Jesús and Gloria’s home occupies an entire floor of a century-old building on a quiet street just a few blocks from the historic district’s cobblestone streets and plazas. In 2015, after buying the house and putting a year into restoration and repairs, they began renting out two rooms to foreign travelers, and they are hoping to open two more by the end of 2017.
The house retains its high ceilings, original tiling, and other historic details, and each room opens up onto a long open-air walkway filled with plants. Guests are welcome to enjoy the front living area — which Gloria has decorated with her eclectic array of Cuban antiques — as well as the balconies that overlook the bustling street below.
Julita Castañeda’s house was once owned by the family of a prominent lawyer who left the country in the 1950s. The matriarch of the family, having never left Cuba, remained in possession of the house for many years after the Revolution, and when she passed away she left the house to her longtime caretakers, sisters Julita and Ramona. The two sisters began renting rooms for over 15 years ago and have hosted a growing list of students, academics and other travelers from all over the Americas.
The house is located in the center of Vedado, a leafy residential district of the city with an alluring mix of neoclassical, art deco, and modern styles of architecture. Vedado is home to the historic Colón Cemetery, Revolution Square, and the trend setting Fábrica de Arte Cubano, an art complex mixing galleries, performance spaces, and local design enterprises. The house is walking distance to several great dining options, and only 10 minute’s walk to the Malecón, the University of Havana’s iconic campus and the bustling energy and night life of La Rampa.
Casa Los Burujones is owned and run by Ariel and Odeiky, a lovely local couple with two adorable kids. The room has a secure private entrance, A/C, 2 double beds (max. 4 people), and a spotless private bathroom with hot water. The room opens up to a private patio with shaded eating area for breakfasts or dinners. Ariel and Odeiky’s room is not fancy, but it has all the comforts of home for travelers to Viñales. Located just off the main central streets of town, walking distance to everything.
Casa Doña Lis is located on the second floor of the stylish MACA building just a half block from Cuba’s national film institute (ICAIC) and it’s adjacent art movie house —Cine Charlie Chaplin. The house is decorated with antique furniture and the balcony is a great place to sip coffee and eat breakfast in the morning.
This house is in an ideal location for attendees of Havana’s annual international film festival and is also steps from Colón Cemetery and La Fábrica de Arte Cubano. Optional free parking in basement garage for rental cars.
Yoel and Ari’s house is located in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk from the main streets of the bustling center of Viñales. Their outdoor patio is a great place for meals or an afternoon break from exploring the region’s tobacco fields.
Viñales provides a nice respite from the bustle of Havana, and offers a glimpse into everyday life in the Cuban countryside.