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A hotel in Holguín is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Holguín hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Holguín are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Holguín hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Holguín hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Holguín have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Holguín
An upscale full service hotel facility in Holguín that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Holguín hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Holguín
Full service Holguín hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Holguín
Boutique hotels of Holguín are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Holguín boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Holguín may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Holguín
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Holguín travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Holguín focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Holguín
Small to medium-sized Holguín hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Holguín traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Holguín hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Holguín
A bed and breakfast in Holguín is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Holguín bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Holguín B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Holguín
Holguín hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Holguín hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Holguín
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Holguín hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Holguín lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Holguín
Holguín timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Holguín often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Holguín on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Holguín
A Holguín motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Holguín for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Holguín motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Holguín municipality (red) within  Holguín Province (yellow) and Cuba
Holguín municipality (red) within
Holguín Province (yellow) and Cuba
Holguín is located in Cuba
Location of Holguín in Cuba
Coordinates:  / 20.88694; -76.25917  / 20.88694; -76.25917
Country Cuba
Province Holguín
Established 1523
• Total 655.9 km (253.2 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2011)
• Total 346,191
• Density 528/km (1,370/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Holguinero,-a
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Area code(s) +53 24
Vehicle registration O
Website Official website
San José Church
Vikas Street in Holguin

Holguín (Spanish pronunciation: [olˈɣin]) is a municipality and city in Cuba, and the capital of Province of Holguín. It also includes a tourist area, offering beach resorts in the outskirts of the region. After Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Camaguey, it is the fourth largest city in Cuba.

Holguín: History

See also: Timeline of Holguín

It was founded as San Isidoro de Holguín in 1545, and it is named after its founder Captain García Holguín, a Spanish military officer. Prior to 1976, Holguín was located in the province of Oriente. In Pope Francis' visit to the United States, in September 2015, he visited Cuba before the U.S., and while in Cuba, he visited the Diocese of Holguin to, among other things, commemorate the location where Christopher Columbus landed.

Holguín: Geography

The municipality is divided into the barrios of Aguarás, Aguas Claras, Alcalá, Arroyo Blanco del Sur, Báguanos, Cabezuelas, Cacocún, Calderón, Camazán, Cauto del Cristo, Corralillo, Cruces de Purnio, Damián, Floro Pérez,Gibara, Guabasiabo, Guayabal, Guirabo, Haticos del Purial, La Aguada, La Cuaba, La Palma, La Rioja, Las Calabazas, Managuaco, Melones, Norte, Omaja, Purnio, San Agustín, San Andrés, San Francisco, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santa Rita, Sur, Tacámara, Tasajeras, Uñas, Uñitas, Velasco, Yareyal and Yayal.

Holguín: Infrastructure

There are several small city parks such as Parque Infantil, Parque San Jose, Parque San Isidoro, Parque Marti among others, most central the Calixto García in the downtown area. Close by one finds the galleries Centro Provincial de Arte and Bayado, a library, the club Casa de la Trova, the Martí cinema, the Theatre Eddy Suñol, the Province Museum La Periquera, a science museum, and a history museum. From the hill Loma de la Cruz, where a large crucifix is installed, which can be ascended by its 450 stairs, one can oversee the whole city.

Holguín has a baseball stadium. The Frank País International Airport (city code HOG) is connected to Havana and several other world destinations.

Holguín: Education

The main post-secondary education institution is the University of Holguín "Oscar Lucero Moya" (Spanish: Universidad de Holguín "Oscar Lucero Moya", UHO).

Other post-secondary educational centers are Universidad de Ciencias Médicas "Mariana Grajales" (University of Medical Sciences) and Instituto Superior Pedagógico "José de la Luz y Caballero", ISPH (Pedagogical Institute of Holguin).

Holguín: Economy

The brewery Cerveceria Bucanero - a joint venture with Labatt of Canada - is based in the city. It makes three brands of beer (Bucanero, Cristal and Mayabe) sold in convertible pesos.

Near Holguín, the Villa El Quinque and the Villa El Cocal receive patients like Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona who was treated for his cocaine addiction there. The popular Playa Pesquero resort (Fishing Beach) is located on the coast north of Holguín city, about an hour's drive from the International Airport.

Holguín: Demographics

In 2004, the municipality of Holguín had a population of 326,740. With a total area of 666 km (257 sq mi), it has a population density of 490.6/km (1,271/sq mi).

Holguín: Transportation

Holguín is served by Frank País Airport (HOG/MUHG), located at 20°47´08"N, 076°18´54"W.

Holguín: Notable residents

  • Manny Vazquez, Cuban artist and writer.
  • Faustino Oramas, Cuban composer and musician
  • Mario Kindelán, Olympic Gold Medalist amateur boxer
  • Eglise Gutiérrez, opera singer
  • Reinaldo Arenas, poet and novelist
  • Oscar Hijuelos, Cuban-American Pulitzer Prize-winning author, whose parents were born and raised in Holguín before immigrating to the USA.
  • Puntillita (Manuel Licea), Cuban popular singer
  • Delfin Pratts, poet
  • Aroldis Chapman, Major League Baseball player

Holguín: Sister cities

  • Canada Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
  • United States Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
  • Mexico Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico
  • India Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Iran Yazd, Yazd, Iran

Holguín: References

  1. Guije.com. "Holguín" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  2. Statoids. "Municipios of Cuba". Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  3. Atenas.cu (2004). "2004 Population trends, by Province and Municipality" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  4. Guije.com (September 2004). "Ciudad de Holguin". Retrieved 2007-02-17.
  5. Hijuelos, Oscar, Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir, 2011.
  6. "Interactive City Directory". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 12 March 2014.

Holguín: Bibliography

  • (Spanish) Holguín Web portal
  • English-language city guide
  • Holguin beaches guide
  • Holguin Cuba (English) (French)
  • Cuba Holguin
  • Holguin (German)
  • Casa particular website - English city guide and photos
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