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  • Hotel El Castillo

    El Castillo Hotel Cuba

    • Destination: Baracoa
    • Address: Loma del Paraiso, Baracoa, Guantanamo, Cuba
    • Phone: (53 21)45 195 , 45 164
    • Accept child:Yes
  • Description: El Castillo Hotel Cuba

    The Castillo Hotel (The Castle Hotel) is located on a hill that can be seen from anywhere in the city, with excellent views of Baracoa city and its surroundings. The hotel is a historical place, built in 1737 to 1742, when it was a Spanish fortress called “Ceboruco Castle, or Santa Barbara Castle”. This fortress was built to defend the city from pirates and corsairs attacks, and then went to be a police headquarters until the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959. The Castle Hotel offers accommodations, foods a la carte with a varied offer of local typical dishes, snacks, national and international drinks, what makes it an ideal place for the healthy recreation, and is very close to the Baracoa city

    • Current reservation summary
    • Reservation hotel: El Castillo
    • Total pax: 2 Adults
    • Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast
    • Total rooms by type: 1 Double-Standard
    • Night(s): 1 nts

    TOTAL PRICE: €80

    For dates from 05/27/2019to 05/28/2019

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  • Room facilities
    110 volt power
    220 volt power
    air conditioning
    balcony or terrace
    hairdryer
    handicap facilities
    hot and cold running water
    minibar
    private bath
    safety deposit box
    Satellite TV
    telephone
  • Facilities

    24 hrs. emergency medical service, business centre, car parking, conference rooms, disabled facilities, hotel shop, laundry & dry cleaning service 24 hrs., luggage storage, no smoking rooms, room services 24 hrs.,

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      • birdsofafeather1
        alisonleahy
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “You don't have to stay here to benefit from the views ”
        The location is great, on a hill overlooking both bays and Yunque. Remember you don't have to stay there to be able to use the bar/restaurant and benefit from the views. We heard good reviews of Casas. The new part of the hotel have balconies and face out over Yunque and the bay. It's a stunning view particularly at sunset. However, these rooms have adjoining doors with no sound insulation so we had to move when the family with crying baby moved in next door. The rooms in the old part are adjacent to the pool and bar area and have views of the town. Not as spectacular views as the new part. In the end, after our tour of alternative rooms we got a room in the new part with no view and no joining door Room 120. However it was significantly dirtier than the first room we had. Even when we complained it only marginally improved. Is there any excuse for dirty rooms? On our first day we had to wait 6 hours for towels. So, if you have to...then chose your room with care.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Valerie-Parry
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “Avoid! ”
        This is a terrible place. Dirty, shabby, very very rundown ( empty flower beds, paint peeling from the terraces, rust marks down the walls), chronic food and dreadfully unhelpful staff. Our first room had a view of ugly water pipes and felt subterranean owing to the high bank outside. After 2+ hours we moved to a higher room and had a "fabulous" view of a rusting hulk in the bay, a shanty town and empty beer and Coca Cola cans in the "garden".The curtains were hanging off the window, sweet papers on the floor, some previous occupants socks in the drawer and dirty Sellotape marks all over the yellowing plastic suspended ceiling. The furniture was battered and the bed sheet wasn't big enough to cover the entire mattress. It was horrendous. Ok so the weather was appalling with rain and a gale force wind blowing through the hotel but the whole place was so bad we left after one night despite losing money. Another couple who arrived at the same time left after viewing their second room as it was so bad...they wouldn't even risk one night! It's a pity as the place has potential and could be lovely but there's nowhere comfortable to go and relax and get out of the wind/rain if you get bad weather. We ended up drinking coffee in a hotel down in the town trying to get warm. In short we hated Baracoa, scruffy, dirty and nothing to do, and this hotel just finished us off. It certainly didn't live up to all the hype and was NOT worth the effort of driving over the mountains to get to it....a HUGE disappointment.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Corine N
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “Don't go there! ”
        When we arrived it was a very warm day. After having climed all the steps, the room was warm (airconditioning was switched of) as well as the fridge. But most important, the toilet was very dirty. So instead of going to the pool, we went back to the reception and asked if it could be cleaned. The lady at the reception hardly responended, no excuse or anything, and as there was no maid present we had to switch rooms. Again, warm room and this time to door did not close. So we went back to the reception... the responses was that that was normal and just took ages but should work. Pool was not clean as well and flies on everywhere on the breakfast table. Every person we spoke at the reception was unfriendly. Location is great, that's probably why service and quality is not important for this hotel!

