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Hotel Islazul Colón

A tiny boutique gem, this hotel close to the colonial center stands out as one of Cuba's finest provincial hotels thanks to a recent and thoughtful restoration and sound management. The building first opened as a hotel in 1927 and is today part of the Islazul chain, serving both Cubans and tourists. A key element here is the gracious lobby, with its gleaming mahogany fixtures, colorful colonial-style tilework, and handsome marble staircase.

Our favorite feature here is the exquisite antique lobby-bar – a gracious setting for enjoying mojitos and a fine cigar. And the open-air restaurant in the patio combines both a romantic setting with perhaps the best buffet cuisine in the city (although Camagüey's ubiquitous flies also make a meal of things). It even has Internet service. A nice touch, too, is the welcome cocktail and chilled facecloth upon check-in.

The guest rooms on two levels fringe an atrium patio. Their lofty ceilings help dissipate the heat, although they also have air-conditioning. They're nicely furnished with antique reproductions, and the bathrooms – now fitted with modern appliances – have elegant colonial tilework. The hotel is a haven of repose on cacophanous and crowded Calle República. Avoid the two front rooms (201 and 235) with balconies overlooking the noisy street. Instead, take one of the five "matrimonial" rooms (with double bed) to the rear; most other rooms have only two twin beds. All offer satellite TV, telephones, and refrigrators.

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Busy street
  • Car rental desk
  • Fax
  • International cuisine
  • Ladies hairdresser
  • Lobby bar
  • Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
  • Money exchange
  • Old building restored
  • Parking
  • Post Office
  • Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
  • Restaurant
  • Safety - doctor in hotel - on call 24hrs
  • Safety - front desk safe deposit box
  • Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
  • Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
  • Taxis desk
  • Telephone - National & international calls
  • Tours & tourist information desk
  • TV room/bar (international channels/videos)

Customer Reviews for Hotel Islazul Colón