The name “Cienfuegos” comes from two words: cien, which means “one hundred”, and fuegos, which means “fires”. Nestled around the Bay of Jagua, the city of one hundred fires has the vigor of a Caribbean paradise and the elegance of Paris. Known as La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South), Cienfuegos is a colonial haven in the agriculturally-rich area of south-central Cuba. Home to more than 150,000 residents, this enchanting city by the bay has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.
Originally part of Spanish territory, the city was established by French immigrants in 1819. Its grid-like layout, an innovative style of urban landscaping during the 19th century, is dotted with stunning neoclassical residential homes and buildings. In Cienfuegos, the merging of French and Spanish cultures can be felt in its street names, plazas, flamenco concerts, and overall culture. Because of its pleasantly contrasting elements of sophistication and liveliness, the city welcomes visitors from all over the world looking to experience a different side of Cuba. If you’re raring to explore the city’s narrow streets and unique ambiance, here are some Airbnb vacation rentals to keep in mind.
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, this pleasant house provides guests with a nice atmosphere while being near the delights of the city center. Located near parks, restaurants, commercial establishments and cultural buildings, this property is a welcome refuge amidst the bustle of Cienfuegos.
The house has high ceilings and spacious interiors which give off a light and airy feel. Up to three guests can make use of a bathroom, laundry facilities, and a bedroom equipped with two beds. Outside, there is a terrace where guests are free to take in the view and sip the city’s famous mojitos.
Casa Mabe HostalCienfuegos, Cuba
Top guest reviewsThe rooftop terrace features a nice viewClean room with air conditioning and hot showerThe room is nice and the rooftop terrace even nicermodern casa with everything you needLovely room in a beautiful homeEverything was super clean and the house looks amazingTheir brakefast was awesome (on the rooftop) and everything was cleanVery clean and nice roomModern and clean Very kind staffThank you for everything and continue
Host:so we were greatful that they spoke English very wellboth of them are speaking a really good EnglishWe are so grateful for their hospitality and for allowing us to stay in their beautiful homeThey helped us out with a taxi collectivo and made excellent restaurant recommendationsThey have a beautiful home conveniently close to the main boulevard with a beautiful sunny terrace where they serve a delicious breakfastRead more reviewsThe house is well locatedLocation is central 5 min walk toIt's in a great location very close to the Viazul and easy walking distance to the main squareToo bad you live so farThe location and installations were great
Located near both the historic district and modern establishments, this charming house beckons its guests to discover the different facets of the city’s personality. Situated on a quiet area near the main street and bus station, this three-storey property is a great vantage point for exploring not only the city’s culture but its culinary scene as well. Aside from restaurants, there are also a lot of markets which can be found only a few steps away.
The house is fitted with high ceilings and traditional decor, evoking a warm and welcoming ambiance. Up to three guests are provided with one air-conditioned bedroom which has one double bed and a single bed. Guests can also make use of laundry facilities, a bathroom, a common room, and a garden. At the third floor is a terrace overlooking the city, the perfect spot for having a romantic breakfast and viewing the sunset.
Hostal Navarro #5019 Cienfuegos CubaCienfuegos, Cuba
Top guest reviewsThe highlight however was the breakfast (included in the room rate) on the rooftop terrace with a city viewWe really enjoyed having a fridge in the roomThe place was a bedroom kitchenette and bathroomThe room had so many lovely touches - including a fridge with beer/water TV hangers in the closetThe room is very spacious and there is a private outdoor area for relaxinghis rooms are clean and well kept and the location is primeit was clean and well locatedThe bathroom is clean and functionalThe house was centrally located and the hosts were excellentLocation is good and casa is very pretty and clean
Host:Very Nice family and good situationThey gave us an overview of the city and made sure we knew where we were goingThey also taught us a lot about CubaThey advised us what to see in town and where to eat Nice personsSuper nice tips and well located casaRead more reviewsjust 10-15 minute walk from the bus stationThe house is very well locatedIt is in a city center and from Viazul we walked maximum 15 minutesThe location was great walking distance to all attractions at city centerThe house is only a couple of minutes walk from the central square
Malecón de Cienfuegos is a lively promenade that offers scenic views of the Bay of Jagua. Located one minute from it is this charming home where guests can experience both the vibrancy of the waterfront and the culture of the historic district. Aside from endless restaurants, the property is also near trendy destinations such as the Boulevard of Cienfuegos and Boulevard Santa Isabel.
