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  • Hotel Santa Clara Libre

    Santa Clara Libre Hotel Cuba

    • Destination: Villa Clara
    • Address: Parque Leoncio Vidal 6 e/ Trista y Padre Chao, Villa Clara, Cuba
    • Phone: (53 42)20 75 48
    • Accept child:Yes
  • Description: Santa Clara Libre Hotel Cuba

    Situated at the very center of the city of Santa Clara, facing the Leoncio Vidal park and flanked by La Caridad Theater, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Jose Marti library. An hour’s drive to the north will take you to Remedios, a typical provincial town, famous for its Christmas Parrandas. Located a short distance from the hotel, you can visit the Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial Mausoleum Complex. 166 air-conditioned rooms with private bath, telephone and TV. Others: mini-bar, restaurant, cafeteria, bars, snack bar, central security box, currency exchange, car rental and taxis.

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

    TOTAL PRICE: $58

    For dates from 07/18/2020 to 07/19/2020

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

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      • birdsofafeather1
        Chap6595
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “WOW ”
        Apart from the Roof Top Bar...not worth it. Book three nights left after night one...the rooms where crazy small, there was no water pressure and no hot water. The smells from the alley and the noise was amazingly bad. Its a huge green building in the middle of town that should be avoided!

      • birdsofafeather1
        Vicky091
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “Pretty horrific ”
        It is true that you can not beat the Santa Clara Libre's location in Santa Clara. It is very close to all the tourist spots, main square, bars and nightlife. It also has a great view from the 11th floor. However, the rooms are ropey and pokey at best, and the air con so noisy it was impossible to use. We found the service to be very poor to mediocre and the lift was manually operated, so it was advisable to use the stairs on all possible occasions. The breakfast buffet was not really acceptable It goes without saying but do not drink the tap water under any circumstances anywhere in Cuba unless you are certain it has been treated. We should have known better and this is no fault of the hotel, but we took a risk and a week later we are still paying for it... In Santa Clara it is worth staying in a Casa Particular (basically a private family house with a floor/area to rent out to tourists). We did this in Trinidad (more interesting town all over) and it was amazingly good value and they cook fantastic food. Do your research on these places though as if you wait until the bus/train station to book it you will find a lot of people hassling you. Go for the actual owners as opposed to a tout working on commission. Enjoy!

      • birdsofafeather1
        sayakarama
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “shocker!! ”
        I didn't choose to stay at this hotel - it was booked for me by a cubatur agent in Havana who are obliged to book the state owned hotel. It hasn't had any maintenance since the revolution and looks more like an eastern european student dormitory. Tiny bathrooms, intermittent water flow - there was NO water one morning - very old beds, damp, tiny rooms... i could go on....the restaurant is equally bad. It is pretty cheap though - I paid 27CUC* per night for a twin share. But not great value when that is slightly more than you would pay at a casa which is infinitely better. there are plenty of casas in santa clara so you are better off staying there. *1CUC=1USD

      • birdsofafeather1
        MickyPaperBoy
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “Please Avoid”
        When you arrive at the Santa Clara Libre you will be surprised at just how bad the outside of the hotel looks, WELL the inside is even worse, the rooms are unclean and tiny a very poor standard indeed. I don?t think the windows or the curtain had been cleaned since the revolution. The best part of the Santa Clara Libre hotel was the reception area and the sound of the front door closing as we left the hotel. Please avoid using this hotel so as not to ruin your holiday

      • birdsofafeather1
        waterloomonster
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Fawlty Towers”
        Well - it is Cuba! And you do get what you pay for I suppose. I don't want to diss it too much, but it was pretty terrible. We had to move room as it actually felt like we were in a disco - there is a disco on the roof and one in the basement - so you are better off on the 5th floor or so - an equal distance from either. The breakfast was truly terrible - salvaged only by the very nice lady who served us (and looked embarrassed). We asked for a glass of water one morning and were refused! Water- in a hotel!!! Ha ha! Ciggy butts on the staircase - mmm, lovely! We were only there two nights - I was glad to get out. In all honestly, I wouldn't stay there again, but it was crazy cheap and if you only want somewhere to sleep, it is better than nothing. But I suspect there are casa particulares much better and cheaper. One good point - very nice towels in the bathrooms. I do like to end on a positive note..... Good luck!!

      • birdsofafeather1
        rex_banner
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Stay in a casa ”
        The Hotel Santa Clara is a wonderful reminder of how bad accommodation can be. It is like stepping back in time to a really bad pre-communist Russian hotel. We arrived and we were unsure about Santa clara so we decided to stay here as it was mentioned in the Lonley P guide. Initailly it looked ok, clean reception area, usual security gaurds on the door etc. The staff were friendly enough. We got 2 rooms, our 1st one was on the front of the hotel with a view of an adjacent AC unit, the bathroom was probably the same size as the bedroom with the door unable to open fully as the bed blocked it, the shower was terrible as you had to hold it in your hand, we had luke warm water that night and ice cold in the morning, the bathroom was basic but pretty clean. The bedroom was not nearly as nice, the floor really looked like it hadn't been mopped in a while and was very basic, 2 beds a TV and a Phone The second room was just as basic however the bathroom was the size of a broom closet, but did have a nice view of the plaza!!! From a room POV it was terrible but the rooftop bar was a good way to see the city as a whole, there wasn't many up there though. The Buffet breakfast wasn't too bad as far as breakfasts in Cuba went. We stayed one night and then hit the road, but i would probably recommend a good Casa rather than this place.

