The Perla del Mar is a rather splendid newly restored (2013) boutique hotel converted from a swish 1950’s family home in the “Punta Gorda” of Cienfuegos. The architectural style was clearly inspired & distilled from an ocean-going cruise liner.
Almost immediately on entering the building through its wide front entrance into its plush lobby bar you are welcomed by the large opening to the patio, its sea view & cooling breeze. And while at this instant you maybe enticed to further inspect the maritime aspects of the establishment, you are drawn to the left by the small but exceptionally exotically well stocked bar.
The main patio has 2 shaded jacuzzi & a variety of comfortable appropriately styled seating, including a row of sunbeds. Its a rather heavenly location for rum tipplers, cigar puffers, romantic fantasizers & sea whiffers.
The hotel’s open-sided restaurant hangs over the water, like a prow of a ship, allowing a wide panoramic view of the bay & distant mountains. It provides excellent shade & receives cool breezes making it a most refreshing place to eat & drink. The service is keen & the grub is pretty damn good too.
Guests of Perla del Mar can have their meals & use the facilities of both the Hotel Casa Verde next-door & Hotel Jagua opposite. Most notably the Jagua has an excellent buffet breakfast & rather swish swimming pool.