Hotel Encanto Camino de Hierro is a great choice if you are looking to stay in the centre of historical Camaguey, particularly if you want to enjoy its delights by day & night.
Named after the iron road (railroad) that helped this colonial city to boom, Camino de Hierro is a charming 18th century boutique hotel & perfectly located for its central attractions. The city centre is a UNESCO world heritage site & this hotel is close to the impressive Iglesia de La Soledad church & beautifully restored cobble-stoned Plaza San Juan de Dios.
Camino de Hierro is only a small hotel with buildings spread either side of the road. The main building is attractively appointed with a railway theme & stylish original artwork throughout. There feels like real history within its walls & there are distinctive colonial features like the classic covered first floor balcony & tall mahogany doors.
The staff are very good at Camino de Hierro though food can be hit & miss, with breakfast generally the best, though the restaurant can be busy then with choice rather limited. However, there are a number of good eating options nearby if you prefer. The hotel bar provides good cocktails & there is also a bar in the adjacent building, though this does get noisy. By day it is pleasant to relax in the inner courtyard or take in some sun as you watch the world go by on the outer patio.
It may not suit light sleepers but Camino de Hierro is a great choice for anyone wanting a slice of colonial Cuba in central Camaguey, particularly those who enjoy the nightlife.
The standard rooms at Hotel Camino de Hierro are clean & well appointed, if a little dull. Inner rooms do not have windows so can get stuffy, though the outer ones are noisier with some first floor balconies overlooking the square. The location of this hotel means that noise is unavoidable, though there are rooms away from the square & the adjacent bar. Standard features include a fridge, air conditioning & satellite TV, while the ensuite bathroom provides complementary toiletries.
It was one of the most important cities in the colonial period, nowdays it has a wealth of fine baroque churches and some picturesque nooks and crannies, such as the restored Plaza San Juan de Dios.
Sightseeing in the city will inevitably bring you to a closer appreciation of the life of the city's hero, Ignacio Agramonte, as there is both a park and a museum dedicated to his memory. The city itself is one of the prettiest in Cuba, full of architectural gems testifying to its colonial past.
Near the train station you can find The Museum of the Birthplace of Ignacio Agramonte. Visit the La Merced church opposite to see its peeling frescoes and the venerated objects stored in its crypt, finally the best of this city is Plaza San Juan de Dios which is an old cobblestoned square surrounded by brightly hued, single-storey buildings and a lovely yellow church alongside a restored former hospital.