Villa Las Arecas, Viñales

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For the budget traveler, particularly the single traveler who doesn’t want to fork out for a private room, you can’t really do better than Villa Las Arecas, so book early, especially in high season.

The Location

Viñales is a picturesque, small town in Cuba’s interior that is very popular with visitors because of its beautiful, hilly scenery. You’re never far from the center of town or the hiking trails in Viñales, it’s that small. Having said that, Las Arecas is only a three-minute walk to the main street where the restaurants and shops are located, and a further ten minutes or so to the trailhead for trips on foot, by bike, or on horseback into the Valle Las Palmaritas. There is a tourist office, travel agents, a currency exchange office, and the Viazul bus office on the main street also.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Las Arecas has three rooms -- two private and one dorm. The private rooms are in the back garden and have two double beds in each. Both rooms have a small patio with garden chairs and a table. Inside, the rooms have air conditioning and a fan, and both rooms have beautifully clean en suite bathrooms. The dorm is one the roof of the family house. There is a roof terrace outside the dorm and inside, guests will find three beds -- two singles and a double. In the future, this may change, as the owners want to bring in bunk beds to make a more Western-style dorm. The dorm bathroom is sparkling clean and there is twenty-four-hour hot water here. Towels and soap are provided. There are power points in all rooms as well as a mini-bar in each.

Common Spaces

The common areas are the private room patios and the roof terrace, although there are three tables in the area just below the stairs to the roof where you can have any meals you might want to order from the family.

Summary

This is excellent value. The hostel is really clean and well looked after, and the owner Gladys is so friendly and helpful. She has maps and leaflets about the trails in the area and her father used to be guide, so he knows all the good spots to visit. Guided tours can also be arranged here. One of the big advantages of staying here is that the hostel has its own Wi-Fi hot spot. You still need an Etecsa internet card from the office in the main street to log on, but you don’t have to go outside looking for a hot spot as in most Cuban towns or cities. Restaurants and bars are just a minutes’ walk away and there’s plenty of them; this is a very popular destination for international tourists. Just beware that no English is spoken here.
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Front Terrace
Casa Sign
Back Garden Terrace
Private Room Terrace
Twin En Suite Room
Twin Room Bathroom
Rooftop Terrace
Dorm Room
4-Person Dorm
Dorm Bathroom
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Londonroad
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Published on Dec 24, 2018

Description

Accommodation:
In Juan's house (Villa Las Arecas) you will enjoy a unique environment, the guest rooms in the backyard of the house provide you with great independence, tranquility, privacy, surrounded by a beautiful orchard and all this without ruling out that you are in the center of the town just three minutes walk from the main square, bus stop, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. An excellent place to rest, read your travel guide or start an adventure in the Valley.
Visitors are welcomed with a delicious mango juice or a Creole coffee, they inform you about what to do in Viñales and the different options depending on your preferences, whether it is to enter the valley to learn local traditions from a native or discover magnificent areas and places for your travel photos. From the house they help you book horseback riding tours, walks, climbing, bicycles, taxis and everything you need to make your stay unforgettable.
In the accommodation they have implemented a daily cleaning and disinfection protocol for the rooms and surroundings to maintain hygienic-sanitary measures to prevent COVID-19.
- In the common spaces, you must use a sanitary mask to prevent the spread of diseases in case of any symptoms, communicate it to the hosts.
The rooms are spacious, comfortable, ventilated, well lit and safe with capacity for four people in each. They have a portal with metal furniture, inside two double beds in each room, bedding, blankets, air conditioning, fan, refrigerator, nightstand, coat hanger, fire alarm and private bathroom with: sink, towels, soap, toilet. , shower, hot and cold water all the time.
The house is located on Adela Azcuy street, a very safe area just a few minutes walk from the main square. Through the side corridor you access the back patio where the rooms are located. Two in a bungalow facing the orchard and another on the second level of the main house with a balcony to the terrace, all rooms are independent. The total capacity is twelve guests, since there are three rooms with a capacity of four people each.
Breakfasts, lunches or dinners are made in the terrace area, they can be requested from the day before and you specify the desired time so that they have everything ready.
The hosts of the house Gladys and Juan, speak Spanish and a little English, they are available whenever you need it, with the aim of making your stay in Viñales unforgettable.

Guest access:
Upon arrival there is always a host to greet you and give you the keys to your room.
You will have access to the property through a gate in the side corridor, during the day it is kept open and at night it will be closed, you can access with your key.
On the terrace you can access internet services via WI-FI without having to go to a public park. In Cuba, the company ETECSA, through its network of commercial offices, sells internet access cards at a cost of 25cup per hour. At home you have the advantage that with just one card all the devices connected to the network will have access to the internet simultaneously, something that is not allowed in public places.

Other highlights:
In case you need anything during your stay we will be available to help you with everything.

Where are you going to be:
The accommodation is located in the historic center of the town in a quiet, safe and very central area. There is no on-site parking, but cars are safely parked on public roads.

How to move:
The urban area of the town of Viñales is small, which makes it easy to move around the town. In the surroundings towards the main street you will find restaurants, bars and cafes with different options. In the main street you can find the square, churches, nightclubs, shops, banks, ATMs, bus stop, telecommunications office (ETECSA), post office, house of culture, museum, art galleries, medical clinic, fuel station; all easily accessible on foot.
For tourist places in nature such as Mural de la prehistoria (4km), Canopy (6km), Proyecto Raíces (6km), Gran caverna Santo Tomas (18km), Mirador del Valle (4km), Cueva del indio (8km), Palenque of the Cimarrones (6km) among others, you will need a means of transportation. From the center a bus called Bustour Viñales takes you to these places, at different times of the day, you can also do this tour by bicycle, taxi or horse cart without having to depend on a schedule.

Location and Contact

Location

We are in a central area that is very easy to find in the town of Viñales, on Adela Azcuy street, house number 23 B between Camilo Cienfuegos and Orlando Nodarse streets. Just minutes walk from the main square or bus stop. If you need any information or help for your arrival, do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to answer all your questions.

Map

Map

Address: Adela Azcuy #23b / C. Cienfuegos y Orlando Nodarse, Viñales (Vinales), Pinar del Rio Province, Cuba

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Website

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Phone Number: +53 (0) 5342 8612
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Bedsheets

Parking

Towels

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Currency Exchange

Food/Restaurant

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Laundry

Wheelchair Accessible

Pet-Friendly

Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

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