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A hotel in Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Santa Clara Cuba are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Santa Clara Cuba hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Santa Clara Cuba hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Santa Clara Cuba have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Santa Clara Cuba
An upscale full service hotel facility in Santa Clara Cuba that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Santa Clara Cuba 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.
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Full service Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba
Boutique hotels of Santa Clara Cuba are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Santa Clara Cuba boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Santa Clara Cuba may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Santa Clara Cuba
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 Santa Clara Cuba travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba
Small to medium-sized Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba
A bed and breakfast in Santa Clara Cuba is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Santa Clara Cuba bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba
Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Santa Clara Cuba
Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Santa Clara Cuba
A Santa Clara Cuba 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 Santa Clara Cuba for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Santa Clara Cuba motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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For other uses, see Santa Clara (disambiguation).
Street in Parque Vidal, the heart of Santa Clara city
Coat of arms
Santa Clara municipality (red) within
Province of Las Villas (yellow) and Cuba
Santa Clara is the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. It is located in the most central region of the province and almost in the most central region of the country. With a population near a quarter million, Santa Clara is the 5th largest Cuban city by population.
Santa Clara, Cuba: History
Tamarind, Santa Clara's tree and foundation of city monument.
Santa Clara was founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. One hundred and thirty-eight of them were represented by two large families already living in the area and, therefore, owners of the land next to the new city. The other 37 came from 7 other families, a priest and a governor, all of them originating in the coastal city of “San Juan de los Remedios”.
The population of Remedios was torn between the option of leaving their city, constantly besieged by pirate attacks, or staying in place. While most of them finally decided to stay, these 37 persons traveled south and, on June 1, 1689 they arrived to the hill where they rejoined the other two existing families. A mass was given under a supposed Tamarind tree and the city was born. Since then, the place under the tree is known as “Loma Del Carmen” (Carmen’s Hill). A second generation church exists in a beautiful park along the place with a monument commemorating the event surrounded by a fourth generation Tamarind tree.
At its beginnings, the settlement was called Cayo Nuevo, then Dos Cayos, Villa Nueva de Santa Clara, Pueblo Nuevo de Antón Díaz, Villa Clara and finally Santa Clara.
Construction of the city began not far from Carmen’s Hill. Following the Spanish standards, a perfect squared layout with a central plaza (Plaza Mayor today Parque Vidal) was developed. The first buildings erected were the Cabildo (City Council) and a modest palm tree church. This building was enhanced in 1725 to a brick one, and stayed the center of the Parque Vidal until August 22, 1923 when it was torn down in order to expand the plaza and build a new church close by. Back then, and still nowadays, this decision, taken by the mayor, was highly criticized. The building, while not a gem of architecture, was not entirely unpleasant to the eye and certainly an example of the older colonial structure in the city. Resulting from this expropriation by the City Council, a complaint was raised by religious figures and a total of 77 850.00 pesos were paid in fines to the Church, a considerable sum that would represent millions of pesos today.
Soon after the foundation, a theater, a chamber of commerce, meeting clubs, public libraries and dance halls were erected as well. The position of the city, almost in the very center of the country, made it as a perfect halt and a great communication link, east-west and north-south, creating a slow but unstoppable growth. By the 19th century, Santa Clara was bigger and more populated than the rest of the towns around, including what was once Remedios. As a necessary stop between Havana and the east of the country, the city gained the title of Las Villas province capital.
Santa Clara, Cuba: Marta Abreu de Estévez
Statue of Marta Abreu in Parque Vidal
Presently, there are two well-known figures associated with Santa Clara: Marta Abreu de Estévez, a beloved native daughter known as "the Benefactress of the City" and Ernesto Che Guevara, where he is buried, for having waged there the final battle of the revolution that toppled the Fulgencio Batista government in 1958.
Marta Abreu's acclaim is due to the numerous projects she and her family promoted through their monetary donations intended to enhance the life of all citizens of Santa Clara. Marta Abreu and her husband Luis Estévez, who became the first Vice President of the young republic in 1902, were well-known sympathizers and contributors to the Cuban rebels cause during the War of Cuban Independence against Spain (known in the United States as the Spanish–American War).
Marta's legacy can be seen all over the city: an electric plant building, several schools, an asylum, public laundry stations by the Belico river (two of them still exist, unfortunately in poor conditions), the fire station that can be seen just a block off the Parque Vidal, the train station near Carmen's Hill, but first and foremost the "Teatro La Caridad" (a theater named in honor of the patron saint of Cuba, La Virgen de la Caridad – Our Lady of Charity). The theater can be admired in one of the corners of the Parque Vidal in the center of the city. Marta was the project's sole financial sponsor. She personally supervised its design and construction. Although the building is not as grandiose as the Teatro Tomás Terry in Cienfuegos city, the concept behind its founding makes it most worthy: the proceeds of the theater were destined for the support of the two schools Marta founded for poor children of the city. The schools, one for girls and one for boys, were located just behind the theater. La Caridad Theater is one of the seven Big Theaters from the colonial era still standing. It offers an exquisite architecture and amazing interior. Marta finally donated her own palace to the city; it was used as a Provincial Government Palace and transformed into a Public Library afterwards. Today, it houses the "Biblioteca Marti" (Marti Library), also located on the Parque Vidal, and represents a beautiful example of Neo Classical architecture with finely decorated interiors. Santa Clara's University is named after her. Marta is buried in the Colón cemetery of Havana.
