CASA PARTICULAR

A Casa Particular is the Cuban version of a Bed & Breakfast. A wonderful and interesting way to get to know ‘the real Cuba’ because you are a guest in a Cuban family’s home. You’ll see how your host-family will go out of their way giving you the best room in their house, as they are committed in making you feel 'a casa'. You have your own bathroom and toilet. There are two kinds of Casa Particulares, literally translated, Private Houses:

  • The authentic homestay, where you share the house with the family.
  • The private house is operated as a boutique hotel, with its own staff: the family does not live on the premises.

The Casas range from intimate B&B to mini-hotel; we work with 'proven' Casas only, all of which have their own specific charm.

OUR CASAS SELECTION IN DESTINATIONS

Our selection

Annabel is the proud owner of a Casa Particular that carries her name. The Casa is situated in the Miramar area, an upscale neighbourhood of Havana, where the majority of embassies and consulates are located.

Annabel's house is off a main road and the two guest-rooms on offer are at the quiet street-side, where only local traffic passes through. The neighbourhood cats and dogs are the ones making the most noise.

Annabel divides her time running the house and taking care of her two kids. She's an avid sportsperson, her passion is boxing and she receives training in a well-known boxing school. Her two boys, David and Manuel, have other interests: David likes the teens-parties in a nearby club and Manuel would like to eat pizza everyday. Whereas there is room for their favourite pastimes, Annabel insists that they learn to speak foreign languages, hence twice a week the boys go to English classes. On Sunday, you may find the family at a local swimming pool.

Indication Rate: $30 room/night

Accommodation

The Accommodation

the house has two guest-rooms. Both have modern (silent) airco, fridge, private bathroom with shower and toilet. One of the rooms includes basic cooking facilities. The house is immaculately clean and you receive fresh towels and linen regularly.

Local Experience

Local Experience

The famous 'Casa de la Musica de Miramar' is approx ten minutes walking distance. It is one of the most important music venues of Havana. Here, foreign visitors and Cubans come together to enjoy live salsa music performed by popular bands and, of course, to dance.

Our Tip

Our Tip

There are many good paladares, private restaurants, nearby, as this is an area where a lot of expats and diplomats reside. A recommendable one is 'Otra Manera', nearby Casa de la Musica, in a peaceful garden setting, where exquisite food is served.

It was the dream of Salvador Marquez to open a guesthouse. For years he was driving a taxi - whereas he has a mechanical engineering background - just to save money to buy a property in his beloved Vedado neighborhood, to turn it into the Casa Particularof his dreams.

Assembling the money to buy the house – a beautiful colonial building of more than 100 years old – was one thing, but renovating the antique spaces into first-class accommodations with modern amenities that would appeal to the discerning traveler, was another. 

No es fácil, things are not always easy in Cuba, but finding building supplies is a real challenge. But miracles do exist: Salvador and his three sons managed to turn the house into its former glory, transforming it in what is nowadays the exquisite Hostal Marques de Liz. Here, in the heart of the buzzing El Vedado district, travelers find a super stylish oasis of tranquility. This is a house made with love & pride, and it shows. 

Indication Rate: $40 room/night

Accommodation

The Accommodation

The house consists of two individual casas, both restoration projects of the finest magnitude, with designer feel. Both casas have private entrances, monitored with security cameras. Each casa comes with separate sleeping and sitting area and a kitchenette. Modern bathrooms. Television, safe. 

Local Experience

Local Experience

The El Vedado district is great for those who like to be immersed in the 'real Cuba', as this is a less touristic, residential area, nevertheless with many sights to explore. The night-clubs, theaters, cinemas, restaurants, shops and art galleries you will be able to find, are frequented by locals and foreign visitors alike.

Our Tip

Our Tip

Salvador lives in the building and will be pleased to help you out with anything. He is a local of Vedado, hence knows the area really well. The Hotel Habana Libre is very nearby; it is a place of historical importance, as Fidel Castro installed his headquarters in this hotel after his arrival in Havana on January 8 of 1959.

The historical city centre of Havana, known as La Habana Vieja, is where many foreign visitors like to stay during a visit to Cuba's dazzling capital. It is where the city was founded in the early 16th century and history indeed oozes through the fabulous buildings, monuments and the lively narrow streets filled with music.

