About the Homestay
I am the Cuba emigrant and since 2003 I rented with my wife, Marisabel Macias Despaigne, in our exclusively furnished apartment "CASA Isabel" two double rooms with direct Atlantic view, directly on the Malecón!
The small rental company has optimally restructured its residential complex to the needs of its numerous guests, so that the visitors have the best conditions to enjoy their stay undisturbed and in peace. An elegant division divides the spacious guest area to the landlord area.
It was a big challenge for me, but it shows that one can realize dreams ultimately!
Since 12 July 2013 I have my second residence in Cuba!
- Internet Access
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our condominium is located in Havana, in a modern high-rise building, equipped with 2 new ventilated elevators, in the district of Vedado, about 5 km from the center.
From here you can easily start your daily activities and get to know the multifaceted capital of Cuba.
There are several ways to get to the center: walking comfortably along the Malecón, taking a taxi, ordering a horse-drawn carriage, taking the tourist bus (Hop on / Hop off - 10 CUC day ticket) or even the ride to enjoy to the fullest with a vintage American car. A highlight of the special kind is the trip with a local taxi to undertake, pure adventure ... from our nearest main street let you drive to the Capitol, from there you start your activities in the metropolis of Havana, the cost is only 10 pesos, less than ½ CUC.
In the immediate vicinity of your location are the two internationally renowned hotel complexes "Meliá Cohíba" and "Riviera" and the shopping center "Galerias de Paseo" with its world-famous Jazz Café. For a small fee, the large pool area in the hotel "Meliá Cohíba" can be used. Nearby are also various banks, shopping stores, restaurants, discos, the local fruit and vegetable markets and much more.
The white sand beaches of the "Playas del Este" are just 20 minutes away by car. There are daily buses from the center to the shuttle service, cost per person currently only 5 CUC (round trip), in combination with the local taxi a very cheap driving opportunity to get to these beautiful beaches.
*** If you wish, we will provide you with enough insider tips so that you are optimally prepared for your eventful adventures.
We can also help you find private accommodation in the provinces. Due to the numerous feedbacks from our guests, we have a number of very good accommodation available, which we would recommend.
If you want to experience a special event, you can let our chauffeur "Ronald" with his 56iger Chevrolette (orange / white) drive in the various provinces. The vintage car is well maintained and well equipped, including air conditioning. Driver and vehicle accompany you during this time and are available to you as needed.
The daily price is currently 165 CUC and includes all costs.
The reservation should be made early before the start of the holiday ... !!!
We can assure you a pleasant and interesting stay in our condominium in advance ***
---------- You can expect a lot of quality for little money ... !!! ----------
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Bus Stop
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
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Paid WiFi internet access (ETECSA-Nauta or 3G / 24h) in the rooms and throughout the guest area!
Please keep in mind that the delivery and data transfer rates in Cuba are far from their usual quality.
New service: *** Between 7.30 am and 8.00 am the internet access ETECSA-Nauta will be made available to our guests free of charge every day !!! ***
Our small snack includes: 1 thermos bottle of coffee or 1 thermos bottle of hot water for tea (black), sugar and milk /// per person 1 well-stocked sandwich / bread roll and 1 fruit salad. The snack is available to our guests daily from 8am.
Smoking area in the terrace area!
The daily room cleaning is carried out until 12h! If the room is not provided by the guest during this period, the cleaning will be done the next day!
Check-Out: 12h - or by prior arrangement!
Airport Service: If you wish, our chauffeur can pick you up at the airport "Jose Marti" punctually with his well-kept private car (max 2 persons with luggage) and bring us directly to us without unnecessary detours. The cost is currently 35 CUC.
There is also the option of being on time on your return day as a final highlight with an American vintage car on time to the airport "Jose Marti" drive. The cost is currently 25 CUC.
Smoking is allowed indoors and outdoors.
Besser könnten wir uns unseren Aufenthalt bei Marisabel und Hans Wilhelm nicht vorstellen.
Tolle Zimmer die sehr sauber waren. Wir wurden pünktlich vom Flughafen abgeholt. Die Gastgeber haben sich sehr viel Mühe gegeben um unseren Aufenthalt zu versüßen, haben uns sehr viele Tipps gegeben und waren sehr hilfsbereit. Das Frühstück war sehr gut und ausreichend um perfekt in den Tag zu starten.
Die Lage der Casa ist auch super mit wunderschöner Aussicht auf das Meer, guten Restaurants in der Nähe, Geschäfte und Taxi.
Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt, vielen Dank Marisabel und Hans Wilhelm für diesen tollen Aufenthalt und für eure Mühe, Hilfsbereitschaft und Freundlichkeit. Wir sind sehr zufrieden, diese Erfahrung war perfekt und ist definitiv zum weiter empfehlen.
Liebe Grüße aus Luxemburg,
Hamza und Adisa
We stayed with Hans and his wonderful wife for 4 nights. The hospitality was amazing! Hans spoke English and was able to recommend fabulous spots in the city and guide us on the best way to enjoy Havana.
