Cienfuegos' Pasacaballo Hotel celebrates its 40th anniversary

Posted: 22-Jul-16 15:52

The Pasacaballo Hotel, once one of the most popular holiday getaways in Cuba's central city of Cienfuegos, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Although the hotel has suffered a little deterioration in the past few years, its wonderful location facing the bay and its incredible history are the pillars that make this property special.

Cienfuegos' Pasacaballo Hotel celebrates its 40th anniversary

With ups and downs, the Pasacaballo Hotel resists the test of time as it celebrated its 40th anniversary only a few days ago. The second most prestigious hotel in Cienfuegos for many years, this beautiful property opened its doors for the very first time on 18th July. To the date, many tourists continue to stay in its comfy accommodations and are delighted about the attentive service.

Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro was the one to inaugurate this lovely venue set near one of Cuba’s best diving areas, yet not too far from the city’s historic centre. Boasting idyllic views to the sparkling waters of the Cienfuegos Bay from every room, the hotel is today property of the state-owned Islazul chain, supervised by the Tourism Ministry. Nonetheless, it is its prior glory and history that make it an interesting place.

During its golden days, Pasacaballo was home to the one of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants. People from all around Cuba’s central region visited this fine dining venue situated on the second floor to taste delicious dishes and enjoy views of the sea and the Castillo de Jagua. In addition, the buffet service also had a dashing reputation as one of the most varied and tasty across the island.

As music is always an important part of any holiday in Cuba, Pasacaballo treated its guests to an animated disco, which was famous in the entire central region and attracted people all the way from neighbouring cities Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara. Before or after, a vibrant night of dancing, a tantalising drink is always welcome.

The property’s cafe/bar was the sanctuary of one the greatest Cuban bartenders in history, Pedro Garcia. Lovingly called “Pedrito Pangola”, this man was responsible for transforming cocktail-making into an art form in Cienfuegos. Visitors kept coming back to the bar for Pedrito’s unique “Arcoiris” (Rainbow) cocktail.

Due to lack of maintenance, Pasacaballo’s facilities were slightly deteriorated for a while and had to undergo several repairs and changes that have modified its appearance, including interiors and the swimming pool which are very different from the original design. In spite of these setbacks, Pascaballo hotel is still an important landmark with a glorified history and an unbeatable location which serves as a wonderful base for discovering the pristine Cuban city of Cienfuegos.


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