About the Homestay

Typical SAFE CLEAN
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

SAFE, CLEAN, VERY WELL SITUATED and beautiful upper floor colonial style home managed by my sister, my mother and I. Our cousin Alberto answers and approves all of the requests since he speaks the best English. When he is in town he helps manage the home and is our tour guide. . The home is in a very SAFE area day or night!!! The home is centrally located and it is very CLEAN. It has 2 air conditioned bedrooms and 2 baths. The main bath is the one in the hall and is the one most guests like to use. However, if that bathroom is occupied, then you are free to use the other second full bathroom located next to the kitchen... Both are private and with locks on the doors. (Bedroom 1 has a Queen side bed that sleeps 2. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds and a 3rd single bed can be brought in to accommodate up to 3 people. The home is located in Central Havana, and it is within 20 minutes walking distance to most places of interest and tourist attractions.
The price of each room varies depending on many factors including how many in a room, length of stay and season. Please check the calendar before you book to view current prices.
In this home you will have complete privacy and security. We live in the back of the house and are available 24/7 to make your stay trouble free and pleasant. A full breakfast (5.00cuc per person) may be served upon request.
Guest could have access to the refrigerators in the house to store water, etc. . Transportation to and from the airport average total price is 25.00cuc. (More than 3 riders with many bags may cost a bit more). There are plenty of Taxis and private drivers that can bring you home outside of the Terminal building. They are all safe!!! The airport is 15 km or 9 miles from the house. The ride from the airport to the house can take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes depending on traffic. We can help with information about tour guides, places of interests, and many other local attractions. (Keep in mind however, that we are not a travel agency and information given is only to help supplement what ever info you may already have and to make your stay a more enjoyable and pleasant stay). We are a family that will welcome you with open arms..
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND>>>As you can see in the pictures, the space is large enough, clean, SAFE and in my view beautiful....however, please remember that Cuba is not a luxury destination! Things are still quite basic and service levels medium to low most places. Occasionally there are power outages and at times (very occasionally), the water may be cut by the city. Water pressure is not what it is in America or some places in Europe, but it is sufficient. I have a big reservoir tank on the roof and even when there are water cuts by the city, it should not impact our guests.
Bienvenidos a La Habana.. Marvy, Mercy and Alberto.
Thank you once again and Welcome to La Habana. Welcome to our home.
Familia Cruz
ATTENTION; WE ARE NOW ABLE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO OTHER CITIES FROM OUR HOME AS FOLLOWS:
VINALES IS 25.00cuc, VARADERO 25.00cuc, CIENFUEGOS 30.00cuc, TRINIDAD 35.00cuc and SANTIAGO 75.00cuc. PRICES ARE PER PERSON. IF INTERESTED, PLEASE MAKE SURE AND ASK AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOUSE!!!!! IT IS KNOWN AS TRANSPORTATION COMUM. The vehicle seats 7 persons (mostly tourists). They will pick up in front of the house at AROUND 8.30am. The pick up days will vary throughout the week so it is wise to LET US KNOW AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOME SO WE CAN SCHEDULE FOR YOU IN ADVANCE. Gracias mil!!! Familia Cruz

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 2 nights

Maximum stay is for 365 nights

Available for given dates

Bedroom 2
From 16 $ per night
Triple Room
Sleeps 3

Bathroom private (exclusive to guest)
3 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

2 beds in the room, a third when needed. 22.00cuc/night for 2 persons. 24.00/night for 3 people. Air Conditioning, & fan. Window. Lock & Keys for bedroom and for the House main door.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
 1 guest
2+ Guests
Nightly Price
18 $
24 $
Weekly Price
120 $
155 $
Monthly price
500 $
675 $
Bedroom 1. Queen side bed. Sleeps 2
From 17 $ per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom private (exclusive to guest)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Master Bedroom with a Queen side bed. (sleeps 2), Air conditioned. Big window - circulating fan. Lock and Keys for the bedroom door and for the House entrance door. 22.00cuc per night

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
20 $
22 $
Weekly Price
130 $
145 $
Monthly price
525 $
550 $
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About the Area

