Hotels in Las Tunas, Cuba

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Best hotels in Las Tunas

The laidback and unassuming atmosphere of the provincial city of Las Tunas, also called La Victória de Las Tunas, belies a long history that includes being burned to the ground during the independence wars against Spain and ghostly legends. The capital of Las Tunas province is known locally as El Balcón del Oriente (The Balcony of Oriente Province) because of how it geographically and culturally divides western and eastern Cuba. A visit to this charming city offers you the chance to enjoy eclectic architectural styles, admire the bold sculptural challenges of famed Cuban artists, and unravel the city’s story through its many museums and monuments.

Things to see in Las Tunas

There’s a reason Las Tunas is known as the “City of Sculptures”. Here you can discover over 100 artistic installations scattered throughout the city center, including historical monuments that tell of the city’s turbulent past. One of the most notable pieces is the fountain sculpture La Fuente de Las Antillas. This interpretation of an aboriginal legend about the Caribbean Sea and its islands has played a significant role in reviving the island’s native artistic traditions. Las Tunas is also host to Jornada Cucalambeana, Cuba’s largest rural music celebration, which includes a competition where lyricists recite original 10-line stanzas. Martí Square, dedicated to national hero José Martí, is located in the city center and features a gold-encrusted sundial that’s strategically placed to reflect sunlight onto the bronze face of Martí every May 19th at 2:30 PM, the moment of his death in battle.

Hotels in Las Tunas

Although some upscale accommodation options can be found, discount hotels and B&Bs are the way to go here. Hotels in Las Tunas average around 3 stars and, like the city itself, are quaint, charming, and welcoming. Most of the mid-range, affordable hotels in Las Tunas offer standard amenities like air-con, TV, and (at some) WiFi.

Where to stay in Las Tunas

Las Tunas reviews comment on the relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, which makes everyone feel welcome. In and around Reparto La Loma there are quite a few hotels in close proximity to Martí Square—perfect for the city’s sculptures, eateries, and bus terminal. Just north is Reparto Santo Domingo, an area that’s convenient for the train station with several budget-friendly accommodation options. Travel further west along Avenida 2 de Diciembre, and you’ll discover hotels surrounded by more open space—great for peace and quiet, although you’ll be a bit further from downtown.

How to get to Las Tunas

Las Tunas lies right on the Carretera Central, Cuba’s main arterial route running east-west between Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Trains, planes, and buses all pass through Las Tunas, but be aware that trains can be rather slow in Cuba. If you want to travel to Las Tunas from Havana by plane, the local airport Hermanos Ameijeiras receive flights twice a week. There are also international airports in the neighboring provinces of Holguín and Camagüey. The city itself is walkable and if you need to go further out, there are always taxis, horse carts, and rental cars ready to take you.