This is the only part of Havana, or perhaps even of whole Cuba, that has a 'terrace culture'; restaurants and bars extend their services to the outdoors, to the magnificent century old plazas, colourful alleys and splendid roof terraces. From early in the morning until the late hours, you can enjoy a drink, snack or meal in the open air, where you can see Havana city life at its best.

There are many, many (yes, double the many) houses in the Old City offering a room in their Casa Particular, some good, some bad and anything in between. When you request a Casa Particular in the Old City through us, we will look for the best available house in accordance to your wishes and budget. We have a reliable network of Casa Particulares we work with, so your search is in good hands with us.

Indication Rate: $60 room/night

Accommodation

The Accommodation

The Casas Particulares we work with have at least a private bathroom with shower and a toilet. Other facilities depend on your requirements: our search will be based in accordance to your wishes and budget.

Local Experience

Local Experience

Wandering through the streets of Old Havana without a fixed plan, is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Just enter any place where you hear music or see dance – there are so many. The old city centre is very compact, easy to explore by foot.

Our Tip

Our Tip

The Santo Angel neighbourhood is a little off-the-beaten track, even when it is right beside the main attractions of the historical city. In the colourful ‘Hairdressers Alley’ you will find art galleries, barbers shops and cosy cafes, run by young entrepreneurs.

Our selection

Welcome in the house of Manuela and her daughter Danay, husband their kids. This cosy family house is located just three blocks from Viñales main street, on a quiet, unpaved road, where chickens, roosters, the occasional wandering pig, along with the campesinos, farmers, are the most frequently passers-by.

You can enjoy this serene countryside scene sitting on the porch rocking chairs and sipping a glass of añejo, rum, or a delicious cocktail, prepared by your host.

Indication Rate: $30 room/night

Accommodation

The Accommodation

the house has five rooms with individual airco, on two floors. The two rooms on the first floor have an independent entrance and a terrace. The rooms on the ground floor have a patio. Each room has a private bathroom and toilet.

Local Experience

Local Experience

Danay speaks good English and can assist you with making reservations for excursions in the area such as horseback rides, bicycle rental and climbing the Mogotes de Viñales.

Our Tip

Our Tip

Manuela is an excellent cook and can prepare you the most delicious Cuban food on request. Highly recommended to have dinner in the house one evening. Afterwards, take a relaxing stroll to the lively main street.

Our selection

Zuleyda's Casa Particular is a beautiful large house located right at the beach of Playa Larga, on the Zapata peninsula. Here, you have sea, sand and palm trees right at the doorstep. It is easy to imagine spending your days relaxing in the sun, a drink at hand and trying out the tasty local dishes with your feet in the sand.

The Zapata peninsula however is an area that invites the traveler to discover Cuba's lush nature, including the ‘Cienaga de Zapata’ National Park’s protected wetlands, swamp forests and mangrove thickets, and its coves, where you can dive into the water to snorkel or scuba dive. Underneath the water you can spot hundreds of different varieties of tropical fish, while on land you might even spot a rare bird, crocodiles and native mammals, such as the incredibly cute pygmy jutia. After a day of exploring it is just great to end at the beach-bar at Zuleyda's house, a popular spot, where you will certainly find fellow-travellers.

Indication Rate: $40 room/night

Accommodation

The Accommodation

Two air conditioned rooms with a double bed and a single bed, fan, refrigerator and a private bathroom.

Local Experience

Local Experience

Playa Larga is a pleasant coastal town, located on the 'Bay of Pigs'. This 'Bahia de Cochinos' became world famous for the US-backed secret operation that took place here on April 17, 1961. There is a museum dedicated to that (failed) invasion in nearby Playa Giron.

Our Tip

Our Tip

Enjoy great local food at Bar Restaurant ‘Tiki Bahia’. No menu, the waitress tells you what they can offer you on the day. Needless to say, super fresh and made with lots of amor. The service may be slow, the longer you can enjoy the fantastic view over the famous Bay of Pigs.

Our selection

Noemi, the owner of 'Hostal Noemi y Otto', is a splendid example of quintessential Cuban hospitality. Staying at Noemi’s feels like staying at a friends’ house.