Our house is located 5 blocks from the famous Malecon and parque Maceo area. The airport is 15kms or 9 miles from the house. It is a 15 to 20 minute drive depending on traffic. The home is in a very SAFE area (Concordia 626 altos. (entre) Oquendo y Marquez Gonzalez)., very well situated and it is very CLEAN. It is within close proximity to Old Havana, Hotel Nacional, La Universidad de La Habana. Paseo del Prado, El Castillo del Morro, Vedado área, La Bodeguita del Medio, el Palacio de la Rumba, el Callejón de Hamel, El Floridita, el Capitolio, La Catedral, El Hotel Inglaterra, and many more tourists attraction areas. Most within walking distances. It is a very safe area day or night. There is local transportation and taxis available . Most taxis are old vintage American cars that are still functioning. However, there are modern taxis available as well as tourist/sightseeing buses. Local bus transportation are also available but are mostly used by locals at a very cheap cost. They are crowded and an experience worth having, if only one time.

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Cinema
  • Museum
  • Shopping Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Airport
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital

Meals

Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
  • Full Breakfast
  • Full Board
Diet Type available on request
  • Vegetarian
  • Diabetic
  • Lactose Intolerant
  • Nut Allergies

House Rules

Smoking can only take place in the balcony. We live in the back of the house and we are available 24/7. If you want or need anything, or if you are looking for something and can not find it, PLEASE ASK.... NO PARTIES, NO HEAVY DRINKING, NO DRUGS, NO LOUD MUSIC, and NO GUESTS ALLOWED INTO THE HOUSE WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL. Because there may be guests in the adjacent room, we ask that you keep this in mind and be considerate and respectful of those in the other rooms. Be quiet, don't slam doors and keep noise to a minimum. Specially at night time..It is your responsibility to ensure that personal belongings are not left behind.
The home has two individual private bathrooms. If one is occupied then you are welcome to use the other. We will do all possible to make your stay in our home a pleasant , safe and enjoyable experience. Welcome to La Habana.

PLEASE NOTE: The prices for the holiday season $28 per night per room from Dec 28th Until Jan 6th

Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

86 Reviews

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    Slovakia
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    February 2019

    Hi Marvey and fellow travellers,

    Thank you Marvey, for amazing stay we head at your casa. Fellow travellers, I highly recommend you to stay at this casa. Very clean, safe and comfortable place to stay. Only 10 min walk to central park and lot of restaurants in walk distance. Highly recommend to have your breakfast at Marvey’s casa every day. Marvey is a great host and will advise you on a lot of things:)

    Thank you and HASTA PRONTO:)
    Kind regards
    Adam

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    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Hola Adam and than you so very much for this wonderful review.. We are excited that you liked our home.. We truly enjoyed having you in our home!! Can not wait until the next time!! We wish you wonderful year back home.. Sincerely
    Marvy and family

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    Italy
    Age 35 - 44

    4 hearts
    February 2019

    Ottima accoglienza , Marvelys è stata molto cara col nostro bimbo . La posizione è buona, la stanza semplice ,il bagno è in comune. Grazie per la tua ospitalità !!!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Hola Tiziana, grazie per la tua gentile recensione. È stato un vero piacere averti nel mio appartamento e conoscere la tua famiglia. il bambino è davvero prezioso .. grazie ancora e ti auguriamo un anno meraviglioso ..
    Cordiali saluti
    Mischia e famiglia

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    Sweden
    Age 45 - 54

    3 hearts
    February 2019

    Marvelys where very friendly and helpfull, breakfast was good with lots of food, no one left the breakfast hungry. Shower was a little dodge with electrical heating and I felt a little tingeling when touching the shower nose, didn't feel safe.
    It had all we asked for Clean, good brekfast, safe, and helpfull host.
    Street had a ruffy feel to it but that is Habana in a nutshell, it is safe but ruff.
    We had a great stay there and got a lot of help.
    I recommend everyone who travel to Cuba to brush up on there Spanish, it would have made life so much easier.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Hello Markus, thank for the review., we appreciate that you acknowledged our kindness and friendliness towards you as well as our breakfasts, how clean our home is, and the fact that you were safe which is a priority for us as we and care for our guests.
    You comment about the shower and the feel of the streets, is like you said, "it is Habana in a nutshell". We feel that you failed to read and/or understand our home and profile description on the Homepage site. We clearly stated the following " THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND>>>, "please remember that Cuba is not a luxury destination! Things are still quite basic and service levels medium to low most places".
    "Water pressure is not what it is in America or some places in Europe".
    We wrote such in the description to ensure that guest are aware of such shortcomings when traveling and staying at a Casa particular in Cuba.
    We do thank you however for your patronage and wish you a great year and summer in your beloved country.
    Sincerey
    marvy and family

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    England
    Age 65 - 74

    4 hearts
    January 2019

    Marvey and family were always friendly and helpful organising onward travel. The breakfasts were substantial, setting us up for the day.

