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Hotel Jagua , Cienfuegos City, Cienfuegos, Cuba
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With its magnificent location in the well-known residential area of Punta Gorda, in the southern city of Cienfuegos, the Jagua is considered one of Cuba's most famous hotels. It rises over the waters of Cienfuegos Bay – take a south-facing room for the panoramic vistas over the bay and the Mughal-style Palacio del Valle. Built in Modernist style in the 1950s, it was recently revamped in sophisticated contemporary style. Today the lobby, with its acres of glass walls on three sides, is both colorful and exciting, with its contemporary art and equally avant-garde furniture.

Your eyes are drawn irresistibly rearward to the pool and spacious, nicely remodeled pool-deck overhanging the bay. The lobby bar is a good spot to relax with either a cocktail or cappuccino; in fact, it's more visually appealing than the overly air-conditioned pool bar, with its cold 1950s-retro look. The four-nights-a-week cabaret (followed by a disco that draws locals) is worth the $10 entrance, and the beat of the disco carries as far as guest bedrooms.

Other pluses here are two well-stocked gift stores, a pharmacy, small gym, and ample parking. As to dining... well a few years ago its splendid à la carte restaurant shifted exclusively to a buffet format. The result has been a disaster. During our last visit the range and quality of items on offer left us groaning in despair. And did we mention the dirty tablecloths?

The guest rooms are characterized by the spaciousness of the 50 's and offer beautiful panoramic views. They, too, benefitted from the recent remodel and today boast colorful (even stylish) contemporary furnishings. All rooms have a wall of glass with sliding glass doors onto private balconies. And the modern bathrooms even have hair-dryers.

The city centre is just a few minutes away. Surrounding its charming park are the Cathedral, the Terry Theatre and other attractive constructions.
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Air conditioning
Bar
Car rental desk
Conference halls & rooms
Daytime activities programme
Disabled facilities
Elevators / lifts
Evening entertainment - cabarets
Gallery
Garden
International cuisine
Internet on hotel's PCs
Laundry & Ironing Service
Lobby bar
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Medical services
Modern building
Money exchange
Nightclub, disco or dance hall
Parking
Post office
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Restaurant
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Snacks and drinks 24 hours a day
Swimming pool
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Voltage 220/240
Details of Standard Room  
139 doble standard rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom with cold and hot water, shower, bath tube, teléphone, radio, TV, safe box and minibar, as well as room service.
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220 volt outlets
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Disabled facilities
Double bed
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
Minibar / Fridge
Room service
Satellite TV
Telephone
Terrace (subject to availability)
Twin beds
Details of Standard Ocean View Room  
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Details of Standard Superior Room  
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Guide to Cienfuegos City
Cienfuegos is a delightful and interesting city with a history largely different to that of the rest of the country.

It is a pleasant city which, because of its role as an important port, both domestically and internationally, has a slightly more cosmopolitan feel about it than most other areas in the south. The streets are straight and wide with the Paseo del Prado, which dissects the city and extends out to the peninsula's end, being the most important street. The street extends south through the Punta Gorda area and north along th bay, there are some excellent views to be had from here, especially at sunset when the bay takes on a quiet and brooding appearance.

If you visit Cienfuegos don't forget to see:
Parque Jose Marti, on the eastern side of it is the impressive Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion, which was built in 1870. Also overlooking the park is the Provincial Government Palace, a grand building with great columns and marble floors. Due west of the park stands the Casa de la Cultura.

Teatro Tomas Terry, situated on the north side of the Parque Jose Marti, is a beautiful and impressive structure whose facade is topped by three multi-coloured mosaic murals.
Museo Historico, which contains local military memorabilia that once belonged to those who took part in the various struggles for independence and freedom.

Palacio del Valle, on the Punta Gorda, this Moorish style country house was bought by Alejandro Suero Balbin. Its fading pink colours fail to diminish the overall grandeur of the building which contains some excellent furnishings and porcelains.

The botanical gardens is perhaps the most famed botanical garden in the country, housing over 2,000 tropical and sub-tropical plants. Among the impressive collection of plant species are more than 200 types of palm trees of araceae, there is also a collection of different types of palm trees indigenous to Cuba.

Playa Rancho Luna, situated 20km east of the city, is still very quiet and secluded.

The Castle of Our Lady of the Angels of Jagua, situated 22km from Cienfuegos city, was originally used by the Spanish as a small fort to keep out smugglers who used to enter Jagua Bay to obtain fresh water and food from the locals. It is now a much more subtantial structure following the Spaniards' decision to develop it to defend the city from the more forceful threat offered by the English navy during the war between Spain and England.

Considered the Cuban architectural jewel of the 19th century, Cienfuegos is outstanding for the perfect design of its streets and for the refinement and good taste of the buildings in the historic center of the city, which has been declared a national monument. When visiting, stop by the Casa del Fundador (Founder’s House); Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) Cathedral; Tomás Terry Theater; Ferrer Palace; and José Martí Park, which contains the only arch of triumph in Cuba.

Other attractions include the Prado Promenade, Valle Palace, Museums of Naval and Provincial History, Reina (Queen’s) Cemetery and Jai-Alai Courts.

Farther out from the center of the city, tour the Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Jagua (Jagua for short) Fortress, Tomás Acea Cemetery and the Botanical Gardens.

In addition to these cultural and historic attractions, Cienfuegos has excellent facilities for scuba diving and other water sports, nature tourism and thermal baths.
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