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Quick Overview


Specializing in alternative therapies and holistic treatment, Kurhotel wellness services feature phytotherapy (herbalism), apitherapy (therapy with honey related products), traditional Asian medicine, medical hydrology, naturopathy and many more natural remedies designed to stimulate healing and complete wellness not to mention full access to other resort facilities such as swimming pools, a fitness centre and an exclusive night club/disco for guests.


Prices per room / breakfast included

Maximum occupancy: 3 adults


The 3* Hotel Gaviota Kurthotel Escambray is, to the untrained western-eye, totally at odds with its surrounds. The forested mountain setting at 800 meters elevation, deep in the Sierra Escambray, is lovely/spectacular. The hotel, a great concrete hulk rising seven-stories above the treetops is a wonderous carbuncle on the landscape. To call this Soviet-scale ziggurat austere is an understatement, which makes it all the more "must-see" for cuba-philes. Although it looks Stalinist, it originated in 1936 as a sanatorium. In the 1970s it was converted to serve as a health tourism facility – the "Cure-hotel" – a function it still serves, while also accepting independent travelers.

One of the hotel's highlights is the artwork hung in its halls, of renowned Cuban painters of the 1980s. It is effectively the largest gallery on the island.

A stay here is quite surreal. Start with the massive stone staircase. And the tiny (and dysfunctional) elevators. And the guests walking around in identical track suits. And the fact that the hotel even has its own TV station. Still, there are pleasant moments. The restaurant is modestly elegant, although the menu (no surprises here!) is limited to criolla staples. The heated Olympic-size indoor pool is a treat for serious swimmers. You can get physical in the gym and squash courts, then sooth your muscles in the spa.

The personnel on hand are specialized in medicine and nursing. It offers several programs for the treatment of diseases such as stress, respiratory illness and cardiac problems. 

Hotel Services

Air conditioning
Conference halls & rooms
Ecological excursions programme
Laundry & Ironing Service
Medical services
Nightclub, disco or dance hall
Private secure off-street parking                                                                
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Safety - front desk safe deposit box
Squash court
Swimming pool
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)


The 210 air‑conditioned rooms are purely functional in style, with rattan furnishings. Still, bathrooms have been refitted with modern accouterments, and every room has satellite TV, phone, and mini-fridge. If you're in need of some physical reparation, this place could well be for you. If not, it still makes a good base for mountain hikes and horseback rides offered through Gaviotatours, which has its headquarters on site.

Air conditioning
Bathroom (ensuite)
Hot & cold water
Satellite TV

Reservations to Cuba