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    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Diane and her sister were clean and very well organized. VERY FRUGAL. A bit hard to please. At times, the older sister can be a bit rude and dismissive. But overall a good stay and we thank them

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    United Kingdom
    Age 45 - 54

    5 hearts
    January 2019

    Marvy was an amazing host - she was attentive to our every need and went out of her way to help us out. She suggested and arranged some authentic Cuban experiences which we very much enjoyed. The accommodation itself is clean and within walking distance of Havana centre. Our vegetarian breakfast was wholesome and the coffee was one of the best we have had.

    Thank you Marvy!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Hola Roopa, thank you for this wonderful review.. We miss you already.. It was great having you in our home. Hope that you comeback and visit us soon..This home s now your home in Cuba.. Have a great year..
    As always
    Marvy and family

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    United Kingdom
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    January 2019

    My two friends and I stayed at Mervelys this June in the heart of Havana. The location is absolutely impeccable, you can walk very quickly and easily into the city centre and everything is literally right on her doorstep, the house was extremely clean and had a very open welcoming feel.

    As soon as we arrived she sat down with us and told us everything we needed to know regarding the activities available in Havana, the best places to eat and the best places to party, Marvelys even booked us our second homestay in Trinidad which was equally as amazing and sorted out our transport their for a really good price.

    I couldn't recommend this homestay enough, it was a great start to our trip throughout Cuba and I will definitely be returning for some of her amazing breakfast and hospitality next time I am in Havana!

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Hola Eloise, what a wonderful review. Thank you so very much. We are so happy that you liked our place and truly appreciated our hospitality.. Please comeback and see us soon. Our home is now your home.. Have a very happy new year ,,

    Marvy and family

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    Netherlands
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    December 2018

    Our stay in Havana with Marvely was really great. The house is great, the location is excelent between old en new havana. And last but not least Marvely and her mother are such a great people. You really feel at home and they tell you where you can find things, organise a taxi or a bus or another casa somewhere. We came after 2 weeks traveling back by Marvely and that was like coming home. We love it, friendly, clean well located very nice place.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Marlou. thank you so very much for this wonderful review. We are so grateful and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and in Cuba.. Please come back and see us anytime..This is now your home away from home.. Have a great Xmas.
    Marvy and family

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    Israel
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    December 2018

    FANTASTIC STAY!
    We are a family of 5 with 3 young children aged 10, 7, 3 so travelling to cuba raised a lot of concerns prior to our trip. I can truly say that Marvy's hospitality and care had a huge impact on the great time we had in Cuba. The casa is well located, quiet and provided our needs. Marvy speaks english and was extremely helpful in all means including transportation arrangements, itinerary recommendations, laundry and very nice breakfasts. Highly recommended, many thanks again for eveything. Hope to have a chance to visit you once more in the future.

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    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Roy, than you for this wonderful review. We are really happy that you and your family were comfortable in our home. Our home is now your home. Please comeback and see us again. Have a wonderful holiday season. Regards to the kids..

    marvy and family

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    Germany
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    November 2018

    Marvy gave us the most welcoming arrival in Havana and provided a perfect stay for two times.
    Thank you very much, we hope we can visit our home in Cuba again!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Leon. thank you so very much for this wonderful review. We are so grateful and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and in Cuba.. Please come back and see us anytime..This is now your home away from home.. Have a great Xmas.
    Marvy and family

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    Denmark
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    October 2018

    The ladies were lovely and a great help with directions, taxis, you name it. The place is clean and comfortable, close to the Malecón and walking distance to Old Havana. The breakfast is great, especially the omelet :-) I very much enjoyed my stay with them.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys in ,

    Nina thank you for such a wonderful review. We truly enjoyes having you in our home.. We are glad you made it home safe and that your family member is recovering well..
    Hoping to see you again soon..
    Marvy and family

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