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Hotel Gran Piedra , Baconao Park, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Gran Piedra Bungalow
Gran Piedra Bungalow
Double Room Inside
Double Room Inside
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Hotel Gran Piedra is a great choice if you want to experience something different to the beaches & vibrant cities of Cuba. It is also ideal if you want to enjoy plentiful outdoor activities & spectacular scenery on a budget.

Gran Piedra is in a fabulous location, high up on a mountain overlooking hundreds of square miles of lush landscape & sparkling ocean. The accommodation is bed & breakfast with guests staying in either cabanas or bungalows. Though these are basic, they are comfortable & very cheap. The communal facilities are what might be expected for a budget hotel but the food & service at Gran Piedra more than make up for this.

The hotel is in Bacanao Park which is popular with tourists for its views & range of activities. There is something for all the family nearby, including a motor museum, aquarium, prehistoric park & old coffee plantation, complete with houses & cemetery. If you want to explore further afield then the city of Santiago de Cuba is only a few miles away. However, if you want a less strenuous stay then you can relax & take in the spectacular views from your room or terrace, while the hotel’s friendly staff also put on regular entertainment.

If you are looking for a different type of Cuban holiday, or want to break up your beach holiday with a cheap stay in a charming, rustic location, Gran Piedra hotel is a great choice.
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Cafe / snack bar
Daytime activities programme
Ecological excursions programme
Garden
International cuisine
Lobby bar
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Modern building
Parking
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Restaurant
Safety - doctor in hotel - on call 24hrs
Safety - front desk safe deposit box
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Snacks and drinks 24 hours a day
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Details of Standard Room  
Gran Piedra provides accommodation in both cabanas & more spacious bungalows. All rooms have double beds & standard facilities such as satellite TV & fridge. All rooms also have a balcony or terrace.

Some guests have said that rooms can be rather cool & the bed even slightly damp, due to the humidity. However, the friendly staff do all they can to provide alternatives & ensure a comfortable stay.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
Bathroom (ensuite)
Double bed
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
Minibar / Fridge
Satellite TV
Telephone
Terrace or balcony
Twin beds
Guide to Baconao Park
The Baconao Park, in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, is a perfect formula for leisure, in combination with the attractions of its well-preserved nature.

The sea, the mountains and legends get together in an offer that those who chose this region of the Cuban archipelago, as their destination to spend their vacations after a long working season, cannot refuse.

Baconao's traditions date to the time of Cuba's discovery. Its very name is related to a young aborigine who belonged to one of the pre-Hispanic tribes living in that region.

History mentions a magic tree called "bacona", which cast a spell on the young Indian, enabling him to play music with the lagoon's shells, a gift that was passed to the trees when the boy died.

The park's options include the possibility of enjoying the region's typical rural setting (campesino), which covers every single detail, ranging from houses - the popular "bohío" (thatched hut) - to furniture, including the "taburetes" (a typical Cuban chair).

All this is complemented by horse-riding excursions in direct contact with nature, and visits to the ruins of old French coffee plantations.

The remnants of coffee dryers, mansions and even a colonial cemetery can be found in the region, creating an atmosphere that is full of history and mystery.

Baconao also has an aquarium, which allows visitors to learn about the Caribbean's marine fauna in its tanks and tunnels.

Dolphins and seals put an excellent show for both children and adults, exhibiting their abilities, in a sort of pause that is both necessary and refreshing, with a 30-meter-long tunnel under the sea where visitors can see the fish in their own habitat.

Baconao's facilities also include such singularities as the Land Transport Museum, which exhibits over 2,000 miniature vehicles, along with an exhibition of vintage cars.

The ancient fauna is also represented in the park, especially in the so-called Valley of Prehistory, where visitors can enjoy life-size stone replicas of animals that lived on earth millions of years ago.

Add to this Cuba's traditional gastronomic offer, with typical dishes such as roasted pork and the so-called "congrí oriental" (rice and black beans), and a delicious cup of coffee made the old way.

Baconao Lagoon reflects the shadows of Cuba's pre-Hispanic inhabitants on the replica of a Taíno village, where vacationers are welcomed at a restaurant serving seafood and where music is played in the famous "órgano oriental" (eastern organ).

In order to complement the park's many offers, several hotels, including the Bucanero and the Club Amigo Carisol Los Corales, provide a safe haven to travelers and contribute to filling any emptiness left, if any, after a wonderful tour of Baconao.
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