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Hotel Palacio Azul , Cienfuegos City, Cienfuegos, Cuba
Palacio Azul
Hotel Palacio Azul
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The intimate Hotel Encanto Palacio Azul (painted powder blue) was originally built in 1921 by an architect Alfredo Fontana and used to be a private residence of a wealthy tobacco baron. Only in 2004 was the neo-classical water-front mansion, capped by a Mughal-style domed turret, renovated into a lovely, colonial style hotel.

The ambiance throughout clings to the hotel's 1920s roots. A restoration has left the structure and its highlights, such as the colonial style tile floors, intact. And the lofty ceilings lend a sense of airy spaciousness. The bedrooms are named after flowers; on the ground floor there is Marilope, Azucena and Mariposa' while Orquidea, Dalia, Verbena and Margarita are on the second floor. The modest furnishings in subdued pastels are a tad bland, but the rooms are comfy enough and have both air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with shower-tubs. Satellite TV, refrigerators, and in-room safes are standard. Rooms on the second floor are the best bargain, especially Dahlia, which has fine view over the bay. Six of the rooms have balconies (Mariposa does not).

Facilities are limited to a a lobby bar and small restaurant serving from a limited criolla and continental menu. But Palacio Azul is located on the Malecón boulevard next door to the Cienfuegos Yacht Club with billiards bar, restaurant, and nightclub. It is just a short walk from Cienfuegos’ main square, which makes it ideal place for tourists who wish to explore the famous city, its culture, architecture, traditions and customs.
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Air conditioning
Hotel was recently renovated
International cuisine
Lobby bar
Malecon max 5min walk
Old building restored
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Restaurant
Telephone - national & international calls
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Details of Standard Room  
The rooms are simple, clean, high-ceilinged and with original floor-tiles and cornicing; with comfortable beds and feather pillows. Although the hotel has a wonderful position right on the sea, none of the rooms have a direct sea-view.
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Air conditioning
Balcony (subject to availability)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Hot & cold water
Satellite TV
Telephone
Details of Junior Suite  
Description and facilities details coming soon.
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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