      • birdsofafeather1
        kaitiScotland
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Only if you can't get anything better ”
        Stayed here for two nights. Many rooms do not have balconies including the one we stayed in. The rooms are clean, small, basic and have showers only. They provide a small towel per person and no floor mat but will give you more on request. This hotel does not offer money changing facilities of any kind. Neither does the town bank but one place a 20 minute walk away does. It is on Marti Street to the right of the church and is on the left side of the road. The queues were lengthy when we were there on a Saturday morning. Meals are served in the dining area. The tables have bistro style red and white tablecloths but these are soiled from god only knows how many meal spillages from the past ? week ? fortnight ?month. Breakfast is pretty reasonable. Dinner is basic. You can expect bean or vegetable soup which has no flavour. Small mini salad with eg cabbage and beetroot. I had beans and rice with two small drumsticks of chicken for each dinner. This was followed by a tiny portion of dessert such as rice pudding. I would imagine that this is a good example of what many Cubans would eat for their dinner on a good day. Despite the low ambience, low flavour and a lot to be desired tablecloths no one in our party of 10 got food poisoning here. The kitchen hygiene is therefore probably fine. There is a reasonable pool with good views of the bay. The bar man is pleasant and the drinks are cheap. The seats are the wooden picnic bench style and these are not comfortable. Maybe I should have had more cheap drinks? This hotel is up a large slope and steps. An elderly couple were refused bus transport to the hotel and had a laborious walk which took 10 minutes. For the fitter there are the poorly maintained stairs. These are about three flights equivalent and are straight up. Before you start either journey you will be hassled by a family who live in a dilapidated shack in the grounds of the hotel at the entrance. They repeatedly ask for soap and shampoo and money because they can't afford food. The government do provide subsistance rations of rice, beans, vegetable oil, paraffin (heating and cooking), flour, eggs, meat. I suspect the other establishments in Baracoa may not be much better but a good trawl through the reviews may help. A good question to ask yourself could be, do I really need to visit Baracoa? The countryside is best bit about this area and the remnants of the cross Christopher Columbus planted in the first church here can be seen in the local well maintained church.

      • birdsofafeather1
        GrahamWM
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “I'll certainly remember this place ”
        Our tour group had been warned that our accommodation in Baracoa was going to be basic. It started life as a fort in the eighteenth century, perched atop a hill, and there are a hundred steps to reach it from the town, where we left our bus. (Smaller buses and cars could drive to the top of the hill.) When I opened the door to my room, I was overwhelmed by the smell of mould. It was dark inside, with four low-wattage light bulbs, two of which worked. The brown watermark patterns on the yellowing lamp shades were a result of a failed attempt in times past to clean them. There was peeling paint on the walls and the concrete ceiling. The window was covered by a curtain comprising a plastic sheet and some ancient, mouldy rags. It was hot, and the windows didn?t open, so I switched on the air conditioner, a small window model that made a good deal of noise, and moved the bed so that the air would cool my face. As I lay on the bed I observed several mosquitos doing a merry dance around the ceiling. As the ceiling was too high for me to reach, I attempted to kill them by throwing pillows at them, but it soon became apparent that this was not going to work. So I went to reception (the room?s phone was not connected to the wall ? and, no, it wasn?t wireless) and asked for some mosquito spray. They said they?d get some, so I waited in the room. Half an hour later I went and asked again. It was like the previous visit had never happened. Someone important (the manager?) was at the desk this time, and he went to get some spray. Five minutes later he returned with a can, but alas it was empty. Well at least he tried. He promised me he?d try to get some next morning. When I woke next morning I stepped in a puddle. Alas most of the floor of my room had flooded from the overnight rain. After I?d taken a shower in my dimly lit bathroom, standing under a dribble that took more than ten minutes to go from cold to lukewarm, I asked at the desk whether I could have a different room for my second night. The new room was not quite as dank, and after the maid had placed a few extra towels beneath the window to soak up the leaks from the continuing rain, it seemed almost habitable. And three of the four lights worked in this room! Most of the public areas of the hotel were nicely presented, including a pool, bar and restaurant. Perhaps one day they?ll get around to refurbishing the bedrooms.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Buffshot
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “A badly run state hotel in a wonderful setting ”
        Having sampled the contrasts between the better privately run hotels and the dreary state run places all over the island, it was disappointing to find yet another beautifully positioned hotel which is badly run, needs a makeover and could so easily be so much better. The position, in the confines of an old fort overlooking the town, and with a beautiful view towards El Junque, is unrivalled, although you pay for it with a long flight of steps up and down to get into the town! There is a newer section a little away from the main complex, but there is little to choose between the two parts. Rooms are very basic but clean. Breakfast food was probably the worst in our whole 17 day trip. The town is surrounded by banana plantations, and there are lovely oranges to be had for next to nothing in town. but the breakfast fruit was tinned pears and peaches!! They had sold out of Wi-Fi coupons, so we had to search for them in town, where they were readily available. There is a poolside bar, where you might get a spoonful of sugar added to your gin and tonic unless you watch out! All very Cuban, and all so easily remedied. There are other hotel options in town which might be more suitable, although all are state run, and none has a pool.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Scandilove
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Lovely location, rooms O.K. ”
        Large rooms, friendly staff, beautiful pool area overlooking the town. Rooms are large but require updating. We had paint peeling off the ceiling and mould on the bathroom walls. Nice feature is the included key for the safe. Ample parking at the hotel. Beds comfy, good air-condition. No soap in shower. One towel per person. We had to ask for extra blankets and pillows, there were none stashed in the closet. It seems there are old and new rooms, but frankly, I don't know which one we had. Restaurant on site is not great, for either dinner or breakfast. There is no atmosphere in the room.

