evenings enjoying the breeze from the square, sipping 'mojitos' and listening to great Cuban music.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
The live music in all the bars, restaurants and on street corners everywhere. We loved the variety of Havana , vinales, Trinidad and the flop on the beach at the end at Cayo Santa Maria.LD, Beaconsfield
With JLA's help, got an excellent choice of locations and accommodation. Really felt that I got to see a lot of the country and a great variety in just 10 days. No way of knowing how the new trade agreement between Cuba and America will pan out (clearly going to be good for the Cuban economy), but it's interesting that everyone I spoke to said there was a tourism influx at a normally quiet period BECAUSE people wanted to see Cuba before it potentially changed, and not necessarily, tourism-wise, for the better.PW, Norwich
Highlights? The ride in the Vintage American car in Havana, The walking tour with Louis in Havana, Spending time chatting with Sofia on her deck in rocking chairs in Vinales, Drinking Mojito's in the sun. Snorkelling in the sea at Jibacoa.TW, Glasgow
Driving was fascinating & not too stressful due to lack of traffic . We felt we saw bits of CUBA not seen by many tourists.DM, Falmouth
Most Memorable Moment?: Horse riding to the waterfall in TrinidadCJC,
Highlight?: The road journeys through eastern Cuba.JB,
The only additional info might have been that travellers should take a box of tissues - although we always do anyway to wherever. Cuba doesn't do tissues.......PR, Edinburgh
The food was better than we had feared (but they routinely overcook seafood, so stick with chicken) and there was more English spoken than we had expected. Weather was great. The state of the buildings generally was better than we had been led to expect - although there is a lot of work outstanding in the southern parts of the Old Town in Havana. People are helpful. The country is clearly at an interesting stage of its development - which is why we wanted to go - and might go in many directions from here; not all of them favourable. Roads, particularly outside towns, were empty.PR, Edinburgh
We had a great time in Cuba, very pleased with the literary suggested and implemented by JLA. Hannah (W) was a pleasure to deal with. We would certainly recommend JLA to anybody thinking of travelling to South America / Cuba etc.JH Bedford
Highlight?: Havana, trip to the ballet at the Opera HousePF, London
Although I loved the history, architecture, parks, animals wandering about and music everywhere etc, I'm afraid I fell hopelessly in love with the people most of all. I felt more at home here than anywhere else I can think of.PP, Sawbridgeworth
Most memorable experiences: "The self drive itinerary and experience gave us a window into the real Cuba, off the beaten track but never too scary. We were sad to hand the car over in Santiago! We had an amazing trip to Cuba; a lifetime experience. thank you all for making it happen."NC, Reading
The hiking tour above Topes de Collantes lead by Valentine was fantastic. Wonderful sights and sounds lead by an experienced guide with a good sense of humour.DM, Edinburgh
There is no one experience that I would single out. What was memorable were the people, their friendliness and helpfulness, and the real feeling of safety everywhere we went - even when the street lighting suddenly failed in the back streets of Trinidad.DM, Nottingham
Las Terrazas - the hotel, zipwire and natural pools. Also meeting locals during the trip, including picking up hitchhikers. The caribbean sea and beach at Playa Ancon were wonderful.PR, Brentwood
Cuba is a very diverse country and fulfilled our expectations. Parakeet is an adventure rather than a holiday so go with an open mind and immerse your self in the Cuban way. Colour, music and smiles more than make up for what some people may find frustrating if comparing Cuba to life in the UK.GW, Birmingham
Highlights: “We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Havana, and also the road trips which allowed us some glimpses of rural life.”ER
Highlights: “Freewheeling through Cuba and exploring Old Havana brilliant – as were Maria La Gorda – beautiful spot, unspoilt, simple but perfectly adequate hotel. Also the people – lovely”.ES, Buntingford
The fact that Cuba is so far removed from 21st century life - Cubans seem to have an indestructible soul! Music is their Prozac.Ck, London
Highlight?: The walk through the 3 valleys in Vinales.MK, Brentford
Highlight: Wandering around the old town of Havana - great buildings everywhere in various states of repair. Just full of atmosphere. Also the 1950s American cars. I didn't realise just how many there were! Again in all states of repair, but a fantastic sight even to someone who isn't particularly a car buff.CW, London
Most Memorable Moment: Soaking up Havana - it's an endlessly fascinating place. Closely followed by swimming in the El Nicho falls and snorkelling off JibacoaCB, Eastbourne
Highlights?: There were so many! We took an excursion to the forest ; truck, walk, waterfall swimming...loved it. But we really enjoyed everywhere.ER, London
Trinidad was our favourite place, closely followed by Cienfuegos. Relaxing at the Hotel Melia Buenavista was wonderful at the end of a packed but well paced tour around the highlights of Cuba.TR, Leicester
Highlight?: Time in Trinidad: - enjoyed the town and also did a tour to the mountains to see coffee plants, drink good coffee and see waterfalls and a lovely pool for a refreshing swim.FW, Cardiff
Highlights: The music/case da la culturas. driving and getting off the beaten track.RGJ, London
Every part of the trip on Cuba. It is an amazing destination. If we had to pick out one part it would be the amazing unspoint scenery.ES, Brackley
Would definitely recommend Cuba as an interesting and varied holiday destination, and JLA as an efficient and knowledgeable agentMS, Hampton
Most Memorable Moment?: Too hard! Havana itself? The beautiful sea up north? The beautiful countryside? Meeting Cuban people and glimpsing a bit of a remarkable country in the midst of some change... Too hard!JL, Leeds
An excellent trip covering many of the key historical, geographical and political sites, and providing insight into a rapidly changing country. Go before it changes irrevocably.DW, London
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