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1. Posted by chestwig (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

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Hi Everyone,

As much as the Accommodation search is helpful on this website. When I'm looking for a suitable double room in Cuba (Havana and Santiago De Cuba) for myself and partner it seems to be charing per person rather than per room. I can only assume that this is just this website trying to make some extra cash as I was lead to believe from the guide books I've read that usually prices in Cuba are for the room and not per person.

Could anybody point me in the direction of a good website where I can prebook a double room in a guest house in Cuba but only pay for the room and not per person?
Also I'm open to suggestions if anyone would like to recommend some places... In total I'll be in Cuba for about 2 and a half weeks. Planed on spending a week in Havana and Santiago De cuba and a few days elsewhere. My spanish isn't great so anywhere where they can speak reasonable good English might be helpful.

Thanks in Advance

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

many places in Southamerica charge per person,so it is not a special thing on this accommodation website.
For Cuba you dont really have to pre book,you can book at the airport or just ask one of the taxi drivers,almost everybody knows somebody who has a room for rent.
ask for Casa particular,this are the privat houses who have the permit to rent out rooms,mostly they have only one room and think of $ 20.00 to 25.00 with privat bathroom.Breakfast around $ 4.00 dinner/lunch $ 8-10 pP.
You will also see people standing at the bus terminals showing photos of the room
they have for rent.
enjoy Cuba
Marlis

3. Posted by Jorgeguide (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

99% of all licensed private houses in Cuba (re: euphemistically known as “Casas particulares”) do charge by rooms not by travelers. It is not legal to rent more than 2 bedrooms; no more than two adults per bedroom and no more than 4 travelers in one house.

Rates in Havana could vary from 20.00 cuc to 50.00 cuc depending on the quality of the house, neighborhood to pick and services provided by houses.

Outside Havana 25.00 cuc per bedroom (not $$$) could be considered average.

Regards from Havana.
J

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Just wanted to clarify one thing regarding the pricing per person as it is certainly not done that way to make extra money. If a property only has double rooms and they cost 50 usd then this is what they would enter. The system would display this as 25 per person, because it shows the price on a per person level. The same room would cost thus still cost 50, like it would on any other site (providing the owner doesn't enter a different price there of course!). So no extra money in doing it this way in other words :)

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

Jorgeguide is right when he says that the prices are in CUC and not in $ US
I forgot to say if you have US $ to change you will lose 20% so your $ is worth only 80 cents$ 100 was 80 CUC
If I remember right it was 10% for Euro,but not sure since I dont have Euro.
Maybe Jorgeguide or somebody will know about this importend matter.

[ Edit: Edited on May 28, 2008, at 8:39 AM by marlis ]

6. Posted by Marcosx (Inactive 9 posts) 8y

"Could anybody point me in the direction of a good website where I can prebook a double room in a guest house in Cuba"

Hola, Chestwig

Yes, rates in all casas particulares in Cuba are per bedroom (2 adults max.). Most have a second bed usually a single for children under 16 travelling with adult(s). All have a hot water shower otherwise they would not get a permit.

98% of web sites on Cuban casas particulares rentals are for profit. One of the rare ones which are strictly non-profit in English (besides two French ones, one Italian, one Cuban and one German — most have no pictures) is one I created some 8 years ago : we had 240,000 visitors true non-repeating visitors in 2007. I take all pictures and have slept in most casas in more than 35 towns across the island to which I started travelling in the 70's.

That gives me the freedom to take off my lists casas that people have complained about, something the for-profits never will. Ie, in the past months, I have taken off casas which don't reply to e-mails; a famous on-the-beach casa because, after double-checking with the owner on arrival in Cuba by phone (as everyone should), the Canadian couple got to the casa and found out the owner was not there, just a maid and two bedrooms occupied by other guests.

Last week, I took off another famous Habana Vieja casa because the woman owner would not let a Frenchwoman stay with her black boyfriend.

It's called www.cubacasas.net and it's constantly updated. Its French-language parent is www.particuba.net Both are Canadian.

Most popular of the 1800+ pages on the site in the past weeks are, in order :
Habana Vieja
Habana Centro
How to Book
Santiago de Cuba
Viñales
Guanabo - Playas del este
List of top 2 casas in each town
Habana Vedado

Enjoy

7. Posted by Marcosx (Inactive 9 posts) 8y

As an additional link to Marlis' latest post, rates of exchange are updated daily by the Cuban Banco Metropolitano. CUCs can only be purchased in Cuba in banks and for a tiny percentage less in CADECAS (CAsa DE CAmbio). Yes there is and additional 10% charged for exchanging US greenbacks.

http://www.banco-metropolitano.com/tasasn.htm

One can pay for anything with a credit card (as long as it's not issued by a US bank or Amex) in hotels, some restaurants, car rentals, trains, tours, excursions, trans-island air transport, shops but NOT in casas where payment must be made in CUC cash.

8. Posted by Jorgeguide (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) was revaluated years ago about 10% over ALL foreign hard currencies which is reflected in the change rates you can see at Banco Metropolitano site mentioned before.

The USD gets an extra surcharge penalty when changed over the counter making a total of 18-20% lost.

9. Posted by chestwig (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

Just wanted to clarify one thing regarding the pricing per person as it is certainly not done that way to make extra money. If a property only has double rooms and they cost 50 usd then this is what they would enter. The system would display this as 25 per person, because it shows the price on a per person level. The same room would cost thus still cost 50, like it would on any other site (providing the owner doesn't enter a different price there of course!). So no extra money in doing it this way in other words :)

HHmmm I'm a little dubious of what your saying there. Some of the rooms I have looked at are priced about £10 ($20) per room in my guide book but when using your website thats what is being charged per person. I guess there is always someone trying to squeeze extra cash out of you somewhere along the line!!

10. Posted by chestwig (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Quoting Jorgeguide

Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) was revaluated years ago about 10% over ALL foreign hard currencies which is reflected in the change rates you can see at Banco Metropolitano site mentioned before.

The USD gets an extra surcharge penalty when changed over the counter making a total of 18-20% lost.

What about if I took my money in euros or pounds sterling. Are there any additional charges with this?