I've been living in Havana for 3 months now, studying Spanish and I decided to share my information from here to other travellers because I have been very lucky with what I found.
The room that is for rent in this casa is huge, with one wall that is practically a big window which connects to a large balcony. The roof is about 4 meters high, which allows air to circulate and with help of a fan keeps the room cool even when it hits 30 and more outside.
The lady running the house used to be a Spanish teacher at the University and is now giving private classes from her home for 5 CUC an hour. I studied with her the first month and then decided I knew enough to go on without and now, two months later I speak it well enough to communicate whatever I want to say and I understand everything. She is now teaching me how to write essays and translations to get it to a schooled level of Spanish.
The room itself costs 15 CUC per night which includes breakfast and if you want, she'll chuck your laundry in with hers as well so you don't have to worry about washing. She does special deals with lower prices if you plan to stay in Havana for a longer period.
Having had a good look around, this is about as cheap as it gets. Also, she has a phobia for anything that crawls, especially roaches so the house is always clean.
The entrance to the casa is on a big street with many street lights so it's safe to walk there at night. It's right at the boarder of Vedado just a couple of blocks down from the University and within walking distance to Habana Vieja, the Malecón and the Plaza de la Revolución.
I can go on forever about the casa and the people living here so I'll stop myself before writing an essay, but if you are interested contact me through the site and I'll forward all messages to her.
Just a recommendation from a fellow traveller just because I know it's hard to find something good and cheap at the same time in Havana.
wow that sounds amazing. I am planning a trip to cuba in oct/nov and wanted to make Havana my starting point. I am planning on being in Havana for around two weeks or so but none of my plans are definate yet. I would like to learn more about this place, i dont think it would be too hard to find a place to stay but anywhere that comes recomended is good.
anywhere that comes recomended is good.
It comes recommended from a first time poster, who could just as easily be the owner of the property. Don't take it too seriously is all I'm saying.
15 CUC per night with breakfast and laundry in Vedado?
Certainly is as cheap as it gets if what you have written is correct. And I thought the casa I stayed in with an air-conditioned bedroom, a separate TV room, balcony and an ensuite bathroom for 25 CUC per night, was a bargain! I was also able to bring in guests 24x7 hours and I also had separate keys to lock up the house and the bedroom if I arrived home late after a night on the town partying. No breakfast included in the casa I stayed in though.
Then again I was reliably told by many tourists and locals alike while in Cuba that I wouldn't find a casa for under 25 CUC in Havana. If you are correct with what you write then you've done well and you have certainly proved them all to be wrong.
i went last summer, and 20 cuc's seemeed to be pretty normal... they'll quote you 25 but we did say we wouldn't go over 20cuc's... well actually what happened was we booked a place before we arrived for 20 cuc's, and then when we got there we missed the house we booked and ended up in one the next street over... we were calling our hosts by the wrong names for at least three days until I got an email from the house we booked giving out to me for not arriving. (what can I say, it was our first day )
Moral of the story - be careful how you phrase your questions. ie we said "is this jose & maria's casa?" while pointing at it in the guidebook... obviously enough they just nodded...
still a great place to stay mind...