      • birdsofafeather1
        rigsby_8
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “A Mixed Bag ”
        Hotel Castillo is a mixed bag. Our first room was in the old section. It was dank and musty with paint spills on the floor and spattered over the woodwork. It felt dirty. The beds were much like box springs without the mattress. The bathroom fixtures were corroded, broken, and barely holding on to the wall. There were no additional blankets. The wiring in the room was inventive. We managed one night and were then, thankfully, moved to the newer section. This room was bigger, bright, had a lovely porch with comfortable chairs that overlooked the bay, had additional blankets, beds with padding and a bath that was fair size and quite functional. It was a definite step up. Both rooms could have used a good scrubbing and a paint job by people who knew how to handle a brush. The water stopped running at one point but the staff fixed the problem immediately. The hotel has a great pool and bar area manned by hard working staff. The breakfast buffet was very good. You would not go away hungry unless you really tried. With the room change I found the hotel delightful. It suffers from all the problems one quickly learns to accept in Cuba, but a prolonged stay here would be easy and quite comfortable.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Retiredtraveller0071
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “A good, plain relaxing base ”
        The standard of El Castillo was a really welcome surprise. Our tour leader had warned us not to have high expectations and others in our group of nine had no hot water in their room and water from a downpour coming down the wall. But our second floor accommodation was plain, clean and welcoming. Everything worked, staff happily carted our cases up the stairs and breakfast was well supplied. The views from the ramparts - it is a converted 18th century fort after all - were spectacular. The pool was opened early so some of our party could use it before excursions. The free welcoming cocktail was a nice touch. The downside to a fort is that it is at the top of a hill. Our driver decided that his new, small coach was likely to be scraped as it negotiated the drive so we generally had to walk up a daunting set of steps or hoof it up the drive. This was a good, relaxing base after a substantial trek by plane and coach to reach eastern Cuba.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Woodroad
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Keep expectations low, and you'll be happy”
        We had been warned to lower our expectations the further we were from Havana, and this hotel was the poster child for that admonition. The rooms were clean, the beds reasonably comfortable, and air conditioning operational, but we rarely had hot water, and some of our traveling companions had no toilet seats. The hotel is on a hill overlooking Baracoa, however, and it is a lovely site. The climb up the stairs from town can be arduous, but there are taxis that can (hopefully) make it up the hill. (We rode in a 1947 Chevy station wagon that had been stripped inside and equipped with benches to seat 12; it barely made the climb.) This is undoubtedly the best accommodations in Baracoa, and it has a certain antiquated charm. Just maintain those low expectations. The breakfast buffet was pretty minimal, with no fresh milk or cereal but some fresh fruit and made-to-order omelets. Lunch was the ubiquitous overcooked chicken, but dinner was actually quite good. We had a local ?fresh water bass? with coconut sauce that was excellent and coconut paste with papaya for dessert.

