Hotel Caballeriza is an unusual horsey-themed hotel in Holguin, also known as City of Parks.
Hotel Caballeriza, as its name in Spanish indicates, was formerly a stable for the cavalry of the Spanish army, and the horsey theme dominates the décor and furnishings throughout. It is situated in the attractive little low-key port Gibara on Cuba’s unspoilt north east coast. Paintings of horses are ubiquitous; wagon wheels decorate the walls alongside antique clocks and wrought iron candelabras. Dating from 1810, the property has been renovated to a high standard while maintaining the Spanish colonial architectural style of the residences of the 19th century Cuban aristocracy. There are 21 spacious guest rooms with air-conditioning, set over three floors around an inner courtyard with tables and chairs where you can sip a Cuban coffee. The hotel has its own bar and restaurant.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Most Memorable Moment?: Horse riding to the waterfall in TrinidadCJC,
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
Most Memorable Moment?: The bronze statues by Martha Jimenez in Camaguey were very memorable. The Cubans were all extremely friendly.SO, Abingdon
Highlights? Everything! The casas for showing us how Cubans live, the guides and their information, the sunset from the Palacio at Punta Gorda (Cienfuegos), the casa at Punta Gorda, the music everywhere, the food, the cocktails, the nice and hospitable people.EV, Enfield
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
We really liked Cuba overall. There is not just one thing but the best included: Private tour in Havana was excellent as the guide was first rate. The town of Trinidad which we just loved. We thought it was really good to stay at a Casa and would recommend that experience for at least one section of a holiday.PD, Dublin
Highlights: Our lovely hosts in all the homestays and especially being looked after by Mirtha in Trinidad.BG, Bristol
Visiting Trinidad and listening to all the music being played around the city.RS, Southampton
Cuba is such a different place that it is hard to pick out an individual experience....Overall, the tour was fantastic. All the guides allocated gave us an excellent description of the area, in each of Havana, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Trinidad and Vinales. We used our free time to retrace part of our guided tour, to explore further ourselves, or to enjoy the food and ambience, especially the music and dancing of Cuba! We were warned that the food provided at Homestays (breakfasts and dinners) would be huge, and indeed they were. We were unable to finish any meal because of the quantity! We did a few of our own trips, catching a taxi to the beach in Trinidad, being driven around Havana in a classic car, museum visits and trips on bicycle taxis. We found the people friendly and very helpful.IB, Stockbridge
Highlights: The music/case da la culturas. driving and getting off the beaten track.RGJ, London
Highlight?: The road journeys through eastern Cuba.JB,
It was an overall experience that we will remember rather than one specific moment.MB, London
Most memorable experiences: The vibrancy of the music,friendliness of the people and the sheer variety of Landscapes,cities and coastlines. Particular highlights were the 1950's cars,Trinidad and vinales...We would definitely consider travelling with journey Latin America again and the efficiency and organisation of our trip was superb from start to finish. Cuba is a fascinating country to visit and a great destination for families with teenagers. Thank you for a memorable,fun and enriching experience!LVK, Sevenoaks
All places were well worth visiting for their particular character etc. Our over-riding memory was of the lovely people we met and the sounds and rhythms of Cuba.IB, Chesterfield
Highlights? The wonderful beautiful Cuban people. The stunning landscape the memorable architecture. The wild weather. Just the sense of being propelled back in time but also to a possible future of less empty consumerism, less intensive agriculture, mores social connection and less social media allowing for more actual socialityDM, Brighton
Most memorable experiences: "The PEOPLE - lovely and warm, friendly, positive. The music and the dancing - in streets, in clubs, in bars. Wonderful!"MF, London
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
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
Spending time with the guides gave us an insight into other aspects of life in Cuba.SW, Woking
Would definitely recommend Cuba as an interesting and varied holiday destination, and JLA as an efficient and knowledgeable agentMS, Hampton
Havana..colourful and crumbling...a prince inside paupers clothes, colonial architecture Trinidad..marvellous and whilst it is built on tourism, within 2 blocks of the historic centre you are in another world. Music, music, music..the talent is extraordinary. Food getting better all the time.DS, Cambridge
Highlights: Meeting the local guides and owners of casas particolares, who were unfailingly helpful, friendly and genuinely keen to welcome us to their country. On of the highlights of the trip was probably the transfer in a wonderful red and cream American classic car with a skilful driver (you have to be on Cuban roads!)RP, London
Most memorable experiences: Visiting Las Terrazas, exploring Havana, brief stop in Santa Clara, and contact with Cubans along the wayHP, King's lynn
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
The visit to Vinales - we loved the scenery and the remoteness - and the Escambray mountains.LJ, Wokingham
Food is, of course, difficult in Cuba and we had low expectations.JG, Isle of Colonsay
Highlight?: The walk through the 3 valleys in Vinales.MK, Brentford
Cuba is a fascinating, beguiling, enchanting, confusing and sometimes challenging country caught in a 60 year timewarp. It is almost as though the clock stopped in 1960. If you can't live without creature comforts you'll find plenty to complain about; if you like a challenge and adventure, thrive on the unexpected, then go quick before it's too late! The only way out of their economic and social chasm is private sector capitalism and it's waiting less than 100 miles away...SM, Madrid
Most memorable experience: "It had to be La Guarida paladar in Havana, travelling in the vintage cars and also the Casa de la Musica in Trinidad, just sitting outside in the evening."ZEW, London
Most memorable experiences: "a fantastic thunderstorm while dining in La Habana on Friday night, the waiters bending over backwards to please. Conversations with drivers and guides in Spanish (my mother tongue) about the country and being Cuban. Arriving at Viñales and visiting the tobacco farm. The cobbled streets of Trinidad and music at La Trova. The extra walk we organised at Tope de Collantes and the special cocktail provided for my birthday. Staying in the Village at Ensenachos. Visiting the Che museum and mausoleum. Hearing local musicians jamming in a bar in Havana. The warmth and welcome of everybody we met. Wildlife. Cocktails. Trinidad in general. Music. The stunning beach at Ensenachos."CB, Swindon
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