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About  La Union Managed by Melia Hotels International

While the entire city is known as the "Pearl of the South", Cienfuegos possesses another gem: the gleaming Hotel La Unión.

Located in a privileged spot in the city center a stone's throw from Parque José Martí, Hotel La Unión was founded in 1869, making it one of Cienfuegos’ oldest hotels. A colonial building constructed in neoclassical style, it was built on farmland once owned by Don Tomás Terry, a wealthy merchant for whom the city’s marvelous theater is named.

La Unión fast became popular and hosted notable guests such as Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (who also visited Havana’s Hotel Inglaterra). After the triumph of the revolution, it ceased to operate as a hotel, until 2000, when a major renovation brought it back to life.

There are several inviting areas to relax here including two patios, an open-air bar/courtyard, restaurant and the pool – tucked into an interior courtyard guarded by a duo of sculpted lions. Hotel La Unión’s "Venus Negra" terrace offers amazing views over the city and bay. There is also a small business center, fitness area and modest spa.

While not as popular as other Cuban cities like Santiago de Cuba, Havana and Trinidad, Cienfuegos is a charming, seaside city which surprises visitors with its hospitality, cleanliness, and lively art scene. It also has terrific examples of colonial architecture – Hotel La Unión among them.

Castillo de Jagua, Cienfuegos

Castillo de Jagua

Above a fishing village overlooking the narrow entrance to the Bahía de Cienfuegos is a Spanish fortress built in 1745 to keep out pirates who had grown accustomed to trading with locals. Castillo de Jagua Fortress was declared National Monument. It's completely refurbished (even the drawbridge works) and has a historical museum with weapons and other antiques. The dungeon houses a bar and restaurant. Choice of dishes from the world’s cuisine and “La Dama Azul” (The Blue Lady) paella as the main course. It also offers cocktail, drink, and juice service, livened up with live music and special nights with the production of the Blue Lady's legend. Local legend holds that the site is haunted by the ghost of a mysterious female figure dressed in a blue gown; given the fort's notorious history, who can say for sure?

Ave. 54 y El Prado, Cienfuegos

Café Cantante Benny Moré

Local musicians perform nightly at this friendly music club, where you'll hear a few hits that the region's best-known musician made famous.

Ave. 54 e/ Calle 29 y Calle 31, Cienfuegos

Disco Club Benny Moré

Despite bearing Benny Moré's name, you're unlikely to hear any of his music here. (For that, you need to visit the Café Cantante Benny Moré.) This spot is a disco, but a good place to dance to the hottest Latin tunes.

Ave. 56 y Calle 29, Cienfuegos

Catedral de la Purísima Concepción

The city's bright yellow neoclassical cathedral, with its high central bell tower reminiscent of a minaret, was consecrated in 1870. Its interior is less impressive than the renovated exterior, but it does feature a statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception—the city's patron saint—and stained glass windows from France that depict the 12 apostles.

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