      • birdsofafeather1
        digger41
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Splendid building, very well situated - but terrible meals ”
        The evening meals provided for our group of 14 were quite shocking. The five vegetarians were given spaghetti with minimal 'sauce' each evening, One evening I had a beef 'steak' that was completely unchewable .Another evening only turkey was available for the non-vegetarians. Instead of being carved, the bird was hacked mecilessly with a cleaver, resulying in a unsavouably mass of bits of meat mixed in with small pieces of bone. The 'sweet' was a couple of spoonfulls of jam-like material. These were the worst 'meals' that I have been presented with anywhere. In town there is at least one excellent retaurant: Palader el Colonial. Go there!

      • birdsofafeather1
        bdinmadison
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Funky ”
        So this is a two star hotel, but I gave it three because it's in the Cuban countryside, and everyone says it's the best hotel in Baracoa, and the staff is eager to please. The photos are a bit misleading. It does have a great view, as long as you don't look too far to the right and see what appears to be a sunken, rusting boat, or to the left where you can see a large building with a huge hole in the middle of its roof. Also there are no grounds to speak of: there is a pool with some chairs and tables around it, and a bar area with picnic tables right next to it, and a small restaurant. The breakfast buffet is definitely lacking: unappetizing-looking eggs in warming trays, deep fried croquettes of some sort, a couple of juices. If you want bottled water, you have to pay for it. And the rooms: I was with a tour group. One person had a parade of ants in her room, another had no hot water at all. My room was downstairs, right across from the pool. I was afraid it would be noisy, but it wasn't. When I first walked in to my room, however, I was near tears: it was damp, and totally dark, and I was unable to open the drapes. (My room was not the only one that had this problem.) What made me give this hotel 3 stars was what happened next. I complained about this, and within minutes, there was a delightful man ready to fix the oddly jerry-rigged curtain rods which were the source of the problem. Now it is possible that I got such good attention because the agent from Havanaturs was there and on top of things, but the help I got was so quick and so good hearted, it did a lot to change my attitude toward the hotel. Even though the sheet on one of the beds in the room seemed to have some kind of footprint on it, and my bedspread had a large hole and a number of stains. (A friend's sheet also had holes in it.) Definitely an experience. The A/C works, and it is very convenient to the downtown. All you have to do is walk up an admittedly steep hill, and you're right there. There are steps you can take, but the winding drive, while a bit longer, is easier on the knees.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Dizzydeels
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Tired hotel and staff! ”
        We stayed here as part of a tour. Baracoa is an interesting place to visit and this is the biggest hotel. It felt quite awkward living in relative luxury high above the poverty stricken people below. However the views are stunning and the place is clean but tired and dated. There is a lovely pool and pool bar but no extra towels and the reception staff refused to let us have any more than the 2 in the room! Unfortunately the staff were grumpy and seemed as tired as the whole place so I don't know what happened to all the friendly people everyone else came into contact with. The food was OK but we went into the town one one night which was an adventure and well worth the experience.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Brigitte S
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Interesting History but...”
        Rooms were clean, average, sparse. 3rd floor walk up on slippery stairs not a big deal for us but for the poor gut schlepping the bags minus an elevator. Lock box did not work as they were out of batteries. I offered mine but was told they did not have the tools to do the job. Tried another room but no luck. Plugged in my iPhone and blew a circuit including the TV! I rearranged the plugs and got it sorted because maintenance did not seem to know about breakers. Rained so hard that water blew under the door creating a small lake. Took one of the two thin towels provided to create a dam. Breakfast was forgettable. I alerted front desk staff about security box, rain water and circuit breakers and it seemed to bother them. Views were the best part of this property. The town of Baracoa and the people are so marvelous that at the end of the day, the hotel is secondary to the overall experience.

      • birdsofafeather1
        OSJ2013
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Great view, otherwise just okay ”
        We had the most amazing view from our very large room... the rest was average. The food in the restaurant was extremely average - cocktails in the bar not bad though. Clean rooms with a/c and a fridge and decent enough bathroom. Steep climb to get to the hotel - fine for us after large meals elsewhere but not so much if you have trouble walking. An easy place to stay for first timers, but next time we'll find a casa.

