Hotel Rancho San Vicente located about 270m (886 ft.) north of the Cueva del Indio, this quiet nature hotel can almost be considered a spa. A half dozen or so semi-private soaking pools are fed by tepid mineral springs, and massage and mud treatments are available at very reasonable prices. Most of the clean and comfortable rooms are actually individual little bungalows, with two twin beds and a tiny front porch; those housed in little ranch-style triplexes are slightly bigger inside, although less atmospheric. By far, the best rooms are the 20 new units housed in a series of two-story wooden buildings spread around the grounds. The whole complex is set amid a shady grove of pine, palm, and fruit trees. There’s good bird-watching here, although the hotel doesn’t afford any of the classic views for which Viñales is so famous. Facilities:
Restaurant; bar; outdoor pool; tour and activities desk; massage; laundry service; Internet access
Hotel Los Jazmines I give this hotel the nod over its nearby sister Hotel La Ermita, if only because you have much better odds of landing a room with a view. Most of the rooms are housed in two, three-story buildings set on a hillside overlooking the Viñales Valley. All are clean and comfortable, if a tad on the small side, and feature French doors opening onto a little balcony from which you can soak in the sights. Touches of gingerbread wrought-iron work and stained glass give the place a sense of elegance. If possible, request one of the third-floor rooms in the newer block, nos. 301 to 316. Sixteen duplex cabañitas (cabins) are located in a row heading downhill from the pool. These are a little bit smaller than the standard rooms, but are charming nonetheless. Facilities:
2 restaurants; 2 bars; outdoor pool; tour and activities desk; gift shop; massage; laundry service
Hotel La Ermita in Cuba’s westernmost province, Pinar del Río, is a beautiful building that integrates harmoniously into the breathtaking landscape of the Viñales Valley. According to experts, the establishment is an excellent option for nature lovers, since the environment is closely linked to Man’s work on the land, especially tobacco crops. Guests can enjoy trekking on various specialized trails, where they can take a closer look at the local flora and fauna, especially birds and the cork palm, which is considered a living fossil.