Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba is the 2nd largest city in Cuba located on the Eastern end of the Island. It is where the musical style "son" has it's origins. In 1994, Santiago won the Manzana de Oro (Golden Apple award). Which basically awards the city with the most tourist value. It is only the 2nd city in the Americas to ever win the award. Santiago is Cuba's most African influenced city and is sometimes called the "most Caribbean" city in Cuba.
The Melia Santiago is a 15 story structure with an exterior that is all plate glass and metal girders painted red. It is a 5 star hotel with 270 rooms plus three suites and 30 junior suites. The spacious rooms are done up in complimentary beige and mauva, with comtemporary furniture (handmade in Cuba) of rose-colored tropical hardwoods, cable TV and telephones. The bathrooms are big enough for a house party and features steaming-hot water. The facility has a jaccuzzi, sauna and massage, a small gym, a vast swimming pool complex, cigar shop, solarium, beauty parlor, barber shop, and business center.
Hotel Casa Granda
The Casa Granda is to Santiago what the Nacional is to Havana -- a historical jewel. Opened in 1914, this delightful hotel with its turn of the century elegance is located in the center of Santiago de Cuba. The elegance extends to the rooms and furnishings, making it one of the best places to stay while in Santiago. It has first rate accessibility to many attractions in the city, has been completely renovated, and its two terraces offer splendid views of the city and bay. The Cathedral and Cespedes Park are just across the street. Casa Granda also has some of the best restaurants and bars in Santiago. This is definitely one of the best places to stay while in Santiago.