      • birdsofafeather1
        suzannable
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Beautiful views, bleak rooms.... ”
        The city of Baracoa is very beautiful, with views of the mountains and the ocean. Hotel El Castillo was definitely had no shortage of these views; they were absolutely amazing and we were able to get some breath-taking shots from the front and back of the hotel. Short of the views though, the only other part of Hotel El Castillo that took our breath away was the utter dankness of the lobby, rooms, and hotel restaurant. Due to the damp conditions of this area, there are also a lot of bugs in the room. Unfortunately, everything at this hotel is just very weathered and dated and the overall décor is very bleak. The rooms have permanent stains on the floors and walls and the bathrooms seemed reminiscent of something you might find in a hospital or prison; very stark. The restaurant also left a lot to be desired in terms of food as well, there just weren?t many options. I of course understand that we were visiting a very remote part of Cuba, so this was about what I was expecting. The breakfast buffet was okay; just be mindful of other extremely hungry guests as I almost lost a hand going for the eggs. There?s also an outside bar area by the pool that was fairly nice, and beers were only $1 which was great. Overall there just aren?t many options in the small city of Baracoa. If you find yourself in the area, I?d recommend a casa de particular. We visited a few that were very nice and the families that run them are extremely warm and welcoming.

      • birdsofafeather1
        gerry3491
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Nice hotel, but lacking...... ”
        This is the closest hotel to town, 4 blocks, The first block is approximately 50 steps down the hill or use the switch back drive to the base of the property, you need to be in good shape to return up, only local gas power cab can make it, approx 3 CUC fare if you need a ride up. .Lack of maintenance, from daily pool cleaning to missing light blubs detracts from this lovely hill top location over looking the town and harbor beyond.

      • birdsofafeather1
        jomaru6058
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “nice hotel on a great location”
        Hotel El Castillo has large rooms with nice beds and a great view over the village. Service is ok and staff is friendly and helpfull. Breakfast and dinner in the restaurant are good. Car parking is just in front of the hotel. The only problem could be all the stairs. From the reception/pool/restaurant area you have to go upstairs to the rooms and a long way down to the town.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Pat C
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great View and nice staff ”
        We stayed in the El Castillo in Baracoa on a recent visit. The view from the pool patio is amazing and worth the trip up the stairs even if you don't stay there. They have a nice outdoor bar so you can sit out and enjoy the view with a tasty rum drink in hand. My tip for anyone that visits is that the water heating system is solar and runs out often mid day on a cloudy day. Keep checking if you don't have hot water for a shower. I found plenty of hot water late morning.

      • birdsofafeather1
        dicknjan
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Good for Cuba ”
        A last minute change of plan meant we left a truly awful hotel in Santiago and wound up here. It was a holiday saver for us. However our comments are only based on comparison with other Cuban hotels. The staff were helpful with particular kindness from the Manager Olgita. We were shown three rooms. Our chosen accommodation (room 120) was clean, comfortable, spacious, and everything worked. The hotel is in an old fort and perched on a hill overlooking Baracoa. The views are lovely. There is a good bar area and a decent pool but limited shade and no parasols. The restaurant serves typical Cuban food but nicely and there was good gentle live music. Access to Baracoa on foot was only a short distance but there is a steep climb back up. Baracoa is a lovely place and the trips to beaches, countryside and national parks were readily available. We were not part of a large group and breakfasts could be a bit of a scrum but the rest of the time we were very relaxed and comfortable here.

      • birdsofafeather1
        14NABster
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great location and more than above average hotel ”
        After spending nights in more than 8 hotels in Cuba I can honestly say that this hotel deserves the credits. It is located on top of a hill providing with an awesome view over the sea, bay, mountains and town. It does mean that you have to climb up and down the hill when going or coming to town. (good exercise) But is a hotel of climbing stairs. The hotel has a wonderful pool area with a good bar. It's restaurant is rather poor and isn't very inviting to enter. More because of the lack of personnel and inspiring menu than for its location. There is an older area of rooms, above the pools and a newer area of rooms, up several stairs behind the restaurant. I stayed in the new area. The rooms were large, with a private balcony, acceptable beds and an OK shower. One less positive thing, sheets were not cleaned, but flipped upside down. Still not a big thing for me. All in all, a very pleasant stay.

