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  • La Llave del Golfo: Past and Future in Santos Suárez

    La Llave del Golfo is the version of casa particular that feels much more toward the boutique hotel end, and it’s location in the dense geographic center of Havana, in the neighborhood of Santo Suárez, and makes staying there feel like the a secret discovery completely off the tourist radar. The property, which has remained […]

  • El Paseo Penthouse: Modern Cuban + Rooftop

    El Paseo Penthouse (@elpaseopenthouse) is not just another generic vacation rental vying for your attention, nor is it a “penthouse” in the way they are often conceived — opulent for the sake of being opulent, a trophy for wealthy show offs. Au contraire, this two room home is one of the most stylish and understated […]

  • Casa Jesús y Gloria: Restored From Tiles to Ceiling

    Gloria and Jesús Castro (no relation to Fidel), are the owners of a second floor apartment on Calle Compostela in Old Havana with 5 bedrooms, high cielings, balconies, and antique Italian tiles. Jesús still works his day job at a state hardware store, but the couple spend much of their time dedicated to the business […]

  • History of Casa Julita

    Casa Julita, which bears the name of its current owner Julia Castañeda, sits on a quiet residential block in Vedado. In between telenovelas and phone conversations with relatives in Camagüey, Julia attends to her guests who hail from all over the world, communicating with simple phrases and hand signs, unless they have the ability to […]

  • Inside 4 Havana Casas Particulares

    Havana’s hotel accommodations are expensive and have a mixed reputation, to put it mildly. The city’s casas particulares on the other hand — private rooms or full apartments rented by Cuban owner/hosts a la Airbnb — are reasonably priced, professionally managed, and come in all sorts of varieties of size, location and price. Staying in a casa is […]