I have to admit the appeal of white sand beaches in Cuba has always drawn me to beach resorts and all-inclusive packages. The idea of staying at a hotel located in a city with a pool vs. a beach was a hard one to grasp at first. However, as my travel taste buds yearn for more adventure, culture, and experiences, I was happy to discover Cuba in a whole new way. Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel was the perfect host for my off the resort adventure in Cuba.
Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel
This hotel in Santiago de Cuba is unlike any other hotel I’ve stayed at in the country. It is not an all-inclusive resort but a business hotel located outside the downtown core near the Plaza de Marte and Parque Cespedes. The hotel is non-smoking and even offers WiFi both in the lobby and in your room with the purchase of a wifi card. These wifi cards can also be used in hotspots throughout the city.
Melia Santiago De Cuba, Amenities
Like many business hotels around the world, the Melia Santiago de Cuba hotel includes a free breakfast buffet. There are four restaurants at the resort including a lobby lounge bar, a second-floor main restaurant and the rooftop patio bar and restaurant.
Despite its city location, the hotel offers a beautiful two level pool oasis with lots of sun loungers. The pool also holds the hotel’s fourth restaurant a beach patio bar.
There is plenty of pool space to go around, and the two-level design of the pool offers lots of shade or sun depending on your preference. I didn’t get a chance to see it myself, but the hotel also has a fitness room with a sauna.
Check out our post, Dream Travel Cuba: Things to do in Santiago de Cuba for some ideas on attractions in the city, places to eat and things to see during your stay at Melia Santiago de Cuba.
Melia Santiago De Cuba, Room
My room was a large business room which included these two double beds. Those who have visited Cuba before know that this is a standard set up in many Cuba hotels. Expect the beds to be a bit harder than you may like.
The “Level” Floor – VIP Amenities
My room also included a large desk to work at with a light and a basic chair. There was a stocked bar fridge in the room and a kettle for coffee and tea. I was on the “VIP Level” floor which also had a room down the hall with a computer to work at. This little lounge also featured coffee, tea, drinks, some pastries and other small snacks. The “Level” rooms were the rooms where you could access wifi from inside your room.
I was only at the hotel for a few nights, but the only storage for clothing was in the wall closet located near the front door of the room. There were hangers and two drawers in this cabinet. The safe was relatively easy to use, but it was small, and some laptops will not fit inside.
If you are travelling carry-on only and are wondering what toiletries are available in your room, there were plenty of “Senses” shampoo, conditioner and cream available.
Melia Santiago De Cuba – Great Views
I had a beautiful view of the city from my room. Surrounded by mountains, the inner city glowed under the sunrise. The Melia is one of the taller buildings in the city. It offers a great panoramic view, especially from up above at its rooftop restaurant. To learn more about my trip see this post: Discover The Real Cuba: 3 City Dream Tours in Eastern Cuba.
You can read more reviews on the Melia Santiago de Cuba at TripAdvisor.
Check out more Cuba Coverage
See these posts for more Cuba travel planning ideas:
- Dream Travel Cuba: Things to do in Santiago de Cuba
- Discover The Real Cuba: 3 City Dream Tours in Eastern Cuba
- Best Excursions from Holguin or Gurdalavaca Cuba
- Historical Old World Charm of Havana Cuba
- Review: Brisas Guardalavaca Cuba Older Hotel with a few Surprises
- Our Favourite Shopping Spots in Cuba
For help planning your dream trip to the Real Cuba:
Cuba Tourism: Consulate General of Cuba – Tourism Section
Hotel Information: Melia Santiago de Cuba
Tour Operator: Cubatur (use the “translate this page” option on Google Chrome)
Note: You can book many of these tour options directly with your hotel’s tour desk in Cuba or through your travel agency.
Travel assistance provided by the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.