Like echoes of a bygone era, boutique hotels in Cuba are all about provincial warmth and historical charm. Compact and exclusive, each hotel featured on this list boasts less than 30 rooms (even as few as six!). Several are restored mansions from the 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring sunlit courtyards and high ceilings effortlessly combined with modern, top-of-the-line facilities. So take a break from all-inclusive resorts and step back in time with a stay in one of Cuba’s Unesco-listed cities’ historical treasures. Read on to discover our top 10 picks of lesser-known boutique hotels throughout Cuba.
Carnival season may be coming to a close across much of the world, but in Cuba the party hasn’t even begun.
In most Roman Catholic countries, Carnival is a pre-Lenten festival; a time of excess before 40 days of austerity. But in typical Cuban style, things on the island are a little different, with celebrations taking place throughout the summer in various towns and cities. Lucky for you, that leaves plenty of time to organise your Carnival trip.
With the motto leer es crecer (reading is growing), the 27th edition of Cuba’s International Book Fair opens this February. The Cuban publishing industry’s largest annual event transforms the usually-deserted La Cabaña fortress into a huge book market, selling new and old titles of all genres. Attracting publishing companies, book-lovers and curious tourists alike, the fair also includes book presentations, award ceremonies and musical concerts at night. Havana hosts the event for 10 days before it travels to other cities across the island, ending four months later and almost 500-miles away in Santiago de Cuba.