The spa of San Miguel is nearest the town of Coliseo, and off an un-named road connecting from the Carr. Central de Cuba, the province of Matanzas, Cuba.
A stop in the mountains for the Captilaist – Bourgeoisie class of Cuba during the years of the first republic. This grand hotel was even used on stamps. It boasted hydromineral thermal and therapeutic thermal stations. In 1925, the luxury hotel was built for 987,000 Cuban Pesos. It also had a bottling plant to boost the commercial value.
The area began when a slave, Miguel, gave himself fully to the cimarronaje and the mountains. Here he found the mineral springs that saved his fragile state of health. Making him strong and healing his skin and digestive tract. Come 1868, the town of San Miguel slowly began to sprout up and up.
By 1930, it was the most popular spa city in all of Cuba.
Many things arrived quickly in this small mountain town in the shadow of the hill, Jacán. Imported bungalow houses from Louisiana, another hotel came up, the Villaverde and more. The area slowly became urbanized for the growing economy.
The main building had 3 floors including : 45 rooms, laboratory, doctor’s office, grocery store, restaurant, cafeteria, bar, cold room, kitchen and more. The outside had large French styled gardens.
In 2008, the spa became part of the Ministry of Interior (Minint) set for restoration. Although works have yet to begin.
Where is the abandoned Grand Hotel Belneario de San Miguel located? You can find it with these coordinates. 22.854158, -81.332923.