Sunday, February 12, 2012
Bed and Breakfast in beautiful city of Cienfuegos, Cuba
My hosts Norma and Oswaldo could not have been more pleasant. As is often my luck when I travel solo, I received royal treatment on a small budget during my stay in this Unesco site nicknamed "The Pearl of the South".
Norma and Oswaldo's impeccable house is located one block off the Prado, about 3 minutes' walk down to the Malecon and 5 minutes walk up to the spectacular Parque Marti with its Colonial architecture
I could not have found a more inviting place to stay and more attentive hosts.
My room was impeccable and with a definite Cuban feel, and the newly renovated bathroom had lots of convenient hooks and shelves; hot water was available at all times. My room had air conditioning although I did not use it. In the alcove of my room, a small refrigerator was at my disposition and a stock of water, beer and soft drinks for me to purchase if I wished. Oswaldo and Norma's was the kind of house where I did not even lock my bedroom door so confident did I feel of my hosts' integrity.
As for the meals, they were worthy of a reputable restaurant and always beautifully presented, and at the hour I wished. I paid about $30. for bed and breakfast
and about $6. for a wonderful dinner of fish etc.
I enjoyed Cienfuegos so much that I ended up staying three days, although I had planned only on two.
The Pearl of the South is a great place to visit even for older travellers because it is flat and the sidewalks are not crowded. There are no touts or beggars. The malecon
leading to beautiful old mansions,
the Prado which runs for several blocks and is lined with benches, and where you will see Cubans rocking peacefully in the shade
and the pedestrian mall are perfect for strolling; this nostalgic Colonial city is well worth a visit. And if you don't feel like walking, a bicitaxista will take you around at your leisure for about $2. an hour.
If you know anyone going to Cuba who needs a nice, safe place to stay, here are the details:
Norma and Oswaldo, Hostal Soto, Avenida 40, #3712 (between Calle 37 and Calle 39)Cienfuegos, Unfortunately, I don't have a recent email address or telephone number for them but you can find them upon arrival in Cienfuegos. Just hire a bicitaxi for a few dollars at the bus starion. Oswaldo and Norma can also offer their services to show you around; This would be a perfect place for a novice solo traveller. ps. B & B's are called Casas Particulares in Cuba. If you go to their place upon arrival and they are full, they will find you an adequate place to stay; there is always somewhere to stay :)