The home of Afro-Cuban music, dance and magic is said to come from the area
amid the east Cuban mountain range Sierra Maestra. From here the rhythm of the
Son spread, probably around the time that the large estate owner of this region,
Facundo Bacardi, started his rum factory. Santiago joined in a while later when
a lawyer's son called Fidel Castro stared a revolution taking command of Havana
Once can still sense the aura of the past and the composure of the people of
Santiago in relationship to the bustle of Havana. Santiago is the perfect point
from which to make day trips or excursions. One of the closest destinations
is the pilgrimage chapel Virgen del Cobre, where the Pope visited during his
Cuban tour - spelling out a new chapter in the long history of Santiago.
Hotel Casa Granda
In the city center at Parque Cespedes, the Casa Granda hotel
still spoils its guests with the same flair it has shown since its opening in
1914. It is the only hotel in Santiago remnant of the city's heritage and was
completely renovated in 1989. The famous Casa de la Trova with its first class
folk music concerts, the restaurants, clubs and discos are easy to reach by
foot or a short taxi trip.
The view from the roof terrace over the city is unique and regular music and
dance shows are held there.
4 stars, restaurant, bars, terrace, shops, exchange office, E-mail, car-rental
Bath/toilet, shower, air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, Mini-bar, room-safe, 110V
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