The charming boutique Hotel Camino de Hierro is excellently located, in Camaguey's historic colonial centre, that is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The 18th Century hotel stands on the Plaza del Gallo, formerly the Plaza de La Soledad, at the entrance to the main commercial streets Maceo, Republica & Ignacio Agramonte, & faces an ancient & impressive church, the Iglesia de La Soledad.
The Hotel's name "Camino de Hierro", the "Road of Iron" is a reminder of the importance of the railroad to Camaguey's past prosperity. The city's development only really took off from 5th April 1846, immediately after the completion of the Nuevitas to Camaguey railway line.
The hotel which has a railway theme throughout, & beautiful artworks of renowned artist Martha Jiménez was first opened as a hotel in August 2011.
The Camino de Hierro's 45m long roofed balcony is the longest in the province. The original balcony was replaced by an iron-wrought reproduction in the late 19th century.
The standard rooms at Hotel Camino de Hierro are clean & well appointed, if a little dull. Inner rooms do not have windows so can get stuffy, though the outer ones are noisier with some first floor balconies overlooking the square. The location of this hotel means that noise is unavoidable, though there are rooms away from the square & the adjacent bar. Standard features include a fridge, air conditioning & satellite TV, while the ensuite bathroom provides complementary toiletries.
It was one of the most important cities in the colonial period, nowdays it has a wealth of fine baroque churches and some picturesque nooks and crannies, such as the restored Plaza San Juan de Dios.
Sightseeing in the city will inevitably bring you to a closer appreciation of the life of the city's hero, Ignacio Agramonte, as there is both a park and a museum dedicated to his memory. The city itself is one of the prettiest in Cuba, full of architectural gems testifying to its colonial past.
Near the train station you can find The Museum of the Birthplace of Ignacio Agramonte. Visit the La Merced church opposite to see its peeling frescoes and the venerated objects stored in its crypt, finally the best of this city is Plaza San Juan de Dios which is an old cobblestoned square surrounded by brightly hued, single-storey buildings and a lovely yellow church alongside a restored former hospital.