Paradise Hostel Backpacker



The Review

Paradise Hostel Backpacker should be a first choice for backpackers who wish to visit Havana, Cuba, but don't realise that the city has hostels. Paradise Hostel Backpacker is very central and for those who enjoy walking and enjoy being in a new city, Paradise is ideal.

The Location

Havana is roughly divided in three main sectors -- Habana Vieja (Old Havana) to the east, Centro Habana (Central Havana), and the newer Vedado and Miramar to the west. Paradise Hostel is in Centro. To get to the Old City, it can be walked in fifteen minutes. The Malecon (seafront drive) is a little more than five minutes away on foot.

Central Havana is not beautiful! If the customer is used to perfectly clean streets and smooth footpaths, Havana might disappoint. Most of the infrastructure needs help. Streets and walkways are constantly being dug up and patched back together in a not-too-pretty way. Cubans don't watch a lot of television (there are only five channels) and they spend a lot of time outside the house, on the streets, chatting with neighbours and watching passers-by and children playing football and other games. Some tourists might be put off by this, but it is very safe to walk around Havana, even in the dark. There is a bit of begging unfortunately, but there is usually no threat or danger. On the other hand, many of the locals wish to engage with foreigners and some even get invited into a home.

Getting to the hostel from Jose Marti airport takes about thirty minutes, but it is almost essential to get a taxi (get the taxi driver to go to the money exchange at Terminal Two, where there should be no line). The bus P12 sets down over a mile away. The front door is always locked and is monitored twenty-four hours a day, and more cameras are currently being installed.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Paradise Hostel has five guest rooms with a total of twenty beds. One private room has two beds for up to three guests, and has a full private bathroom. There are three dorms each with four beds and a private bathroom, and the final room has six beds and a bathroom. Each bathroom has a shower, sink, and toilet. All rooms have a fan and air conditioner. There are also individual lockers in each room, one per guest. Rooms are locked; each guest has a key.

Common Spaces

To get the morning started, there is a large dining table at which guests can eat breakfast and talk over the previous night's events. You can buy breakfast -- the less-expensive option features eggs, with lots of bread, butter, coffee, and juice); the more expensive option is the same, with fresh fruit added. Dinner can also be arranged.

Also on the ground floor there is a sitting room with rocking chairs, a table, and a small bookshelf for guests to use. This is a good place to sit and listen to the sounds of the street life outside. In the centre of the open courtyard is an additional table with chairs. Upstairs on the roof there is a bar, which has some covered seating and some open seating. The bar is usually open from 5 to 11 p.m. daily, although guests can sit here at any time.


The reception staff -- Ana and Janet -- speak quite good English, and are extremely helpful regarding taxis, buses, and accommodation in other towns. The value for money is quite good here -- a dorm bed is very inexpensive. Paradise Hostel seems to draw good quality clientèle from all over the world.
by Charlie Holley Staff Reviewer
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One of the dorm rooms with window type openings.
Paradise has a large open courtyard, with reception at one end and rooms along the side.
The rooftop bar for evening mojitos or Cuba libres.
The dining room and reception area at Paradise Hostel.
All rooms have secured lockers large enough for backpacks.
Each room at Paradise Hostel has a shower, toilet and sink.
All dorms at Paradise have bunk beds.


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Paradise Hostel Backpacker" at San Miguel #561, entre Belascoain y Gervasio.)


San Miguel #561, entre Belascoain y Gervasio, Centro Habana, Havana, La Habana, Cuba
23.136768, -82.369468 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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92% Guest Reviews

Amazing Experience!!!
I am so glad I stayed there! Jeniffer is a very kind, honest, and intelligent and gave me a lot of useful advice to get around in Havana. I had 2 weeks in Cuba and had booked only this hostel for first 3 days but I had wonderful 2 weeks because of the tips she gave us. It located in a very downtown, it was very interesting to see and talk with people there. Special thanks to Jeniffer and all other staff for warm and memorable welcome.
Pawan Sharma
Age 30, Canada
Great place in Havana
Jennifer and the entire staff are excellent here and so helpful! They gave us an awesome recommendation of a place to stay in Vinales and helped organize a ride share for us that picked us up. Although they didn't all speak a lot of English, that is what you get going to Cuba! We met some wonderful people here as it is more of a hostel than a small casa like most other places in Havana. The breakfast was good, but we often ended up opting for cheaper local food or fresh fruit from the markets or peso shops all around. The rooftop area was a nice place to hang out and meet others and always had a nice breeze to escape the heat. It was about a 10-15min walk to Old Havana, but I loved the walk, lots to see and people to meet along the way, always. Great place, will definitely be back!!
Age 28, Canada
Worth the money, almost all that a backpacker needs
Secure, clean, nice stuff, not too far from Habana vieja, lockers, nice terrace, book ex-change, bathroom in rooms included. Breakfast, towels, and maps unfortunately not included.
Age 30, Switzerland
Beds are comfy enough, the staff are very friendly (Jennifer & Anna can speak decent english) and will help out with anything you ask. Breakfast is good. Can be a bit loud at night but I doubt there's anywhere in Havana that is quiet. Main advantage is how sociable the hostel is, their terrace is great for drinks, makes meeting new people incredibly easy. Highly recommend.
James Burke
Age 24, UK
Good hostel in Cuba
I stayed at Paradise for about ten days in total. I met some of the best travelers here, which I've heard can be hard when you're just staying in casas. The hostel itself is basic, the rooms are a bit musty and claustrophobic with little natural light (I heard they were former stables). The managers were very nice but weren't particularly helpful for advice with travel around Cuba. For the same price and experience I think you could stay at one of the better kept hostels nearby.
great hosts, great vibe, and wonderful time here at the hostel. the rooms are clean and the location is very central and just a 15 min walk to old Habana. I would recommend to anyone and definitely stay again.
Age 29, Australia
Awesome hostel!
Awesome Staff, cool and friendly guests, clean rooms, had an awesome stay!
Age 30, Norway
Average but cheap hostel
Recommended for solo travelers as you get to meet people and save money (most casa particulares' rooms are for two). Rooms smell very musty though, even when aired in the day. Basic accommodations with simple beds, poor showers (the toilet may or may not come with a seat and the shower may flood). Location in Centro Havana which can be quite a walk in either direction towards the main sights in Old Havana and Verdado. There are however some cheap restaurants around the area where you can get pizzas for as low as 1 CUC.
Age 25, Singapore

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