where to stay
Iberostar Grand Hotel: One of a handful of Spanish-run Iberostar's Cuban hotels, the five-star Grand oozes luxury the moment you arrive in its fern-filled, tile-embellished lobby. Maintaining 36 classy rooms in a remodeled 19th-century building, the Grand shies away from the standard all-inclusive tourist formula, preferring privacy, refinement and an appreciation of history. If you're not looking to venture far for dinner after a long day of travel, look no further than the hotel restaurant for a delicious Cuban meal. http://www.iberostar.com/en/hotels/trinidad
Casa Brisas de Alameda: Johan Christel's beautiful house is the best Casa particular in Cuba and probably one of the most special places you will ever stay, even better than a 5 star boutique hotel! Unforgettable home cooked breakfast with bananas just picked from trees in their beautiful garden, super clean/beautiful/private rooms with modern shower. Johan and Christel will arrange anything for you-- from transportation to helping you find places to eat. And the most friendly puppy Sally greets you at the door! http://casabrisasdealameda.jimdo.com/
where to eat:
La Redacción Cuba: The Irish-Cuban owners have found a way of taking Cuba's gift of well-farmed, delicious ingredients and turning them into thoughtful, delicious dishes , some of them inspired by Cuban recipes. The menu includes creative and multiple vegetable options. Newly opened, we recommend trying the sweet potato fries or veggie burger.
Taberna la Botija: Enjoy a delicious, tapas-style meal in a vibrant atmosphere with live music. We recommend ordering the fried plantains stuffed with cheese and bacon or the lobster tapas. The portion size is quite generous and the pricing is very reasonable, which will lead you to come back to this sweet spot a few times while in Trinidad.