Cubaism Client Reviews of Hotel Islazul Hanabanilla
a 2-night stop off on way to Trinidad become 1 night very quickly after we arrived at what was accurately described as an unappealing building in a stunning setting. But the staff are so apathetic and the food so appalling that we left as early as we could to continue our travel to Trinidad (if we could have secured a taxi the previous evening we would have left even earlier). ok, basic by European standards is absolutely fine if its clean and if you are greeted with the charm and hospitality you generally get elsewhere on this beautiful island. Both were lacking. My Spanish is pretty negligent and thats entirely my fault. I don't expect the hotel staff to be accomplished English-speakers but they should be aware of their own facilities and be able to direct visitors to the much publicised hiking and walking in the area. We were given a wave in a general direction, no offer of guides (seems there are none available, despite being advertised on some websites) and really, that was it. The less said about the food the better. Appalling by the standards elsewhere on the Island.
Reviewed on 12 Jan 2016 by philip m from United Kingdom
The coffee plantatoins on the Manicaragua slopes of the Escambray mountains produce coffee beans that are considered to have an "unparalled aroma". The tobacco grown on the lower planes, El Hoyo de Manicaragua, is used by the cigar factory of Manicaragua City.
The earliest inhabitants, Siboneyes tribesmen, called their home, rather immodestly, Manicaragua, the Arawak language for "The Land of the Brave".