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Avaliou em 15 de Março de 2020
We drove 6 hours to get to Santo Domingo - it was busy with tours arriving or leaving and it appeared everyone had checked out so there was only us to check in at 2.30- no rooms avaiable (they only have us checking in today so not one room had been cleaned) We waited in the noisy bar area- the bar man is watching TV with the sound up high so you cant actually hear the sound of the river or the birds and nature around you. We get cabin 7 which has a fabulous view of the carpark and reception. Can't see the babbling water or hear the birds because behind us is the road. The cabin was awful, smelt of damp and damp stains on the ceiling, the toilet cistern lid had been replaced with a plastic bag and the toilet had been fixed at a wonky angle. No hot water and the sink hasnt been fixed to the wall. The air con works by pressing a button on a box that comes off the wall and hangs exposing the wires! I had the worst nights sleep because the staff went on a bender and all clocked off and had a party outside our cabin - we had no food that night because they couldnt be bothered to open the restaurant. Eventually I had to tell them to shut up and go home. At 7am there is a guy on our roof sweeping leaves off of it and someone thinks firing up a strimmer to defoliate and already defoliated bush is a good job to crack on with at that time in the morning! This place is not relaxing and peaceful at all - the staff sat in the bar area chatting loudly all day long watching TV. We shoved off and sat in Casa Sierra Maestres terrace overlooking the water and had a really lovely afternoon - I wish we had booked here instead - it had lovely clean modern cabins at the back with a really friendly host that did great food in really pleasant surroundings
day trip through villa santo domingo
Avaliou em 23 de Maio de 2019
I did not actually slept in this hotel (or, eco-lodge). I did have a trip to the Commendancia, booked through Flora and Fauna company (FF). I have observed some confusion in the comments. People call the representative of FF as "that woman" and may be not completely understood her functions.
The hotel and a FF representative are separate. it is one thing to book a hotel. Another thing, if you want trips around the park (you do, otherwise, why did you come there?) This area is a national park, so as in many other countries, the entrance fee is applicable, and one must be accompanied by a local guide (ranger) on some trails. Probably, not everywhere, but to go to Turquino and Commendacia, they have to.
All these things - the park fee, guides, and jeeps - are provided by FF representative, not by the hotel. they have separate accounts.
So one-day trip to Commendancia involves a park fee, a jeep, and a guide. For 12 cuc more one gets a dinner. The function of the jeep is to get you up a few hundred meters to the point on the ridge, the mirador Alto de Naranjo, from where you can go on trail (with a guide) in the rainforest. Turquino is a couple of days, Commendancia - 4-5 hours (doable for an unfit non-handicapped person in good hiking shoes).
As it was mentioned, you do not need to book the hotel - there are a few casas particulares in Santo Domingo, and you can book tours from FF (in the hotel lobby).
But the cabanas look pretty good in this tropical paradise, and close to all other services. There is a bar and a quite decent restaurant. The dinner was quite good.
The trip itself was terrific. There is no dangerous animals there; the park is very safe; just bring proper clothes and repellent, the jungle is the jungle.
So this hotel is an ideal base for various hikes around this area.
very basic accomodation and halfboard but great location
Avaliou em 3 de Fevereiro de 2019
We stayed for two nights. The room was one of the old stone bungalows (nr 17) and the interior quite basic but clean. Just keep the windows open which do have an insect screen and you will hear an orchestra of animals, birds, and crickets, so unlike 2019, but brilliant. And so in harmony with the local campesinos. The trip to the commandancia was great too but on the expensive side.This was I believe our best experience in Cuba despite the very basic breakfast and the OKish dinners. Try the "Ropa Vieja", =old clothing, which is a nice beef stew. The casas might be better value, and there is a decent restaurant across the river who had a whole pig on a rotating spit and had very good comments from other visitors. A walk along the river starts at this restaurant and gives you a fantastic view of the local community. All animals including horses roam free.
Great setting and meets all needs
Avaliou em 18 de Janeiro de 2019
Made up of a number of chalets, the rooms are adequate as are the facilities (no complaints about the food or service).
If you are visiting here then it is for the National Park and Commandancia de la Plata, as opposed to for luxurious four poster beds and all mod cons, and this does the job perfectly.
Hot running water, nice porch areas to sit smoking a cigar in, and a couple of good bar/restaurants to stock up after a day walking in the wonderful scenery will make your stay a pleasant one.
Staff are very friendly and helpful and there is a lovely stream to cool your feet in and watch the bird-life. The village of Santo Domingo is a great reflection of rural Cuba - expect to see plenty of pigs, horses, chickens roaming around the area and children playing.
Overall a great experience as part of our visit to the Sierra Maestra hideout, but be aware that getting around there involves driving some incredibly steep roads - I would recommend walking up the large hill you come down toward the hotel as a "warm-up" for walking to the hideout the next day as the views are stunning.
Amazing experience - best in Cuba
Avaliou em 5 de Janeiro de 2019
From the uk it’s difficult to find information about comandancia de la plata but when you get there it all falls into place. So don’t worry if you’re thinking about doing it.
You need a decent, modern, car (not 4wd) to get to Santo Domingo. Once there the hotel is fine. Basic but clean. Manager and staff were very helpful. We stayed in the newer wooden bungalows. Booked through gala hotels website and paid in advance. Thought might go wrong but it didn’t. Food usual chicken, beef, pork. Two of us are veggies and they kindly produced tomato pasta! Amazing!
We hadn’t booked a trek, was a bit concerned it might not come together but in the morning at 8am, a local woman called Heidi emerges from the cloud cover with her ‘office’ (phone, stapler and invoice book) in her tote bag and organises who wants to trek to where. It’s all very low key but efficient. Now I completely understand why I couldn’t sort it out from the uk but it does all just happen. Cost of trek about about 30CUC pp to include 4wd up 45 degree hill plus guide to la plata. Took us 4 hours return (and I’m an unfit 53 year old based in an office, never walk anywhere). You need decent walking shoes/pumps/boots as terrain is mixture of path, rocks, stones, tree roots, some high steps up, undulating terrain. But sooo worth it! Amazing to see Fidel’s house hidden in the forest. We are a family of 4 with quite different choices but all of us agree this was the best thing in Cuba and we travelled from east to west.