Hotel Central is a new colonial-style property close to the centre of the town Viñales, in the heart of Cuba's most captivating countryside.
Hotel Central is a low rise, colonial-style property, situated a short stroll from the centre of Viñales. Opened in December 2017, It has a pleasant white-washed façade with a red tiled roof and shady terrace. Bright shiny floor tiling is offset by traditional dark wood furnishings in the public areas, which include a bar and restaurant on the ground floor and the large windows throughout allow for the passage of cooling breezes. There are a couple of dozen guest rooms, some with slatted doors open to the terrace with one or two queen-sized beds, are also well equipped for Cuba, with TV, desk, hair-dryer and ironing board. There's free parking, but a charge is made for the Wifi in the lobby.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
The guides made such a great difference to our underrating of the country. Beautiful and varied country and in a couple of weeks got a real sense of its diversity. The Rolling Stones concert was unforgettable.GH, Bristol
Most memorable experience: "Sunday morning Masses in Cathedral in Havana and Iglesia Parroquial in Trinidad. Going on the ferry from Havana to Casablanca and walking round the area of the Cabana fort."PC, Wallington
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: Seeing so much of Havana and the amazing countryside around Vinales.GF, London
It was an overall experience that we will remember rather than one specific moment.MB, London
We found Cuba utterly seductive. It is rare to find anywhere still as distinctive. But it is a country for travellers; to go just to the beach is a waste. But if you find beauty in dilapidation and warm to extrovert people; if you have a grain of curiosity in your soul and a twitch of rhythm in your toes, this is a wonderful holiday.PH, Pimlico
Would definitely recommend Cuba as an interesting and varied holiday destination, and JLA as an efficient and knowledgeable agentMS, Hampton
Most memorable experiences: "Driving around the country seeing beautiful buildings and plants. The music in Bayamo - a special festival. Going to the Granjita near Santiago where Castro planned the 26th July."AH, London
Many happy memories but loved the guided tour of Havana in the vintage car (huge 1953 Ford pink and cream convertible) Also enjoyed walking in the beautiful Vinales valley, it was like travelling back in the past with oxen ploughing and tobacco drying in huge thatched barns. It exceeded my expectations. Great organisation, informative guides, careful and punctual drivers and accommodation in convenient yet quiet locations, near to tourist attractions and restaurants.JR, Cambridge
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
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
Each destination had its own character, they were all good, none more so than others”IM, Edinburgh
We got engaged at La Guarida in Havana on the second night, so the whole trip is going to be a memorable one for a very long time!TO, 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
Most memorable experiences: "The PEOPLE - lovely and warm, friendly, positive. The music and the dancing - in streets, in clubs, in bars. Wonderful!"MF, London
Highlights?: Watching an elderly Cuban couple dancing the salsa at Artex in Santiago. Amazingly beautiful and exciting dance. Unforgetable! Pink classic car cruise in Havana. 'Swimming' in a remote cave outside Baracoa.MF, London
Highlights?: Topes de Collantes water fall. Visit to Santa Clara Che Guevera monument. A day spent with a family we met in Bayamo, visiting their home & the local market, food preparation, and just chilling with them.DW, Mirfield
The Car Tour was brilliant, Bright pink car around the city of Havana, such a beautiful place.TDB, Swadlincote
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
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
Highlight: Santiago City tour helped us understand the history of the revolution, coupled with the excursion to Comandacia de la Plata.EM, Bristol
Most memorable experience: "Swimming in a pool fed by a waterfall with no one else within sight or sound. Closely followed by spending my birthday on a tiny Caribbean beach."MG, Dunstable
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
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
Highlight?: Santa Clara - fantastic accommodation and very memorable tour of city, Che mausoleum etc. The tour of Cienfuegos thanks to a wonderful guide (Sara(h?)).JM, Dorking
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
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
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
All of it was great. It was amazing to visit cities, mountainous areas and the beach. The Rolling Stones weren't bad either!!LW, Tonbridge
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