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
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
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
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 H7Cienfuegos, Cuba
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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