If you are looking for a hidden gem away from the main tourist hotspots of Cuba, you will be delighted by Gibara & especially its people. And a stay at the majestic Encanto Ordono hotel will set the seal on the memorable hospitality of the area.
A former Spanish colonial residence, Ordono has been lovingly restored & was reopened as a boutique hotel in 2013. You will experience memorable hospitality from the moment you are welcomed with live music, a drink & a refreshing cold flannel. And if you step outside it is just a short walk to Gibara’s museum, church & port, where you will meet some of the friendliest people in Cuba.
Ordono hotel is full of elegant charm with beautifully ornate, colourful high ceilings & an impressive atrium. There is also a wonderful rooftop sunbathing area & covered terrace, with stained glass-topped open windows which provide stunning views of Gibara Bay. With nightly live music & a bar, this is the perfect place to unwind.
Ordono’s a’la’carte restaurant has a charming fountain feature & serves excellent food from a set menu, while it also provides fine breakfasts. The hotel also has a 24-hour snack service & a bar serving some of the best mojitos in Cuba. Ordono does not have a lift & so guests with mobility issues should ensure ground floor accommodation is available.
Hotel E Ordono is the perfect choice for anyone seeking authentic Cuba & its legendary hospitality, particularly those travellers who appreciate beautiful décor.
All standard rooms at Ordono have either a kingsize or twin beds & are fitted with a mini-bar, satellite TV & remote controlled air-conditioning. Each room is uniquely decorated with high, beautifully crafted ceilings & some rooms have attractive columns & stained glass. The ensuite bathrooms also have colourful painted murals. Most of Ordono’s rooms have a balcony & wonderful views over the town & bay.
Gibara, named after the aboriginal word Jibá, meaning hump, was officially founded on 16th January 1817. Also known as La Villa Blanca, The White Town, this rather quaint city has a rich history & culture of which its people are most proud.
It has beautiful architectural sites, & neatly laid out homes, streets & parks. It is surrounded by lush countryside. Visitors discover the friendly & helpful nature of the locals (about 20k) is its biggest attraction.
There is, & probably always will be, some controversy about whether it was Gibara or Bariay Bay, in 1492, which first gave shelter to the ships of Christopher Columbus on his first trip to Cuba; and where he stated "It is the most beautiful land that human eyes ever saw."
If you are a bit of a latino film buff you should visit Gibara during the week it hosts the "Festival Internacional de Cine Pobre".
During the 19th & the first half of the 20th century, Gibara became the most important & developed port in the entire north eastern Cuba. It's railroad gave Holguin, Bayamo, Banes & Las Tunas access to traded goods. Gibara's economy today is based on textile production, fisheries, the making of snuff for export & domestic consumption, and tourism.
Tourists can enjoy wandering the street upon street of grand colonial buildings including the Fernando VII Fortress, Museum of Decorative Arts, History Museum, Natural History Museum, Casino Español (House of Culture), the theatre, Cuartelón Ruins, Cueva de los Panaderos, Calixto García Square & its miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty.