Fodor's Expert Review Horizontes La Ermita
Carretera La Ermita, Km 1.5, on west side of town, Valle de Viñales, Pinar del Río, 22400, Cuba
Sunrises and sunsets viewed from this elegant hotel's hilltop setting are unequaled. Overlooking the valley and the town, you're not likely to miss the sunrise once roosters down in the valley start crowing at first light. The hotel's 62 rooms are arranged in two-story wings, each with shuttered French doors leading out to a small private terrace. Columns, arched transom windows, and red-tile roofs add a Spanish flavor to the yellow-brick buildings. The rooms are on the small size, as are the bathrooms, but they have quiet air-conditioning, safes, minibars, and satellite TV. The rooms with the best views are Nos. 57 to 64, but everyone has a spectacular sunset view from the restaurant at dinner. A good-size swimming pool is in the center of carefully groomed lawns. There are well-kept tennis courts, as well as riding and hiking excursions around the valley. The restaurant ($) serves passable fare (breakfast is excellent), and the staff is attentive. Be sure to take an early-morning walk along the dirt roads between La Ermita and the center of Viñales to see how the locals really live.
- views are wonderful
- close to town
- only a dozen rooms actually have great views
- bathrooms are small and have showers only
Rate Includes: Free breakfast