I have never written a review of any hotel or B&B in the past but felt compelled to write about our excellent 3 day stay at Casa Colonial Mercedes during April 2012. To be honest it really was the ultimate highlight of our wonderful holiday in Cuba.
Vinales is a beautiful peaceful area with stunning scenery, but what made it extra special was the home from home at Casa Colonial. We were treated with exceptional warmth and literally nothing was too much trouble for Mercedes and her son Mikael who arranged everything for us, including bike hires, tours, horse-riding and salsa lessons, all at very short notice. This ensured no stress in organising anything. We simply kicked back, relaxed and had lots of fun! Practicing my newfound salsa dancing skills down the road from the Casa, at Polo Montanez bar (a great night out!) with Mercedes niece and the wonderful local people of Vinales is a memory that will stay with me for a long time.
The Casa itself is amazing value compared to an impersonal hotel. It is a clean, homely, comfortable place to unwind with a private living / dining room, large bedroom, private bathroom and a lovely porch with rocking chairs to sit back and sip homemade mojito’s on. Mercedes is lovely person and despite the language barrier (we speak no Spanish unfortunately) it was fun to communicate and get to know her. Mercedes is also an exceptional cook and catering to our vegetarian diet was absolutely no trouble. It was undoubtedly the best food we had and something that we missed during the rest of our time in Cuba.
I would recommend both Vinales and especially Casa Colonial Mercedes to any friends visiting Cuba as a must. Thanks to Mercedes, Mikael and family for being such great hosts, hope to visit you again some day!
Priya and Neeru
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