Up to two guests can make use of one air-conditioned bedroom with two beds. Guests also have access to a private bathroom, a kitchen, and a washer. On the third floor is a lovely terrace where guests can admire breathtaking views of the Cienfuegos sunset.
Gaviota de Jagua. Su casa en CubaCienfuegos, Cuba
Top guest reviewsNo hot water in the showerGot some use of the kitchen and microwaveNicely equipped kitchen at our disposal leading out to the balcony on the same floor as the roomThe bedrooms are on the basic sideGod clean room wonderful terrace and roof top area overlooking the bay perfect to watch the sunsetThe house was very clean and terrace was amazingly beautifulThe room was very clean andand we weren't disappointedtoilet was clean and more than adequateEverything was nice and clean and Luis Manuel was very friendly to us
Host:very helpful super nice and speaks excellent EnglishThe attention and hospitality is great and always willing to helpSmart well spoken and wittyHelpful information Did laundry for usHe was always there to help us and gave us some good tips what we should visit and where wo can have some good food He really helped to make our stay in Cienfuegos perfectRead more reviewsits location is just a few mins from the main shopping street andThe house is located in a quite strategic place in walking distance between the city centre and punta gorda (The centre is within walking distanceLuis Manuel's place is in a very good location right by the Malecon andExcellent location on the Malecon De Cienfuegos A 5 minute walk to the centre of Cienfuegos 10 to 15 minutes to Punta Gorda
The Cienfuegos experience should not be limited to tours alone. In this boutique hotel, guests are offered the chance to immerse in the city’s colorful culture with style. Fitted with a fusion of traditional Cuban decor and modern aesthetics, this colonial-era hotel brings a splash of art in each uniquely designed air-conditioned room.
Although guests do not have access to a kitchen, the hotel provides a traditional Cuban breakfast every morning. You can also request a full gourmet dinner for an extra cost. If you would rather explore the restaurants downtown, you can also request a taxi service.
Casa Buenavista H7 (WIFI) Breakfast includedCienfuegos, Cuba
Top guest reviewsThe room was very comfortable andGreat place and beautiful room:)cozy and comfortable to stayEach room have different decoration that will impress youThe room are big with very comfortable bedThe house was very beatiful andvery well decorated with beautiful patio Rooms are equipped with large and comfortable bedThe breakfasts were the best we had in Cuba and the location was greatThe space was exactly as described and the pictures doesn't do it any justiceThe room was very clean and had great air conditioning and a comfortable bed We loved visiting Cuba and were so glad we ventured beyond Havana
Host:They helped us with transportation and extremely accommodating to our needsThey let us check in early and leave bags until it was convenientwe said ok and 30 minutes later they served us a wonderful meal with fresh gazpachoI love the decoration of all of the houseWe cannot say enough about how exceptional our stay with Ketty and her homeRead more reviewstoo Location is between Viazul bus station and city centre circaIt's about a 10 minute walk from the city centerCuba Perfect place loved itAmazing casa located in the center of CienfuegosThe casa is walking distance from the malecon and main plaza is about a 7 minute walk
Located close to the nightlife of downtown, the vistas of Malecón, the sophistication of the historic district and the breathing spaces of Paseo del Prado and Parque Jose Marti, this property is one that lets you experience the true essence of Cienfuegos. Situated on a quiet and clean area, this pet-friendly house is within walking distance to many places of interest in this unique and dynamic city.
The house, decked out in vibrant decor infused with traditional and natural elements, contains one air-conditioned bedroom which can accommodate up to three people. Guests can make use of one double bed, a single bed, a private bathroom, a kitchen, laundry facilities, and free parking on the premises. There is also a terrace where guests can have breakfast and take a nap in a large and comfortable hammock.