      • birdsofafeather1
        rmd2k2
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “You can do LOTS better ”
        I booked here because it was the only hotel I could find in Santa Clara. I should have looked in the Rough Guide, however. The hotel is centrally located but it is dirty. That is the first impression I had of the place which got reinforced over my stay. There is a disco in the hotel that blasts music until 2 and some time 4 AM every night, making it impossible to sleep until they are done. The staff are nice though. If you are heading to Santa Clara, Cuba, look in the Rough Guide for better alternatives such as B&Bs and local families with permission to rent to tourists.

      • birdsofafeather1
        SteveLillywhite
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Occasionally terrifying ”
        This hotel manages to alternate between pretty good, fairly appalling and occasionally slightly terrifying, The staff are reasonably friendly, and offer a parking service, which is pretty impressive considering the low cost of the rooms. Things go a bit downhill in the rooms though. Personally I've never before seen a hotel room with a heavy duty deadlock on the door! Kinda makes you wonder why its required. Even more worrying though is the light switch within the shower cubicle, which naturally becomes absolutely soaked the second the shower is switched on, Breakfast is fairly unappealing, especially some dubious looking eggs on display which are only for the truly brave. Once again though, the staff are fairly helpful. There's some good views of the town from the rooftop bar, although its totally dead off-season (which is perhaps slightly unfair, as I've no idea what its like during peak-time) All in all its an OK option considering how cheap it is, but for the price you could instead find a "casa particular" with a far nicer room and much better breakfast.

      • birdsofafeather1
        poststeen
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Average Average

        “Better than the tourist camps outside city ”
        we like this hotel because of the execellent position in middle of the town - last year we stayed outside city at one of these tourist places with all kind of entertainment but no cubans - at this hotel we were in mittle of town - and since we are used to stay in a lot of por places this was indeed good and pleasent

      • birdsofafeather1
        a question
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Average Average

        “Pretty good. ”
        The Santa Clara Libre sits right across from the town's main square. We got a room on the 5th floor with a (sunrise) great view. Aside from the super slow elevator, the hotel is OK. . The rooms are bare but clean. As is usual in many Cuban hotels in this category, the soap is tiny, so bring your own. Friendly staff. Full breakfast.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Cubasgreat
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Rustic with Friendly Staff ”
        We stayed at this hotel in mid December for one night and would have stayed longer if our schedule would have permited. The hotel is fairly easy to get to as it can be seen from quite a distance. There is a restaurant on the 10th floor with a good menu and very reasonable prices and the food is very good. Breakfast is in the basement and has the usual breakfast menu for Cuba that is included with the room price. The 11th floor has a great view of the city and a small bar with a friendly bartender who is very interesting to talk to. The other staff here were also very friendly and answered any questions we had about the city and gave easily understandable directions for travel. The rooms are small with air conditioning, plenty of hot water, a TV, and a decent double bed that is actually fairly comfortable. We would go back to this hotel any time we are in Santa Clara and anytime there is a baseball game the same day you are there it is highly likely that the ball teams will be at this hotel also. Camaguay and Villa Clara were playing at the time we were there and we were able to meet some of the players and staff.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Feee78
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Fabulously bleak, but clean with lovely staff ”
        Anyone expecting the lap of luxury in smalltown Cuba is on the wrong holiday. We were impressed by the minty-green exterior complete with bulletholes from the decisive battle of the Cuban revolution, the great location on the main square (highly recommend the bar under the theatre), the friendly and helpful staff, the lift that you have to bang on the door and shout to call, the sparse communist-style (but clean and air conditioned) room, the view of the Che memorial from the shower, the fact that there was at all times either warm or hot water and the chaotic but well-intentioned breakfast service. More on the lovely staff - they were so sweet and solicitous. One receptionist actually took us to the nearest secure carpark, which was a few streets away, rather than just giving directions. When the pump broke on the shower it was fixed within an hour of our reporting it. Our last morning there was the first day of them going to a buffet style for breakfast and they were remarkably proud of it. The breakfast was alright too, basic but tasty. Again, we're not in Vegas so I don't expect caviar blinis. Overall the experience was pretty hilarious, but we were on holiday in a provincial town in a third world country with a communist government in a cheap state run hotel (other customers mainly Cuban), so we chilled into it and enjoyed. I think some of the reviewers here should get back to Varadero where they belong. If you're a bit more good-humoured though, and a bit less snobby, and want to stay in a hotel which is at the top-end of affordable for your average Cuban, you'll have great fun at the Santa Clara Libre.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Michelaine
        Review about Santa Clara Libre Hotel
        Poor Poor

        It is Fine
        Situated in downtown Santa Clara, facing the Leoncio Vidal Park and flanked by La Caridad Theater, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the José Martí Library. At a one-hour drive to the south from Remedios, a typical provincial town, famous for its Christmas Parrandas. Close from the hotel, you can visit the Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial Mausoleum Complex.