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To wander Cuba’s capital city -- though it is slowly developing -- is to feel like walking around on set of a movie from the fifties. It is impossible not to be charmed by the crumbling colonial buildings, patched-up classic American cars, and a laid-back Caribbean attitude, which make Havana the rightful tourist hotspot of this amazing country.
There are plenty of options for hostels in Havana and places to stay, whether in happening Vedado or amidst the splendor of Havana Vieja (Old Havana). Cuba allows its citizens to register with the state in order to open their houses up to paying guests and most "hostel" accommodation is to be found in such Casas Particulares. Quality and hospitality is usually of a very high standard, though backpackers will find that staying in a Casa is more expensive than typical hostel accommodation elsewhere in the world as prices tend to be per room. Meals are generally offered too but probably won’t be as cheap as eating out in many places, though they are likely to be high quality and enormous. Budget backpackers will have to get their fill of cheap eats in the form of poor quality pizzas and hotdogs.
Flags and Communist slogans are everywhere, amidst a constant peppering of Che Guevara’s iconic image. This is never more apparent than at the Plaza de la Revolución, where the vast monument to Cuban hero Jose Marti is almost overshadowed by two Soviet-looking tower blocks bearing the images of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.
Havana has plenty of sights, museums, and activities to occupy the most restless of travelers. Visit a cigar factory, sample the national tipple at the Havana Club Museum, marvel at historic buildings, or engage with the country’s fascinating past at the Museum of the Revolution.
The daytime action in Old Havana stretches from the Capital Building and down the busy Paseo del Prado, where many shops and restaurants can be found. In the evening, the hustle and bustle moves to the waterfront promenade -- the Malecón. Children splash about in pools, fishermen unravel never-ending reels of nylon, lovers stroll, and buskers bask in the hazy sunlight; it makes for excellent people-watching and great photographs.
Most tourists will undoubtedly pay at least one visit to the huge Hotel Nacional to sit in the grounds and sample a mojito or two and watch the action of the Malecón unfold on the street below. Less touristy nightlife is generally found away from the old town. Vedado has a good mix of bars and live music venues frequented by locals and visitors alike. Ernest Hemingway fans can devise their own pub crawl by visiting the various haunts frequented by the American writer during his Cuban residency from the forties to the sixties. There is also a highly acclaimed museum devoted to the author in his former home on the outskirts of the city.
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Havana Hostel Iraida
"Hostel Iraida is located in a "Casa de Familiar" (the Cuban version of a hostel) in the residential area of the nightlife district of Havana. It provides a pleasant and friendly introduction to Cuba and a insight into Cuban life and culture. The Location The hostel is located in Vedado, which is the nightlife area of Havana. The hostel is about a twenty-minute walk from the malecon (boardwalk), and about a hour walk from the historic...
Casa Silvente Havana Backpackers
Plaza de la Revolucion
"… of the Revolution, University Havana, Central bus station, where you can take a tourist bus for a reasonable price 5 cuc that leads to the beaches and interesting places as the marina heminway, Old Havana and others. you can go walking to all places historic of interest from home. Our home has all the comfort, hygiene, cleanliness that requires a healthy and happy stay. We offer good prices the best dishes from the table Cuban...
"Perfect -- 100% - I highly recommend Mabel's house for visits in Havana. The apartment is in perfect location in a walking distance from Malecon and Havana Vieja. Karina Mabel is a wonderful person who will give her best to help you with all matters that might arise during your stay in Cuba!" … "… single bed, air conditioning, fan, a TV set,a stereo and a electronic safe with EH digital keypad re-programable master code end...
"Most backpackers arrive in Havana dazed and confused at the time warp upon which they have stumbled -- thank goodness for Rolando of Rolando's Backpackers, who sits you down and welcomes you to the chaos. He will discuss personally with every arrival the ins and outs of the two-currency system, and pull out a well-loved map of the country to help you plan exactly how you can allocate your time here. Rolando is like your own personal guidebook...
"A great spot for the light traveler - If you're looking for a spot to lay your head while you travel around Havana for a few days then Cuba backpackers is the way to go. Located a 15 minute walk from the revolution square, it's a perfect spot to stay at. When you arrive you're greeted by Christian who carries a joie de vivre and a desire to help you with anything you might need during your stay (How to get to places, best places to go, where...
