The nicest hotel for miles around, this rural enclave among coconut trees, ferns and frondous groves, has architecture that imitates the dwellings of the indigenous Pre-Columbian Taíno Indians. "Los Caneyes" is the Taino name for their round cottages. This is an inexpensive hotel and in most cases only suitable for a one or two night stop-over.
The heart of affairs is the swimming pool served by an open-air bar and games room. There's also a tiny gym, and small beauty station where massages are offered. The atmospheric restaurant is usually overly air-conditioned; it serves mediocre buffet meals.
Most of Los Caneyes Hotel's 96 air-conditioned accommodations are in thatched octagonal bungalows broadly dispersed amid tree-shaded lawns. These cozy wooden quarters have tile floors and come with satellite TVs, telephones, refrigerators, and bathrooms. Some of the bungalows are a bit shabby and need renovation. A newer two-story H-shaped block houses additional rooms, two of which are suites. These are far more stylish than the octagonal units and come with contemporary furnishings.
The Los Caneyes Hotel is about two miles west of Santa Clara town. It is popular with tour groups and an advance reservation is thereby recommended.
Reviewed on 12 Jan 2016 by philip m from United Kingdom
very pleasant setting, albeit a little further from Santa Clara central than we would have liked but taxis are available and we took one each way no problem. staff are really helpful and charming. the buffet dinner and breakfast was as good as we had anywhere on the island
A buzzing provincial town, with a pleasant Parque Central, Santa Clara is most famous for its connection with Che Guevara, whose attack on a Batista troop train in the city in December 1958 helped persuade the dictator that his days were numbered. This provincial capital is well worth visiting, beyond the suburbs you'll find a buzzing place with streets lively with people going about their daily lives, and the city benefits from having a large student population. The centre seems well looked after and relatively litter-free. A startling sight to anyone arriving from Havana. There are some interesting museums worth taking in and the small brick red-tiled houses lend themselves to an atmosphere of calm and discretion. For most people the area Parque Vidal is the most eventful place in the city, as well as being the geographical heart of the city, it is also its social centre and there is usually some sort of entertainment going on at weekends. A monument marks the spot where revolutionary hero Leoncio Vidal was killed , and benches line the promenades that cross and circle the park. On the plaza's north.