      • birdsofafeather1
        nikonas1976
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Good hotel, excelent location ”
        We stayed there for 1 night on February 2013. Baracoa is an isolated town which maintains a special character away from masses of tourists and is surrounded by rich natural beauty. Rythms and life are quite slower here and you get a feeling of easy living. We were lucky to be there at St. Valentines day and locals, young and old, had fun in a fiesta really made for Cubans. By far this hotel has the best location on the top of a hill in Baracoa. It offers splendid views at the ocean, the green mountains and the picturesque town, sunset and sunrise. We really enjoyed the view from the pool having delicious cuban cockteils. The center of Baracoa is in a walking distance. The hotel is consisted of two parts, an old one which is part of a castle with nice views and a new one with views to the garden. We stayed at the new part and our room was spacious and clean but without any special atmosphere. Bathroom needed small repairment but nothing important. Staff was helpful. We would definitely stay there again.

      • birdsofafeather1
        ErnieK937
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “On top of the mountain ”
        Nestled within the walls of a colonial Spanish fort, this hotel commands a gorgeous view over the Atlantic Ocean and the place where Columbus first came ashore in Cuba and where the first Spanish settlement was made c. 1515. While basic in amenities, it was very pleasant and comfortable. It was great to be able to step out of the room and be in the pool in about 5 paces. Sitting around the pool at sunset was a great experience, watching the clouds play around the landmark El Yunque. The staff in the breakfast room was very accommodating, cooking tortillas (omelets) to request and, in many ways, making one feel welcome. The front desk staff was less welcoming but the housekeeping staff was very friendly.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Howellsey
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Five star views, four star service”
        El Castillo is all about the location set high on the hill above Baracoa on the site of the old fort. We had spectacular views over the town to the sea and then from the balcony spectacular vistas out to El Yunque and the terrifying looking air strip. The pool area and bar were lovely and made the most of the views, our room was spacious and clean and the balcony was an excellent spot for a sundowner! We had hot water (gasp/swoon) and were genuinely comfortable, in part due to the fierce, but welcome, air conditioning! Breakfast was pretty average unfortunately and it was hard to get much in the way of a smile out of anyone but I can't see how you'd get a better place to stay in Cuba's first capital!

      • birdsofafeather1
        romagaro
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Stunning Views! ”
        The Hotel El Castillo is a VERY nice hotel, by Cuban standards! It is located in an old Spanish fort, which was built with a commanding view over the city and harbour entrance. The view from our room, number 221, was, by any standard, stunning! It enjoyed views over Baracoa city, the harbour bay, and the unusual flat topped mountain, El Yunque. The rooms are good sized, very clean, with the usual facilities (i.e. air-con, fridge, TV, safe). The hotel boasts a decent sized swimming pool, overlooking the harbour bay, an a la carte dining room, and a separate pool-side bar. Perhaps due to it being off-season (we visited at the end of September), the dining room was not available for dinner, but the full a la carte menu was available in the pool-side bar area, which was fine apart from the very hard bench seating! Breakfast was good and served in the dining room. Due to its high elevation, being a former fort, the only downside to this hotel would be access for the less fit & disabled. It is a steep walk down to the city, and many of the rooms can only be reached by several steps. It is easy to see why this hotel is consistently rated as the best in Baracoa!

      • birdsofafeather1
        Roma75Italy
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “A nice stay in Baracoa ”
        I was with my group in this hotel on this holiday on august! A great stay, large rooms, a huge breackfast and a beautiful view of the whole city of Baracoa. Of course there is also a nice pool and the staff was installing the wi-fi connection! A good choice!

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        Alejandra Paula J
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Flexible with last-minute changes to bookings, spectacular view of Baracoa, sunny and well ventilated ”
        We just came back from 3 days in Baracoa. Initially, we were booked into the newes hotel in Baracoa city called Hostal 1511, which we don't recommend. The rooms in Hostal 1511 were small, with no natural light coming into the room (very small window on the side), with a smell of humidity and low ceilings. In contrast the rooms in Hotel El Castillo are beautiful: spacious, bright, well ventilated, clean and with a small balcony with a spectacular view to the Baracoa bay and El Yunque. It is only 3 blocks away from the heart of the city but up on a cliff. The staff was very friendly and willing to accomodate a last minute changes to our reservation (from 1511 to El Castillo). The pool area is also very enjoyable, with a view to the city of Baracoa below. We had dinner at their restaurant the first night. The food was quite good, plentiful and with very affordable prices. If we are ever back at Baracoa we would definitely stay again at El Castillo.