Her friendliness is known all over town; should you get lost in the maze of cobble-stoned streets in the centre of Trinidad, just ask for 'Casa Noemi', and locals will explain you how to get there. The house is located just a short walk from the historic heart of the city, Plaza Mayor, and other sights. Despite its central location, it’s still set back enough to offer some welcome peace and quiet for the traveller.

The property’s terrace and roof top area overlooking this lovely town is perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring Trinidad. Needless to say, Noemi can advise you on all interesting places to visit in her town and surrounding area.

Indication Rate: $35 room/night

Accommodation

The Accommodation

Two air conditioned rooms with a double bed and a single bed, private bathroom and terrace.

Local Experience

Local Experience

Husband Otto knows 'todo Trinidad' and can help arrange a variety of activities, including a day’s horse riding past Trinidad’s tobacco plantations and into the lush hills and forest that surround the town.

Our Tip

Our Tip

Trinidad is famous for its nightlife, so don't miss it! Some of the town's hotspots – Casa de La Musica, Casa de la Trova, Los Congos -  are located close to each other. The atmosphere at night is how you imagine it when you think of Cuba, where everybody dances in the streets. You may very probably find this in Trinidad at night.

Our selection

Once upon a time there was a sophisticated lady who moved from her beloved island Cuba to continental Spain, to marry the man of her dreams. She never forgot her homeland though and vowed to return to La Isla Bonita one day.

When she finally did, she fell in love with a derelict palacio, in the historic centre of Cienfuegos, the city also known as the ‘Pearl of the South’. She purchased the palace that dates from the early 20th century and together with her son, renovated it painstakingly, taking five years, restoring it to its former glory. The result is an exquisite, exclusive Casa Particular, where guests are pampered in an aristocratic setting.

The old lady resides on the premises when she is in Cuba while her son, Jose Antonio, manages the place. Casually, in jeans.

Indication Rate: $80 room/night

Accommodation

The Accommodation

The palacio offers five spacious rooms that are decorated individually. Each room is freshly tiled, painted and decorated, offering modern comfort with split-system air conditioning and a beautiful bathroom.

Local Experience

Local Experience

The beating heart of Cienfuegos is Parque Marti, at approx. 100 meters from the palacio, with restaurants, bars and the famous Tomas Terry Theatre. You are also close to the picturesque Cienfuegos Bay and its lively boulevard. You can walk to there via the pedestrian avenue, lined with shops, cafes and eateries.

Our Tip

Our Tip

If you are looking for something very special, book the Grand Suite room, the most spacious and luxurious room of the palacio. It has a separate salon with comfortable sofas, and three private balconies overlooking the street.

Our selection

Raul & Kathy are a young couple who live in the heart of downtown Santiago de Cuba. In their home, they host guests from all over the world, who are lyrical about the typical Cuban hospitality they receive at this 'hostal'.

The house itself is modest, however offer all modern comfort in each of the 5 guest-rooms. The real icing on the cake is the delicious breakfast that is served on the roof terrace. Ask for the pancakes! Raul and Kathy are the embodiment of modern Cuba, with their enterprising spirit; they bought a second house, just further down the road, that is also available to accommodate guests. In this small boutique style hotel, with its own reception, you will find comfortable, beautifully appointed rooms. Raul & Kathy both speak English and are happy to offer tips about things to do in the city.

Indication Rate: $30 room/night

Accommodation

The Accommodation

There are 5 spacious and air-conditioned rooms, each with a double bed and private bathroom, minibar, TV and safe.

Local Experience

Local Experience

A stay here means you’re right in the beating heart of Santiago de Cuba, just a stone’s throw from the Plaza de Marte and the picturesque Céspedes Park. You can walk to all the main highlights of Santiago.

Our Tip

Our Tip

Don't miss a visit to the 'Casa de la Trova', just a few blocks down the road. Great live bands playing traditional Cuban music. Wonderful atmosphere in an intimate setting, even when the house fills up with visitors.

DAIQUIRI TOURS

Our agency is legally established as a foreign enterprise in Cuba, allowing us to have direct contracts with the main incoming tour-operators and DMC's on the island e.g. Havanatur, Cubanacan and Ecotur. We also have contracts with the major hotel chains in Cuba, e.g. Melia (34 hotels), Iberostar (19 hotels), Blue Diamond (13 hotels) and ROC (3 hotels).
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