Hotel Central Santa Clara

Hotel Central Santa Clara

Hotel Central Santa Clara is a beautifully restored colonial mansion in Santa Clara. 

One of the landmark buildings in Santa Clara, overlooking the main square Parque Vidal, has opened after years of renovation: Hotel Central. The property houses 26 guest rooms in a prime location; with its graceful colonial-style colonnades and balconies it is without a doubt one of the prettiest buildings in Santa Clara.

After decades of disrepair the hotel has being restored to its 1929 glory, maintaining intact its original ornate facade, and the ample lobby showcasing the grand marble stairs. The guest rooms have high ceilings and doors maintaining the original character. Overall though it's a mix of the nostalgic with the contemporary. There is a lobby bar and a terrace bar on the third floor which is a great spot to enjoy many beautiful tropical evenings enjoying the breeze from the square, sipping 'mojitos' and listening to great Cuban music.

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What our clients say

  • Highlight: Santiago City tour helped us understand the history of the revolution, coupled with the excursion to Comandacia de la Plata.

    EM, Bristol
  • Most memorable experience: “the vibe and architecture of Havana; driving on the roads of Cuba - empty motorways, gigantic potholes, no signs, picking up random people who flagged us down; cigar rolling and smoking on a tobacco farm in Vinales; daily daiquiris and mojitos, especially those in Hotel Nacional garden; gorgeous peaceful countryside; noisy people and music everywhere; but also extreme poverty and areas that had barely moved from early 20th century; every Cuban we spoke with said how hard living was and that no one could survive on one job. We had such an interesting and wonderful time and will definitely return.”

    SB, Lewisham
  • Each destination had its own character, they were all good, none more so than others” 

    IM, Edinburgh
  • We really liked Cuba overall. There is not just one thing but the best included: Private tour in Havana was excellent as the guide was first rate. The town of Trinidad which we just loved. We thought it was really good to stay at a Casa and would recommend that experience for at least one section of a holiday.

    PD, Dublin
  • Cuba is a fascinating, beguiling, enchanting, confusing and sometimes challenging country caught in a 60 year timewarp. It is almost as though the clock stopped in 1960. If you can't live without creature comforts you'll find plenty to complain about; if you like a challenge and adventure, thrive on the unexpected, then go quick before it's too late! The only way out of their economic and social chasm is private sector capitalism and it's waiting less than 100 miles away...

    SM, Madrid
  • Every part of the trip on Cuba.  It is an amazing destination.  If we had to pick out one part it would be the amazing unspoint scenery.

    ES, Brackley
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Our expert's view

Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

Set in one of the prettiest buildings, Hotel Central is my favourite place to stay in Santa Clara. It has been lovingly restored to its former glory and staff are only too keen to maintain that splendour. Head up to the terrace bar on the third floor to sip on a mojito whilst people watching over the main square and enjoying the breeze on the warm evenings.


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