Havana Cuba Hostel
"Worth to stay - it's very clean room and cheap, no mosquito, it's very important to me. the owner and the family is very friendly, like home of my mind, there only 6 bed, everybody like there. we come from different country, with big family together during 2014 new year Eve, delicious food and cake, we drink beer and Rum, i am happy with this family." … "Liked it very much - The Hostel is very clean and comfortable. I also like the...
"… and abundant Cuban foods with prices from 8 to15 CUC, in accordance with the menu asked by the guest. Free services: Linen and toiletries, information of local & national tours, hours, prices & means of transportation, connections with particular houses with rooms for rent in provinces, cars for rent, etc. 24 hours reception; no curfew. Absolute security. Storage and care of baggage. Telephone for national calls & emails....
"Cheap, friendly, sociable & clean - What more do independent travelers need when they arrive in a new country?? Here you will meet other travellers, share rum and cigars on the little outdoor terrace area and get advice from other travelers that are returning from their tour around the country. Magnolia is a bit of a character and she will give you details of other casas around Cuba within her network of friends/family. The hostel is a bit...
Casa Bella Hostel
Plaza de la Revolucion
"Stylish and pleasant, everything you need is here - At first we booked this place for only 2 nights, but after all stayed with them for 8 nights in total. The reason why is that they have such a clean, stylish rooms, fully equipped kitchen, fridge, gorgeous bathroom, and good breakfast, all what you need. Irena, the owner of this casa, is a very thoughtful, kind and helpful person, who never push you things like a city tour, taxi-service,...
"… a" … San Martin (San José) 1105
Hostal Maritza de la Osa
"Our guest house is located in the center of the city, just 5 min. walking from the Malecón Habanero and Chinatown. It is a colonial house built in the 40's and rented private or shared rooms, each room has bathrooms in suite and air conditioner. We also offer catering services from 7:00 am and laundry. It is a very simple and cozy where you can feel at home, the landlady can communicate in English, Russian and Spanish." … San Miguel...
"Coolest place! - a very nice place to stay! Great people! great food! great location!" … "Very nice casa particular - We spent some great days in La terraza! Miguel and his family are very nice, friendly and helpful. He has a great wife, who gave me spanish lessons! The food was excellent too! I hope to be able to come back soon!!" … "Perfect - Nice rooms with good beds. The staff was super friendly and nice. Ana made perfect...
Casa de la Dra Flora
"Located in the Center of Havana, only 300 meters from the historic Plaza de Revolucion, in the heart of the quiet and mythical Vedado district and only 5 minutes away from any major tourist sights of Havana.We offer two comfortable rooms with air condition, ceiling fan, minibar, TV, hot/cold water showers 24hrs a day. Breakfast available and can arrange for lunch and dinner as well. We speak English, French, Spanish." … "The best was...
Hostal Azul Habana
"Hospitality in Cuban atmosphere - The best holidays in my life thanks to Iliana and all friends we met through her. Iliana has a really good knowledge about what you can do in Havana and surroundings. She can recommend different options according to your budget. Breakfast was amazing with variety of tropical fruits and juices. The room was really clean (I really care about cleanliness and this room met my standards). Good location between...
"… CITY BY BUS OR TAXI AND WALKING BY MALECON HAVE A NICE PERFECT COMMUNICATION 3 TOWNS OF HAVANA WHERE THE MAIN FOCUS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS The price ranges between 25 and 50 CUC daily dependence and the time of year and the number of rooms you use. Low season , the whole apartment for rent 35 CUC newspapers , and if you rent the apartment and just need a room closes the other and pay only 25 CUC a day , and enjoy all the comforts of...
Hostal Guillen & Maritza
"A colonial house on 2nd floor, whit 3 bedrooms to rent, with personal bathroom each. A great Havana view from our terrace where you can enjoy the fresh and healthy air from the sea and Havana himself. We provide and-others services like food, transport, and others. Came like a host and leave us like a friend." … "We provide transport service, so we can bring to the hostel directly from airport, and take you to anywhere you wish."...
