Accommodation in Old Havana

Old May 20th, 2018, 10:23 AM
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Accommodation in Old Havana

Any recommendation on a quiet place to stay in Havana Old Town for three nights?
Doesn’t need to be the Ritz, but we would prefer a private bathroom.
A studio would be good, if eating out is expensive.
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Old May 24th, 2018, 05:50 AM
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Kate, If you are interested I will try to remember where we stayed. It was a casa to the south of the old Town, down a rather grotty street but like all of Havana perfectly safe, and very clean and quiet inside. Most casa rooms have en suite bathrooms so that shouldn't be a problem. It was up a couple of very narrow flights of stairs so might not be for you if you have large cases.

Eating out in Havana is not expensive but may not be as cheap as you are expecting as it is a touristy place. But honestly it's not dear. IMO it would not be worth self-catering - a large part of the fun of being in Havana is going out and finding the interesting bars and restaurants where there is live music. And you would have to buy food in local shops which might not be that easy.

When are you going, and where else are you going to see?
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Old May 25th, 2018, 02:13 AM
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Thank you again. Yes, if you can remember.
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Hi Kate.
I remember the name of a house, called Trocadero 111 is in the best place to me, in the limits of Old Havana and HAvana center.
I don´t remember the website but you can check in internet, this street is called Trocadero, but Consulado is other great street, really really cuban to live there.
Enjoy your trip.
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Hello,
Self catering???
I understand that going to restaurants is fun and makes you feel the vibe of the city, makes you meet other tourists.
You can a have a little chat with your waiter if he’s not too busy.
However, the main reason why you won’t self cater is because you CAN’T self cater in old havana.
There is simply hardly anything to buy.
I was staying in old havana for 10 days and realized quite fast that eating breakfast at the apartment ( this is why we like to rent by air bnb) would be impossible.
Milk?, bread?..yogourt?...nope...cheese? Nope...
juice...a bit...fruits? Nothing great..
Its funny because I haven’t seen any comments heading in that direction in any traveller guides or on forums but “man” are they ever running out of everything.
Next time in Havana ( not any time soon)...not an appartment for sure.
A casa de particular maybe.
A couple I met on the plane back ( who was leaving after one week even though they had reserved for a month) told me that one day she couldnt buy water.
Havana was a bit deceiving, I must admit.
10 days was definitely too much!.
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Two great restaurants tI can suggest though...habana 61 and 5 sentidos!
Cafe del angel is not as fancy but is very decent and has a huge terrasse and is has a great atmosphere.
good wine choice too.
Our best meal was in Vedado...nero di sepia..amazing italian food...
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Can one of you (Ann, looking at YOU for gorgous gal!!) give the pluses and cons of renting in central city vs Vedado?

I am thinking of going solo this winter, for 4-5 days, or perhaps next winter with partner, who will not be all that keen.....

So: Hotel in centro vs apt rental in Vedado or nearby??? I think I mentioned this, but I speak Spanish well. NOt intersted in beaches but swimming laps would be nice, although not necessary....most interested in talking to locals, listening to music, just hanging around..


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Old Jan 19th, 2020, 08:45 AM
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Hi Eck. I'm not expert having only visited Cuba once although we stayed in Havana twice during our trip. However FWIW for the vibe of Havana I would recommend staying in Old Havana - we liked Vedado but mainly because of the very nice casa we stayed in, the helpfulness of our hostess, and the friendliness of the other guests in particular an Aussie family who we made friends with and who we met up with twice later in the trip. We did find a nice restaurant in Vedado but also we almost got horribly ripped off one night and there is the fag of having to get into the centre every day which is time consuming. OTOH using the local shared taxis is a great way to interact with locals [we had a terrific recommendation from one driver of his favourite beach, which came in very useful later in the trip] and to get to see other parts of the city.

I have to agree with Lucannie that if you're in old Havanna in particular trying to self cater in an apartment would be challenging. I'm sure that there are markets and places that you can buy supplies but they are not obvious and there are undoubtedly shortages of basics. There are special shops where Cubans can shop to buy their basic rations and other goods which are barred to foreigners and it's not clear where casa owners and others go to buy the provisions for their guests. Vedado had more shops and I'm sure that we went past a supermarket at one point which I seem to remember was pointed out as being the first in Havana.

For a short stay like 4-5 days I think that I should choose a nice boutique hotel in Old Havana and just eat out. It really isn't expensive and that way you can spend more time enjoying the atmosphere rather than trying to find your food. To see more of the city as well as the famous old cars there are HOHO buses that do two routes, and ordinary taxis as well as the collectivi [shared taxis which have set routes and will let you off [or pick you up] any where along that route for a set fee - it was ˝ a CUC per person when we were there. [1 CUC = 1U$]

Speaking spanish will be a huge advantage - despite some people telling me that there was no point because they speak a dialect in Cuba, I learnt some Spanish before we went and it was really useful. Locals are really friendly and surprisingly keen to discuss Cuba and its political situation and their lives.

As for hanging out we had a favourite bar that was on a corner near the square where the smart taxis are parked, near the Hotel Parque Centrale [which I believe has a pool as do some of the other 5 stars in the centre]. I loved sitting there with a mojito watching all the different people and modes of transport that went past. The Plaza Vieja was a great place for hanging out too.
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