From the hills of the nearby historical city of Trinidad, the Hotel Club Amigo Ancon looks like a yacht anchored on the shore of the fabulous Caribbean Sea. Up close some might describe the architecture as an austere concrete Bauhaus structure of a joyless Soviet design.
It rises three stories over the east end of Playa Ancón, a lovely white sand beach that it shares with the neighboring and pricier Hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar. The turquoise shallows here offer good snorkeling. The hotel is offers scuba certification and runs superb dive trips.
The lobby – spacious and airy – sets a good initial tone and has a small gift store, games room, and tour desks. A high point, the huge swimming pool to one side is flanked by spacious sundecks, although the beach offers more appeal.
Ancon hotel boasts 279 rooms.
A luxurious setting where three tourist attractions, converge: the sea, the mountains and a historical city. Taxis await custom for excursions to the nearby town of Trinidad, which can also be reached on a regular shuttle. Trinidad is linked to Havana by road, as well as an airport for small aircraft.
THE SWIMMING POOL OF HOTEL AMIGO ANCON WILL BE CLOSED FROM SEPTEMBER 2015 UNTIL APRIL 2016 DUE TO MAINTENANCE WORK.
Playa Ancon, 12km south of Trinidad, got its name from a black rock on Punta Maria Aguilar that one served as landmark for sailors. Because it seemed to resemble the leg of a horse, it was nicknamed ancona (hind leg). Over the centuries, ocean currents have built up 4km of soft, white beach here, and a few hundred meters offshore is an excellent reef for snorkeling and scuba diving. Since the late 1980s, Playa Ancon has been developed for international tourism and now hosts several large hotels facing the warm Caribbean. Many visitors arrive on package tours and stay at one of these resorts. Playa Ancon makesan ideal base from which to explore the architectural treasures of nearby Trinidad and the forested Sierra del Escambray. Not as overwhelmed by tourism as Varadero or Guardalavaca, it's a good choice for a Cuban holiday.