Islazul Gran Hotel
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CamagŁey is the third largest city in Cuba. It mainly relies of agriculture; sugar and cattle. It's a quiet town but we spend three days here visiting artists, ballet companies, the local produce market and a cattle farm.
It is unusual in that the old city layout resembles a real maze, with narrow, winding streets leading to squares of …
The province of CamagŁey is the largest center of livestock in Cuba as well as home to a number of ranches. On our way to the King Ranch we stopped at an abandoned sugar mill. It was astonishing to see the machinery completely in ruin, a symbol of the changing Cuban economy. Cuba’s economy is now only 30% of everything that was considered …
We started our morning at the Ballet de CamagŁey, a professional ballet company founded by Fernando Alonzo. As a professional company, each of the dancers graduated at 18 from a school of dance (similar to the music school in Santiago de Cuba), and dancing is their full-time job. Depending on their skill level, the dancers can make anywhere from …
This morning we said goodbye to Santiago de Cuba nestled between the Sierra Maestra and embarked on our three-hour journey to CamagŁey, which we’ll call home for the next three nights.
Along the way, we made a pilgrimage to El Cobre to visit the Sanctuary of La Virgen de la Caridad, the Patron Saint of Cuba. Legend has it that in …
... of people, very 3rd world. On the way we stop in the valley of the sugar cane mills to visit the highest watchtower in Cuba. It costs 1 CUC to climb up but as we haven't been to the gym recently Ian and I decided to give it a go. It certainly got our heart rate up and the view from the top was spectacular. Loretta and Ralph are keen to see a steam train (as shown in a recent BBC program on Cuba) apparently there was one called Australia which is now used ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsIslazul Gran Hotel Camaguey
This elderly grand dame of a hotel is located right on the main pedestrian shopping street of Camaguey within walking distance of practically everything. Rooms tend to be medium to small, somewhat dark with narrow windows sometimes quite difficult to open. Streetside rooms are noisy and interior rooms darker but quieter after the evening entertainment closes down around 23 hrs. Bathrooms are adequate but amenities are sparse, so bring your own shampoo. The top floor restaurant serves good, economic buffet style meals, and there is a underused bar on the rooftop. The management presents free evening entertainment most nights. No security safes in the rooms. If you feel the need, there are individual safes at the front desk.
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