By Mayté Solano Gómez
In a tour by Cuba, we want to introduce you to the best places to stay when you visit the main destinations on the island. We have recently talked about the best places to stay in Havana. Now we will be talking about Trinidad, one of the most popular spots in Cuba.
So, let me tell you about the best places to stay in Trinidad!
About the city
Trinidad is one of the best-known tourist destinations in Cuba. It has everything or almost everything a tourist could want: a city with history, architecture, culture and heritage; fine sandy beaches with transparent seawater and mountains rich in native flora and fauna, stunning landscapes and even a different climate compared to the rest of the island, truly welcoming. And most important … a population that overflows with Cuban hospitality.
Founded in 1514 by Spanish colonists, it was considered a city of “contraband”. Also known as the Museum City, many consider it is perfectly preserved. For instance, the streets in the historic center of the city are kept cobbled and the colonial architecture remains practically intact.
Some of the most interesting places in Trinidad are the Main Square with the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Colonial Architecture Museum, the Trova House and the Music House, the Valle de los Ingenios (the Mills Valley), the Grand National Park Topes de Collantes and the beautiful Ancon beach.
Best hotels to stay in Trinidad
The best hotels in Trinidad are located near the beach, not in the center of the town, although access to them is easy and quick by bus or by taxi. They all offer satellite TV, air conditioning, private bathrooms with hot- cold water, safety boxes, parking services, restaurants with delicious food and lively bars.
Hostal Cuba Hotel
This modern 3-star hotel, a few meters from La Boca beach, is just 5 km away from the center of Trinidad, but with easy access to it by bus or taxi. It is ideal for small or large groups of tourists and is also kids and pets friendly. It offers varied leisure options such as car and bike rental and, with the marine port “Cayo Blanco” only 10 km away, nautical activities are possible, including yacht tours, diving and fishing.
In the hotel restaurant visitors will enjoy both international and typical Cuban dishes as well as seafood- fish, lobsters and shrimps.
Club Amigo Costa Sur Hotel
Another 3-star hotel in Trinidad, Club Amigo Costa Sur Hotel is located at the Maria Aguilar beach, in the Ancon peninsula. This region is considered one of the most beautiful on the island. Being near to the southern coast, nautical sports are a great option for tourists, who can also enjoy the leisure options available in the hotel, such as a gym, a tennis, dance and Spanish lessons and a mini-golf club.
Hotel Memories Trinidad Del Mar
This All-Inclusive 4-star hotel is located quite near Ancon beach and only 8 km away from the center of Trinidad. It is ideal for family and group travellers. It offers bike rental, snorkelling, diving and courts for playing volleyball and tennis.
The hotel was renovated in 2005 and from there it is easy to visit the Main Square, the Romance Museum and the Guanuhaya Archaeological Museum.
Trinidad 500 Hotel
Near to the historic center of Trinidad, this small hotel makes it easier to tour the Culture World Heritage city and enjoy the museums and all the cultural sites, such as the Trova House and the Colonial Architecture Museum.
Customers staying in this hotel will enjoy not only the food of the hotel restaurant but will also have access to the many private restaurants (also known as ‘paladares’) of the region, tasting Cuban dishes and the ‘canchanchara’, a delicious typical drink of the region.
Best Casas Particulares to stay in Trinidad
Trinidad is a colonial city, and so are the majority of its houses. They display high ceilings, large interior courtyards and spacious rooms.
Being such a popular destination in Cuba among tourists, there are at present plenty of casas particulares. To make this list of casas particulares, among the best places to stay in Trinidad we consulted mainly the CubaCasa website and other online travel agencies.
Best places to stay in Trinidad: Luxury country casas particulares
Unlike the luxury houses in Havana, in those of Trinidad you can enjoy a much more rural and, at the same time, colonial atmosphere, although with better conditions, more space, sophistication and more personalized services than in the standard-quality houses.
Rogelio and his family were the first casa particular in Trinidad, and still rent clean, comfortable and spacious rooms. The casa used to be the Spanish consulate in Trinidad from 1899 to 1923, and the consul was actually Rogelio’s grandfather. This lovely colonial casa still retains the 19th Century grandeur, and its spacious rooms and corridors are full of beautiful antique furniture. Rogelio was a vet for 24 years but now tends to the casa particular and his guests full time, ensuring a friendly and professional service.
