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Everyone asks us for hints finding accommodations in Cuba. When traveling in Cuba, the best value in lodgings can be found in a privately owned inn called a “Casa Particular”. But finding a good Casa Particular can be tricky. Various websites including airbnb.com offer reservation services and display photos of Casas, but the feedback we’ve heard from many travelers who have used such services is disappointing. The photos displayed on these sites can be misleading (both positively and negatively), and over-booking or bait-and-switch tactics are commonplace. The photos of Casas that we show here on HavanaVIPtours.com are presented as examples of the more than 50 pre-screened Casas available in our network. At Havana VIP Tours we offer a different style of Casa Particular reservation service – satisfaction guaranteed!
At Havana VIP our most important hints finding accommodations in Cuba are that all travelers stay in Casas Particulares which is the Cuban term for a privately owned (as opposed to Government owned) Bed & Breakfast Inns. Generally you’ll get higher quality service and conditions for a lower price in a Casa Particular than you will from a hotel in Cuba.
In Havana, a Casa Particular can range in price from $35.00 CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos) to $350.00 CUC per room per night. Prices vary according to location, housing amenities and services, and high or low tourist season, among other factors.
Breakfast is not widely available at restaurants outside of hotels in Cuba, therefore we strongly urge travelers to opt for breakfast service at their Casa Particular. Good Casas Particulares offer food service for a modest additional fee so that also important for hints finding accommodations in Cuba.
We recommend El Vedado as our first-choice neighborhood. El Vedado is close to to Havana’s main daytime and nighttime tourist attractions, generally speaking is cleaner and more tranquil than Old Havana and Centro Havana, and usually offers much better accommodations.
Many travelers think that they should stay in La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) or Centro Habana based on the misconception that these locations are somehow more convenient or “closer to the action”. While the historic core of La Habana Vieja is one of the principal day-time tourist attractions, travelers lodging there generally find the area noisy, sometimes grimy due to constant restoration construction, and otherwise uncomfortable. Centro Havana the most densely populated urban zone in Cuba so it’s accommodations are often cramped, and noisy.
As for being “closer to the action”, with a few notable exceptions, most nightlife in Old Havana is of the “tourist trap” variety, and generally closes down by midnight due to zoning restrictions. Havana is presently undergoing a nightlife boom with new privately owned bars, restaurants, lounges, and other venues opening weekly. The vast majority of these new nighttime attractions are in the El Vedado and Playa/Miramar areas.
Of all our hints finding accommodations in Cuba, our best one is the most self-serving: Just book your trip through Havana VIP and leave all the hassle to us! Our network of casas throughout the island is filled with all the best properties in Cuba. Many don’t advertise because we keep them full year-round. So what are you waiting for: contact us to plan your dream trip to Cuba now!