Accommodation while travelling around Cuba is definitely a unique experience, as I’ve mentioned in previous tips, hostels don’t really exist and the hotels are a bit pricey, so casa particulars are the only real option for travellers. Yes, it’s slightly awkward at first when you realise you are staying in someone’s spare room but that is all part of the fun of travelling around Cuba and you get used to it surprisingly quickly. I sampled a variety of different types of casa but there’s only one worth a mention.
Unlike most other towns and cities around Cuba when you arrive in Havana you don’t have the scrum of proprietors greeting the bus at the terminal so it’s a little more difficult finding somewhere to stay – this is where this tip will come in handy because I know just the casa. Located in the heart of Habana Vieja this beautiful apartment is perfect for your time in the city. Centrally located with the main tourist areas and the old town in walking distance you won’t find a nicer place to stay. It’s an airy old colonial-era apartment with high ceilings, colourful decor, a beautiful patio and lots of charm. There are a few guest bedrooms along the patio corridor so perhaps this is as close to a hostel as you will get to at the moment in Cuba. The hosts are a lovely older couple who are very hospitable and accommodating, helping out with transport and useful recommendations. It’s also a great price for such a great location; I really can’t recommend this casa more.
Casa de Pablo y Lidia (30 CUC, $30 USD/bedroom/night)
Calle Compostela 532, e/ Brasil (Teniente Rey) y Muralla, Habana Vieja (Old Havana), Cuba.
T: 7 861 2111
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