Santa Clara, Cuba: Battle of Santa Clara
Che Guevara's Monument and Mausoleum
Main article: Battle of Santa Clara
Santa Clara was the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in late 1958. There were two guerrilla columns that attacked the city, one led by Ernesto Che Guevara and the other led by Camilo Cienfuegos. Guevara's column first captured the garrison at Fomento. Then, using a bulldozer, Guevara's soldiers destroyed railroad tracks and derailed a train full of troops and supplies sent by Batista. At the same time, Cienfuegos's column defeated an army garrison at the Battle of Yaguajay not far from town. On December 31, 1958, the combined forces of Guevara and Cienfuegos (along with other revolutionaries under William Alexander Morgan) attacked Santa Clara. The battle was chaotic, the defenders were demoralized, some fought, others surrendered without a shot. By the afternoon, the city was captured. This victory for Castro's troops is seen as the decisive moment in the Cuban Revolution as Batista fled Cuba less than 12 hours later.
Santa Clara, Cuba: Geography
Santa Clara, Cuba: Overview
Located on a plain below a hillside, in the middle of its province, Santa Clara is 71.5 km far from the Caribbean Sea (at Cienfuegos) and 51.7 km from the Atlantic Ocean (at Caibarién). The municipality borders with the municipalities of Cifuentes, Camajuaní, Placetas, Manicaragua and Ranchuelo.
The city is divided into several wards (Repartos):
Brisas del Capiro
El Vaquerito (Puerto Escondido)
Osvaldo Herrera (Dobarganes)
Raúl Sancho (Condado)
Santa Clara, Cuba: Climate
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Santa Clara, Cuba: Demographics
Pedestrians in Boulevard "1889"
Panoramic view of Carmen's park (Parque del Carmen) in 2012. This landscaping was executed in 1952, 3, out of the 4 monuments in the park can be spot, including the Tamarind of foundation. Carmen church is one of the oldest ones in the city.
In 2004, the municipality of Santa Clara had a population of 237,581. With a total area of 514 km (198 sq mi), it has a population density of 462.2/km (1,197/sq mi).
Santa Clara, Cuba: Attractions
In Santa Clara's center is a park (Parque Vidal) and it is laid on an entire square block. In the park there is a statue of Marta Abreu, a person much loved by the people of Santa Clara. Bordering the park is the Santa Clara Libre (formerly the Santa Clara Hilton), "Gran Hotel", Teatro de La Caridad (a National Monument of Cuba.), the Plaza del Mercado Central, the former City Hall and the Colonia Española de Santa Clara center of dance, offers the most attractive and unique traditional customs of hinterland Cuba.
Parque Vidal is probably one of the most typical places in Cuba. During the afternoons, people (especially singles) visit the park to meet others. Although not widely practiced in recent times, the custom was to walk the park around and around. The women walk the inner part of the park, while the men walk the outer side. Another lost custom was for the locals to set up a platform and offer improvisations with their guitars on late Sunday afternoons. For that day they dressed with their Guayaberas and highly polished shoes.
Santa Clara is home to a mausoleum which houses the remains of Che Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during the Bolivia campaign. There is also a reconstruction of Guevara derailing the train during the Battle of Santa Clara.
Prior to 1 January 1977, Santa Clara was located in Las Villas Province. On that date, as part of a general administrating reordering of Cuba's provinces, Las Villas province was reordered into the provinces of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Sancti Spíritus. Santa Clara is in the province now known as Villa Clara.
Other local landmarks include:
Parque del Carmen (Carmen's Park)– City's Foundation Site.
Parque de los Martires (Martyrs Park).
Parque de la Pastora (Our Lady Shepherdess Park). Photos of Our Lady Shepherdess Church and Park in Santa Clara city.
Parque de la Justicia (Justice’s Park).  Photos of Santa Clara, Cuba, supreme court in Justice's Park.
Parque del Tren Blindado (The Armored Train Park-Museum), a National Monument of Cuba.
Mausoleo Che Guevara (Monument and Mausoleum of Ernesto "Che" Guevara).
Catedral de Santa Clara de Asís (Saint Claire of Asis Cathedral).
Boulevard 1889. Photos of Santa Clara, Cuba, Pedestrian Boulevard.