Hostal Almaguer Habitación 1Cienfuegos, Cuba
Top guest reviewsThe room itself was immaculateThe rooftop terrace is beautifulOur room was one of two of the highest floor of the homeThe room was pretty niceThe terrasse is stunning and the room was sparkling clean with comfortable beds a private bathroom and a private fridgeand it's very cleanThe rooms and bathrooms are very clean and well kept and the AC worked wellthe entire house is clean and nicethe room was extremely cleanvery clean and spacious One of the best parts was the large terrace
Host:the host was very nice and helpfulhas great recommendations and speaks english very wellWe got many useful hints and recomendationsVery welcoming and friendly familyVery good and nice host Speaks EnglishRead more reviewsIt is an easy 10 minute walk to the centre of the city andanything is within walking distanceThe location is perfectly situated between Plaza Marti and the maleconPerfect location - close to the port and the centre Also walking distance to the Viazul bus station Breakfast here was deliciouseverything is in walking distance
Situated on top of a hill, this colonial house has stunning views to go with its history. Located near dining establishments, nightlife, parks, museums, and plazas, this property has the best of downtown Cienfuegos right outside its doors. If you want to take part in all the activity, Paseo del Prado and Cienfuegos Boulevard are only a few blocks away.
The house offers one air-conditioned bedroom that can accommodate up to three people. Guests can make use of one double bed, a single bed, a private bathroom, living room, dining room, and parlor. There is also a terrace and balcony for taking in the fresh air. Although there is no kitchen access, the bus station is only a few steps away if you want to have a culinary tour of the area.
Hostal "Atalaya"Cienfuegos, Cuba
Top guest reviewsThe room was confortable and well equippedThe room includes 2 cozy double beds a bathroom and a small fridge with beveragesWonderful view of the sunset from the terrasseVery beautiful apartment with nice view in rooftopThe views from the roof terrace are greatThe room is lovely and spotlessly cleanThe room was very sweet and very very cleanThe house is really nice and the room clean and spacyOlivia's casa is very central and walkable and the room itself was sparkling cleanThe room is clean and tidy
Host:she sorted out a taxi colectivo for us Olivia and her husbandhost is a very friendly womanand she was very helpful during our stayThey rescue animals (so cute )They are all so cute and friendly and VERY well behavedRead more reviewsthe location is perfect quick distance walk from the centerlocation is short walking to the city centerThe house is very well located in Cienfuegos Perfect to discover the cityLocated a little distance from the squareIt's about 4-5 blocks from the Viazul bus station and only a few blocks from the main street and central square
Even if you’re on a budget, you can still have a taste of luxury in this charming villa. Located near the Malecón de Cienfuegos, Paseo del Prado, and Parque Jose Marti, this villa is near the party scene as well as the city’s historical breathing spaces. If you’re travelling with kids and in the mood for a night out, you can even get babysitter recommendations from the hosts.
The villa offers one air-conditioned bedroom suitable for two people. Guests can make use of one queen bed, one private bathroom, a minibar, and a washer. Outside, there is a terrace where you can savor exceptional views of the bay with a loved one or a friend.
Relais Italia: confort at the Pearl of SouthCienfuegos, Cuba
Top guest reviewsThe bed is really comfortableThe view from the rooftop terrace is amazingThe description and pictures ae fully representing the accommodationlovely view from the rooftop terrace and welcoming staffVert clean and cozy with a nice terrace to watch the sunsetVery modern and clean roomsThe apartment was very clean and very comfortableTheir place is clean and really niceThe rooms are spotless clean spacious and the beds are very comfortableThe room was very clean and pleasant
Host:they gave us all the info we needed for pur stay and help us arranging trips and trafstershe was kind of rude with usThe hosts were really niceThe host is very helpful and welcoming He helped us with taxi transfer to our next destination although we had a minor misunderstanding about the final price for this Overall very clean and comf...Great host and food was deliciousRead more reviewsgood located everything is in walking distance (barsThe location is well located near the city center and also near punta gordaThe center is not far to walkAuch die Lage ist gut als Ausgangspunkt in alle RichtungenIt is a good accommodation at a great location in Cienfuegos at walking distance both to the town center and La Punta
When it comes to the culture of Cienfuegos, two things usually come into mind: Spain and flamenco. In this bed and breakfast, you get experience the city’s culture first hand. The house, a family home owned by a flamenco artist, evokes a cozy atmosphere filled with art and music. The house is decorated with traditional and natural elements, adding a bit of freshness in its overall homey ambiance.