The apartment was extremely clean and the area was a perfect, safe location. Hans set us up with Wi-Fi, which the connection isn't the best in Cuba, however it definitely served it's purpose.
Breakfast was lovely, which started us off right for our day. Hans is available whenever you need him, but gives you your space to enjoy your holiday.
I definitely recommend staying here and will do again when I return to beautiful Cuba.
Thank you for everything Hans.
Die Tage bei Hans und Isa waren unvergesslich - sie haben ein großes Stück dazu beigetragen, dass wir, obwohl nur 7 Tage vor Ort, sehr viel gesehen haben, ohne dass die ganze Aktion in totalen Stress ausgeartet ist. Es begann bereits am Flughafen, dass Hans uns mit einem 56´er Dodge hat abholen lassen. Genau mit diesem Gefährt sind wir dann auch zu einem Ausflug nach Trinidad gestartet, wo wir ebenfalls eine umwerfende Unterkunft hatten (ebenfalls wieder von Hans und Isa organisiert). Nach einem von Isa zubereiteten Frühstück (alles an Obst, was man sich vorstellen kann und 2 liebevoll geschmierte Sandwich (die wir zumeist auf unsere Touren mitgenommen haben) auf dem Balkon mit Blick auf den Atlantik, kam Hans auf einen kleinen Plausch hinzu und hat uns mit Tipps und etlichen Anekdoten von Kuba beglückt. Isa ist an einem Tag durch die halbe Nachbarschaft gelaufen, weil ich mir blutige Blasen gelaufen hatte und keine offenen Schuhe hatte (ihre waren zu groß) - sie hat es geschafft, Clogs in meiner Größe aufzutreiben *beidedaumenhoch* Sollten wir nochmal nach Havanna fliegen, würden wir auf jeden Fall wieder bei Hans und Isa wohnen wollwn. muchos saludos y besos Petra & Alf
Der beste Host, der uns als Neuling in Kuba passieren konnte! Muchas Gracias Hans-Wilhelm und Marisa! Wir wurden wie vereinbart von einem chicken Chauffeur mit einem altem Chevrolet am Flughafen erwartet; das Hostal direkt am Malecon war sehr sauber und Hans-Wilhelm hat uns in das Leben in Kuba eingeführt, alle unsere Fragen beantwortet und uns bestens versorgt. Da wir kein spanisch sprechen war dies der beste Anfang für unsere Rundreise per Casa particulares! Nochmals vielen, vielen Dank!!
Marisabel and Hans-Wilhelm were excellent hosts. We learned a great deal about life in Cuba by speaking with them. Our room was large and well-appointed with a view of the Straights of Florida. The surrounding neighborhood had many amenities. We would stay there again.
Har du tenkt deg til Havanna, og lurer på et sted å bo? Ikke nøl, ta konakt med Hans-Wilhelm. Bodde i hans hjem, som var beregnet på utleie, såkalt Case Particular, og hadde flott soverom med ekstra stue til fri benyttelse. Terrasse med flott utsikt utoverover havet. Leiligheten var ren og ryddig, og to heieser brakte deg trygt på til 9. etasje hvor leielighetn lå. I forhold til andre utleieleiligheter var den nok noe dyrere, men var verdt det.
If you are looking for Homestay i Havanna, don't hesitate, take contact with Hans Wilhelm, he and his wife will take good care of you.
I loved staying here! The hosts were so helpful with breakfast and organising taxis and suggesting things to do and see and where to eat; and they have wifi!! Amazing people - definitely your Havana home!
We stayed 3 nights at casa Isabel. The accommodation was of an excellent standard. Very clean and modern and tastefully furnished. lovely spacious bedroom with balcony, bathroom and a nice lounge area. Nice view over the malacon to the sea. Breakfast was provided each day and left in the lounge, Coffee, a cob each and fresh fruit. Hans was very helpful and recommended a nice place to eat nearby which was very reasonable and lovely inside. The location was good having a WiFi spot just outside and providing free WiFi for half hour in the morning. Lovely accommodation and hosts. would definitely recommend for a stay in havanah! ☺
Loved, loved, loved everything about this place! Hans and Isa were so accomodating and helpful. There was flooding in the streets the day before I arrived and they found me a place to stay elsewhere, which was also great, until they could make sure their home was ready for guests. I really enjoyed the views, the breakfast and all the recommendations. Most of all this was a great way to learn about Cuba, it's people and culture. The home is easily accessible from all the hot spots and taxis are readily available outside.
Our stay in the Casa of Isabell and Hans was great. We felt so comfortable there and they both helped us whenever we needed something. (Where to change money, how to handle the people when we go out,because we were two girls, how much to pay for some things or how the people in Cuba live their lifes)
Hans took us from the airport to his home and gave us so many important information about the life in Cuba and our stay in Havanna. We had a nice conversation and it felt like knowing him for a longer time.
The room was very clean and the breakfast gave us the energy we needed for the first hours of the day.
We talked with Isa ans Hans about our destinations after we leave Havanna and they suggested Casas for us in the other places. For Vinales Hans made a reservation for us and the Casa there was perfect.
We are so lucky to meet these two people. To stay in their Casa was the best start for our trip.
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