The lovely neo-classical 3-star Hotel del Rijo was formerly the residence of the renowned and illustrious doctor Don Rudesindo Garcia Rijo in 1818, after whom it was named. Its prime historic location offers the visitor easy access to the bridge over the Yayabo River and the Parroquia Mayor del Espiritu Santo, both National Monuments. The privileged setting allows guests to travel back in time and meet Sancti Spiritus’ founder and famous Spanish Conquistador Diego Velazquez. The light-blue boutique hotel offers lodging in 16 comfortable rooms, blending intimacy and personalized service, providing an unforgettable stay in the historic centre of Sancti Spiritus city, especially those on the second floor with views to the Plaza. The careful restoration work makes guests enter a time machine as they pass through the tall doors to a lobby with wrought-iron chandeliers beneath a sturdy beamed ceiling. The charming little bar is recommended for cigar lovers. Breakfast is served in the delightful atrium courtyard by a lovely fountain. There’s also a nice cafe and bar that opens onto the plaza. In addition, and just across the street, the Meson de la Plaza serves excellent Spanish dishes.