September 12 2010
We were in Cuba for (only!) 11 days this August (2010). It was just great - the best of all being the Cubans themselves. Our hosts at the Casas made us feel that Cuba was a home to us. They arranged a casa at our next destination so we were waited for at the bus station.
We started at Casa Aurora in Old Havana, in total we stayed there for 4 nights. Aurora is motherly and keeps the place impeccably clean. Julio, her husband is a charming man. The casa is a 5-10 min walk from Plaza Vieja, and two minutes from Calle 1ra/San Pedro were there is a large hangar and displays of painters, clothings, crafts etc . We highly recommend this casa both because of the quality of the hosts, the cleanliness and the location. Casa Aurora. Merced #14, e/San Ignacio y Oficios, Havana Vieja. tel. (53) (7)8630536. cell. (530 (5) 2921185.
Our next hosts in Vinales were Haydee and Laydis, and their daughter Ayleen. They have a beautiful house near the main street. It is very calm, they hold a large garden in which they grow many vegetables that they serve at dinner. They were very nice and attentive, and definitely the best cooks we meet in Cuba! We ate Lobster a la creole, fish, and great assortments of vegetables, yam, sweet potatoes, rice and beans. Don't miss it!. Villa Haydee Chiroles. C.Rafael Trejo #139. tel. (53) - (0)48-695200; cell. (53)(0)52-548921.
In Trinidad we stayed with Lidia, a cousin of Aurora. We had a room on the roof, and dinner on an inner terrace. Lidia and her husband were also very warm and helpful. The casa is in a quiet back street, 2 minutes from the center so one is not disturbed by the music at night (if you go to sleep early...it is much better to spend the evening at the Plaza de la musica!). Casa Lidia Calzada. Francisco Peterse #176 e/ Mario Guerra y Francisco Javier Zerquera. Trinidad.
In Cienfuegos we stayed with Jose and Beatriz. The room is actually an independent second floor apartment, very private. Jose is a great cook, and the place is very well kept. Casa Jose Luis Alvarez Leon. Ave 60 #3301 e/33 y 35. Cienfuegos. Tel: (53)-43-528535.
May 12 2010
Name: jo scott
Confirming casa particulares. . .. so what if you dont?
We had, as advised by March contributor, confirmed our booking ahead (even in spanish to be sure) but when we arrived, delayed by prolonged immigration, our room didnt exist.
However, far from letting it spoil our holiday - or make us think we're off to a bad start - we rolled with it, bought 2 beers and waited. Within 20 minutes we were gathered up by another family . . and spent the rest of our 2 weeks being passed like a parcel from one delightful family to another.
Cant wait to go back,
*Note from CJ:
After asking Jo he didn't made his reservation through Cuba-Junky
Jo: We didnt book through you guys . . .this was more of a general observation to illustrate a point. It was actually a hotel reservation as, at the time, we had been told we needed the first 2 nights in a government hotel.
We'll bear you in miind next time,
March 26 2010
Name: Maggie Turner
Country: United Kingdom
Confirming Casa Particulare bookings
I am in my early sixties and travelled for the first time to Cuba with my son, daughter and her partner, all in their early thirties. We travelled independently using the Lonely Planet Guide, this website and others. I want to stress to anyone planning to do the same that it is essential that you telephone 2 days before the date you are due to arrive at your Casa Partulare to confirm your booking. We confirmed but 4 weeks before and on arrival in Havana after a long flight found the rooms we thought we had booked were taken. The 'should have been' hosts were very helpful in finding us alternative accommodation but it was a bad start to what turned out to be a wonderful 2 week holiday. We were told by hosts in Trinidad that 90% of bookings end this way so CONFIRM 2 DAYS BEFORE and have a great time. We bought a telephone card and used public phones to ring ahead