Lovely light, bright, and airy 2 bedroom private self-contained and fully equipped apartment located in the heart of Havana, where you will be greeted with a very warm Cuban welcome. The apartment has a large balcony with a view of the sea, just 50 paces from the Malecon Habanero (seafront) and 2 blocks from La Casa de la Musica, so why not sit with a drink, relax and experience real Cuban life.
Our guests have their own lovely private apartment within a small, safe and friendly building in the very heart of the Cuban capital.
We are Cesar (Cuban) and Lou (Welsh), a married couple living in London. We regularly travel to Cuba to visit family and friends and we stay in our apartment whilst we are there, but the rest of the time we choose to rent our home out to tourists visiting Cuba who want to stay in an authentic and lively part of town. We want our guests to experience the best that Havana has to offer and to gain some insight into authentic Cuban life. Cesar grew up and has spent most of his life in Central Havana before re-locating to the UK, and our friend, Laura who manages the apartment for us, is a lifelong resident of Central Havana.
The apartment is very modern inside, whilst still retaining a number of its original features. The high ceilings and the large balcony doors and windows throughout the apartment, along with its proximity to the sea, provide an airy feel and a flow of air through the apartment. Guests can choose to relax in the comfortable living/dining room, or sit and have a drink and watch Havana life go by from the balcony with its sea view.
Our two bedroom apartment which was completely renovated in early 2016 is situated on the second (and top) floor of a 1950s apartment block in Central Havana (there is no lift in our building). The flat comprises of a double bedroom with a double bed, and a second double bedroom with twin single beds, both with air conditioning, original built-in wardrobes, and safety deposit boxes. The photography throughout the apartment is the work of Cesar, and most of the photos were taken in Centro Havana. Print are available for sale.
Both the kitchen and the bathroom have been completely remodelled. The kitchen provides everything required to prepare meals, should guests wish to, including a hob, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, microwave, coffee-maker, as well as pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. The fully fitted bathroom has a modern shower with 24-hour hot and cold running water, we also provide some basics such as shampoo, soap, shower gel, coffee, tea, sugar and condiments for our guests.
Guests are given sets of keys and sole access to the whole apartment for the duration of their stay. We have enough sets of keys to provide up to four guests with their own set of keys, allowing the freedom to go off and explore alone, as well as in a group
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Our good friend and family neighbour, Laura manages our apartment for us. Laura is available to meet our guests when they arrive, and to provide information about the apartment, the local area, and trips to other parts of Cuba during their stay, should guests require this. Laura lives locally and as a life-long resident of Centro Havana, she is perfectly placed to help guests to make the most of what Havana has to offer, and to provide insight into the lives of ordinary Habaneros. Laura speaks Spanish, English and French
Every 3 days the apartment is cleaned and bed linen and towels are changed for guests. Should guests require a more frequent or daily service, this can be provided at an additional cost.
Our lovely neighbours, Elcida and Elio next door offer our guests a breakfast service for 5 cuc per head, should our guests wish to take up this service they should let Laura or Elcida & Elio know. Breakfast will be delivered to the door at the arranged time.
We offer our guests a Cuban mobile phone for the duration of their stay with us. It isn't possible to get a 'pay as you go' sim card as a tourist in Cuba, making calls from foreign mobiles is generally very costly within Cuba, and public telephones are not very reliable. We offer this service so that guests can book restaurants, accommodation elsewhere in Cuba, call taxis, or contact Laura, as they please. We have preloaded some useful numbers into the mobile for guests, including Laura's contact numbers.
We have a small secure room just outside our apartment door which operates as a luggage store. This is ideal for guests who are flying home in the evening but who have to check out at 12pm due to the apartment being booked by other guests. We can store guests' luggage securely until they need to head to the airport later in the day.
We offer a range of services to support our guests during their stay with us which guests can choose to take up or not, however we are not tour guides or tour operators.
Airport Taxi Transfer service and taxis during your stay
Tours/excursions – support in organising trips and in finding and booking accommodation in other parts of Cuba. The option to book a classic or other car for trips and tours within Havana and beyond. The possibility of booking a guide and translator (who speaks five languages) to take guests around Havana and show them the hidden sites as well as the more usual tourist attractions.
Restaurant recommendations/bookings – we can assist in recommending and booking local restaurants.
Before arrival in Cuba we are available to answer any questions guests may have and provide information and recommendations. We want guests to have a great time in Havana and a good experience of staying in our apartment. We speak English and Spanish.
We have travelled around Cuba ourselves and stayed at a variety of Casas in other locations across the island. Should you need help finding a place to stay in another city, we will do our best to help you.
We love our apartment and hope you will too, we just ask that you look after it whilst you are there, take care of the fixtures and fittings, and respect our neighbours, particularly when coming and going early in the morning or late at night
Check-in time is from 4PM - earlier is possible if other guests are not checking-out on that day
Check-out is 12pm -late check out is possible if no other guests are arriving that day
We have a luggage store, so there is no problem if guests would like to use this amenity if they arrive earlier than 4pm (check-in), or if guests have flights later in the day and wish to explore Havana and pick up their luggage later.
Maximum 4 people can stay in the apartment.
Please put toilet paper in the bin provided in the bathroom and not down the toilet as the Cuban sewage system is unable to cope with paper and it blocks up the system.
Please only smoke outside on the balcony and refrain from smoking inside the apartment
Any loss or breakage of items within the apartment will need to be replaced or paid for
Storms can come into Havana incredibly quickly, so please be sure to close the balcony doors before you go out, and also if you decide to take an afternoon nap
We are a Cuban and Welsh married couple who like to travel, meet new people and experience new places and different cultures. We live in London and regularly travel to our home in Cuba, so we know very well what attracts tourists like us to Cuba, as well as what tourists can find frustrating or difficult about travelling and staying in Havana. We love the space and location of our apartment, and we hope you will too!