A testament to Cuba’s modernist 1950s style, this contemporary hotel with a prominence of glass, a sprawling pool and deck overlooking the bay, and lively lobby bar offers a sophisticated spot from which to take in the historic city of Cienfuegos. Built within the gardens of the Palacio de Valle, La Jagua was initially envisioned to lure high-profile guests to a palace casino that would evoke Monte Carlo. After the revolution, the casino operation was halted and the Hotel Jagua opened as the first hotel in post-revolutionary Cuba.
More recently, the hotel has been renovated with sensitivity to modernist style, including a focus on big, open and bright spaces. All 139 rooms are spacious with panoramic views of Cienfuegos and the bay through a wall of glass with sliding doors that open on to private balconies. Furnishings are colorful and contemporary, and rooms have air conditioning and en suite bathroom with bathtub and shower, plus television, radio, safety deposit box and minibar.