About the Homestay

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VERY CLEAN HOME, VERY WELL SITUATED IN A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, This is a beautiful upper floor colonial style home managed by my sister, my mother and I. Marvy and Alberto answer and approve all the internet requests since they speak the best English. The home is in a very SAFE area day or night!!! It is centrally located and it is very CLEAN. It has 2 air conditioned bedrooms and 2 private baths with door locks. The main bath in the hall 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 famous Malecon sea wall/walk is only 5 blocks from our home.
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! Many things are still quite basic. Water pressure is not what it is in America or some places in Europe, but it is sufficient. We have a big reservoir tank on the roof and even on those rare occasions when there are water cuts by the city, it should not impact our guests.
Thanks for looking 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 TO YOUR DESTINATION 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
  • Non Smoking
  • Allow Smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 1 night

Maximum stay is for 365 nights

Available for given dates

Bedroom 1. Queen side bed. Sleeps 2
From 14 $ 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.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
15 $
18 $
Weekly Price
100 $
126 $
Monthly price
425 $
520 $
Bedroom 2
From 14 $ 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. 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
15 $
18 $
Weekly Price
100 $
126 $
Monthly price
425 $
540 $
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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, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

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: Prices for the holiday season Dec 24th Until Jan 2nd is higher. Please see calendar for prices during this time.

Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

109 Reviews

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    Germany
    Age 18 - 24

    4 hearts
    February 2020

    We stayed 3 nights in the beginning of our traveling through Cuba and 1 night at the end in the house.
    The first time we enjoyed it very much. The room was cool and clean. Mercy could speak English very well, which was very helpfully for us only English speaking people. The breakfast was also very nice - we loved the guarva juice.
    The communication on homestay with Marvely before our visit was excellent! They gave us so many tips and information!
    The last night we spotted two cockroaches which was the only thing we can criticize.
    Nevertheless thank you all for the nice stay and time in Havanna!

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Hola Judith thanks for the review. We appreciate the input. We truly enjoyed having you in our home and we thank you. We also want to thank you for leaving us the soaps and the extra goodies that for us is better than gold.. Most of those items can not be obtain here. The bugs this time of year are difficult of control with the rainy days and the vegetation all around us. We are always on top of this issue and will continue to do so.
    Have a great summer back home and we hope to see you again soon.. Our home is now your home in La Havana..
    thanks again

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    United Kingdom
    Age 65 - 74

    4 hearts
    February 2020

    Very friendly hostess with just a little English ( but better than my Spanish!). Room pretty basic and dark and beds a bit lumpy but nice quiet and efficient fan. Bathroom clean but very feeble shower. Excellent breakfast ( for an extra 5 CUC). Neighbourhood ok but quite a long way from the city centre. We did find a few decent restaurants nearby and a shortish walk to Hotel Deauville for WiFi and coffee.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Hello Jonathan, thanks for the review... It was fun having you around.. Have a great end of winter and a wonderful summer back home.. Until the next time
    familia Cruz

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    Slovenia
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    January 2020

    I was in Havana in November 2018. For the first three days I was at Marveys...She is such a great host. The house is clean and very close to the old Havana.
    Marvy, your are nice and I am glad that I spend my days at your nice home. She is a helpfull host. Looking forward to return to Havana to visit you!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Hola Ana, what a wonderful review. We truly thank you and we are very happy that you had a pleasant experience in our home..... You are welcome any time.We look forward to the next time.. Enjoy this new year and stay happy and healthy.
    Familia Cruz

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    France
    Age 65 - 74

    5 hearts
    January 2020

    This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Hola Joelle. Thanks for the wonderful review.. Comeback and see us… We will always have a place available for you..
    Familia Cruz

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    New Zealand
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    January 2020

    Sweet, helpful and friendly host who was very accomodating and lovely to talk to. Beautiful house and lovely room with a fan. Near enough to walk to Capitolio (around 20 minutes) and host was very helpful with travel and booked us a Taxi Collectivo to Trinidad! Delicious breakfast and interesting, exciting area to stay in. I reccomend this homestay!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Ciara, thank you so much for your kind words and for this wonderful review.. You are so thoughtful... We enjoyed your company and hated to see you go.. Please comeback soon. You know where to find us..Have a great year and stay healthy.
    Familia Cruz

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    Ireland
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    January 2020

    Marvy was so welcoming to her home and made me feel so welcome. She showed me local restaurants and organized a taxi for a tour. For a little extra I was able to have a delicious breakfast. It was a pleasure to stay in her home.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Ita what a wonderful review. Thank you so very much.. It was a pleasure having you in our home. You were a wonderful guest and we are missing you already... If you ever comeback to La Habana remember that our home is now your home..
    Thanks again .
    Familia Cruz

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    Czech Republic
    Age 65 - 74

    5 hearts
    January 2020

    HOLA MARVELYS!
    Here are the brothers, who lost your keys at the nick of the time before the departure :).
    At that moment it was very stressful for us, but you were right, soon it turned to be a little funny, because we came at the airport and at this very moment the keys dropped out on the floor from the pocket of my brothers small bag, where he had handkerchief!
    You know - he was looking everywhere - but in handkerchief pocket no!
    So, you can be calm, the keys are ok, but now with living with him here, in Czech Republic and waiting for our next trip to Cuba!
    Moreover, I dare to say many thanks for your hospitality and kindess!
    And of course, wishing you and your mother good luck in Magical New Year.
    Hope to see you in your Casa again - with keys!
    Joseph & Jiri from Prague, Czech Republic

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Hello Joseph so good to hear from you!!! Thank you for the well wishes for the Holidays. We also wish you a wonderful year.. All is well here . We are missing you already.. We look forward to seeing you again soon with or without the keys... Take care of yourselves. Thanks again for keeping us informed and for your kind note..
    Sincerely
    Marvy and family

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    Canada
    Age 65 - 74

    5 hearts
    December 2019

    Please see my post on Homestay on another Homestay Page .It will give you my personal opinion. In short It is an excellant choice with the nicests people I have evr met.
    Paul C
    A Canadian Saved in Cuba

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Paul, so good to hear from you and what a wonderful review. We thank you and we are really missing you.. It was such a privilege to be able to host you and care for you..... We wish you a wonderful 2020 year, that you get well and that you come back and stay with us again soon. We truly miss you.
    Mercy Marvy Leidi and Lidu....

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    Norway
    Age 35 - 44

    4 hearts
    November 2019

    I came to Havana with just a couple of nights booked, and went from there. Marvelys helped me with further bookings and transportation. I liked their home, their food, the location and I felt welcome. My last reservation was ignored however, but they arranged for me to be hosted by the neighboors which worked out fine.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Karl, thanks for the review. To tell you the truth we don't understand since we went above and beyond to accommodate you from start to finish. Including helping you with issues you had. But it is what it is . Glad you made it back safely..
    Familia Cruz

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    Switzerland
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    October 2019

    They were realy nice and helpful. The room was perfect. Also the breakfast was delicious.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Marvelys & Alberto in ,

    Sarah what a nice review. Thank you. We are missing you already. Have a wonderful holiday season..

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