"Marbelis House and Tony. Cuba, Havana Center. Rent of four (4) air-conditioned rooms with good comfort and security, with private bathrooms, refrigerators, TV, telephone, hot and cold water 24 hours a day." … Address. Low 460 Hospital
Paradise Hostel Backpacker
"Fantastic - I spend a month in this lovely hostel en centro habana last time i visited Cuba and it was a fantastic place to be. Lovely, caring people working there, helpful with any kind of problem and ready to answer all kinds of questions. I did not try the food there, but if its just as good the abuela (who often makes it) is sweet, then it must be quite alright! Another good thing is that there is always one working night shifts so you...
Havana Nilda Backpackers
"… paper. The hostel has hot and cold water. Services and activities The hostel has a kitchen, living room, balcony, dining area. We provide breakfast and laundry services at a small extra cost. Surroundings The hostel is in a safe part of the city, within sight of the Plaza de Revolucion, National Library and right next to the baseball stadium of Industriales. There is a cafeteria, two nightclubs and we are within walking distance...
La Casa de Estrellas
"1 bedroom apartment pool, balcony, bathroom, kitchen and living room. With total privacy." … "House comfortable, central and secure in the heart of Havana, we hope in the House of Stars of Centro Habana" … Xifre
El Rincón de Yury
"Infanta 364 A % Neptuno & San Miguel. Centro Habana" … "We have 3 rooms a double and 2 to 3 people, with private vain amenities to make you feel good, a terrace where you can share with friends, being in a central location 5 minutes from the Malecon and Havana Rampa, near museums, night, hotel service internet.puede visit many places without having to locate a taxi." … "House guesthouse for friends, family, groups, wishing to...
Casa Pá Mochileros
"… shops, craft fairs and several cultural centers: Palacio de la Rumba, Callejón de Hamel. For entertainment you can find several theaters and plenty of nightlife venues with dancing: Maxim Rock, La Madriguera, La Zorra y el Cuervo Jazz Club. If you want Internet/Wi-Fi you must go to Habana Libre hotel. Nearby you can also find Mini-stands of ETECSA for telephone services, ATM machines and an exchange of currency, CADECA. Cuba pá...
Hostel Casa Caribe Havana
"I would go back and recommend it. - I stayed 10 days in this hostel. The hostel is really nice and good. You have a little breakfast included and its clean. Rudolfo helps you a lot. Its a good place to meet people, because in Cuba you normally travel by staying in casa particulares. It's located in the area of Vedado. Its a really safe area, you can walk without any problems during night, and there is a lot of local life at night (in the...
"… are willing to help you during your stay in Havana, as well as with reservations of lodgings in other places of Cuba, reservations of buses, taxis, currency exchange and any information you might need. Additionally the owners offer laundry service and taxi services in the city.The apartment is just a few meters away from La Rampa, a few-minute walk from the well-known and famous Nacional and Tryp Habana Libre hotels, close to...
"This house is not about money, but friendship, fun, and security - I spent 2 weeks in Casa Rosa, i can say from my heart this house don't like luxury hotels, but Rose treat you as friend. She is very good person and i miss her much, i met a lot of people in Cuba but if you want see a real angel go to meet Rosa. I really miss Rosa, i wish her best, full of joy and never ending optimism." … "Amazing - Couldnt have asked for a more...
Casa de Mayra y Enrique
"Nice people and a nice place. - We stayed at Mayra and Enrique casa for 4 nights during Eastern 2014 and are very pleased. The room was big with one double bed and one single bed (we were three people) and a nice and clean bathroom. The location was good with walking distance to the Malecone, National Capitol, and the old town of Havana. Mayra and Enrique was very helpful both with information about Havana and also arranging a new casa for us...
Casa de Ania
"Cuban hospitality - In total I stayed at Ania's place for around one week. Nice place, Ania and her Crew are very friendly and helpful, the place was clean and secure. The casa is well located and the neighborhood is quiet. The Old Havana is within walking distance. I can recommend this place to stay in Havana." … "… total comfort and security. We can also provide lunch/dinner, transport to and from the airport and more. All...
"Great! - We had a great time staying at Lunass. The hosts are lovely ladies who were very helpful and friendly. They assisted us with recommendations for restaurants and sights to see as well as other places to stay around Cuba. They have become dear friends and we had a ball spending time with them. They made our our stay in Havana very special and we enjoyed spending time with them and their adorable dogs! There are many stairs but the...