The house offers one bedroom which contains one double bed and a single bed. Guests can also make use of a private bathroom, a washer, and children’s books and toys. Outside is a garden and patio where flamenco, art, and cooking lessons take place. Culinary enthusiasts will be delighted to try out traditional Spanish and Cuban cuisine at the in-house bar and restaurant. If you want to look beyond the nearby city center, waterfront, shopping and dining establishments, the bus station is only a few minutes away. The hosts can even give you excursion tips if you don’t know where to go.
Casa El Patio AndalúCienfuegos, Cuba
Top guest reviewsthe room was spacious and as described and the bathroom was large and accessiblethe bedroom is acceptable and the bathroon in confortableno ac, but the fan over the bed kept us cool at nightthere is no refrigerator in the room for bottled water but the bathroom was clean the the shower worked finejoel is a master chef in the kitchen, so it is impossible to no taste their foodwe found everything as described and were cordially welcomedthe house, garden and room was clean and nicethe home itself was clean and comfortable and the back patio was relaxing place to take our meals and observe the ducks, chickens, pet birds and bunnyit was so beautiful the way they sang and danced and performed, it was the coolest thing with our cienfuegos visit! such kind people, and it was cool to see how normal cubans lived their livesthe house was good and clean
Host:very welcoming and friendly! positive atmospherevery thankful to their hospitalityvery nice hostsvery nice family! great food and entertainmentthey booked some danse events during my holidays with themRead more reviewsthey are extremely well-located: 2 minute walk from the viazul station, a 15 minute walk to the center of the city, a 25 minute walk to punta gordathe location is the best, only 2 minutes from the bus stationthe location is not in central but its on side of bus station and on 10 min walk you will be on centerthe house is lovely at a good location, walking to main squarethe house is located closely to the center and is two minutes away from the viazul bus station
A large part of the city’s charm comes from its locals. This colonial family home, situated in the heart of the city, allows guests to become immersed in the traditional Cienfuegos way of life. Located in a quiet neighborhood, guests have the pleasure of being near the city center, seafront, and Plaza Marti. Around two blocks away, the train station is available for you to use if you want to discover the rest of the region.
The house, fitted with traditional decor, has spacious interiors and high ceilings. Guests can access the two sitting rooms which contain antique furniture and authentic Cuban rocking chairs. The house offers one air-conditioned bedroom with one double bed, a single bed, and a couch. Up to three guests can make use of a private bathroom, a kitchen, and a washer. There is also a patio available for you to use if you want to unwind and take in the surroundings.
"Hostal Teresa" Room 1Cienfuegos, Cuba
Top guest reviewsThe room was comfortable and the living room very beautifulThe room looks just like the picturesThe bedroom is fresh and privateThe room was equiped with a fan and an air-conOur twin room is spacious quiet with comfortable beds and good ventilationThe room was very clean and spaciousThe house is beautiful and is exactly like describedrooms are very clean and location not far from everything you want in Cienfuegosthe room clean and cosy and the house very well located in CienfuegosHis mother Teresa was very full of love
Host:she was happy talking with us and very smilyshe tried to communicate with us properly with Spanish and body languagehelpful Abel met us at the bus station helped with bags and arranged transportation to Havanaeven she cannot speaks EnglishThey were very friendly and helpfulRead more reviewsi within walking distance of The Plaza Jose MartiThe house itself is very historic and set in a very peaceful neighborhood just a few minutes walk from the main street and central plazaThe house ist near by the city center of CienfuegosThe house is at a very good location Quiet but close to the city centerLocation is between viazul bus station (5 min) and center (10 min)
Located in the heart of Cienfuegos, this simple and neat house offers guests the serenity of a secure neighborhood. The property is only a few meters away from Paseo del Prado and the bus terminal, perfect for both planned trips and spontaneous excursions.
The house offers one air-conditioned bedroom which can accommodate up to three people. Guests can make use of two single beds, a private bath, and laundry facilities. The living room, dining room, and private terrace can be accessed as well. Outside, there is a balcony where guests can admire the surroundings and take in the sunlight.
Casa D´Marco.Cienfuegos, Cuba
Immerse yourself in the city of a thousand fires
Cienfuegos is a place where history, art, and culture thrive. Wherever you stay, you are sure to get invigorated by all that it has to offer. For your next trip to this city by the bay, stay somewhere that perfectly encapsulates its spirited personality and inherent beauty.
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