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        JaaSi
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “High and dry ”
        The hotel El Castillo is situated at the highest location in Baracoa. It is an old Spanish ford looking out over the sea. The best way to get there from the airport is by bicycle taxi, but remind that you will have to walk the last few hundred meters yourself. The cyclists will carry your lugage up the high stair case leading to the hotel, though. The hotel is close to the beautiful center of Baracoa, and - more importantly - just around the corner of La Patio, a excellent music center. The service in the hotel is good, the rooms are quite spatious, clean and with good airco. Breakfast is good, but you have to be there in time, because otherwise chances are that most of the goodies have been digested by other guests. The hotel has a nice swimming pool, though there is not much shade to hide from the blazing sun. The swimming pool has, of course, a bar where you can get nice coctails and buy art works of the global tourist art style paradigm.

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        Judy F
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “View excellent, room not quite so good but OK ”
        We spent 3 nights there in the new wing and had the most fantastic view of the bay, airport (only used about twice a week) and El Yunque. The hotel has a commanding position (old fort) in the town and it is quite a climb to get to it - unsuitable for some I'd imagine. It would be too steep for a bicycle taxi to get up there with a passenger. The pool had a great view and was surrounded by exotic plants. The drinks in the bar were very reasonable. We didn't eat at the hotel in the evening so can't comment on that, but the restaurant looked reasonably full. Breakfast had plenty of choice, although the coffee could be improved. But the view makes up for everything!

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        Amaryllis_007
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Nice view”
        Another ok hotel by cuban standards. A/C maybe more noisy than usual. Supply of water is not fabulous, so if your room is on the top floor and far away from the reception, you may have problems having shower at the same time as other people. Breakfast was nice, we also had dinner meal in the restaurant, which was ok as well.

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        Gricper
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “"Great location above the town" ”
        We stayed here for 2 nights as part of a tour. The terrace and pool are great with views over the town and towards El Yunque (Cuba's Table Mountain). The rooms are Ok by Cuban standards and the service not bad - the breakfast was OK.

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        Jackys014
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “A character hotel with lovely views ”
        Close to the centre of the town but perched above it with amazing views over the surrounding area. The rooms are spread out over quite a large area with several flights of steps to reach the furthest ones. The room we had was comfortable with efficient air conditioning and a good shower. Some of the surfaces between the room and the dining area were a bit slippery after heavy rain during the night so care is needed. The buffet breakfast was good and we had 1 evening meal there - good value and quality. The pool was out of action for the 2 days we were there. As with many hotels in Cuba the best plan is to go with expectations that aren't too high and then you will often be pleasantly surprised!

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        Ray G
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great position for an hotel”
        This is generally a very comfortable hotel surrounding a verypleasant pool and bar area. We were half way through a 2 week tour of Cuba and we had by now come not to expect too much in hotel quality. El Castillo however was pretty good all round and the food was probably as good as we had anywhere. We had also learnt not to let hotel quality put us off the enjoyment of a wonderful country with great people. Fitness helps at this hotel as it cannot be accessed by the larger tour buses so the approach to the hotel is either up 100 steps or by a narrow road. The view from the hotel is though superb.

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        Unforgiven11
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Hilltop hotel ”
        It is very nice hotel with good localization. Placed on the hilltop, looks like castle. When you stay in front of hotel you have great view on ocean and all city. Double room costs around 60$. Rooms are clean, with TV satellite, fridge, air condition. There is also small swimming pool and restaurant.

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        careerfed56
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “History, Views & Romance of Cuba ”
        An amazing hotel where the staff bends over backward to accommodate. They greet you like family and make sure you are comfortable and cared for. The rooms are clean and large with windows that open to the amazing views of Baracoa. The pool is wonderful with a view of El Yunque from the water.

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        Sandy D
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Wonderful stay! ”
        I recently returned from a 4 day stay at El Castillo. The views are fabulous...of the sea and the charming town of Baracoa. The rooms are comfortable with fridge, TV and Air Cond. The food is quite good. The pool was crystal clear. Best of all is the helpful and pleasant staff...from the director of the hotel to the wait staff and the chambermaids...everyone was anxious to please and very accessible. I hope to return soon...it was great.