Maria and Enddy rent pristinely clean and comfortable rooms in this recently refurbished casa particular in Trinidad. Maria manages two casas in Trinidad so she is an experienced host, as well as having classic Cuban hospitality and friendliness. There is a great bar area downstairs, a large patio and there’s also a nice terrace upstairs to sit and relax. All in all, a great casa to enjoy Trinidad.
The owners of Hostal El Mirador rent clean and comfortable rooms in their casa particular in Trinidad. It is a spacious colonial casa with beautiful antique furniture, located right in the centre of the city. The family also own La Parranda restaurant and manage a business in Mexico so they are experienced and professional hosts. Once you have explored Trinidad, the casa has a lovely floor roof terrace with seats, tables, sun loungers and great views for you to relax and enjoy the evening.
Best places to stay in Trinidad: Cheap casas particulares
To choose these casas particulares we took into account not only the affordable price of the rooms but also the quality of the houses and the services their owners provide. They will ensure you have a fantastic holiday.
The owners of Casa Mayra rent comfortable rooms in Trinidad. They also give aerobics and salsa classes. The casa is perfectly located just off the Plaza San Francisco. It has a lovely patio on the ground floor and a delightful terrace on the first floor. Apart from the salsa and aerobics, the hosts are also happy to help you organize other tourist activities like horse riding, diving or a walking tour to a waterfall. Really friendly and helpful service in this casa.
Casa Los Habaneros owners rent clean, comfortable and spacious rooms in their neo-colonial casa particular in Trinidad. With their long experience in the hospitality industry, the service is professional and friendly. Close to all Trinidad’s historic centre, the casa has a glorious terrace, garden and shaded patio where you can have dinner and finish your day in the most relaxed way.
Best places to stay in Trinidad: Quiet spots’ casas particulares
These casas particulares use to have large patios and terraces, with numerous plants and trees that give freshness and a peaceful environment, ideal to relax after a day’s sightseeing.
Casa Real 54’s owner rents clean and comfortable rooms in this glorious colonial casa particular in Trinidad. The casa is a stone’s throw from the Plaza Mayor so it really is right in the centre of town. Aside from the beautiful antique furniture, the casa has a huge central patio with trees and tables where you can sit, read and relax once you’ve enjoyed the town and countryside.
Casa Santana’s owners rent luxurious, clean and comfortable rooms in their beautiful colonial casa particular built in 1800. The upper room still has an original 19th Century bed frame, and the rest of the house is crammed with memorable antiques. Located in central Trinidad, this is a great casa to stay at, with its large, flowery patio, friendly hosts, and incontestably delicious meals.
How to book accommodation in Trinidad
If you intend to stay in a hotel, there are Cuban travel agencies and tour operators, such as Cubatur, Cubanacán, Gaviota Tours, San Cristóbal and Havanatur Tour and Travel. They will advise and inform the traveller about destinations, services, suppliers and possible trips. There are offices in almost every province of the island, but you can also find them online.
These agencies offer the client individual services such as different means of transport, hotel and non-hotel accommodations, tickets for cultural or sporting events, vehicle rental, rental of rooms for events or congresses, sale of tourist guide tours, etc. They also offer package tours, generally through tour operators, subsidiary services such as currency exchange, modification or cancellation of reservations and the processing of the necessary documentation for the trip, such as a passport or visa.
If you will stay in a casa particular in Trinidad, you can book it through an online travel agency, such as CubaCasa, a professional online booking system for a network of quality, hand-picked Cuban Casas Particulares.
With a team located in Cuba, they offer tourists 24-hour assistance and help to solve any issues, right from the moment you start organizing your trip. They can help you not only with your accommodation in a casa particular, but also with activities, tours and the transportation to the main destinations.
To sum up…
Trinidad means heritage and nature. So then, we recommend you visit this destination, mainly for an exciting, rewarding and enriching holiday in Cuba.
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