"… will find a comfortable familiar house. You can stay a Casa Luisa during your vacation trip to Havana, Cuba. We are a private house with comfortable rooms with air conditioning and private bath. The rooms are completely independent of our house, with kitchen, dining room and garden.We supply: Laundry Service. (I change sheets and towels every day). Parking for cars. Telephone Service. Airport pick up service. (If you request...
"… and Lisbette will help you make the most out of your stay and will look after all your needs. On your first day Jorge Luis will give you a quick tour of Old Havana to give you the bearings. Both owners speak English; French & Italian and are extremely kind. The apartment is located a few steps to Paseo del Prado & Malecón boulevard which is a great location as is within easy access and at walking distance to everywhere in Old...
Casa El Encanto
"…" … "… or private home stays. We speak English and Japanese spoken, very friendly hostess. Rooms: 2 beds, refrigerator, air conditioning (A/C), fan, private bathroom with 24hrs hot water. Price is 18.00.CUC each day. Please note that after booking you will receive our e mail address. You’ll need to send your card security code of the card you used when booking (this is the last 3 digits number on the back of your...
"CASA EMELINA characterized by its privacy, comfort, pleasant deal and with official license to rent we have available a room with private bath equipped with all the comforts for your benefit." … "… and tourist interest places like the Capital and Old Havana, in front of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Havana and we are only meters away from the Central Omnibus Station. The facilities include air...
"… has a laundry, on entering the apartment is a room-pantry with sink , gas cooker with oven and other appliances for kitchen, refrigerator, TV and stereo.It has 2 very light and airy rooms, like the rest of the house, air conditioning, comfortable beds and shared bathroom between two rooms, hygiene, good treatment, excellence in services, distinguish this hostel, the owners will provide free telephone service for local calls and...
"Great! - We have been to Casa Suarez in may 2013. Very helpful owners en clean apartment. Owner helps you where ever he can. I recommend everyone to stay here if you visit Havana." … "… consists of a room with two beds(a twin bed and a double bed), a bathroom, a living room, a kitchen and a balcony. The balcony surrounds the entire apartment. It has a lot of windows and it is also plenty of sunshine. The apartmanet has a good...
Casa Dalia y Teresa
"… air conditioning, fan and mini-bar. The room is excellent for rest, away from the street noise. Daily housekeeping, bed linen and towels are provided and changed regularly. The house has living and dining room, balcony overlooking the city, inner sunny patio, areas where the guests also have access. In addition to accommodation service, owners offer breakfasts, dinners, laundry service and secure parking at affordable prices. The...
"… Tuerto, La Gruta and other places. If you love walks you can go to Vedado, and Old Havana walking by Sea, feeling the sea breeze The apartment composed by: Living - dining room, 2 bedrooms, one of them with air conditioner, bathroom with hot and cold water, kitchen equipped with refrigerator and utensils, in case you prefer to cook by yourself. We also have: TV, DVD, and safety box. The cleaning service will be performed...
"Modern apartment with Hall, kitchen/dining room, bathroom and a room. With all the comforts, hot and cold water, air conditioning, telephone and privacy. With capacity up to 3 people. Located in the Centre of the city at 400m of the Revolution scuare with ease to go to anywhere including the interprovincial travel agency." … Perfecto la coste #618 / Mazo y Emilio Nunez
"… kitchen, dining room and balcony. An A/C acclimatized room with a king size bed and another personal bed. Maximum capacity: two adults and a child or three adults. Ideal for students who want to share expenses. The room has a fridge, phone stereo. Private bathroom with cold/ hot shower. Price includes cleaning, bed clothings and towels. Legally authorized to rent room to tourists. Cuban companions are accepted. Privileged...
"… most points in Old Havana, Centro Habana and Vedado can be easily explored on foot if you have energy and favors the exercise and thus be more from the local street life. We close the " Carlos III " which has shops, bank, pharmacy and fast food mall; Institute of Linguistics, as well as restaurants and bars. We have blocks the Malecón Habanero, House of Music, Callejón de Hammel and Palacio de la Rumba. You, our guests...
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