HOTEL ORDOƑO

Gibara, Cuba


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Hotel Ordoño

familiarity and distinction

 

 

 
 
The Ordoño hotel was founded by Felipe Ordoño who immigrated to Cuba from Spain in
the early 1900's. 
 
Settling in Gibara, Felipe met and fell in love with Italian Isabel Cano whom he married
in the Catholic Church of San Fulgencio de Gibara on March 11th 1911. He was 30 and
Isabel was 18. They had three children: two boys and a girl.  
 
Ordoño became a successful businessman & the most prosperous merchant of the
region & through his hard work, honesty and integrity he acquired a vast wealth;
his family home, which became known as the "Ordoño residence";  was an imposing
building of eclectic style, with a large refrigerated warehouse downstairs & a guest
house on the upper floor.   Upon the top floor he built an area to rest.  
 
Isabel died in 1959 at the age of 66, her death inspired Felipe to build a  
viewpoint upon the third level of their home where he placed a telescope in direct 
view of the cemetery where Isabel was laid to rest, he also built a greenhouse where he
grew flowers he called "Isabelitas" which he would take to place on Isabel's grave when
he visited each Sunday.
 
Felipe Ordoño was a very charitable man who generously donated the ocean front
"Parque de las Madres" to the people of Gibara. He left his home and Gibara in the
first half of the 1960s to join his children abroad. It is said that he died in
Puerto Rico at a very advanced age.  From this date, the Ordoño House became the
the first hotel in Gibara and then became different state agencies until the end
of the 1980s when the building closed.
 
In January 2013, after being lovingly restored to its original Spanish Colonial
splendour the Hotel Ordoño opened its doors to the public once again.
 
With a high heritage value, the building retains its original decoration on the third floor
and a mural in the bathroom of the main bedroom of Felipe and Isabel (now the Hotel
Junior suite), painted by the great Spanish artist León Hernandez Caceras, an artist
originally from the Canary Islands.  Examples of Cáceres' early twentieth century
works adorn many  of the Ordoño walls.
 
 
The four star Ordoño has 24 spacious rooms, suite Felipe and Isabel,
1 x Junior suite and 1 x mini suite over three floors:-
 

On the ground floor   Junior suite Felipe and Isabel with king size bed and

1 x mini suite (twin bedded room)

 

 

On the mezzanine level there are 10 standard rooms

(3 rooms with king size beds and 7 with twin beds)

 

 

On the 2nd level  there are 14 standard rooms and one suite - 

7 rooms have king size beds (including the suite room) and 8 are twin bedded rooms.

 

 

Bedrooms have quiet remote-controlled air-conditioning; large modern bathroom,  
some with walk-in power shower, some have power shower over bath. 
Bath robes and toiletries are also supplied.  Each room is tastefully decorated
and boasts beautiful views overlooking city streets & rooftops and the beautiful
tranquil Bay of Gibara.
 
From the Hotel’s roof top Terrace & Bar, Guests can enjoy the panoramic views of
the city of Gibara and its surrounding areas which Christopher Columbus called
"Rio de Mares"; as well as its gorgeous coastline and hills that line the unique 
Silla de Gibara (Gibara saddle).  In addition; sun loungers adorn the roof terrace
& Ordoño clients will benefit from the addition of two roof top Jacuzzi's during
2014 making Ordoño the perfect place to relax and unwind on hot, sunny,
lazy days in beautiful Gibara. 
 
Early evening time on the rooftop terrace can be a great place to relax, drink in hand;
and watch everyday Gibara life pass you by whilst enjoying the last of the days sun
and being delicately fanned by the cool ocean breezes. Post dinner, the evening can
come alive with the local musicians peeling out their tunes.
 
The downstairs lobby area, restaurant and Bar Don Felipe are complimented
by sunlight  from the many doors & windows which open directly onto the street
giving the areas a nice natural "airy" and "open" feel to them whilst also contributing
to the many eco conscious attributes of this hotel.
 
The hotel Ordono is the tallest building in town, its construction dates back to 1927,
the excellent restoration makes this Hotel a jewel of the local architecture.
 

 

Walk-in Rates

 
Public rates (with breakfast included):

Standard      Double Room           70 cuc

                    Single Occupancy     62 cuc

                    Triple Room             96 cuc

Mini Suite     Double Room          80 cuc

                     Single Occupancy    67 cuc

Junior Suite  Double Room           90 cuc

                    Single Occupancy     72 cuc

Suite            Double Room         100 cuc

                    Single Occupancy     77 cuc

 

Children under 12 years old go free when sharing a room with adults .  50% discount will be given on a double room being occupied by children aged 7 to 12 years.

 

 

Sadly; much of Gibara is clearly still trying to recover from the effects of the
severe devastation it suffered when hurricane Ike practically erased this quaint little
fishing town from Cuba's map in 2008.  Tourism is needed to help bring this
beautiful fishing town back to its former glory and to improve life for its people;
Ordono is the first step in that direction, many plans are in place for improvements
to "entice" tourists back to Gibara.  Work on the reopening of the old railway that
serviced this main port until 1958 is hoped to start soon along with other
"tourism" projects, but despite this; Gibara remains a small and intimate place with
some great colonial architecture, open porches & beautiful stained glass windows, all
dating from early 19th century; not forgetting the malecon & beautiful postcard
views of the bay & the saddle shaped Silla de Gibara -the mountain that
captivated Christopher Columbus in 1492.
 
 

 

 

Roof-Top Terrace with loungers & ocean views

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Doors opening onto the street giving Ordono a natually "light and airy feel"

whilst contributing to the eco attributes of this hotel

 

 

The beautiful mural & ceiling in the bathroom of suite Felip y Isabel

by

Artist León Hernandez Caceras

various pictures

from around

the hotel

The views from suite Felipe y Isabel

and (below) the ceiling in the bedroom

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