Photo: Eduardo Palomares

SEGUNDO FRENTE, Santiago de Cuba.– A marvel worthy of the historic, hard-working, revolutionary municipality, is how Esteban Lazo Hernández, President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, described the Segundo Frente Hotel, recently inaugurated in these impressive hills.

Constructed under difficult conditions, at a cost of 14 million pesos, in only six months, the work represents a real feat, and according to workers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, was pleasantly surprised during his visit to the four-star facility, affiliated with the Cubanacán Hotel Group.

Manager Andrés Pedraye Suñol explained to Lazo, also a Political Bureau member, that the hotel is located two kilometers from the municipal seat, Mayarí Arriba, and some 62 kilometers from the city of Santiago de Cuba, and features 52 rooms of one or two floors, including three luxury suites, with a pool, jacuzzi, dining room and other amenities.

Among the areas included in the design by Santiago de Cuba’s No. 15 Projects Enterprise are the lobby with reception desk and bar; a restaurant featuring local specialties and international cuisine; a wine cellar; the main kitchen; a pool with snack bar; a Caracol store; games room; and night club.

Visitors can also enjoy a cafeteria, coffee house, sports court, medical services clinic, campesino house/museum, as well as a riding stable, pasture, and agricultural fields. Hiking paths are projected, all designed for ecotourism and direct contact with nature.

Photo: Eduardo Palomares

During the tour, Lazo visited the overlook, from which the cabins and other facilities, built with wood and artificial materials of Brazilian technology, can be appreciated, carefully scattered over the hill, where the smell of coffee reigns and green plants flourish in the propitious microclimate.

The National Assembly President greeted guests and international tourists, who praised the lovely, comfortable facility and its well-preserved landscape, as well as service provided by the staff of 76 workers, residents of the surrounding area, of whom 33 are women.

Among the visitors, Eric Leboucher from France commented on enjoying the dawn when a veil of fog settles over the hills, and the impressive sunset between the mountains. “Something like this exists in Las Terrazas, Pinar del Río,” he said, “but this hotel is unique, with its beauty, unmatched environment, and the opportunity to learn more about the history of Cuba.”

In a conversation with staff, Lazo insisted on maintaining and raising the quality of work done at the facility by Emprestur and the Development Enterprises in Holguín and Santiago de Cuba, who undertook the project in conjunction with other partners in the Cuban tourism system; as well as preserving the comfortable furniture manufactured mostly by Muebles Madesa, in Santiago de Cuba.

After his visit to the hotel, the Cuban leader paid tribute to the heroes and martyrs of the Rebel Army’s Second Front, before the eternal flame at the mausoleum here, leaving a rose by the rock that holds the ashes of the heroine of the underground and the armed struggle in these mountains, Vilma Espín Guillois.

Lazo Hernández was accompanied throughout the full day in Santiago by Central Committee members Lázaro Expósito Canto (first secretary of the Party in the province) and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, also a Council of State vice president and president of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power.

In addition to conversing with People’s Council presidents in the municipality of

Songo-La Maya, in Santiago de Cuba he toured public works and service installations; reviewed local development programs; and paid tribute at the historic Santa Ifigenia Cemetery to José Martí, Fidel Castro Ruz, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, and Mariana Grajales, among other activities.