Centro Cultural El Mejunje (Cultural Centre "El Mejunje").
Loma del Capiro, hill overlooking the city
University "Marta Abreu" of Las Villas is the province's secondary education institution.
Santa Clara, Cuba: Gallery
"Santa Clara Libre hotel" across Vidal square was during the 50's and 60's the tallest building outside Havana (Follow link for building's history and facts in Spanish)
Train Station a gift from Marta Abreu to the city.
Marta Abreu train station across Martyrs Park in Santa Clara, Cuba. At the center the truncated pillar monument dedicated to the Marty's of the Colonial Independence War. Photo from 2010
Vidal Park in Santa Clara's downtown.
Eclectic architecture in Santa Clara's pedestrian boulevard.
Che Guevara's Monument and museum.
Carmen Church the oldest one in city and point of origin of it.
Trenches made by rebels under Che Guevara orders in Loma del Capiro.
Part of the monument to the armored train.
Teatro La Caridad.
Former City Hall now Martí Library.
People hanging around flower vendors in Parque Vidal
Historic eclectic buildings serving as Cultural Centre and Radio Station in Parque Vidal
Image of Che Guevara on a hill in south-east of the city
Santa Clara, Cuba: Transport
Santa Clara station building
Santa Clara is crossed by the Carretera Central highway (CC) and by the A1 motorway. A ring road serving the city is directly linked to the motorway. Its main railway station is part of the principal line of the country, the Havana-Santa Clara-Camagüey-Santiago. "Abel Santamaría", located 11 km in the north, is the city airport, serving with flights to the United States, Italy, Canada, France and Poland along with domestic flights among others.
Santa Clara, Cuba: Education
Santa Clara is home to the University "Marta Abreu" of Las Villas (Spanish: Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de Las Villas (UCLV)), composed of a conglomerate of faculties:
Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Sciences
Chemistry and Pharmacy
Offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees and boasting the graduation of 35000 engineers, licensees, architects, medics, and veterinarians, of which 1000 have been foreigners from 47 countries. Additionally, it has formed more than 310 doctors and more than 1600 magisters. In addition it collaborates with institutions from Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Spain, Peru, Mexico and Venezuela.
Santa Clara, Cuba: Notable people
Nighttime view of Santa Clara from the top of Santa Clara Libre hotel
Marta Abreu (1845−1909), benefactress
José Bernal, artist
Yuniesky Betancourt, Major League Baseball shortstop
Aledmys Díaz, Major League Baseball shortstop
Newton Estape Vila, photographer and journalist
José Fernández (1992−2016), Major League Baseball pitcher
Mirka Francia, Cuban-Italian volleyball player
Rubén González, pianist
Benny 'Kid' Paret (1937−1962), boxer
Moraima Secada, singer
Santa Clara, Cuba: International relations
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Cuba
Santa Clara, Cuba: Twin towns - Sister cities
Santa Clara is twinned with:
Cali, Colombia (1994)
Oviedo, Asturias, Spain (1995)
Bloomington, Indiana, United States (1999)
Cheboksary, Chuvash Republic, Russia (2004)
São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil (2005)
Santa Clara, Cuba: Literature
Luis Garcia Gonzales: Al pie del Tamarindo. Coleccion Escambray, Santa Clara, 1993, Publicigraf
Santa Clara, Cuba: References
Guije.com. "Santa Clara" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-10-09.
Statoids (July 2003). "Municipios of Cuba". Retrieved 2007-10-09.
Atenas.cu (2004). "2004 Population trends, by Province and Municipality" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
5884803 (x a j h) Santa Clara on OpenStreetMap
Source: Map of Santa Clara with municipal borders (Bing Maps)
"Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Santa Clara, Cuba". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
National Council for Cultural Heritage. "National Monuments in Cuba" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-10-09.
Sister cities of Bloomington
Santa Clara, Cuba: External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Santa Clara.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Santa Clara.
"Santa Clara" Collection of photos from Santa Clara 2007 to 2015
"Santa Clara's Rebel Saint" by Egle Procuta, Globe and Mail, November 11, 2006
"Che's Last Stand" by Ed Ewing, The Guardian, December 31, 2008
Santa Clara a Jump-Off Spot to Twin-isle Paradise by Joseph Kula, The Province, November 10, 2008
"Travel to Santa Clara" Casa particular in Santa Clara
Provinces of Cuba
Ciego de Ávila
Ciudad de La Habana
Isla de la Juventud
Pinar del Río
Santiago de Cuba
Pinar del Río
Santa Clara (Las Villas)
Camagüey (Puerto Principe)
Oriente (Santiago de Cuba)
Ciego de Ávila
Pinar del Río
San José de las Lajas
Santiago de Cuba
Municipalities of Villa Clara
Caibarién (includes Cayo Santa María)
Quemado de Güines
Sagua la Grande
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