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        Jean B
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “El Castillo ”
        I recently spent 5 nights at El Castillo and was very pleased with the cleanliness of the room, the magnificent views and especially the friendly, helpful staff. The pool and bar area couldn't have a more stunning backdrop of the mountains, beach, city and bay. Highly recommended.

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        Ahimisoledad
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Baracoa, a verdant paradise ”
        We just returned from a visit to Baracoa, Cuba, which is a magical city on the eastern tip of Cuba. We stayed at the Hotel El Castillo on a hill overlooking the city, the port, the beach and the Atlantic ocean. This is a Three star hotel with a million dollar view. The staff is outstanding: friendly, helpful and resourceful. Our rooms were clean and comfortable, the food is good and the price is the best. Sincere thanks to the director, the maitre d', the receptionists, the porters, waiters, waitresses, bartenders, cooks, and even the gardeners who gave us flowers for a memorable stay. The lovely pool more than made up for occasional water shortages which are endemic in Cuba. We will definitely return!

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        Linfitz
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Beautiful hotel. ”
        A beautiful hotel, with a wonderful view of the town of a Baracoa below. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The pool and pool deck is a great place to swim, toenjoy a mojito or other drink, or to just enjoy the sun. The town of Baracoa is very interesting with lots of thing to see and to do. every night the main street is shut to traffic and a huge dance and party area is set up, with excellent live music, dancing and beverages. The views from the higher rooms are amazing, both from the front and the back. I cannot wait to get back there in January.

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        darkangel10
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “High on a Hill ”
        The hotel can be seen all across the town as it is so high up. The hotel was a very pleasant surprise. As it is situated at the top of a hill the gentle breeze was welcome. The pool was clean with plenty of chairs and loungers available, although not a lot of shade for people who want to stay out of the sun. The pool bar does great snacks, cool beers and delicious coctails. Shady chairs and tables surround the bar with quiet music playing. Very relaxing! We were give room 201 (I think the best in the hotal by far) The were two windows in the room, one facing the sea over the town roofs and the other facing across the bay towards the flat topped mountain. We could kneel up in bed and look at the fishing boats leaving in the morning, and the town coming to life. The room was basic, true, but serviced every day. The bed was a bit saggy but not uncomfortable. There was soap in the shower but no gel or shampoo so bring your own. Breakfast was fine with good coffee, eggs scrambled to your liking along with cakes, cold meats and cheese. If you ask nicely freshly cooked bacon will appear! The only problem was not the hotel's fault at all. Nearby there is an extremely noisy open air club with horrendous music till nearly 2am! Baracoa is a lovely genuine cuban town well worth the visit just to meet the towns people who love a chat. Whilst walking around the bay we met a couple of cubans with their pride and joy; their fighting cockerels who were being prepared for the big fight on Sunday. This seems to be their hobby. Lots of cabins where they lived had the birds tethered outside. A lovely town with charming people to meet and to share a coffe with. Well woth a visit.

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        MichaelBurm
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Fantastic option in Baracoa ”
        A real delight in Cuban hotel business! We stayed for a couple of nights while exploring the town of Baracoa, nearby coastline and Parc Nacional Alejandro Humboldt. The views are excellent as well and so is the food and the pool. Absolute no complaints at all, also friendly folks and good service. You need a car preferably but the town is walking distance from the place if you don't mind a few steep sections..:)

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        Ahimisoledad
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Enchanting experience ”
        We have been returning to the Hotel El Castillo year after year. In spite of the fact that it has a 3 star rating, it has a million dollar view and the friendliest staff in all of Cuba. Special thanks go to Olga, the director of the entire hotel chain in Baracoa for her personal attention to our needs and for ensuring our stay was optimum. Thanks also to Alexey, the hotel director for his concern for our well being. Our one suggestion would be to have more fresh fruits and fresh fruit juice for breakfast. Soledad

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        Sergio
        Review about El Castillo Hotel
        Average Average

        good, very next to Baracoa
        El Castillo hotel (The Castle) is the result of the adaptation of an old colonial fort (Sanguily Fort), built in 18th Century with a privileged location at the top of a hill.