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Hotels in Sancti Spiritus City, Sancti Spiritus

Hotel Encanto del Rijo

Hotel Encanto del Rijo

This is one of our favorite provincial hotels. The lovely neo-classical building dating from 1818 sits on tiny Plazuela Honorato del Castillo and looks out directly toward the 17th-century Parroquial Mayor del Esp?ritu Santo church ? a great setting. However, traffic noise echoing through the streets can be a problem for late sleepers.

A thoughtful restoration around the Millennium reinvigorated this former dilapidated mansion, which metamorphosed as a hotel in the Islazul chain in 2001. In 2007, it was elevated to the Cubanacan chain, for better or worse. You feel like you\'re stepping back in time as you pass through the tall nail-studded carriage doors to a lobby with wrought-iron chandeliers beneath a sturdy beamed ceiling. No worries, as directly across the street, the Mes?n de la Plaza replicates a Spanish bodega and delivers excellent Iberian dishes (such as garbanzo with bason and sausage), plus a delicious baked chicken in orange sauce. We\'ve always thought the inflatable plunge pool on the rooftop to be a disaster just waiting to happen. There have been reports of major spillage!

Hotel Encanto Plaza

Hotel Encanto Plaza

Overlooking the main square in Sancti Sp?ritus, this mid-19th-century hotel was recently added to Cubanac?n\'s Encanto brand, for small city hotel with exceptional character. However, the Hotel E Plaza falls far short of being such a boutique hotel. OK, it\'s steps-to-everywhere locale is a plus. The lobby is welcoming, with its arches and slender columns, its potted plants, contemporary clay murals, and tinkling fountain in an atrium courtyard to the rear. A small mahogany lobby bar exudes charm, and there\'s a rooftop terrace with views over the city.

The lobby also doubles as TV lounge ? a noisy distraction to guests seeking to relax or using the adjoining computer with Internet access. Our experience in the hotel\'s handsome restaurant, graced by a black-and-white checkered tile floor, has always been disappointing. \"No hay!\" (there is none) seems to be a mantra. And we would really like to see the tableclothes washed more than once a year.