The Iberostar people have done a sensitive and graceful job of matching the mood and scale of this hotel to that of the charming town of Trinidad. It is small (40 rooms), beautifully renovated and maintained, with an elegant marble staircase, handsome woodwork throughout, and a fountain in the center of the lobby lounge. The only negative I can cite about this space is that the seating area is a treacherously unnoticeable step below the surrounding lobby. I was one of many who stumbled, though not one of those who fell and were bruised.
We were lucky enough to have scored what we later learned is the best room in the hotel (#111), a large corner with louvered doors on two walls opening onto a big terrace overlooking the park. Other members of our group did not do so well, reporting that their rooms at the back faced a wall. All rooms, however, were comfortably appointed in traditional style, with excellent air conditioning, iPod-docking clock radios, flat screen tv and modern bathrooms. WiFi is free but is accessible only in the lobby, which is just as well, since it is so slow as to preclude almost anything but transmitting email. Somehow it all seemed to suit the slower pace and beautifully restored colonial streets of Trinidad.
Service was always friendly and highly proficient. Since tourist industry workers can earn far more in hard currency tips than they do in almost any state-salaried job, one finds chambermaids, busboys, etc whose educations, English language skills and overall sophistication are surprising to those of us in whose countries these are typically lowest wage positions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Trinidad is a hotel located in the heart of Trinidad, Cuba. It has a colonial architecture and it is aimed for couples and adults. A lower age limit of 15 has been set to guarantee the guests rest. The Grand Hotel gives the opportunity to know the Cuban culture, the cuisine and the people. This hotel has 40 rooms (5 of them junior suites), all comfortably equipped with: full bath, telephone, satellite TV, air conditioning, fridge, pillow menu, robes, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, coffer maker and safe deposit box. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Trinidad