Founded in 1907, Hotel Plaza is Camagüey's oldest hotel that still functions as such. It is located across the railway station, right on the convergence of the city’s main access roads, a bit of a walk away from the city center along the shopping pedestrian street República.
All of its 67 rooms differ from each other, with different sizes and shapes, following the contour of the building. The front rooms offer city views but also receive the noise from the trains in the mornings, while the ones in the back are quieter. They are all pretty basic and not wonderfully maintained, featuring old air conditionings and furniture.
The building's original architecture is very well preserved nonetheless; the reception and bar area on the ground floor are quite pleasant; breakfast is adequate and consisting of fruits, eggs, bread, coffee…
Curiosities / historical facts:
In 1924 the hotel aired the first radio broadcast outside the capital. The original microphone and photographs of the epoch are shown in the room number 21.
In the 1930’s the Chilean poet and Nobel prize winner Gabriela Mistral stayed there.