Enzo's Backpackers

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The Hostelz.com Review

Enzo’s Backpackers’ is housed on the ninth floor of a building, although check-in is at the family’s apartment on the tenth floor, and guests will be happy to know that there is a working lift in the building!

The Location

Enzo’s is quite a way from central Havana. It’s easily a thirty-minute walk, although you can catch a bus or a shared taxi into either central Havana or Havana Vieja, the old city, from nearby. There is a plethora of shops and eateries around this area, and there is a Wi-Fi hot spot right across the road in the small park, where there is also an Etecsa kiosk selling internet cards.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are just two rooms in this neat little hostel -- a twin private and a six-bed dorm. The dorm beds are all fairly sturdy with metal bunks, and the mattresses are pretty comfortable. There are two fans and an air conditioning unit in the dorm. Each bed has access to a power point and there is also a charging point on the small table by the balcony with USB connections. The small balcony gives a view across Havana to the west and south and you can see El Capitolio in the center from here. There is a cupboard for backpack storage with small lockers for valuables; guests will need their own padlock for these. Both rooms share a bathroom, which is clean, and whenever there is water it is hot as there is a water heater in the dorm storage cupboard (sometimes the pressure is too low to get the water up to the ninth floor). There is also a toilet and hand basin in the bathroom.

Common Spaces

There is a small sitting room, which has a couch and comfy chairs, and there is a huge map of Cuba on the wall. Enzo has also provided an information point with maps of the immediate area, including places to eat; shops; exchange offices; banks; ATMs; and bus stops, route numbers, and destinations. A small kitchen sits in the corner of the sitting room with a microwave, kettle, and fridge. Enzo also provides free tea and sugar. Guests will also find a laundry sink in the corner of the kitchen and there is a washing line on the dorm balcony. There is a charging point in the sitting room with USB connections.

Summary

This is a lovely little backpackers’ hostel, run with loving care by the young owner and his parents for the past few years. It’s also one of the cheapest in the city. If you don’t mind being a bit away from the central action, this is an excellent choice. There are, however, plenty of transport options a short walk away to get you into town and out to the bus stations and airport. Entrance to the building may require a phone call up to the family as the downstairs door to the street is locked, or you might catch a resident on the way in or out. Entrance to the hostel apartment is via a locked gate and a front door. Keys to both of these, and the downstairs door to the building itself, are issued to each guest. The little extra touches like the info point and the free tea go a long way to making this a more homey place than many others in Havana. It’s very clean and the English-speaking family is always on hand with advice (should you require it).
by Londonroad
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2018-12-03
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Edifio Industriales
Front Door to the Building on the Right
The Golden Door to the Hostel
Sitting Room
Sitting Room
Kitchen
Laundry Sink
6-Bed Dorm
6-Bed Dorm
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Enzo's Backpackers" at Industriales Building. 20 de mayo street 428 between Amenidad and Pedroso 10th floor apt 101 - La Havana.)

Location/Contact

Address
Industriales Building. 20 de mayo street 428 between Amenidad and Pedroso 10th floor apt 101 - La Havana, Havana, La Habana, Cuba
Coordinates
23.119960, -82.376360 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Website
www.facebook.com/EnzosBackpackers/
Telephone
+53 (0) 5343 8802
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Good place, great owner
The hostel has the basic things you need. But what makes this place stand out is the owner. He will always be honest and can tell you how to get around for the least amount of money. So just a great place for backpckers!!
Joakim
Age 25, Narveby
2017-09-29
  Enzo's Backpackers is a cosy, little family-run hostel in a local neighborhood outside of the city centre in Havana. It is one of the many hostels that are located in the same building block. The Location The hostel is located in a quiet neighbourhood, about an hour's walk from the Old Town and the bus station. It is quite high up in the building, but luckily there is an elevator. There are plenty of small cafes around that sell sandwiches and a couple of cheap restaurants. The bus to the airport is few blocks from the building and is a lot cheaper than a taxi. Rooms and Bathrooms There are two rooms in the hostel -- there's a tiny room with a bunk bed that sleeps three people (the bottom is a double bed), plus a bigger room for six guests that has three bunk beds. The bigger room is not huge, but there is enough room for everybody to leave their belongings and still have enough space to move around. There is a small balcony where you can relax and get an amazing view of the surrounding areas and you can even dry your clothes there. The bathroom is between the two rooms and is decent size. It is also kept pretty clean throughout the day. Because it's the only bathroom in the apartment, there might be a queue to use it in the morning. Common Spaces The reception is on a different floor than where the family lives. Once you have checked in, they take you to another floor and show you your bed and provide you with a key to the hostel. When you first walk in, after a small hallway, there is the living room with a couch and two armchairs. Next to it, there is a dining table with some chairs and an open-plan kitchen. The kitchen is quite small. It has a microwave, a fridge, and a kettle to boil some water. They provide free tea and coffee. There are no pots or pans, and you can't really cook there, but they provide basic tableware. There is also a little corner with a sink where you can wash your clothes. Summary Overall, the hostel is good. The family that runs it is very nice and helpful and they really make you feel like home. You can use Wi-Fi in the park just across the street. The atmosphere in the hostel is good, and it is quite easy to meet other people and socialize.
Moonika
2017-06-08
 
Good Cuba hostel
Enzo's is a good place to meet other backpackers. Enzo is a great guy that will help you with your Cuba trip.
Anonymous
Age 29, usa
2017-02-12
 
Enzo is the man
Awesome hostel. Awesome people and great host in Enzo. He sits you down and explains how things work in Cuba because the currency system is complex. Also has great recommendations for food. Ask about restaurante aqui. Staying here every time I come back because I'm only 90 miles away in Miami!
Matthew
Age 26, American
2016-12-11
 
Excellent stay at Enzo's!
From the second I arrived to the unknown land of Cuba, Enzo and his family immediately made it feel like home to me. At the time I arrived to the hostel, Enzo wasn't there, so his sister and mom (which are the sweetest people in the world) helped me. They brought me down to my room, where I met other solo backpackers, which turned out becoming my travel buddies -- so Enzo's backpacker is perfect for solo travelers! Enzo will help with recommendations and going around in Cuba as well, which was really helpful for me since I had no idea what I was going to do. The hostel is clean and beds are comfortable, the only issue might be the location since it is not in central Havana/Old Havana but honestly it is a 10 min cab ride which you pay 10 Cuban pesos for (0.35$) which is not bad at all. I highly recommend this hostel if it is your first time in Cuba and you are traveling alone. I made great friends at the hostel and they made my experience in Cuba so much better!
Emine
Age 25, Turkey
2016-12-03
 
Great!
Unbelievably hospitable and useful. Especially useful for those getting to grips with Cuba, the lack of information available, and planning their trip around the island. Great breakfast, and able to get by with just English.
Anonymous
Age 21, British
2016-09-02

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